One Cool ‘Cat – Mrs. Yolanda Dooley

Would you like to see how a high school library is supposed to serve students? If so, swing by Mt. Spokane and have a visit with Mrs. Yolanda Dooley.

Serving as the Queen of our library, Yolanda never ceases to come up with ideas to engage students and support them in their learning. Truly, this is a safe and nurturing place.

From working with circuits to using a 3D printer, students can let their imaginations run wild, and this is all due to the vision and care that Yolanda spends each day for our students and staff.

One idea that started a few years ago and continues to be popular is “Blind Date with a Book.” After reading a book, students have the ability to wrap it up, place clues on the paper cover, and allow other students to choose it without ever seeing the title. What a great idea!

Mt. Spokane High School is a special place because of people. Mrs. Yolanda Dooley makes this statement true each and every day!

One Cool ‘Cat – Bailey Lamb

Part of our “Why” at Mt. Spokane High School is to help guide students to determine “What’s Next?” once they leave our doors. This question, for junior Bailey Lamb, is already taking shape.

Bailey Lamb is active in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and it has been announced that he has earned a promotion to Chief Petty Officer, an exceptional accomplishment!

We are extremely proud of Bailey on his most recent designation. Additionally, our school community is thankful for his service to our country!

Congratulations, Bailey!

One Cool ‘Cat – Avery Plank

Project Unconditional Love.

A fitting title for an amazing non-profit that seeks to feed and vaccinate pets throughout our city. The coolest part? It was founded by a current Mt. Spokane High School 9th grade student.

In the summer of 2014, Avery Plank’s father was meeting with representatives from Blessings Under the Bridge. Casually, Avery asked if the dogs and cats that were running around were being fed and vaccinated. The response of “Not really” caused Avery to spring into action, and two and a half years later, the heart of his mission and work is alive and well.

Avery started by simply collecting extra pet food from friends and family. He would then take quarts and gallons of food to Blessings Under the Bridge for distribution. Fast forward to today, Project Unconditional Love is supported by Northwest Seed & Pet and serves animals throughout the greater Spokane area.

It’s an understatement, but Avery Plank is one cool ‘Cat, and we are fortunate to have him at Mt. Spokane!

Well hello, 2017-18!

What a start!

Thanks to an incredible student body and staff, the 2017-18 school year is off to a fantastic start at Mt. Spokane High School! From our opening day assembly to the settling-in process that always transpires within classrooms, the positive energy on our campus is real and tangible.

While the smoke from a horrific fire season stalled some activities and athletic contests, everyone within our community has rallied and responded to make the most of our facility constraints and scheduling challenges. Always resilient, I haven’t been surprised in the least!

As we progress through the year together, our “WHY” at MSHS will continue to guide the work that happens with students each day. Empowering People – Abolishing Apathy – Creating What’s Next. . . this is WHY we do WHAT we do with and for students and one another. I’m thankful to work with such dynamic people, and I’m confident the 21st year of our high school will be the best to date!

I encourage everyone to support our students as they take place in drama, athletic endeavors, music, clubs and community service projects this fall. When the statement “WE are Mt. Spokane” is stated, the “WE” is meant to include each and every student. This is a worthy goal, and one that our staff works hard to reach.

I am humbled and thankful to serve as the Principal at MSHS. This is going to be an epic year!

Go ‘Cats!

Darren

Wildcat Music – Simply Fantastic!

What a weekend for our music program at MSHS!

Last weekend, our student/musicians traveled to Vancouver, B.C. for the prestigious WorldStrides Music Festival, and the results were nothing short of spectacular!

While the list of accolades is provided, the best part of this story is that the dedication and hard work expended by everyone in the program was recognized in such a public way.  Thank you to our students and staff for representing Mt. Spokane High School. . . we are proud!

Go ‘Cats!

Music Awards – WorldStrides Music Festival 

Ensemble Awards

Symphonic Band – Silver award and 2nd place

Wind Ensemble – Gold award

Concert Orchestra – Gold award

Chamber Orchestra – Gold award

Symphonic Orchestra – Silver award and 2 nd place

Jazz Band 1 – Gold award and 1st place

Jazz Band 2 – Gold award and 2nd place

Percussion Ensemble – Gold award

Marching Band – Silver award

Maestro Awards (outstanding soloist awards)

Jared Crider – Flugelhorn

Tannor Glumbik – Mallets

Chase LaPlante – Drums and Mallets

Mt. Spokane HS won the Instrumental Sweepstakes of the entire festival! – meaning the three highest scoring ensembles!

Adjudicator Awards (Adjudicators favorite ensembles of the festival)

Wind Ensemble

Chamber Orchestra

Percussion Ensemble

Wildcat Track & Field – More Accolades!

Great news!

As our track and field athletes make their way to the post-season, more accolades were recently announced!

Pat Kostecka was named GSL Boys Coach of the Year.

Delaney Warren was named GSL Girls Thrower of the Year.

Dillon Lionello was named GSL Boys Thrower of the Year.

Congratulations, Wildcats!

 

America’s Most Challenging High Schools – We made it!

We made the list. . . AGAIN!

Congratulations to our Mt. Spokane High School community for being only one of three area high schools to be named to the annual list compiled by Jay Mathews at the Washington Post!

Please access the provided links to read more about this wonderful accolade!  This is 10+ years of MSHS receiving this honor!

Go ‘Cats!

Click HERE and HERE to learn more!

Wildcat Finalists – Spokane Youth Sports Awards

Each year the Spokane Sports Commission recognizes the “best of the best” in high school athletics, and this year our Mt. Spokane High School community is strongly represented!

With only three finalists in each category, it’s an honor simply to be recognized!

Alex Schuerman is named as a finalist for “Coach of the Year”

Mt. Spokane Baseball is named as a finalist for “2A/3A/4A Top Male High School Sports Team”

Mt. Spokane Volleyball is named a finalist for “2A/3A/4A Top Female High School Sports Team”

Winners will be announced Monday, June 5th in a formal award-show event. The night will also be broadcast live on SWX!

Congratulations to our student/athletes and coaches!

Go ‘Cats!

 

Wildcat Baseball – A Perfect GSL Season

What a journey!

The 2017 MSHS Wildcat Baseball team completed the perfect GSL season this past weekend with their victory over North Central. Playing at home, our ‘Cats captured a 20-0 record. . . the first of its kind in school history!

Congratulations to everyone in our program!

Go ‘Cats!  Keep it rolling!

One Cool ‘Cat – April Johnston

Congratulations to a fantastic student/athlete!

April Johnston is an USA Gymnast, Level 8 and also a 9th grade student at Mt. Spokane High School.  On March 18, 2017 she won the Washington State Vault Championship with a fantastic 9.6. April also placed 4th in the all-around scoring, which included scores from the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor routine.

Due to this fantastic accomplishment, April competed at the Region 2  meet (WA, OR, AK, MT, ID, HI)!  What an accomplishment!

Congratulations, April!  We are proud!

Go ‘Cats!