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Bonney Lake and Sumner athletes off to college
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
June 5, 2015

As high school graduation nears, a fresh batch of Panthers and Spartans signed letters of intent to play their sport of choice at the collegiate level.

On May 27, Bonney Lake High School offered a lunchtime ceremony honoring four student athletes.

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Show & Tell: School and youth news in Puyallup, Franklin Pierce, Tacoma, Orting, Bonney Lake and Pierce County Skills Center
The News Tribune
May 25, 2015 

Bonney Lake student wins Congressional Art Competition

Katie Lasko of Bonney Lake High School has been awarded first place in the Congressional Art Competition for the 8th District. Her painting, titled “Oh, Honey,” will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol beginning in June for a year. It it is currently on display at Green River Community College.

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Bonney Lake senior wins Congressional art contest
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
May 20, 2015

What started out as a dream to be as good an artist as her cousin has turned into a crowning achievement for Bonney Lake senior Katie Lasko.

This month, Rep. Dave Reichert announced Lasko’s color pencil piece, “Oh, Honey,” as this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the 8th District.

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Sumner School District hosts informational open houses on possible bond projects
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
May 16, 2015

The Sumner School District will host 3 regional informational open house sessions for parents and community members interested in learning more about potential bond projects that would address capacity needs and quality of learning environments in Sumner School District schools.

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'Precious' | Bonney Lake student places in Our Own Expressions art and writing contest
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
May 14, 2015

Sumner School District student Miya McCarter’s photo, titled “Precious” placed third in Pierce County Library’s “Our Own Expression” writing and art contest this year in the 9th and 10th grade photography category.

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City to honor Daffodil Queen | Bonney Lake
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
May 11, 2015

Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson, Jr. will proclaim ‘Ashley Becker Day in Bonney Lake’ at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m.

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Show & Tell: Youth and school news in Tacoma, Pierce County, Puyallup and Gig Harbor
The News Tribune
May 11, 2015

The Pierce County Library’s annual teen writing and art contest has concluded with 36 winners chosen from 672 entries. There will be a viewing of the winning works at 7 p.m. May 27 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Concert Hall. Winners receive cash prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place.

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Bonney Lake High, Glacier Middle School students place in Pierce County Library art contest
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
May 6, 2015

More than 672 pieces of art and writing were submitted for the Pierce County Library's "Own Own Expressions" writing and art contest.

The winning pieces of the contest will be available to view at 7 p.m. on May 27 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Concert Hall.

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Sumner High automotive student wins gold medal at state competition
The Puyallup Herald
May 5, 2015

The automotive technology program at Sumner High School is now the talk of the town.

Colt Evans, 18, a junior in John McDonald’s advanced automotive technology class, earned a gold medal in the auto maintenance portion of the SkillsUSA State Competition on April 3-4 at Bates Technical College. Evans also received a congratulatory $10,000 scholarship to Universal Technical Institute.

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Sumner and White River school district students place in Pierce County writing and art contest
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
May 2, 2015

Teenage artists and writers demonstrated their creative skills through original poetry, short story, drawing and photography in Pierce County Library System’s 19th annual teen writing and art contest called Our Own Expressions. A total of 36 winners were chosen from the 672 entries submitted. See the winning work at a free public event at 7 p.m. on May 27 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Concert Hall.

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Teens to spring into the job market | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
April 23, 2015

On April 28, Sumner School District will host the 1st annual “Spring into the Job Market” teen Job Fair.

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Crestwood and Liberty Elementary earn state achievement awards | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
April 17, 2015

State Superintendent Randy Dorn will honor recipients of the 2014 Washington Achievement Awardsat a ceremony to be held April 28, 2015 in Spanaway, WA. Crestwood Elementary and Liberty Ridge Elementary will be recognized as top-performing schools and awarded the Washington Achievement Award for 2014.

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Pierce County schools among statewide Achievement Award winners
The News Tribune
April 14, 2015

Nearly 50 Pierce County schools will be honored as recipients of the Washington Achievement Award at a ceremony on April 28 at Spanaway Lake High School in Spanaway.

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Taxpayers will save money with refinanced school bonds | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
April 11, 2015

Sumner School District has refinanced a portion of its outstanding bonds in order to take advantage of lower interest rates. The recent refinancing will save the District’s taxpayers a total of $3,519,132 during the next twelve years. These savings flow directly to taxpayers through reduced tax levies and are not available for District expenses.

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Registration opens for Action Day Sumner Camp | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
April 10, 2015

Registration is now open for Action Day Summer Camp offered through the Sumner School District Recreation Department. Day camps feature organized games, arts & crafts, board games, movies, field trips, swimming, and bike days. Register for one week or register for all!

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Sumner, Rogers High athletes recognized on National Signing Day
The Puyallup Herald
February 5, 2015

National Signing Day was a transcontinental affair Feb. 4 as local senior athletes committed to colleges everywhere from the Puget Sound to Northern California, Kansas, Indiana and southeastern Florida. Many of the athletes will receive partial- or full-ride scholarships, and intend to use the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level as a vehicle to further their education.

