Local Schools

Young musicians fare well at state conference

Several Papermakers and Panthers put their musical talents to work at the Washington Music Educators Association conference recently. The event, held Feb. 14 to 16 in Yakima, included a 300-voice symphonic choir, 200-piece concert band, 250-piece symphony orchestra and 65-piece chamber orchestra. Students were selected to perform in the all-state groups based on auditions, which included thousands of entries.

Exploring their futures

Jemtegaard Middle School students were given the opportunity to explore a variety of possible careers at a recent career fair. “The 29 presenters included many Washougal residents and businesses,” said David Cooke, principal. “Each student took part in three, half-hour presentations. The students picked two of their choices and we picked the other to expand their horizons.” Some of the jobs included Secret Service agent, chiropractor, cosmetologist, pilot, detective, nurse, firefighter, movie director, videographer and surgical technician.

School notes for March 4, 2014

Applications sought for scholarships The Corrine Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to qualified candidates either currently enrolled in a Christian college or those planning to attend one next fall. It is offered through local churches and spearheaded by Gateway Community Church in Washougal. The fund offers $10,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 and $3,000 per person.

WHS student to intern with Boeing

As a senior at Washougal High School, Bobby Jacobs is ahead of the curve in knowing what type of career and education he’ll pursue after graduation. He is one of 12 students in Clark County to be selected for Boeing’s TechPrep program, a paid summer internship with hands-on experience in machining and manufacturing, as well as job application skills and work experience. This summer, he will work as part of a team to produce a rocket boat.

CHS to offer new arts program

Camas High School is hosting an informational session at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the north commons for a new program beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Integrated arts and academics is a new program starting with ninth-grade students in the fall. The purpose is to meet the academic needs of students whose learning style is best served by an arts-integrated curriculum centered on standards and arts based projects, and to provide students with varied experiences. For more information, visit www.integratedartsandacademics.blogspot.com.

WHS and CHS receive 10k in cash for schools program

When Camas High School won $10,000 in a Cash for Schools contest, the students could have easily held onto the money.Instead, they decided to share some of it with Rosa Parks Elementary in Portland. The school is starting up an orchestra program, and was in need of funds. It also has one of the highest free- and reduced-price lunch rates in the area. Cash for Schools is a contest sponsored by McLoughlin Jeep in partnership with KATU News. The contest asked schools to bring the most Facebook “Likes” to McLoughlin Jeep in a given week. CHS was the first school to win, and the students were given the check by anchors Carl Click and Natali Marmion.

School notes for Feb. 25, 2014

Grass Valley Vocal Jazz to perform Grass Valley Vocal Jazz will perform Monday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the Grass Valley Elementary School stage, 3000 N.W. Grass Valley Drive.

Understanding social differences

One of the first things one notices when speaking to Lindy Treece is her goal-oriented nature. The 17-year-old Hayes Freedom High School senior will graduate with an associate’s degree and then begin Portland State University as a junior, where she will major in speech and hearing services. So, to learn that Treece is autistic may come as a surprise. It is something she keeps private. Opening up about it has been a process.

Going bald to kick cancer

Pacific Crest Academy Catholic School teacher Angela Dasso took the lead at a fundraising event to conquer childhood cancer by shaving her head after a team of students and community members raised nearly $16,000. The Camas school now has nine students with shaved heads – eight boys and one girl. In addition, middle school teacher Dasso no longer has a head full of thick, shiny black hair. Last fall, Dasso challenged her students to raise $1,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. In return, she would shave her head.

Political aspirations

A Camas High School junior who aspires to one day run for public office recently spent time as a page in the state senate. Jonathan Grall, 16, worked as a page for 18th District Sen. Ann Rivers, Jan. 27 through 31, by participating in the Senate Page Program. He was one of 18 students ages 14 to 16 who took part in the program during the third week of the 2014 legislative session. Pages deliver mail, run errands, present the flag and learn parliamentary procedure. Students also work to draft a bill and engage in a mock session.