Music Michael Siess, a freshman at Skyview, was one of four students chosen for a new program called "The Emerging Artist," a collaboration of Metro Arts, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Opera. A violinist, Michael performed chamber music in a joint concert at the Newmark Theatre April 20. Michael also was named concert master of Washington's All-State Chamber Orchestra.
Skyview team wins Knowledge Bowl State Championship! The Skyview High School Knowledge Bowl Team took the state by storm! The Varsity 1 team defeated 17 other teams to win the 2010 4A State Championship in Richland on Saturday, March 27. Team members are Zach Byrd, Nathan Evans, Charles Fleck, Captain Matt Heid, Fred Lu, and Griffin Taylor. The coach is Bob Brands. Skyview’s Varsity 2 team, with members James Bryant, Laura Tuck, Lee Holstein, Shane Colbrun, Andrew Wilmington, and Kirben Smoody, also qualified for state.
Photo, left to right: Bob Brands, Fred Lu, Charles Fleck, Matt Heid, Nathan Evans, and Griffin Taylor.
Career and technology DeShanique Baker, a sophomore at Fort Vancouver High School, received the highest honor given at at the SEMI High Tech U Conference. DeShanique was one of 34 young women attending the conference held at Intel, SolarWorld, and Portland Community College. She was selected by her peers for desired behaviors, positive attitude, and interest and aptitude for a high tech position, along with the ability to be a team player. DeShanique received a $1,000 scholarship.
Four other Vancouver students participated in High Tech U. They are, Marisol Garcia-Quiroz, Jessica Rangel, and Ibette Valle, Fort Vancouver High School; and Heather Grove, Hudson's Bay High School.
High Tech U is an industry-driven math and science-based career exploration program. It is designed to encourage high school students, especially girls, to study math and science, and to think about careers in high tech.
Gaiser's Video Tech students win Healthy Schools contest Students in Gaiser Middle School's Video Tech class won a video contest in conjunction with Healthy Schools Day, April 26. Students in Chad Young's class produced two winning videos, "Wash Dance" and "Perfume Attack." The contest was sponsored by WEA's Indoor Environmental Quality Work Team. The two-minute videos were judged on quality, message and creative concept.
Photo: Rebekah Martorano and Jomar Eddington
Academic awards • Senior Jordan Olson, Hudson's Bay High School, was awarded a full scholarship to spend a year in Germany. Jordan will live with a host family, study, and travel as a member of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. Jordan is one of 250 students in the nation who received the scholarship. She is in a level three German class at Clark College.
• Christina Chen, a freshman at Hudson's Bay High School, has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in English. Christina was nominated by Hudson's Bay teacher Ligia Chis. The selection is based in part on academic performance, interest and aptitude, and leadership qualities.
• Semir Sen, Jason Lee Middle School, was officially seeded number one in the Washington Chess ratings for his age group. He was selected to represent the State of Washington in a chess match in Victoria, B.C., on May 1.
Staff awards • Andrea Pennington, a teacher at Lake Shore Elementary School, was named 2010 Teacher of the Year by the Autism Society of Washington. She was honored at the "Best in the Northwest Conference" April 16.
• Fifth-grade teacher Carol Patrick, Peter S. Odgen, was awarded a scholarship for the 2010 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The academy is a professional development program for teachers to learn new and innovative techniques to educate their students about science and math. Patrick is among 220 teachers from 19 countries and 46 states chosen to participate.
Athletics • Six of Skyview's spring sports teams have been recognized by the WIAA for having a team GPA over 3.0. They are boys soccer, 3.06; baseball, 3.18; girls golf, 3.24; boys track, 3.35; girls track, 3.49; and girls tennis, 3.63.
Community giving The 17th-Annual Mr. Hudson’s Bay Pageant raised $47,860 for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Gabe Foster was crowned Mr. Hudson’s Bay for 2010 after raising $13,023. Thomas Mikaele was 2nd runner up, raising $6,257. Cameron Falkner took third place with $4,040 raised. Pictured are the contestants, pageant coordinators, emcees, and adviser who worked hard to make this event so successful. Front row: Joey Castrey and Danny Christensen
Second row: Will Dow (emcee), Lauren Hunsigner, Lindsey Elhart, Gabe Foster (with crown), Jordan Olson, Anthony Carlson, Jackie Gibbs, Catherine Duback
Back row: Jeanne Shults (advisor), Billy Nguyen, Casey Dullum (emcee), Drew Blaisdell, Colter Pattullo, Thomas Mikaele, Cameron Falkner, Andre Washington, Aaron Steinauer, and Cameron McCallum
Celebrating Earth Day Students celebrated Earth Day by lending a helping hand to make their school communities more beautiful.
• Jason Lee Middle School students and staff spent a week sprucing up their school. They weeded the courtyard gardens, picked up litter, washed windows, and cleaned up in classrooms. Photo, left to right: Jessica Acevedo, Rosa Sanchez, and Hunter Wright
• Thomas Jefferson Middle School leadership students organized a student work crew to weed the entire campus. Parents donated flowers, and Yard and Garden Land donated bark for the flower beds.
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