‘Cats Recognized for Service

MSHS Wildcats are Caring ‘Cats, too.

During an awards ceremony held this past Tuesday, May 19th, several MSHS students were recognized for their exceptional partnership and leadership in their service to the Homework Club at Mountainside Middle School. Claire Bryan accepted the award on behalf of MSHS honoring the following students: Caitlyn Hogan, Cassady Graham, Connor Hickman, Anastasia Gillio, Sara Wurst, Kassie Whitworth, Claire Bryan, Emma Reisman, Libby Vigil, and Betsy Todaro. These students combined to put in over 500 hours of their time to mentor middle school students who will eventually attend Mt. Spokane High School.

A special “thanks” to these eleven students for selflessly serving our community!

Go ‘Cats!

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Hannah Bowles – National Qualifier

A Wildcat took Iowa by storm!

Hannah Bowles, a Mt. Spokane High School junior, qualified for the Junior Olympics Nationals in Gymnastics. Competing as a level 10 gymnast for the first time, just making it to Junior Olympics (JO) Nationals this year was a major accomplishment. Hannah competed very well in front of family from Illinois, and her favorite events were the vault and floor. Not surprisingly, these were her two highest scoring events, too!

After the competition in Des Monies was over, Hannah was ranked as the 54th best gymnast in the nation. . . WOW!

Hannah’s ultimate goal is to compete as a college gymnast, and she is well on her way to making this dream a reality.

Congratulations, Hannah! We are proud of you!

Go ‘Cats!

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Wildcat Band Shines at Lilac Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade?

Amidst the rainy streets and smiling faces that lined the streets of downtown Spokane this past Saturday evening, the Mt. Spokane Wildcat Marching Band was truly a highlight!  (Click HERE to catch a glimpse of their performance!)

Led by the talented Scott Jones and James Layman, our student-musicians played beautifully and were rewarded with cheers. Having our very own senior Bailyn Piecewicz as a 2015 Lilac Princess only added to the magical night, and I was one proud Principal among the hundreds on the parade route.

Congratulations, ‘Cats!

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Thoughtful Wildcats – Link Crew

Staff members at Mt. Spokane were invited to quite a treat this week!

Organized by our incredible Link Crew students and their teacher Sue Dunfield, MSHS teachers took the opportunity to eat lunch and receive a creative “thank you” note for all they do.

Thank you Link Crew!  Your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated!

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Senior Awards 2015

What a night!

Celebrating the academic accomplishments that were earned by the Class of 2015 was worth every minute during our ceremony this past Wednesday night. From department awards to military appointments to those who are earning their Associate of Arts degree this June, the night was highlighted by the smiling faces of students who have truly accomplished something special.

Congratulations to all of our Wildcat scholars! We are proud of your accomplishments!

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What’s with the Rock?

Mt. Spokane has a new rock.

Don’t worry, the beautiful rock that greets students and parents each morning is going nowhere. Spectators entering our gymnasium off the student parking lot, however, will now be greeted by a MSHS Spirit Rock. Thanks to the generosity of the Smith family and the leadership of senior Mike Schupp, a new school tradition has been born.

Currently painted to celebrate the Class of 2015, the rock will be updated by our Associated Student Body. Used to celebrate school events and clubs, stay tuned to see the difference faces and messages on the rock!

Go ‘Cats!

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Prom 2015 – A Night in Venice

The Riverside Event Center, (former Masonic Temple), served as a beautiful setting for the Class of 2015 and their Senior Prom on Saturday, May 2nd.

With the theme “A Night in Venice” apparent everywhere, over 370 students donned their best formal attire and had a memorable evening. The senior class council, led by senior advisor Ashley Byrne, truly pulled out all the stops. From small locks that students could initial and then place on fences to throwing the keys away in a small fountain, each detail was thoughtful and appreciated.

Congratulations, seniors, on starting your final month at MSHS in such a classy way!

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DECA Nationals – MSHS Represented!

The Mt. Spokane High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) program is one of the strongest in the area, and their most recent showing at Nationals is yet another example of their excellence!

Over 18,000 DECA members from all over the world competed at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC or DECA nationals) on April 24th – April 28th in Orlando, Florida. The students who represented Mt. Spokane High School did so with class, and their efforts were celebrated on a national stage.

Alexa Biever, Kaylen Carlson, and Kaylee Piper competed in School Base Enterprise, and our Mt. Spokane Store was recognized as one the top 100 student stores in the world.

Courtney Uplinger and Laine Miller competed in Travel and Tourism and performed well – great job, girls!

Brooke Pefley and Meghan Tabacek competed as individuals in Sports and Entertainment Marketing and, again, both were well-prepared and represented themselves and MSHS with great pride!

Last year Meghan Tabacek made it to the top 20 and her goal this year was to make it to the top 10. Meghan walked away with three medals and was recognized as having the top role play in her first presentation. At the Closing ceremony Meghan was called up on stage and made her goal and finished in the top 10. What an accomplishment!

Special thanks to our advisor, Dave Whitehead, for preparing our students for this event!

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MSHS Algebra Teachers Rock RAMP

The Riverpoint Advanced Math Project (RAMP) provided a wonderful opportunity to watch our MSHS Algebra team at their very best.

A collaborative and highly functional team, four of our five teachers engaged in a multi-year commitment to analyze and refine their practice in the classroom. The culminating experience was a presentation in front of colleagues from Ferris, Gonzaga Prep, Cheney and Salk, and our team was simply amazing.

Schools are only as quality as the people who serve within them. We are so fortunate to have the quality, caring teachers we do at Mt. Spokane High School.  Our Algebra team is a shining example of this reality.

Thank you Kira Lazore, Pam Tsuchida, Stephanie Semb and Jeff Naslund for your commitment to RAMP, each other, and student learning. You’re appreciated!

Go ‘Cats!