School notes for Feb. 2, 2016

Bennett earns degree

Stuart Bennett of Camas has earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilkes University.

Wilkes University is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Excelsior names Student on Fire for November

Riley Rhodes was the “Student on Fire,” for the month of November at Excelsior High School in Washougal.

According to a press release, “Riley is an integral part of our Excelsior family. His computer expertise has been so useful to students as well as staff.”

< p>Rhodes is described as being helpful and having a good attitude even when interrupted for technical assistance.

“We enjoy having Riley here at EHS,” the release stated.

Local residents are named to president’s list

Three local residents have been named to the president’s list at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

They are Carly Morris of Washougal, and Marielle Manila, Megan Napier and David Wright of Camas.

To be named to the president’s list, a student must earn between a 3.5 to a 3.69 GPA.

Hull wins Geography Bee

Thomas Hull, an eighth-grade student at Skyridge Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 15 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. Thomas advances to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors.

The state competition will be held on April 1.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national champion rounds May 23 to 25.

The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

To test geography knowledge with the GeoBee Challenge, visit

IAA program will host student showcase, information night

The Integrated Arts & Academics program within Camas High School is hosting a short, public showcase of student art and performances, followed by a program information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Camas High School theater, 26900 S.E. 15th St. Prospective student applicants and their families are encouraged to attend.

The program is now accepting applications for students in ninth- or 10th grade in 2016-17.

Applicants do not need to audition, present a portfolio or even have highly developed talent in order to be accepted into the IAA program.

The curriculum is challenging, and while in the program, students are able to take AP classes, courses outside of the program, and multiple arts courses to develop their techniques.

The application form and more information may be found online at the IAA website,

The four-year, Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) provides a unique learning experience where the visual and performing arts merge with the academics to cultivate thinking, creativity and community.