Waking up the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, I find myself truly thankful for the wonderful community I am humbled to serve. Although this may sound a bit dramatic, it appropriately conveys how I feel.

I am thankful for our wonderful students. This past Tuesday we welcomed back alumni through our first “‘Cats Come Back” event that drew almost 300 community members. From Kohl Crecelius (’04) and his incredible story behind Krochet Kids to Mario De Leon (’09) and his ability to create to Zach Stensland (’13) and Kyle Peterson (’13) who have turned a vision into a full -fledged business with OK Sock, the night was truly a celebration of all things Mt. Spokane High School.

When Wednesday arrived with Thanksgiving Break on everyone’s mind, 1,483 students filled the gymnasium to send our WIAA state semi-final football team off in style. Highlighted by a new tradition, standing arm-in-arm with one another and singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Belevin'” our students highlighted why we, at Mt. Spokane High School, are experiencing a magical year.

I am also thankful for our talented and caring staff. One needs only to look at the academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments of our school to realize that MSHS is special. People are programs, and I would place our “people” against any other school in the state.

Finally, I am thankful for our community. From an amazing booster club to an incredibly supportive Bandstand and numerous other parent groups, the level of support that our school receives is truly a blessing. Sincere thanks to each community member who entrusts their daughter/son to our care. We are thankful!


Michael Hoyt – 2014 Paralympic HS All-American

What an honor!

National recognition is something to celebrate, and we’re thankful that MSHS sophomore Michael Hoyt received some exciting news.

USATF (United States of America Track and Field) has recognized Michael as a 2014 Paralympic High School Track and Field All-American, and everyone at Mt. Spokane is proud of his many accomplishments!

Congratulations, Michael!


Senior Families! Check this GREAT Opportunity!

Class of 2015. . . college is right around the corner!

As we continue to ask “What’s Next?” for our senior students, the question that usually follows from families involves the financial implications of higher education. Knowing that this is a reality, we are excited to offer a fantastic opportunity this upcoming Tuesday, November 18th.

Traci Stensland, the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Whitworth University, will offer a session for seniors and their families that will focus on the financial aid process including scholarships and completing the federal financial aid form. Our evening will begin at 6:30pm in the Mt. Spokane High School library and will end at 7:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you this upcoming Tuesday! If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call Darren Nelson or Jamie Goodman using the provided contact information.

Darren Nelson, Principal – 465-7210 –
Jamie Goodman, Senior Counselor – 465-7223 –


‘Cats Come Back – 11/25/14

The ‘Cats are coming back, and we couldn’t be more excited!

As we begin our 18th year as a high school, the time has come to celebrate the fantastic accomplishments of our alumni and provide opportunities for our current students to give back to the larger Spokane community. Organized by staff member and administrative intern Jeff Naslund, this evening will prove to celebrate all things Mt. Spokane High School.

The featured distinguished alumni who will be featured during this inaugural event include Josh Cowart (Class of ’99) who currently serves as a grade-level counselor at MSHS. The keynote speakers for the evening include Kohl Crecelius (’04) and Travis Hartanov (’04). Their non-profit, Krochet Kids, seeks to empower people to rise above poverty. We are thankful that they will be back to tell their story that originated, in many ways, at Mt. Spokane High School.

Breakout sessions highlighting other MSHS alums, combined with numerous non-profit organizations and local businesses in our commons, makes for a night that we hope will become an annual event.

Please join us for the “‘Cats Come Back” on Wednesday, November 25th. The commons will open at 5:30pm for light refreshments and a first opportunity to visit the non-profits and local businesses. At 6:00pm, the theatre program will begin and last until 7:15pm. Afterwards, 15 minute breakout sessions will take place across our campus with the aforementioned opportunities will available in our commons.

We hope you start the Thanksgiving season with us on Tuesday, November 25th!

Please click HERE for more information on Krochet Kids.


Keeping up with the ‘Cats

Want to keep up with all things Mt. Spokane High School? Please access the following to connect with our ‘Cats!

MSHS is proud to boast the largest twitter following among all area high schools. With followers approaching 650, information is tweeted multiple times each day. If you have a smartphone, don’t hesitate to download the app and begin following! Our twitter handle is @MtSpokaneHS!

We’ve recently reclaimed our facebook page thanks to the efforts of staff member Jeff Naslund. Please “like” us the next time you visit facebook. Clicking on the link above will take you directly to our page.

MSHS Webpage
Since you’re reading this blog, chances are you already access our homepage regularly. Just in case, a link has been provided. (Just click on MSHS Webpage.)

Thank you for your continued support of Mt. Spokane High School!


An Amazing, Athletic Fall

Excellence would be the most appropriate word to describe our Wildcat athletes this past fall. From the trail to the field to the gym and pitch, our ‘Cats competed with unbelievable pride and continue to excel!

Thanks to the work of our Athletic Director, Paul Kautzman, the work of our student/athletes has been detailed each and every week through a newsletter he’s published. (Please click HERE to read the week #10 installment.) Although it’s tempting to re-draft each and every honor and award, here is the latest update from Wildcat Athletics:

Boys’ Cross Country
Ranked third in the state for the majority of the season, our boys were on the unfortunate end of an unbelievably difficult region. With only two teams qualifying for the state meet, eventual state champion North Central and eventual runner-up Kamiakin earned the two berths. Thankfully, Johnny Dressel capped an amazing high school career by placing 2nd. Sophomore brother Hayden Dressel ran an impressive 10th while Michael Hoyt earned a silver medal in the wheelchair division. Congrats, ‘Cats!

Girls’ Cross Country
Capping an impressive Regional Championship at Richland, our girls qualified as a team once again in 2014. After the race in Pasco this past Saturday, junior Micaela Kostecka placed 5th with a strong showing. Teammates Ava Figon, Madeline Osmun, Ali Jones, Katie Sonneland, Makenna Endebrock and Hannah Pomante each gave key contributions to earn a 5th place team ranking. Great job, girls!

After earning the #1 3A GSL seed to regionals, our girls squared-off against Kamiakin in a winner-to-state match at MSHS. A back and forth affair, the Braves narrowly escaped with a win. Later in the day, our ‘Cats had to take the floor for another winner-to-state match and fell to a talented Southridge squad. Congratulations, girls, on a wonderful season! We are proud of you!

The run continues! After a heart-stopping win against Southridge last week at SFCC to capture a regional title, our girls prepare for their first state-round game tomorrow (Tuesday, November 11th) at SFCC against Lake Washington High School. The match begins at 5:30pm, and students will get in free thanks to our amazing Wildcat Booster Club! Go get ’em, girls!

Our 3A GSL Champions took the field last Friday night with a winner-to-state berth on the line. After a fast start, the Wildcats advanced another week with a 43-13 win over Kennewick. Next up, this Saturday, November 15th will be the Wilson High School Rams from Tacoma. Kickoff is at 3:30pm and, once again, MSHS students will enter the game FREE thanks to our Wildcat Booster Club!

What a fall! Thanks to everyone in our community for their unbelievable support!

Week #10 Update