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Students earn national awards  Students earn national awards
Two Fort Vancouver High School students won gold at the National Leadership and Skills Conference June 21. Jesse Chiem, senior, and Nathan O’Meara, junior, won the national championship in Video Product Development. They produced a seven-minute video promoting Fort’s Career and Technical Education programs. Their advisor is Andy Berhow. A team from Columbia River also placed in the national competition. Seniors Aisha Woodburn, Spencer Thomas, Felicia Fitzpatrick, and Alan Grove won bronze in Broadcast News Production. Their advisor is Janine Blackwell. A team of five students from Skyview High School took sixth in Quiz Bowl. Their advisor is Nancy Wistrand.

Many other Vancouver students qualified to compete in the national leadership conference, held in Kansas City, Missouri. Students from Fort Vancouver, Columbia River, and Skyview High School competed or served as voting delegates and state officers.

Sacajawea is first school in the state to reach Level 2 green status  Sacajawea is first school in the state to reach Level 2 green status
Students, staff members and other Sacajawea Elementary fans celebrated their many accomplishments at a school assembly on June 21. One of those accomplishments was the school's certification for Level 2 of the Washington Green Schools program. Sacajawea is the first school in the state to achieve Level 2.

Since 2009 the statewide Washington Green School program has been providing free web-based tools and resources to help schools reduce their environmental footprint and utility costs. Sacajawea, under the direction of teacher Meredith Gannon, has achieved certification in the areas of energy efficiency and recycling and waste reduction.

Photo: Members of Sacajawea's Green Team pose with their teacher Meredith Gannon, center.

Students explore high tech careers  Students explore high tech careers
Fort Vancouver sophomore Brody Schaub earned a $1,000 scholarship for Desirable Qualities at the Vancouver Semi High Tech University. Seventeen Vancouver high school students attended the three-day event in June. Semi High Tech U is aimed at boosting student interest in high tech careers. Students participate in hands-on math and science activities, and practice interview skills during the event hosted by Hewlett-Packard, Clark College and WaferTech.
Photo: Fort students Daysha Baker, left, and Brody Schaub, right, won scholarships at SEMI High Tech University.

Columbia River's Quaid earns fellowship with Korea Society
Tavia Quaid, IB English and history teacher at Columbia River High School, was granted a fellowship with the Korea Society. Tavia will be one of 35 educators from across the country to visit and study in South Korea in July. She is the only educator representing the Pacific Northwest. While in Korea, Tavia will do on-location research, including a visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. “I am very excited to be able to add new depth to my teaching in the IB 20th Century history course,” said Tavia. “It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

Thank you, Fred Meyer and customers
The Vancouver School Board thanked Scott Miller, store director of the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer, for a donation of $14,148 dollars. Donations to the schools were collected from customers through collection boxes placed at checkout stations at the Salmon Creek, Hazel Dell, Grand Central, Fishers Landing, and Orchards stores.

Have a great summer!  Have a great summer!

Staff members at Hudson’s Bay High School celebrate the last day of school by wearing matching T-shirts that read, “I Bleed Black and Gold.” The shirts were a gift from the school’s Associated Student Body. Go Eagles!

River is ranked among top in the nation
Columbia River High School made Newsweek magazine's annual list of top U.S. high schools. The 2010 list of "America's Best High Schools" is based on the number of AP or IB exams taken by students. Columbia River offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. River is number 1,573 out of more than 1,600 schools nationwide.

School buses receive high safety rating  School buses receive high safety rating
Vancouver’s school bus fleet received an outstanding rating of 98.8 percent during a recent bus safety inspection. The Washington State Patrol completed the inspection of 170 buses and found only two buses with minor problems: one for a burned-out turn signal light bulb and one for a side emergency door buzzer switch. There were no major safety or operational system problems. The transportation team of drivers, mechanics, service workers, dispatchers, and safety and training officers work together to ensure our bus fleet is always in top operational order.
Photo: District mechanics are part of the transportation team that keep our school bus fleet running smoothly and safely.

More good news from transportation: Three school bus drivers placed in the Regional Rodeo, a test of 10 driving skills, held May 22. Becky Babb placed 2nd and will go on to compete at state. Duane Peterson placed 4th and Judy Sharpe placed 5th.

Student singers compete in 'Couve Idol  Student singers compete in 'Couve Idol
Move over American Idol. Vancouver has its own showcase for discovering local talent. ’Couve Idol brings students together to share their singing talents and raise money for charity. Christina Chen, Hudson’s Bay High School, is the winner of ’Couve Idol 2010. The singing competition was held June 2 at Fort Vancouver High School. Audience members vote for contestants by donating money. This year’s event raised $1,600 for Special Olympics of Oregon.

The Associated Student Body of Fort Vancouver High School organized the event. Singers from all district high schools are invited to participate. This year, nine students from Hudson’s Bay, Fort Vancouver, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and Lewis and Clark high schools participated.

