NEWTECH Skills Center – Student of the Month

Congratulations to MSHS junior Azaria Pounder!

The NEWTECH Skills Center serves numerous high schools in the greater Spokane area, and they recognize one student each month that exemplifies their chosen theme.  January’s theme was integrity, and Azaria Pounder was a natural fit!

Azaria’s Culinary Arts instructor, Kathleen Proud, writes the following about Azaria:

“”Azaria has respect for everyone around her. She shows this throughout her day in all situations. She is an amazing listener and really shows people that she cares about them and our program. As an instructor, I could ask her to complete any task and it is done professionally and always done well. As a team member she allows others to work at their ability as she gives encouraging words. I would gladly work with her in any job setting or task. Congratulations, well deserved.”

We are PROUD!  Congratulations, Azaria!

NFL Hall of Fame & US Army Tabs MSHS Senior!

February 8th will forever be a special day for Mt. Spokane senior Makenzie Funk.

While sitting in her 5th period AP Literature class, Makenzie received a phone call and stepped quietly in the hall to answer. The voice on the end of the line was from the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, George Veras, and he was calling with a special news.

Makenzie was chosen as a finalist for the 2017 US Army Pro Football Award of Excellence. This is the fifth year of the program, and Makenzie is only one of 25 honorees selected nationally – what an honor!

What happens next is truly spectacular. As stated by the NFL:

“With this honor, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and a representative of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will come to your high school this spring to present the student with a Finalist Plaque of Excellence during a special recognition ceremony.”

Additionally, Makenzie and her family will travel to Canton, Ohio for the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony where she will be treated to lunch with the 10 inductees and an invitation to the weekend’s festivities.

Congratulations, Makenzie, on this incredible honor!  I can’t think of a better person to represent Mt. Spokane High School on a national stage!

The US Army Award for Excellence – Click HERE

Go Makenzie!

Go ‘Cats!


MSHS Seniors Honored by Boys & Girls Club

Congratulations to MSHS seniors Heather Becker and Brennan Jumbo! Both were recently awarded designations by the Spokane County Boys & Girls Club, and we are extremely proud!
Heather Becker was named as the “Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County Teen Youth of the Year” and is the first Mead School District student to earn this designation.
Heather will travel to the state competition in Seattle on March 22nd to compete with 16 other teens for the honor of potentially winning the “Boys & Girls Club of Washington State Youth of the Year.” Heather will also receive a $1,000 college scholarship from our local Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County.

Brennan Jumbo was chosen as the BGC “Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Teen Youth of the Year.” He is a selfless young man who is extremely deserving!

Congratulations to Heather and Brennan!  We are proud!

Wildcat History Bowl

Lindsey Carlson, Anthony Torchia, Kellen Fitzgerald and Joey Roach. Fantastic Mt. Spokane High School students.  All dedicated to National History Bowl.

Competing for two years together, these students are hoping to compete at the national competition in Washington DC. To help defray part of the costs, they have started a gofundme page specific to their team.

We are PROUD of these students and their desire to continue to nationals!  (Click HERE for the gofundme site.)

Great job, ‘Cats!

Wildcats Shine at Festival

What a weekend for Mt. Spokane High School at the Solo & Ensemble Festival at Rogers High School. Highlighting the regions best student musicians, our Wildcats performed extremely well! Here are the results:

Josh Zacharias (Basoon) – winner
Jacob Zacharias (Euphonium) – winner
Jared Crider (Tuba) – winner
Camilla Fettig (Clarinet) – winner
Brass Quintet (Brass Ensemble – Large)  – winner
Connor Brennan (Alto Sax) – winner

First Alternates:
Jacob Zacharias (Trombone) – 1st alternate
Seth Reed (Euphonium) – 1st alternate
Jared Crider (Trumpet) – 1st alternate
WW Quintet (Woodwind – Large Ensemble) – 1st alternate
Leo Araiza (Snare) – 1st alternate
Percussion Sextet (Percussion Ensemble – Large) – 1st alternate
Davis Molgard (Vocal Bass) – 1st alternate

Second Alternates:
Sax Quartet (Woodwind – Small Ensemble) – 2nd alternate
Flock of Saxes (Woodwind – Small Ensemble)​– 2nd alternate
Chase LaPlante (Snare) – 2nd alternate
Percussion Ensemble I 
(Percussion Ensemble – Large) ​– 2nd alternate
Tannor Glumbik (mallets) – 2nd alternate
David Stephens (multiple percussion) – 2nd alternate

Special thanks to James Layman, Scott Jones and Dale Emery for all of their work and support of students!  Fantastic job, ‘Cats!