School notes for March 3, 2015

Young musicians earn medals

Three Camas students earned medals in the recent Young Artists Competition, hosted by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

They are Yung Teng, Jeremiah (JJ) Guo and Richard Lu.

Teng, a violinist, was awarded a Gold Medal and $1,000 scholarship. Guo, a piano player, was awarded a Silver Medal and $500 scholarship. Lu, a cello player, was awarded a Bronze Medal and $250 scholarship.

As a gold medalist, Teng also earned the right to perform his winning selection as a guest artist with Maestro Salvador Brotons and the VSO during April 18 and 19 concerts at Skyview Concert Hall.

WSP hosts Kiwanis law enforcement camp

Washington state high school juniors and seniors interested in a career in law enforcement could spend a week this summer learning about the roles and job opportunities within the profession.

Applications are being accepted for the 38th Annual Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp. It will be held at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton from Sunday, July 19 through Saturday, July 25. Applications can be downloaded from, under “Outreach.” The application deadline is May 9.

Students are given a hands-on experience on the WSP drive-course and tactical firing range, and will get to work with forensics, SWAT, communications, K-9 and many police functions. Additionally, students will learn about the problems and challenges law enforcement officers encounter on a daily basis and how to successfully handle situations in a professional manner.

Police departments from around the state provide officers as staff members to instruct and serve as counselors. Guest speakers from various agencies provide first-hand information to the students. This gives participants a variety of experiences and exposure to federal, state, county and local law enforcement as a possible career path.

Kwan named to dean’s list

Cameron Kwan of Camas was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2014-2015 semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Students are named to the dean’s list if their term GPA is at least 3.4 and they have completed at least 12 credit hours.

BIA accepting applications for scholarships

The Building Industry Association of Clark County’s Building Futures Foundation is now accepting applications for academic scholarships this year.

The foundation has promoted public education, student scholarship and environmentally sensitive building practices in the building industry since 2002, according to a press release.

Scholarships will be awarded in April to qualified students pursuing an education in the building, construction and real estate trades at an accredited college, university or trade institution. Selection criteria are financial need, academic relationship to the building industry, community service, grade point average and quality of application submitted.

The Building Futures Foundation scholarship application is available at

Summer reading bookmark contest open

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library district has launched its Summer Reading Bookmark contest.

The contest is open to youth in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Entry forms are available in English, Spanish and Russian at any FVRL library or bookmobile, or in the Kids or Teens sections of the district’s website,

Printed forms are also being distributed to area school districts.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 31.

Entrants will each receive a Spaghetti Factory coupon good for either a free kid’s meal (up to 12 years old) or milkshake.

Contest categories are: 1) Kindergarten and first grade; 2) Second and third grades; 3) Fourth and fifth grades; 4) Sixth, seventh and eighth grades; and 5) Ninth through 12th grades.

Finalists for each grade grouping will be chosen at individual libraries. One district-wide, grand-prize winner will be selected from among local finalists for each grade grouping.

Grand-prize winning bookmark designs will be printed and distributed in conjunction with the district’s summer reading program, which runs June 1 through Aug. 31. Grand-prize winners also will receive gift certificates from Medallion Art and framed copies of their bookmarks.

Themes for the summer reading program are “Every Hero Has a Story” for children in kindergarten through fifth grade; and “Unmask!” for those in sixth through 12th grade.

For more information, call 906-5000 or use the email form at

Grad Night committee to host pasta feed before play

In conjunction with the WHS drama performance of “The 39 Steps,” on Saturday, March 14, the WHS Grad Night Committee will host a fundraiser that includes a silent auction, raffle and pasta feed in the commons area at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., at 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit the grad night party. The play begins at 7 p.m. Auction and raffle winners will be announced at intermission. They need not be present to win.

This year, the committee received several donations for the auction and raffle from businesses and individuals from all over the community. Rounds of golf, overnight stays in the Gorge and Portland Trail Blazers tickets are just a few of the items up for auction.

The meal includes a pasta dinner with salad, garlic bread, drink and dessert for $5 per person or $20 for a family of five.

The WHS Grad Night non-profit charitable organization comprises parent volunteers supporting the drug- and alcohol-free grad night celebration. For more information, contact Renee Moore at