Fall sports the focus of Tonasket School Board meeting

TONASKET – Fall sports were the main focus of the Tonasket School Board meeting on Monday, Sept. 22 in the Tonasket School District boardroom.

The meeting began with Superintendent Randy Hauff reading a letter from Linda Roberts congratulating the children of migrant workers for making up credits in the Tonasket School District. The letter stated these students have a 91 percent completion rate in the district.

The board next heard a presentation from Katelyn Antuna, a seventh grade student in the Tonasket Outreach Program, about her trip to Washington, D.C. in June for winning first place in the Celebrate Wild Salmon youth art contest in her age group. The contest was sponsored by Save Our Wild Salmon. On her trip, Antuna went to the Library of Congress.

“My only disappointment was that to look at a book you must have a library card and to have a library card, you must be 18,” Antuna said. “Also, the only people allowed to check out books are senators.”

Next, Associated Student Body representative Haley Grillo gave her ASB report to the board. She said that this week is Tonasket High School’s homecoming week. Monday was Tacky Tourist Day, Tuesday was Fake Injury Day, Wednesday was Sports Day, today is Decades Day and tomorrow will be Blue and Gold Day.

Grillo said the Future Farmers of America club went to the Okanogan County Fair where Elizabeth Clemen won Reserve Grand in the keyhole race and also took third place in the herdsmenship class. Adeena Clemen won Grand Champion in the halter class. Austin Olma won Grand Champion market steer and reserve champion fitting and showing. Justin Mann won Reserve Champion market steer and Grand champion fitting and showing. Josh McDaniel won Grand Champion in senior fitting and showing while Cierra Silverthorn won Reserve Grand Champion for fitting and showing. Karen Keeton won Reserve Champion market swine and Dustin Silverthorn won Grand Champion fitting and showing. Grillo also said that both the girls and boys teams took fourth overall in the Apple Bin Races while the Tonasket Alumni finished first overall.

Tonasket High School Athletic Director Kevin Terris presented his report to the board next. He said participation numbers in both the middle school and high school are really good this year. Terris said the Tonasket Middle School is the one of only three in the league with a seventh grade football team but that they have worked out the schedule. Terris said he wanted to commend two new coaches this season.

“We added Tim Cork to our volleyball team. He’s done an outstanding job gaining the girls’ respect,” Terris said. “Glenn Braman is the middle school head football coach and he’s doing some really great things with the team.”