Caring ‘Cats

Giving back.

The Mt. Spokane Cheer Squad and Dance Team gave of their time to help with the 2016 Marmot March for Spokane children. Working together, the girls helped to make this annual event a memorable one for the kids who participated.

Thank you, girls, for giving your time! Thanks, too, to advisor Nancy Butz for helping to make this volunteer opportunity possible!

Go ‘Cats!

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National History Day – ‘Cats at State!

Another state-level National History Day competition. Another great showing for a group of Mt. Spokane scholars!

Green River CC is the backdrop for this picture. MSHS students, (literally on the river), took a photo-op moment after competing at state for History Day. Congratulations to the 11 students who competed with four in the finals!

Congratulations to the following ‘Cats:

Sarah Theischafer
Ali Jones
Kaitlyn Zemke
Sophie Madill
Maryn Osmun
Gabi Campbell
Elisabeth Smith
Christina Frazier
Joey Roach
Kellen Fitzgerald
Leah Walton

We are proud of your dedication and achievements!


Wildcats travel to OSF


This word best describes my feelings after learning that our students would be traveling to Ashland, Oregon to take-in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Thanks to the leadership of drama director Jessica Rempel, a group of MSHS students had the opportunity to visit one of the most decorated theatre companies in the United States.

The provided picture was taken in front of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, modeled after the Globe. Students watched four shows, participated in a workshop about how culture influences art, and had a multimedia backstage tour. Fun was had by all!

Thank you to Jessica Rempel for supporting this endeavor!

Go ‘Cats!


Madaleine Osmun – One Cool ‘Cat

As a student just wrapping-up her sophomore year, Madaleine Osmun accepted the challenge to serve on the Sate Board of Education. Now that her two-year term has ended, I was glad to listen to Madaleine’s reflections as she prepares to graduate as a MSHS Senior.

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Madaleine felt like there is more to accomplish and wishes that she could actually serve another year.

The “biggest” challenge was trying to find solutions for the complex issues that face our educational system. For example, testing is a hot button issue. While Madaleine understands the positive implications for a larger system, she struggles with the value-added for individual students.

* “I will always remember the student representatives that I served with on the board. We have become very good friends through my experience.”
* “I loved giving presentations and always felt like adults were listening. I never felt like a token, and I appreciated feeling this way.”
* “Site visits always reflected teachers and administrators who cared deeply.”
* “I’ve learned how to be independent, think for myself, and analyze situations and issues.”
* “It was interesting to be on the ‘interviewer’ side of the chair. Gaining that perspective of seeing what was important through an interview process will help me later in life. I also realize I don’t have to be so intimidated when interviewing for a position.”

Thank you, Madaleine, for representing Mt. Spokane with such dignity and class. We are very proud of your service to our state!

Go ‘Cats!

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Cailin Spencer – One Cool ‘Cat

Maximizing opportunities.

As the class of 2016 counts down the days to prom and graduation, I’m proud to recognize Cailin Spencer as a senior who has truly maximized her time at Mt. Spokane High School.

Each spring I encourage incoming 9th grade students to find a community and invest in people during their time at Mt. Spokane. We know, as a school, that students who find a niche’ enjoy their high school experience at a deeper level and, typically, achieve academically.

Thankfully, Cailin Spencer found the time to follow numerous passions and invest in multiple communities during her four year high school career. As a result, (and this comes as no surprise to those who know her well), Cailin has remained involved with a smile on her face and a determination to achieve. Among a litany of accomplishments and commitments, here is a sample of Cailin’s legacy at Mt. Spokane:

* A four-year member of our marching band program.
* Pep Band member (from time to time)
* A four-year varsity golfer. This includes a spot on our first-ever state championship team!
* Choir
* Drama participant including roles in The Importance of Being Earnest, Epic Proportions, The Crucible, Into the Woods and Les’ Miserables
* Volunteer at Meadow Ridge Elementary to help with drama productions.
* A Class of 2016 Valedictorian.
* 2016 GSL Scholar/Athlete Award Winner.

Although the pull of graduation is strong, Cailin still refers to goals she hopes to achieve before walking across the stage at Gonzaga University and receiving her high school diploma. With her golf team poised to make a deep run, Cailin has her sights set on a top 5 individual finish at the state golf championships and believes another state title for our team is within reach. (Go ‘Cats!)

When asked to reflect on a favorite memory from her days at Mt. Spokane, Cailin didn’t hesitate when she stated: “Any time in band with my friends. I appreciate the times we’re able to just sit and be together. Small things. . . that is what I’ll remember.”

