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!


Michelina Cozzetto – Essay Contest Recognition

Congratulations, Michelina!

Currently a senior at Mt. Spokane High School, Michelina entered the John Stossel “Censored in America” Essay Contest and was awarded Honorable Mention.  This is particularly impressive considering the following statistic from the “Stossel in the Classroom” organization:

We received over 3,800 essays from students across the country, so all winning essays—including Honorable Mentions—were among the top 3.3% of all essays submitted.”

Congratulations, Michelina!  We are proud of your accomplishment!


Spring Break!

What a way to enter Spring Break!

This past Friday, (thanks to many hours spent by our current and future Wildcat cheerleaders), our student body took part in a spring assembly that highlighted so many of the great things happening at Mt. Spokane. I’ve always felt that there is power in a student body being together, (all 1500 in one space), and Friday was no exception. As our community takes a week away from school, here are some celebrations to ponder during our break:

* Into the Woods was an unbelievable event staged by our Choral and Theatre departments. Congratulations to our cast, crew and talented directors, Dave Teal & Jessica Rempel, for a remarkable run!

* Thanks to the time and vision of staff member Tina Stevens, our MSHS Science Club released their hot air balloons made of tissue paper right before Spring Break. What a cool opportunity for students to learn science and have fun!

* Both band and choir held concerts in the weeks leading up to Spring Break, and our students were nothing less than fantastic! Thanks to directors Dave Teal and Scott Jones for their continual dedication to our students!

* What a year for Wildcat Dance! Qualifying for the state competition in Yakima, our girls earned an ‘excellent’ rating at the competition and had a memorable weekend! Thanks to our director, Nancy Butz, for her care and support!

* Spring athletic teams are off to a roaring start! Boys and Girls golf have both won tournaments to start their seasons. Boys track captured the Ram Relays title in Yakima while our girls started their season with a big victory against Ferris. Baseball looks to be a contender, once again, in the Greater Spokane League with a 5-2 start. Softball enters Spring Break at 6-2 with big victories against both Central Valley and North Central. Both tennis programs have competed week-in and week-out. Boys and girls Lacrosse are up and running with more to come in April and May. Finally, boys soccer started their season with a nail-biting victory against Ferris and looks to contend for a 3A District Championship again this spring! Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches for fantastic starts!

Have a great Spring Break, Wildcats! Our school, suddenly, is pretty quiet!

See everyone on Monday, April 11th!

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Giving Back – MSHS Fills the Bus!

Caring ‘Cats.

Thank you to our ASB and class advisors and students for organizing a weekend food drive at our local Yoke’s to support those in our community.

With the task of filling a school bus, students asked shoppers to consider purchasing food to donate. When the drive ended, over 1,000 pounds of food was donated to our local food bank. What a gift!

Thank you, ‘Cats, for giving of yourselves to help others!

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MSHS HOSA – What a weekend!

The Health Occupations (HOSA) team at Mt. Spokane continues to grow each year, and this past weekend was another memorable moment!

Thirty MSHS students boarded a charter bus last week to attend the 2016 State HOSA Leadership conference in Bothell, Washington. Of the thirty who competed, 9 qualified for the National Conference this June in Nashville, Tennessee. These qualifiers include:

Derek Bouvier, Patrick Johnson, Makenzie Funk and Sierra Poquette
3rd in HOSA Bowl

Anoop Hothi, Sukhleen Bolina and Hunter Hohman
2nd in Creative Problem Solving

Derek Bouvier – 2nd in Pathophysiology

Jenna Lawrey – 3rd in Veterinary Science

James Alford – 1st in Prepared Speaking

Congratulations to these qualifiers and ALL of our students who represented Mt. Spokane with complete class! Special thanks to our advisor, Raeleen Epperson, for her dedication to these students!

Go ‘Cats!

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