Marching Wildcats 2015 – Sounds of the Season

Most people outside the marching band community probably don’t equate this activity with a season. It’s easy to define athletic seasons and, much like football or volleyball, the MSHS marching band also finds its competitive season in the fall. Thankfully, this weekend, I was able to travel and watch their final show.

Held on a beautiful Saturday at Washington State University, Pullman welcomed our entire program to the inaugural WSU Marching Band Championships, and the event was all our musicians hoped it would be.

Performing against ten other high schools from Washington and Montana, the day was broken into two rounds of competition. When the evening was over, our Wildcats had captured the grand sweepstakes prize awarded to the best overall band. Additionally, our program received the following accolades: Best Music, Best Visual, Best Colorguard, Best Percussion and Best Drum Major. Wow! What a way to wrap-up the season!

It’s no secret that the key to high school for many students is finding a place to call home. Beyond the awards and performances, I enjoyed watching our students laugh, dance and engage the opportunity. Truly, this is their place.

Thanks to Scott Jones and James Layman – our talented directors. Thank you for investing your time and talents!

Make sure to catch our award-winning band one last time this Thursday evening at Joe Albi Stadium! Kickoff for our Homecoming game against Shadle Park is set for 7:15pm.

Go ‘Cats!

Check out the Senior Send-Off HERE

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Girls XC – GSL Champions!

A dream season continues for our MSHS girls cross country program.

Facing a meet at Mead High School that, by all accounts, was expected to go down to the final runner, our varsity girls left no doubt that they were the best team in the Greater Spokane League.

With the top 3 finishers all wearing cardinal and blue, the girls cruised to the championship with tough, gritty performances all the way around.

NWPrepsNow captured the afternoon clearly:
“Behind a powerhouse performance from Micaela Kostecka, the Mt. Spokane girls cross-country team went undefeated today in their meet against Ferris, Mead and Shadle Park, claiming an undefeated season and winning the GSL championship. Mt. Spokane also had four other runners finish in the top 10, including Shawnee Konrad and Makenna Endebrock.”

Congratulations, girls, on this wonderful accomplishment!  We are proud!

Go ‘Cats!

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Celebrating Culture – Spanish @ MSHS

Understanding and appreciating culture is a key part of the world languages department at Mt. Spokane High School, and Jill Weiler’s Spanish classroom is a perfect example.

Currently students are studying the significance of Día de los Muertos. Celebrated in Mexico & Guatemala, this two day festival is held to remember ones who have been lost, and the attached picture shows the physical manifestation of this festival at MSHS.

Thank you, Mrs. Weiler, for immersing our students in culture through the study of language!

Go ‘Cats!

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Sounds of the Season – What a show!

The 2015 MSHS Marching Band show is receiving rave reviews each and every weekend.  While I’ve referenced the show numerous times, this is the first opportunity I’ve had to link a video of the show from competition.

Great job, band!  Good luck this upcoming weekend in Pullman!

Go ‘Cats!

Watch the show from Yakima – click HERE

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Wildcat Girls XC – What a season!

These are some fast ‘Cats.

The 2015 girls’ cross country team at Mt. Spokane High School has steadily put together one of the best seasons in our school’s history, and the best is yet to come!

Currently sitting undefeated in the Greater Spokane League, our girls try to capture an outright GSL championship this Wednesday when they take on the Mead Panthers, Shadle Park Highlanders and Ferris Saxons at Mead High School. As a 3A school, our girls are also ranked second in the state and hope to peak at the regional (10/31 @ Wandermere) and state (11/7 @ Pasco) meets.

Good luck, girls, on your final races of the season! We are proud of your accomplishments!

Go ‘Cats!

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The Bell Stays at MSHS!

Wildcat Strong.

After a full week of spirit and competition, the feelings of pride that are evident in and around our MSHS community are real and deserved. These memories, however, are the end product of many special people who all deserve thanks.

Thank you to our students who continue to show up each and every week to support one another and represent MSHS. Collectively, YOU are the reason why Mt. Spokane High School is so special.

Thank you to our incredible Wildcat Booster Club and our Athletic Director Paul Kautzman. Your work to annually provide the best Friday night high school tailgate in Spokane County is appreciated more than you realize. Our community gathers almost three hours before kickoff because of the environment you create. You are a special group of people with gigantic hearts – thank you.

Thank you to our parents. The Battle of the Bell was living proof that MSHS families are truly loud and proud. We are thankful for your continued support of our students and programs.

Thank you to our unbelievably talented photographers. Bob Ganahl, (and his yearbook crew), David Barnes and Jason Davis all provide memories that are, in every sense of the word, gifts. Last night will live on through your skilled eyes and abilities.

Finally, thank you to Mead High School. From the electric volleyball match on Thursday night to the event that is the Battle of the Bell, our rivalry is special because of the pride each school possesses.

I’m thankful and humbled to be a part of Mt. Spokane High School. Thanks to each of the aforementioned groups for who you are and what you do. . . you’re all appreciated.

Go ‘Cats!

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