Athletics • Congratulations to the Columbia River Girls Soccer Team for winning the Class 3A State Soccer Championship. Team members are Teagan Ryan, Samantha Schoene, Brianna Brown, Hannah Kimsey, Brittany Landon, Kellianne Swenson, Marissa MacKinnon, Aubrie Spaulding, Robin McGuire, Ann Seely, Melinda Hunsaker, Vanessa ReMillard, Eden Behrens, Kristen Berry, Norah Potter, Heidi Bucklin, Kelsey McCann, Kiva Stevens, and Aimee Bolton. Their head coach is Colleen McKinney; assistant coach is Lindsey Hathaway.
• Jessica Bottelberghe, a Columbia River junior, won state championships in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly at the Class 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships. She also set school records for both events. Columbia River’s swim coach Tim Hegedus recently was named swim coach of the year for the 3A leagues.
• Nikki Cannon, a Hudson’s Bay junior, won the state championship in the 100 backstroke and took 3rd place in the 50 freestyle at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championship. Her times set school records in both events.
• Kate Duvall, Hudson's Bay, took 7th in the 500 freestyle and 7th in the 100 backstroke at the 3A state competition. Bay came in 14th as a team. Bay’s swim coach is Dave Soelberg.
• The Skyview Storm Volleyball Team won the state 4A Academic Championship for the second consecutive year. Varsity team members are Rachel McQuivey, Nicole Hamilton, Devon Brown, Carrie Sjogren, Amber Aguiar, Courtney Schaub, Bailey Beaman, Taylor Barrus, Rachel Kreuger, Alicia Ocasio, Gabby Moritz, and Larissa Hamilton. The 2009 team had a grade point average of 3.86 the highest of 74 teams in the 4A division. The team is coached by Cheyanne Knight.
• The Skyview Storm Football Team took 3rd place in the Class 4A state competition. The team is the defending 4A Greater St. Helens League Champion. Steve Kizer is head coach.
• Skyview’s Priscilla Timmons, a junior, placed 4th in the 4A state cross country meet. The Storm Girls Cross Country Team placed 11th in state team standings.
• In girls 3A cross country, Columbia River’s Allison Clark finished 6th and Sarah Bobbe finished 7th in state. River placed 4th overall in the team standings.
• Columbia River’s Kyle Boe placed 5th in the state boys 3A cross country meet. The team finished 11th overall.
• Matt Spears, Skyview Storm football, was named a WIAA/Seattle Times state athlete of the week in November.
• The Skyview High School Marching Band and Color Guard placed third in the Northwest Marching Band Championships in Corvallis, Oregon on Nov. 7. The top 30 marching bands from Oregon and Washington competed in this daylong event. In the preliminary round the Skyvew Band was awarded the “Best Music” caption award for the high music score of the entire competition. “This season was extraordinary,” said band director Steve Robertson.
Technical and academic • An afterschool Salmon Creek Elementary School team won the Young Team Award at the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 5. The award, given to teams with members up to 11 years old, encompasses all aspects of the competition, including robot design, robot performance, project and teamwork. The Salmon Creek Transporters qualified to compete at the Championship Tournaments in January. Team members are Jahan Khan, Eisenhower Elementary School; Luke Simon, Roosevelt Elementary School; Riley Jones, Salmon Creek Elementary School; and Katie Johnson, Battleground School District. The team is sponsored by the Travis Hays Literacy Fund, Salmon Creek Elementary School, and YMCA.
• Teams from Eisenhower, Minnehaha and Salmon Creek elementary schools participated in the Elementary Science Olympiad on Nov. 14 at Clark College. A team from Salmon Creek took 2nd place and an Eisenhower team took the Top Group award in the barge building competition. A Minnehaha team placed 2nd and a Salmon Creek team took the Top Group award in the bridge building competition. Teams from Eisenhower took the 1st place award and the Top Group award in the crime busters competition.
• Students and schools placed at the Math is Cool competition held at Fort Vancouver High School. Jason Lee Middle School won first place in 8th-grade competition. Sebastian Pilarski of Jason Lee won 1st place in the individual 8th-grade level. Skyview’s Fred Lu won at the 9/10-grade level and Matt Heid won at the 11/12-grade level. VSAA’s Isacc Jensen won the 7th grade level. Fort Vancouver’s Phanith Touch won best in school at the 11/12-grade level and Tandice won best in school for 9/10-grade level.
Career and technology • Two Skyview High School video teams won prizes in the Lights-Camera-College Student Film Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board to encourage students to go to college. Brandon Porter, Riley Culligan, and Philip Modin produced “You Too.” Taylor McDonnell and Spencer Mirabal produced “Where Are You Going, Punk?” The winning videos are showing on YouTube.
• Hudson’s Bay FFA team won five overall banners in each of the individual competitions in the Nursery Landscape Contest in November. Bay’s team, led by Jamie Ginn, placed 4th overall. Chariah White and Jake Cleeton placed in the top ten as first time contest novices.
Staff • Ann Smith, 5th-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, was one of seven teachers in the state to be awarded the 2009 KCTS Golden Apple Award. The award honors teachers who have made a dramatic difference in education in Washington. Smith will be featured in a prime time special that will air on public television stations in February 2010.
Gifts and grants Four Vancouver elementary schools received $1,000 from Wells Fargo. The cash grants were awarded to Hazel Dell, Fruit Valley, King, and Washington.
“Quality education is, undoubtedly, the most important investment we can make for our future and that of coming generations,” said Kellie Grant, Wells Fargo's Community Bank president for Clark County. “Strong schools produce tomorrow's workforce, voters, business owners, heads of government, educators, artists, parents—the people on whom our communities depend for leadership and support.”
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