TONASKET-All is good on the Tonasket School District front.
TONASKET- Along with new students to the Tonasket School District, five new teachers have started the school year this month.
OROVILLE – Lee Root accepted his first teaching job on his twenty-second birthday not realizing it would be a 34 year journey in education, all at Oroville schools.
CHENEY -Segornae Douglas received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy Degree from Eastern Washington University in a ceremony held at Reese Court at the Pavilion on the Cheney campus on Saturday, June 14 at 2 p.m.
CHENEY – Nicole S. DeVon received a double Master’s Degree at the Commencement Exercises held at Eastern Washington University, Saturday, June 14 in Cheney.
OROVILLE – Career and Technical Education teacher Ed Naillon appreciates that the Centennial Park Committee thought of his students when they needed a gazebo built for the new park.
The Okanogan County chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) has awarded its yearly Elma Curry Memorial Scholarship to Omak graduate, Melissa Fry. It will be presented at the chapter’s Variety Recital, 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 at the Ellisforde Church of the Brethren, at which Melissa will perform.
This fund is named in memory of Elma Curry, longtime member and encouraging supporter of Okanogan County musical endeavors. To qualify, Fry must have studied with a chapter teacher(s) for a minimum of three years, entered adjudications, performed at chapter events and displayed a consistent attendance and practice record.
OROVILLE – Change is never easy.
But a group of Oroville High School graduates are making the metamorphosis from Hornet to Husky a little less scary.
Ray Wilson and John Zosel both left Oroville after graduating in 1964 for the promise of a University of Washington education. Wilson is now a (mostly) retired MD living in Bellevue and Zosel lives in Oroville.
But neither one of them has forgotten their roots.
Beginning this fall quarter, Oroville High School graduates enrolling at UW will have another source for college funding.
An endowment has been set up to benefit Oroville students continuing on at UW.
“I can’t think of a better way to invest my money then helping young people get an education,” Wilson said recently while in town for a mini-class reunion.
Wilson graduated from UW in pharmacy sciences in 1969. He is an active alumnus at both the university and the college of pharmacy, which raised $50,000 in a night for a pharmacy scholarship.
At a high school class reunion the next year, Wilson decided to try to repeat that success.
“I looked around and thought, there are some really successful people from Oroville. Why don’t we do something like that?”
He proposed the idea to Zosel and soon the ball was rolling.
“We contacted all the OHS and UW graduates we could find,” Wilson said.
The university has computer records of students dating back to 1984, but for anything before then, Wilson and Zosel relied on word-of-mouth and networking to conduct their search.
TONASKET – Some are leaping, diving, guarding eggs. Others are artistic representations, Pacific Northwest Indian art interlaid on their sleek bodies.
One piece showed a bear and a waterfall, mountains in the distance and the salmon leaping up stream to spawn.
That piece is a watercolor by Katelyn Antuna, a seventh-grader in the Tonasket Outreach Program.
Antuna and more than 300 other students across the country submitted artistic pieces depicting wild salmon to Save Our Wild Salmon, a national coalition of organizations ranging from commercial and sport fishing associations to clean energy advocates dedicated to restoring wild salmon on the Columbia and Snake River runs.
SOWS held an art contest for students across the country. The top 20 art pieces will be displayed at the Capital and the four age group winners will go to D.C. to a SOWS reception.
Antuna is one of those winners.
“I was very surprised when I won,” she said. “I can’t wait for D.C.!”
SOWS pays for the winner and a parents to head to the “other” Washington in June. Katelyn’s mother, Wanda, will likely accompany her.
BRIDGEPORT – The Oroville track team participated at the league meet in Bridgeport on Friday, May 9 in their last meet before districts.
Placing for the girls were Austianna Quick, second in the high jump; Rachel Peters, second in 300 hurdles, third in 100 hurdles and fifth in the triple jump; Alexis Olmsted, fifth in 100 hurdles; Brisa Maldanado, third in the pole vault; Angel Carerra, third in the discus; Kayla McKinney, fourth in the 100 and third in the javeline. The 800
relay team was third with Carerra, Olmsted, Quick and Maldanado. The 400 relay was fourth with Carerra, Olmsted, Quick and McKinney and the 1600 relay finished first with
McKinney, Olmsted, Quick and Peters.