Talented ‘Cats

Call this a potpourri of fantastic news!

Last week we celebrated our US Army – NFL Hall of Fame Award of Excellence nominee: senior Makenzie Funk. As the first student EVER from the state of Washington, Makenzie was honored at an assembly that was held in the MSHS Theatre. NFL Hall of Fame player Mike Haynes honored Makenzie with her award, and we are all incredibly proud of this strong student/athlete. Truly, she is deserving as only one of 25 national finalists!

Following this assembly, I was honored to celebrate two more student/athletes at the annual GSL Scholar-Athlete Luncheon. This year Megan Billeter and Hayden Dressel were our nominees, and this award luncheon at the Spokane Club was the perfect setting to honor their four year careers. Joined by nominees from the nine other GSL schools, honoring the golf, volleyball, distance running and academic accomplishments of both Megan and Hayden was a pleasure.

Fast forward to this week where, last night, we celebrated our 2017 Spokane Scholars. For the past 25 years, the Spokane Scholars board has honored the most notable scholars from schools in Spokane County. This year we were pleased to nominate Taylor Bastian (English), Joey Roach (Social Studies), Makenzie Funk (Science), Andrew Bailey (Math), Lindsey Carlson (World Languages) and Tannor Glumbik (Fine Arts). Congratulations to these incredible scholars. . . we are proud of your dedication and hard work!

Our “Why” statement at Mt. Spokane High School reads as follows: Empowering People – Abolishing Apathy – Creating What’s Next. Each of these events, highlighted by our talented students, fulfills the intent of our statement perfectly. What an amazing group of students!

Go ‘Cats!

Wildcats to National Hockey Championships

MSHS will be well represented at the US Hockey National Championships in Frisco, Texas this April!

There are five Wildcats on the Spokane Junior Chiefs U16AA team that was crowned as the 2017 PNAHA State Champions. Aaron Morris, Kyle Knoles, Damon Lawton, Jacob Ketola and Jeremy Headley will all be on the ice from April 6th through the 10th, and we are so proud to congratulate these student/athletes on their amazing accomplishment!

Go Jr. Chiefs!

Go ‘Cats!

Simply Cool

Mt. Spokane students create some crazy cool things, and this is one more example!

Cycilee French made this from a flat piece of sheet metal at Skills Center (Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering program), and the result is absolutely blog-worthy!

Nice work, Cycilee!

Go ‘Cats!

NEWESD101 – Art Winners!

Mt. Spokane students are incredibly talented, and these two talented artists are perfect examples!

We are PROUD to congratulate Emily Willmore (ceramic sculpture) and Bridget Clouse (pastel drawing), as they both were awarded first place at the NEWESD101 regional art competition.

Additionally, Bridget Clouse was awarded the Judge’s Choice Award and a Central Washington University $3000 art scholarship.

There will be an awards reception on Friday, March 17th at 4:00 pm at the NEWESD101 Conference Center.  Both winning art pieces will travel to Olympia where they are entered into the state competition.
Congratulations, girls!

One Cool ‘Cat – Jagger Jacobi

The past year has been a busy one for MSHS junior Jagger Jacobi.

After attending a  regional FBU (football) camp in June of 2016 in Seattle, Jagger was selected to take part at the “Top Gun” camp in South Carolina in July. This three day camp included one-on-one instruction and competition amongst some of the best high school players in our country.

After another strong performance, Jagger then was invited to attend the US Army All-American Bowl Combine. This combine, in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamo Dome, welcomed 600 high school football players from around the nation. These young men each competed for a chance to be considered for the 2018 US Army All-America Bowl that is held annually in San Antonio.

Jagger also was able to watch the 2017 game, and his best memory was competing in one-on-one drills against Division I athletes. It was an experience he won’t soon forget!

“Iron sharpens Iron” was the quote that really stuck with Jagger during his time in Texas, and he is hopeful that his experiences will help our Mt. Spokane team get back to the state playoffs this upcoming fall.

Thank you for sharing your story, Jagger!

Go ‘Cats!



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!