Skills USA Competition – MSHS National Qualifier

Renton, Washington was the site of the 2014 State Skills USA Competition where high school students competed for spots to Nationals.

After the competition had ended, Mt. Spokane’s Dmitriy Ivakhnenko earned 1st place in Automotive Refinishing and will be competing at the National Skills USA competition held in Kansas this June!

Congratulations, Dmitriy!  We are proud of your accomplishments!

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Wildcats WOW at Nethercutt Citizenship Tournament

The George Nethercutt Foundation has a mission to “reengage citizens to once again be participants in our government.”  This past weekend, a citizenship tournament for 4th, 8th and 12th grade students in Eastern Washington was held to begin the process of fulfilling this mission.

At the inaugural final event, Mt. Spokane boasted six semi-finalists: Jake Stevens, Thomas Martin, Josh LeStage, Zachary Keetch, Chase Milligan, and Joe Wilkes.  Special thanks to Mt. Spokane staff member Jeff Naslund for supporting the tournament and parent Natalie Wilkes for encouraging our students to become involved!

Congratulations, ‘Cats!


First MSHS HOSA Team – Off to Nationals!

When the Mead School District started to offer Biomedical Science classes through Project Lead the Way, a wonderful opportunity presented itself through HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).

Led by staff member and PLTW Biomedical Science teacher Raeleen Epperson, six Mt. Spokane students qualified for the 2014 National HOSA competition that will be held in Orlando, Florida.  These students include:

Audrey Yeager – 3rd in Medical Photography

Matt Littleton & Jacob Lionello – 3rd in Career Health Display

Devon Mead, Derek Bouvier & Mahen Krishnakumar – 2nd in HOSA bowl

Congratulations to these fantastic, hard-working students!  As they are the first Mt. Spokane High School students, (and Mead School District students), to qualify for this National event, we are proud to recognize this “trailblazing” achievement!


Spokane Scholars 2014 – What a Night!


Tonight was another fantastic night for Mt. Spokane High School at the annual Spokane Scholars award banquet.  Each April, 27 area high schools submit their best students in English, social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts and world languages to complete for four scholarships within each discipline.  As the 27 students in each category are all incredible, it is a true accomplishment for a school to place a student in any of the four disciplines, and I was extremely proud of the six students who represented MSHS including:

Sierra Dodd, World Language
Chase Milligan, English
Kayla Uplinger, Social Studies
Peter Fullmer, Fine Arts
Travis Widmer, Mathematics
Dallas Blenz, Science
After the awards were given, Mt. Spokane students won scholarships in four of the six disciplines. (Absolutely incredible!) These scholarship recipients include:
Kayla Uplinger, 4th place Social Studies ($1000.00)
Peter Fullmer, 2nd place Fine Arts ($3000.00)
Chase Milligan, 2nd place English ($3000.00)
Sierra Dodd, 2nd place World Language ($3000.00
Congratulations to all of our Wildcat scholars!  What a night!

Simply Cool

MSHS staff member Alison Thompson had a great idea for her 9th grade English class: write a letter to an elected official about an issue that

After drafting, revising, editing and finally publishing letters to a variety of our elected officials, the first response was received this week.  Writing about healthy eating in schools, First Lady Michelle Obama sent a response to Mt. Spokane High School.  Wow!

Congrats to Heather, our student who penned the letter and received the response from Mrs. Obama.  Special thanks to each student who sent a letter and to Mrs. Thompson for the idea!