“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”
Ralph Marston

As we now enter Winter Break as a school community, I found myself reflecting on this quote as students and staff were leaving for a much deserved reprieve. The silence of an empty high school is an eerie thing, and it was within this silence that I found the opportunity to be thankful for those with whom I spend my days.

I am thankful for our amazingly dedicated staff. Regardless of the job people hold at Mt. Spokane, the level of care and excellence they bring each and every day is inspiring. They motivate me to bring my best self each day.

I am thankful for our empathetic, diverse and talented student body. 1500 students from ages 14-18 bring an energy that is indescribable, and their achievements and challenges make me excited to do what I do each day. Truly, they are the best.

I am thankful for a community that supports our students passionately. The packed attendance at concerts and athletic events that took place over the last few weeks cemented this truth. It is this kind of support that allows our school to evolve in our mission to serve students.

And so, as I make my way from the office for some time with my family, please know I am thankful beyond measure. I am the lucky one.

I wish everyone in our community a safe, memorable and joyous holiday season. While a few days away will be a needed time to rest and reflect, I’m excited and confident that 2017 will be our best year yet at Mt. Spokane High School.

Happy Holidays!

Go ‘Cats!

“Mr. Nelson”

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Wildcat DECA – Simply the BEST!

Mt. Spokane DECA competed in the regional competition on December 6th at SFCC with 18 other schools and over 900 competitors.

MSHS DECA qualified at least one person/team in every event they competed in and is sending a record number of  85 competitors to state, which will be held in Bellevue March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Mt. Spokane competed 5 individuals or teams in the Individual Decision Making and Team Decision Making Events with the top 8 qualifying for state.  In the Professional Selling, Advertising, Promotion Plans, and Entrepreneurship events the top 6 qualified for state.   85 out of 141 competitors qualified! Go ‘Cats!

Mt. Spokane earned 37 of the available 96 spots in individual events including:

Apparel & Accessories

1st Alexis Desautel
3rd Tarienne Hoke
4th Anna Warner
7th Klaire Perry

Automotive Services Marketing
3rd Makayla Whitehead
5th Bradley Guevarra
6th Gavin Lemon

Business Financial Services
1st Heather LaCaze
3rd Jaden Hardy
7th Michael Tsuchida
8th Jacob Waters

Business Service Management
8th Jacob Morton

Food Marketing Service
3rd Hannah Madsen
6th Sukhleen Bolina
7th Gianna Parish

Hotel and Lodging Management
7th Megan Billeter

Human Resources Management
1st Andrew Sonneland
2nd Michelle McDonald
4th Hannah Sparber

Marketing Comunications
3rd Hanna Hess
6th Camryn Demarest
7th John Grieshaber

Quick Service Management
1st Nick Haynie
5th Ashton Wilber
6th Josh Rostollan
7th TJ (Tarek) Benton

Restaurant and Food Service Management
2nd Jaden Fleming
3rd Rebekah Neal
4th Devin Wiseman
5th Nicole Roman

Retail Merchandising Service
2nd Haley Milligan
6th Alyssa Powell

Sports and Entertainment Marketing
1st Lucas Thompson
2nd Brooke Pefley
4th Hayden Roberts
6th Jacob Carr
8th Brianna Carr

Mt. Spokane had 18 teams qualify out of 56 team event slots possible!

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
1st Natalie Craudell and Emily Fry
7th Dakota Ervin and Jordan Quinlan

Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
1st Kelsey Byus and Ava Figon
5th Baylie Moe and Bria Schwald
7th Rachel Linton and Maddie McDermott

Financial Analysis Team Decision Making
1st Jared Mehring and Sam Spears
2nd George Johnson and Adam Sonneland
5th Josie Martin and Shanley Oakes
6th Docker Davis and Cade Neuman
7th London Sanders and Lucas Smith

Hospitality Team Decision Making
5th Caleb Countryman and Annop Hothi
6th Ryan Alm and Risone Ama

Marketing Communication Team Decision Making
3rd Abbey Miller and Molly Stanford

Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
1st Jinna Brim and Meghan Tabacek
5th Erika Brooks and Baylee McHaney
7th Miahna Waters and Haley Schnug
8th Logan Anyan and Luke Clark

Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making
1st Sydney Campbell and Jesse Dupuis

Only 6 spots in each event go to state.  All but 1 of the competitors Mt. Spokane DECA entered in the events listed below qualified for state.

Advertising Campaign
2nd Lindsey Carlson and Halle Hanson

Fashion Merchandising Promotional Plan
2nd Katie Maher and Elizabeth Redmond

Entrepreneurial Innovational Promotional Plan
6th Payton Stiles and Preston Bingley

Financial Consulting
2nd Dylan Hathaway

Professional Selling
2nd Dayton Hammond
3rd Blake Peterson

Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
1st Preston Bingley
2nd Savanna Romero
4th Dawson Kamalu-Nako