Academic awards  Academic awards
• Hudson's Bay students Elmehdi Berrissoul and Shelby Bartlett were selected to spend four weeks at the University of Washington College of Engineering Math Academy this summer. The academy helps high-achieving high school juniors develop the math and problem-solving skills necessary to meet the high standards of college-level math and engineering. The academy also introduces students to a variety of examples of engineering in practice. Shelby and Elmehdi, both juniors are able to attend the academy free of charge as members of the Gear-Up program at Hudson's Bay.

• A team from Jason Lee Middle School took 3rd place in the 2010 Washington MESA Day Challenge. Aneta Mamedova, Marina Trifonova, Frances Torres, and Nadiya Muzhkevich placed in Wind Energy in the middle school competition.

Skyview math group wins national competition
Skyview High School won the 2010 National Collaborative Problem-Solving Contest, sponsored by National Assessment and Testing. Skyview competed against teams from around the country and placed first with a score of 135. Skyview had the highest score on nine of the 15 problems. The core group of students who worked on the weeklong contest are Matt Heid, Fred Lu, Charles Fleck, Paddy Wu, Kirben Smoody, Shane Colburn, Austin DeClerck, Taylor McDonnell, Ben Hilton, Laura Tuck, Kyle Parent, Steven Andrews, John Khou, Cole Robinson, Riley Culligan, Reilly Peavey, Jamy Southafeng, Alex Brown, Lee Holstein, and Isaak Jensen. Their coach is Carol Hattan.

Members of the Skyview math team and coach Carol Hattan.
National Merit Scholars  National Merit Scholars
Matthew Heid, Skyview, and Nicole Rhodes, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, earned the prestigious distinction of being named 2010 National Merit Scholars. They were among the top 2,500 distinguished high school students selected to receive the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship.

Washington Scholars  Washington Scholars
Lindsey Elhart, Hudson's Bay, and Matthew Heid, Skyview, were named 2010 Washington Scholars for legislative districts 49 and 18, respectively. Other Washington Scholars are Brian Lott, Hudson's Bay, for the 49th legislative district, and Phanith Touch, Fort Vancouver, for the 18th legislative district. Robert Fletcher, Skyview, is a Washington Scholar Alternate.

WAVE Scholar  WAVE Scholar
Megan Sanchagrin, Columbia River, won the WAVE (Washington Award for Vocational Excellence) Scholarship for legislative district 49. Megan, a student in video production, also was chosen to represent Washington as a state delegate at the SkillsUSA National Conference.

Community support
Martin Luther King Elementary School parent Keith Wells wrote a grant request for a Toolbox for Education grant from Lowe's. The grant was funded for $4,400, which will refurbish a classroom for the school's Family-Community Resource Center. The grant will also pay for supplies and books for the center. Family-Community Resource Centers are a place where families can access a range of support including academic and early learning programs, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement. Wells is a tireless supporter of King Elementary School. His employer, Verizon, also contributes money to the school through a matching grant Verizon gives for employees who contribute volunteer hours.

Sports news
Josh Ingebretson, a sophomore at Hudson's Bay High School, was selected June outstanding student athlete by KEX 1190 news radio. Josh is a varsity three-sport athlete with a GPA of 3.95. He participates in football, wrestling and track.

Congratulations to our spring state-competition athletes!
• The Columbia River Girls Track Team tied for 1st in 3A State Track and Field Championships. Anna Adamko won state championships for both discus and javelin, and she took 4th in the shot put. Jessica Bottelberghe took 2nd in the 800 meter. Jennifer DeBellis took 3rd in pole vault. Allison Clark took 5th in the 3200 and 6th in the 1600. Sarah Bobbe took 6th in the 3200.
Rachel McQuivey, Skyview, placed 2nd in the 300 hurdles at the 4A Girls State Track and Field meet. The Skyview Girls Track Team won districts and placed 3rd at regionals.
Kyle Boe, Columbia River, took 4th in the 1600 and 5th in the 3200; and Andre Washington, Hudson’s Bay, placed 7th in the 400 at the 3A Boys State Track and Field Championships.
Chase Horrocks, Skyview, placed 6th in the 1600 at the 4A Boys State Track and Field Championships. The Skyview Boys Track Team won the GSHL dual league championship and the District IV track meet championship. They finish 2nd in the District II/IV bi-district meet.
Kent Andreasen, Skyview, took 2nd in singles in State 4A Boys Tennis. His finish took Skyview to a 3rd-place tie for the team trophy.
• The Columbia River Baseball Team took 4th in 3A State Championships.
• The Skyview Boys Golf Team placed 8th overall in state competition. Competing at state were Andy Long, Blake Bowen, Mario Alongi, and Garrett Kooistra.
• The Columbia River Girls Golf Team placed 8th in state competition. Competing at state were Chloe Bartek and Mele Ana Kastner.
2010 Running Start Graduates
Forty-two students will graduate from high school this year with AA degrees from Clark College. These students completed coursework in the Running Start program, earning college credit and satisfying their high school course requirements.
Columbia River
Allyssa Anoa’i-Shroyer, Tara Caldwell, Jardin Cobile, Samantha Graham, Chelsea Gwinn, Justin Perkins, Kirby Tucker, Mariah Williams
Fort Vancouver
Amelia Adkins, Nathan Ashley, Taras Bahnyuk, Erica Beauchamp, Holli Cochran, Alexis Dailey, Davyd Kazakov, Viktoria Kononenko, Lauren Lefebvre, Nicole Metz, Joshua Wilson
Hudson’s Bay
Emily Brown, Julia Hamilton, Brandon Harrison, Briley Jozwiak, Kali Levy, Alejandra Mendoza, Desiree Rudisill
Sarah Betts, Carissa Bowman, Kaitlin Clark, Raven Coogle, Emily Duncan, Brandon Edgren, Nathan Evans, Emma Hanger, James Hayes, Skyler Jackson, Brennan Jung, Vikram Kudva, Zachary Silvey, Jessica Williams, Ashley Woster
Vancouver Home Connection
Benjamin Serna-Grey