Next fall Cailin plans to attend Carroll College in Helena, Montana. She will major in chemistry or biology with a potential minor in psychology. Eventually, her long-term goal is to apply to medical school to pursue a career as a Pediatrician. Knowing her work ethic and desire, I have no doubt that her post-secondary path will be a successful one!

Thank you, Cailin, for all you’ve given to Mt. Spokane High School! We are proud!

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Wildcat DECA – Nationals in Nashville!

What a fantastic way to end a memorable year for MSHS DECA!

This past week, and after intense regional and state qualifiers, 13 Mt. Spokane students traveled to the International Career Develop Conference in Nashville for its annual competition. Led by advisor Dave Whitehead, our students had another outstanding showing.

Over 17,000 students from countries all over the world were present at this competition. Alexa Biever, Kaylee Piper​​, and Alexis Desautel competed in School Base Enterprise and made it to the finals where they were recognized as one of the top 25 stores in the world. Additionally, Meghan Tabacek became the 1st Mt. Spokane Student to make it up on stage for a 3rd straight year as she won one of her two role-plays.

Congratulations to all of our Wildcats who qualified and made the trip:

Alexia Biever
Sydney Campbell
Kaylen Carlson
Alexis Desautel
Jesse Dupuis
Kenneth Headley
Renee Klemmer
Geena McNett
Abbey Miller
Kaylee Piper
Noah Russell
Meghan Tabacek
Lucas Thompson

We are so very proud of your accomplishments! Go ‘Cats!

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Spokane Scholars – What a Night!

The 24th annual Spokane Scholars banquet was, once again, a spectacular evening.

Held at the Spokane Convention Center, 25 high schools from around our region select six (6) students to represent their school in English, Social Studies, Science, World Languages, Mathematics and Fine Art. A powerful group of students, our representatives from Mt. Spokane were right at home among the most intelligent and driven individuals from the region.

Mt. Spokane Spokane Scholars included:
Derek Bouvier – Science
Bailey O’Connor – Social Studies
Kate Grossmann – English
Andrew Hoover – Mathematics
John Petrovich – Fine Arts
Michelina Cozzetto – World Languages

Additionally, Kate Grossmann was selected as a Spokane Scholars grant recipient. Named second in the field, Kate earned a $3000.00 grant from the Spokane Scholars Foundation. Congratulations, Kate!

We are proud of each of our scholars! What an evening!

Go ‘Cats!


Honor Roll Celebration – 625 Strong!


625 Wildcat Scholars earned a spot on the first-semester Honor Roll, and their efforts were celebrated this past week. Receiving a certificate and additional “passing period” time, these students were treated to donuts and lemonade courtesy of our Academic Booster Club, (CATS group).

Thanks to Brenda Goehring for her leadership to make this annual event happen!

Over 40% of our student body earned above a 3.5 GPA first semester. . . that is truly fantastic!

Go ‘Cats!

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Seattle Heritage Music Festival – What a weekend!

The annual Seattle Heritage Music Festival boasts the best regional high school ensembles one can imagine. After a memorable weekend, our Wildcat music programs earned many accolades and truly left their mark on the festival.

Take a look at the final results:

MSHS Jazz Choir – Gold Award

MSHS Wind Ensemble – 1st Place (Gold Award)

MSHS Percussion Ensemble – 1st Place (Gold Award)

MSHS Jazz I – 2nd Place (Gold)

MSHS Chamber Orchestra – Gold Award

MSHS Symphonic Orchestra – 1st Place (Gold Award)

Festival of Gold Invitees:
MSHS Wind Ensemble
MSHS Symphonic Orchestra

Maestro Award Recipients (Outstanding Musical Performance)
Tannor Glumbik
Jeff Updike
Devin Petersen
John Petrovich

Adjudicator Award Recipients:
MSHS Percussion Ensemble
MSHS Symphonic Orchestra

Highest Scoring Orchestra Group:
MSHS Symphonic Orchestra

Congratulations and sincere thanks to all of our incredibly talented student musicians. Additionally, the weekend could not have happened without the dedication and vision of directors Dave Teal, Dale Emery, Scott Jones and James Layman. Thanks to each of you for supporting our fantastic students with programs that provide life-changing opportunities. Thanks, too, to administrative assistant Laura Loomer who reviews each detail with care. You are all appreciated!

Go ‘Cats!

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Congratulations, Michele Ortiz!

What an academic accomplishment for Michele Ortiz!

Currently a junior at Mt. Spokane High School, Michele was recently recognized by the College Board for her score on the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT! Michele scored in the top 2.5% among all Hispanic/Latino test-takers in our region and, as a result, will be invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).

Congratulations, Michele! We are proud!

Go ‘Cats!