MSHS DECA – What a Weekend!

Arguably the strongest DECA program in Washington, advisor Dave Whitehead sent another strong contingent to the state competition in Bellevue this past weekend, and the results were stellar!

17 participants made the finals stages at state this weekend with a total of 14 members moving on to the International Career Development Conference, (DECA’s International competition), in Anaheim April 25th – 30th.

Making it on the finals stage were:
Alexis Desautel in Apparel & Accessories
Megan Billeter in Hotel & Lodging
Haydon Roberts in Sports & Entertainment
Emily Fry & Natalie Craudel in Business Law & Ethics
Sam Spears & Jared Merhing in Financial Service Management
Lucas Smith & London Sanders in Financial Service Management

Making it on the finals stage and moving on to Anaheim are:
1st Place – Luke Thompson in Sports and Entertainment Marketing
1st place – Payton Stiles & Preston Bingley in Entrepreneurship Innovations Plan
4th place – Preston Bingley placing in Hospitality Professional Sales
4th place – Jinna Brim & Meghan Tabacek in Team Sports and Entertainment Marketing
5th place – Nick Haynie in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
5th place – George Johnson and Adam Sonneland in Financial Service Management

Qualifying earlier for ICDC in the Student Based Enterprise competition where: Abbey Miller, Alexis Desautel, Troy Ruffin, Hanna Hess and Halle Hanson.

Special thanks, too, to staff members Bob Ganahl, David Pratt, Joanie-Pringle Jones, Lisa LaBenne, Susan Pfursich, Terra Davidson, Tiffany Degenhart, and Yolanda Dooley for all their help as chaperones!

Great job, ‘Cats!

Michelle McDonald – Selfless Leader Recognized

Two years ago, MSHS student Michelle McDonald had a request: she wanted to start a club that would address homelessness in the Spokane area.

Not a small task to undertake for a high school sophomore, but Michelle was determined, and her desire to help others was both powerful and sincere. From this moment, Project HOPE was born at MSHS, and Michelle’s leadership has led to many incredible moments.

Now a senior, and after many memorable events that have focused on giving to and helping others, Michelle was recently recognized by the Chase Youth Commission at its annual awards ceremony.

Michelle received the Judges Choice Award this past week. After all of the individual awards were given, the judges then chose from among all the nominees and selected a few outstanding individuals for a special honor, and Michelle was chosen! What a great moment for Michelle and her family!

We are PROUD of Michelle McDonald and the legacy she lives each day at Mt. Spokane!

Go Michelle! Go ‘Cats!


National History Day – A Wildcat Tradition

MSHS staff member Luke Thomas has created a tradition of excellence when it comes to National History Day, and this year has been no exception!

After attending the most recent qualifier at Eastern Washington University, nine Wildcat student qualified for the state competition:

1st Place
Ali Jones and Gabi Hager in group documentary
Brianna Kostecka in Individual Performance
Sophie Madill in Individual Documentary and
Avery Matson in Historical Paper

2nd Place
Maryn Osmun, Lindsey Pearson in group documentary
Tyler Pollock in individual documentary

Peter Duff also qualified for state in historical paper.

Congratulations to all of our student historians! We are proud!

Go ‘Cats!

Bailey Nowlin – What a Year!

The Rodeo accolades just keep coming for Mt. Spokane sophomore Bailey Nowlin!

Most recently, Bailey earned the title of ‘Champion’ at the JK Junior Rodeo.

She received 1st place Barrels, 1st place Breakaway roping, 1st place Goat Tying, 1st place Cow Riding, 1st place Steer Daubing, and 1st place Pole Bending.  That’s what you’d call a clean sweep!

Along with her teammates, Bailey is looking forward to the first Mt. Spokane Equestrian Team Meet the weekend of March 17-19th in Wenatchee, WA.

Congratulations, Bailey!  We are proud of you!

Go ‘Cats!

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!

Semester Ends + Pack the Palace

What a way to end a semester!

While it’s entirely possible that a semester end has coincided with ‘Pack the Palace’ in the past, last night was a unique one, in many ways, for our students and community.

First our booster club joined forces with Mead High School to provide a free indoor tailgate, and it didn’t disappoint. Spectators were treated to the summer smell of BBQ immediately when they entered our doors, and I’m so very thankful for the time and care that these people spend to support our kids. Thanks to everyone who flipped a burger or dog, set up a table, manned a table for donations to the Ronald McDonald house, or cleaned up a mess. I am very appreciative.

Then, entering our gymnasium, our amazing pep band of current students, alumni and 8th graders set the tone with their moving performance of the national anthem. An emotional and intense girls game came down to the final shot. Halftimes provided both perspective and entertainment as our Unified basketball team joined with Mead’s to highlight the joy of sport with both student bodies cheering loudly in support. Our district qualifying dance team then performed to a packed house during intermission of the boys game, and I found myself marveling at the number of students who were involved. This is what high school should be about.

The night ended with our boys defeating Mead High School, winning the two-game series for the first time in many years. As I worked with our Athletic Director, Paul Kautzman, to pick up the remnants of a memorable evening, I was tired for all the right reasons. Thank you Mt. Spokane High School. That was a good night.