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JMS eighth-grader wins Student Stride art contest

Taylor Grasseth, a spunky red-haired eighth-grader from Jemtegaard Middle School, was honored in front of her student peers and faculty during an assembly Friday morning. Grasseth’s artwork, a colorful cat holding a banner, was chosen as the winner of the Washougal Schools Foundation art contest and will be the face of the organization’s signature event, The Student Stride for Education. “It’s wonderful and I’m super psyched about it,” was Grasseth’s response when asked how she feels about her artwork being chosen as the logo for the event.

School notes for April 1, 2014

CHS students takes part in ‘Ten Grands’ concert Two Camas High School students will play piano at the “Ten Grands” Seattle Concert Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. JJ Guo and Johnathan Liao are among three dozen young musicians from 11 high schools who will perform at Benaroya Hall during the evening’s showcase of talent that benefits music education.

A nose for diabetes

Wherever Andrew Ziegler goes, Luna will be two steps behind while her nose stays two steps ahead. “When I’m out with her, I’m never alone,” Ziegler said. “It’s like a missing part of me has been filled. I couldn’t imagine life without her.” The 20-month-old trained diabetes alert service black labrador retriever from Pieces of the Universe follows the 16-year-old Camas High School sophomore to his classes and band practices. She also keeps a cautious eye on his blood sugar level while he sleeps. Ziegler was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 2 years old and has been on an insulin pump since he was 5. Constantly living in fear for her son’s life, Sharon would wake him up in the middle of the night to check his blood sugar. Now she can rest comfortably knowing that Luna is always on guard.

School notes for March 25, 2014

Students of the month named at Hathaway Hathaway Elementary School recently named its February students of the month.

CHS student presents work at professional science conference

Meghal Sheth’s research about hearing loss has allowed her to do things most high school students only dream about. The Camas High School junior presented her findings with mentor Dr. Allison Coffin at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology conference in San Diego last month. The invite came about after Coffin asked Sheth to join her and co-present their research on BPA (Bisphenol-A). “She wanted me to experience going to a big conference and she also wanted me to be able to showcase my research project as first author,“ Sheth said. “We’ve spent a lot of time together working on the project and she said that since I did a lot of the work, I should be able to present it.”

An ASL leader

When Tami Grant headed into the offices of Sorenson Communications on March 6, she was expecting a routine staff meeting. But that day was anything but routine. Grant, who works as an American Sign Language interpreter, found out she had been named Sorenson Communications 2013 Interpreter of the Year for the Western Region. Grant is also a full-time American Sign Language teacher at Washougal High School. “I walked into the room, and they announced that someone in our center had won, and that it was me,” she said. “There was a lot of emotion. I was totally in shock because I work with some really fantastic interpreters. Being nominated by my peers was awesome.”

School notes for March 18, 2014

Preschool ‘Childfind’ screening set There will be free screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who reside within the Camas School District boundaries on Wednesday, March 26. The screening tests children in hearing, vision, speech, concepts and motor development, and lasts approximately one hour.

Redefining beauty

With scantily clad, perfectly toned models on magazine covers, pop music stars with skin that appears flawless and television shows dedicated to exploring which “hot” woman will snag the even-hotter bachelor, it’s tough to be a girl these days. However, students in Jennifer Bohn-Snapp’s classes at Jemtegaard Middle School in Washougal aren’t letting these images define beauty for them. Instead, they are reshaping it, along with the help of their mothers and modern technology. Inspired by Dove’s Real Beauty campaign and its documentary “Selfie,” which features real mothers and daughters talking about how they feel about their appearance, Bohn-Snapp challenged her students to use their cell phones to take an “honest” self-portrait, known as a “selfie,” with no filters or editing. She asked their mothers, or other influential female figures, to set an example by doing the same.

School notes for March 11, 2014

Rice makes dean’s list Zachary M. Rice of Camas has been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the fall semester. Each school and college at Boston University has its own criterion for the dean’s list, but students generally must earn a 3.5 GPA or better, or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as take a full course load as a full-time student.

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.