Youth ambassadors
Four Columbia River students were selected for the Youth Ambassador Program sponsored by Partners of America. Jacob Crawford, Phillip McNamara, Chelsea Smith, and Ryan Evans will spend three weeks in Paraguay this summer. The mission of the program is to work together as citizen volunteers from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States to improve the lives of people across the hemisphere. Students are selected based on outstanding school records, leadership qualities, and demonstrated interest in improving their communities.
Academic awards
Jason Lee 7th-graders took part in the 4-Way Essay contest sponsored by the Greater Clark County Rotary Club. Emily Bodiroga took 1st place, Austin Pachano took 2nd, and Emily Schauble placed 3rd. The writing contest asks, "Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
Career and technology
Two graphic design students from Fort Vancouver High School placed in the Greater St. Helens Graphics Competition. David Makarenko took 1st place and Sarah Elvestrom placed 2nd.
Staff awards
Kathy Wolfley, literacy specialist at Fort Vancouver High School, received the State Recognition Award given by Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Vancouver educator recognized for Student Achievement Leadership  Vancouver educator recognized for Student Achievement Leadership
Starla Manchester, director of professional development, earned the regional Student Achievement Leadership Award given by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA). Starla is a leader in designing programs to support teachers. Her work includes setting state standards for teacher mentoring and orchestrating professional development programs. Her work ensures that the teachers in our classrooms are highly skilled. Starla also has led efforts in the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in the district. PLCs promise to improve student achievement.
Photo: Starla Manchester and Superintendent Steven Webb

Mr. Columbia River Pageant showcases community spirit  Mr. Columbia River Pageant showcases community spirit
Congratulations to the 16 students who competed for the crown of Mr. Columbia River! Together the boys raised $67,596 for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Ben Koch, raising $12,663, was crowned Mr. Columbia River. Olin Johansen placed second with $9,366 raised, and Therone Bridges took third with $7,222 raised. Other contestants were Skye Adams, Taylor Anderson, Alan Grove, Max Neideigh, Nolan Oberst, Colin Preuss, Henry Rolfs, Scott Schnitzer, Kramer Ramberg, Josh Hronek, Kyle Hamilton, Dan Mingo, and Erik Inloes. Kellie Hansen organized the pageant, and Courtney Bogart and Felicia Fitzpatrick choreographed the dances.

SkillsUSA 2010 state winners
Fort Vancouver High School
Gold, Video Production Development – Jesse Chiem and Nathan O'Meara
Gold, Promotional Bulletin Board – Donivan Balfanz and Tawny Cabales
Silver, Job Skills Demonstration – Alicia Valdez
Silver, Video Production Development – Devin Nelson and Jordan Turner
Bronze, Prepared Speech – Angela Peden
Bronze, Community Services – Caitlin Muhly and Natalie Lakey
Bronze, Creed – Casey O'Bryan
Bronze, Job Skills Demonstration – Skylar Stover
State Officers – Jesse Chiem and Casey O'Bryan

Columbia River High School
Gold, Customer Service – Alan Grove
Gold, Broadcast News – Alan Grove, Felicia Fitzpatrick, Aisha Woodburn, and Spencer Thomas
Gold , Creed – Felicia Fitzpatrick
Gold, Chapter Display – Spencer Thomas and Andrew Owen
Silver, Promotional Board – Laurel Pauling, Brian Piette and Alan Grove
Bronze, Broadcast News – Megan Sanchagrin, Brian Piette, Trevor Claudson, and Jon Miranda
Bronze, Video Production Development – Carri Jensen and Laurel Pauling
Bronze, Customer Service – Trevor Claudson
State Officer – Megan Sanchagrin

Photo: Columbia River's broadcast news team won gold at the SkillsUSA state competition.
Skyview High School
Gold, Quiz Bowl – Zach Byrd, Riley Culligan, Brandon Porter, Alix Young, and Taylor McDonnell
Gold, Television Production – Taylor McDonnell and Spencer Mirabal
Gold, Prepared Speech – Taylor McDonnell
Gold, Related Technical Math – Riley Culligan
Silver, Prepared Speech – Zach Byrd

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