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Polson finishes in top 4 in speech, drama sweeps

RONAN — The bus ride was short for the Polson High School Speech, Debate and Drama team when they traveled to the Ronan Invitation Meet on Jan 15. Maybe the short ride and more sleep energized the PHS students and helped them earn fourth in Class A Speech Sweeps and second place in Class A Drama Sweeps. Each student who places in finals earns points for the team, and then points are totaled up for sweeps scores. The team of Kelsey Koberg and Logan Nutzman placed first in Policy Debate followed by Eric DeLay and Reed Hovenkotter in sixth. Pantomime competitor Sierra Pete earned first with her selection, “Wingless.” Teammate Larissa Hanson finished fifth in Pantomime....

Students raise awareness, money

POLSON — A high school assignment involving heifers might sound more like a Future Farmers of America project than an English assignment. However, seniors Jordan Hinshaw and Rebecca Lake decided on Heifer International when they accepted English teacher Michael Schwabenbauer’s challenge to fin...

HOPE workshop educates, empowers girls

PABLO — At first glance, a roomful of teenage girls looks like an arts and crafts party among close friends. Bright wrapping paper, other colorful scraps of paper and markers cover several long tables as the girls wrap cardboard boxes, letting loose an occasional giggle as they work. But the reason the...

Technology, building reserves topics at board meeting

POLSON —A technology levy and a building reserve levy were two main topics discussed at the last monthly meeting of the Polson School Board held Jan. 10. “We’ve been talking about these levies for about a year and a half; we’ve got some decisions to make,” Whitesell said duri...

Salish chief remembers civil rights fight

PABLO — Forty-three years ago, Vic Charlo was a long way from home. And while he wasn’t on foreign soil, he was fighting a battle that still rages on for many in America: a battle for economic and social justice. As a Native American activist in 1968, Charlo knew he had to act when Dr. Martin ...

Cultural Diversity Fair honors Martin Luther King

PABLO — Students from around the valley came to the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center on Wednesday, Jan. 12 for a Cultural Diversity Fair, one of the events Salish Kootenai College hosted to honor Martin Luther King. “The Cultural Diversity Fair is what we do to celebrate Martin Luther Ki...

Pennies for peace

In a second-grade classroom in rural Montana, students are learning that things most Americans take for granted, things as small as a penny, can change lives in other countries.  By collecting spare change from around the house and asking family, friends and other students to save their pennies, Sibl...

Pablo students celebrate season

PABLO — Pablo Elementary students honored both the Christmas season and the memory of a beloved teacher with a holiday program Dec. 22.  With a packed house of parents, grandparents and siblings in the school gym, choir teacher Kathy Briney led five choirs of kindergarten through fourth-graders...

Students learn service through holidays

ST. IGNATIUS — A week before Christmas, 23 St. Ignatius Middle School students went on a Walmart shopping spree. But they were buying gifts for people they’d never met, and according to their teachers, it isn’t too often you see kids so excited about helping others. The students are part...

Holiday choral concert features area students

RONAN — Voices of 130 students from four high schools joined together in a performance for a packed house Dec. 14 at the annual Mission Valley Christmas Choral Festival Concert. Ronan High School hosted the event, and choirs from Charlo, St. Ignatius and Thompson Falls came to sing holiday favorites al...

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