Chase Gyllenhammer – Quite a ‘Cat

Chase Gyllenhammer leads by example.

A first-team All-GSL offensive lineman the past two years, Chase is regarded by his teammates as truly a leader on the field. Thankfully, he was featured in an article that ran within the Spokesman-Review at NWPREPSNOW.

Congratulations, Chase, on this recognition! We are proud of your hard work and dedication to MSHS!

Go ‘Cats!

Click HERE to read the feature story!


An Afternoon with Wildcat Band


It’s easy to talk about perspective. Especially when it’s discussed in the context of gaining a viewpoint that challenges someone’s day to day routine. Thankfully, I was given the opportunity to actively enhance my perspective on our incredible marching band program Tuesday afternoon.

After receiving a challenge from drum major Barrett Soth, I planned to attend a marching band practice to “take in” how they prepare and refine their show. With direct instructions to be on the field “promptly at 3:00pm – ready to go,” I suddenly found myself amongst some of our most dedicated and talented students. Water bottle in hand, I quickly learned that this was serious business.

Direct commands quickly called the group to attention and, to be frank, I had absolutely no clue what was happening. Oddly enough, with the help and support of my fellow marchers, I quickly fell into the fold. Marching with legs straight and stepping heel to toe, my confidence soared as we marched up and down the practice field. I actually started to joke with those around me until. . .

We had to march backwards.

This is when my perspective suddenly changed. Almost instantly I had a greater appreciation for the hours of preparation and technical skill that each and every marching band member must possess. Not only was was the act of marching a task – I wasn’t even carrying or playing an instrument! To say I was humbled would be a gross understatement.

While I often tell people I have the best job anyone could imagine, Tuesday afternoon clearly illustrated why I feel the way I do. Surrounded by talented adults who give of their expertise and time to our amazing students who showed me the ropes, I can’t imagine anywhere else I would have rather been.

Thank you, MSHS Marching Band! You made my day!


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National Merit Semifinalist – Andrew Hoover

What an incredible achievement, and honor, for MSHS senior Andrew Hoover. An accomplished student/athlete, Andrew has been named a National Merit Semifinalist in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. A formal announcement reads as follows:

“Today officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.”

Congratulations, Andrew! We are proud of your accomplishments and wish you all the best as you advance in this extremely prestigious competition.

Spokesman-Review coverage: Click HERE


What a WEEK!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If true, this collection is worth twenty-one thousand!

Thank you for a GREAT week! It’s going to be a fantastic year!

Go ‘Cats!

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Bruce Holbert – WSBA Finalist!

What an honor!

Mt. Spokane staff member Bruce Holbert was recently announced as a finalist for the 2015 Washington State Book Award for his second novel: The Hour of Lead.

One of only five finalists, we will learn if Mr. Holbert wins this prestigious award on October 10th!

Congratulations, Bruce!

Seattle Times coverage link: HERE
Inlander coverage link: HERE

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MSHS Staff is ALL IN!

As the entire Mead School District descended upon Mt. Spokane High School yesterday, people were greeted with all things Wildcat.

From our cheerleaders and ASB students who welcomed each and every person with a smile and genuine welcome, to our band who literally stole the show with their 2015 marching band program, it was impossible to not feel and appreciate the energy that radiated through our commons and gym. These students and their infectious attitudes were punctuated by Mt. Spokane High School staff members who all attended with “ALL IN” shirts that just confirmed what was plainly obvious: the 2015-16 school year at MSHS is going to be fantastic.

“ALL IN” just isn’t, however, some random “rah rah” attempt. After Mt. Spokane teachers considered why each of them comes to work each day, a statement was generated last spring that attempts to capture the sentiment of almost 100 dedicated, hard working professionals. The “Why” at Mt. Spokane High School is as follows:



And so, as we enter the first day of school after Labor Day, I hope everyone in our school community considers how they might be “All In” when it comes to supporting our students in everything they choose to pursue.

I wish each of you a relaxing and memorable Labor Day weekend.  Rest assured that your principal is, truly, “ALL IN” when it comes to Mt. Spokane High School and our students and staff.  I know how lucky I am to serve in this capacity, and I look forward to Tuesday, September 8th!

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Wildcat Band Debut – WOW!

Gigantic wind gusts? Check.

Ridiculous dust? Check.

One remarkable debut performance despite limited time outside? Check!

The 2015 Mt. Spokane Marching Band Show – Sounds of the Season – made it’s debut last Friday night, and the result was incredible. Staged on the far field due to track construction, our students gave a wonderful first performance for family, friends and community members. . . I can hardly wait to see the first competition!

Thanks to directors Scott Jones and James Layman. Your hours of preparation are appreciated! Thanks, too, to Nancy Butz as our drill team looked spectacular! Finally, THANK YOU to our dedicated band students who endured terrible air quality and less-than-optimum conditions throughout their weeks of camp. You amaze me!

Go ‘Cats!