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Sumner First Citizen Award recipients announced
The Puyallup Herald
February 3, 2015

It’s no secret to most small towns that volunteers serving their city is key to establishing a happy and healthy community. Sumner is no different, and at the Sumner Downtown Association’s First Citizen’s Awards banquet Jan. 29, several of the many volunteers in the community were recognized for their hard work.

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Daffodil Festival crowns Ashley Becker as queen at annual coronation ceremony
The News Tribune
March 28, 2015

Clouds rolled into Tacoma on Saturday, but that didn’t keep the city’s theater district from basking in the sunny glow of Daffodil Festival princesses at the Queen’s Coronation.

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Bonney Lake Robotics gears up for district competition
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
March 23, 2015

They might not have returned from the future to protect the human race from time-traveling Terminators, but the Bonney Lake High School Robotics team is back on the field to compete in the FIRST Robotics district competitions.

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Daffodil Valley Elementary students help bring learning to life with mural
Puyallup Herald
March 17, 2015

Inspired by book written by Carol Reed-Jones, an author from Bellingham, fifth grade teachers at Daffodil Valley Elementary in Sumner have brought hands-on learning to life in the hallways of the elementary school.

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Pantherettes and Spartans shine at State qualifiers
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
March 17, 2015

A long year of training will be soon paying off for the Bonney Lake and Sumner high school drill teams.

After the District III qualifiers on Feb. 7, both teams will be competing in the state drill competition at the end of the month.

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Show and Tell
The News Tribune
March 16, 2015

Sumner/Bonney Lake Community Summit is Thursday

The Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition is hosting its annual Community Summit 3-8 p.m. Thursday. Issues to be discussed will impact local children and families. Earlier summits have helped to develop the Family Support Center and initiate a sidewalk campaign, among other programs. The summit will be at Mountain View Middle School, 10921 199th Ave. Ct. E., Bonney Lake, and will feature keynote speaker Jim Martinson.

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Community leaders, parents, students to gather for 22nd annual Community Summit
Puyallup Herald
March 11, 2015

For 22 years, the Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition has informed, inspired and gotten folks involved in their community at the annual Community Summit.

“The annual community summit helps to keep issues of importance for youth and families on the front burner for policy makers,” said event organizer Marilee Hill-Anderson.

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Plateau students compete in international art competition
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
March 9, 2015

Peace on earth may still be a ways away, but this year, Bonney Lake and Sumner middle school students explored what peace meant to them by competing in the Lions Club International Peace Poster contest.

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Prairie Ridge Community Coalition meeting March 9
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
March 8, 2015

Bonney Lake High School Drama and Music departments present 'Bye Bye Birdie,' a timeless rock musical by Broadway legend, Charles Strouse. Performances are at the Sumner High School Performing Arts Center on Mar.13 at 7:00 p.m., Mar. 14, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Mar. 15, 2:00 p.m. Admission is $12 adults and $8 for students, children, and senior citizens over 60. Ticket window will open one hour prior to the show.

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Check out the 22nd Annual Community Summit in Sumner
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
March 2, 2015

Join with local leaders, youth, and organizations at the Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition’s 22nd Annual Community Summit and become informed, inspired and involved. Issues will be discussed impacting the health and well-being of our local children and families.

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Pilot transportation program comes to the Plateau
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
February 23, 2015

According to the Pierce County Beyond the Borders program, access to transportation helps makes healthy communities. This is why starting this month, Beyond the Borders is expanding into the Sumner and White River school districts with a pilot transportation program for low-income families.

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eFlyers now used in Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
February 19, 2015

Beginning February 17, 2015, Sumner School District has launched a new electronic flyer communication tool called "Peachjar." You can now view school-approved eflyers, on every school website homepage.

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Benefit Night unites Auburn, Sumner school districts
Puyallup Herald
February 17, 2015

The Sumner and Auburn high schools have long been rivals in athletics, but when Sumner selected longtime Auburn High coach and athletic director Bob Jones as the beneficiary for the ninth annual benefit talent show and dinner auction, the two districts teamed up to help Jones battle pancreatic cancer.

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Sumner High student hits all the right notes
Puyallup Herald
February 17, 2015

What started as a routine audition for a school musical in sixth grade has now transformed into a blossoming singing career for Sumner High School junior Sammie Wilson.

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Show & Tell: Schools and youths in the news
The News Tribune
February 16, 2015

Area students to join hands to help ailing coach

The Sumner High School ASB is hosting a two-night talent show Thursday and Friday to benefit Bob Jones, an Auburn High School coach and athletic director who is battling pancreatic cancer. The event at the Sumner High School Performing Arts Center costs $8 at the door.

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Sumner School District unites community, schools through Special Olympics
Puyallup Herald
February 10, 2015

For most high school students, it’s rare to have an event that draws an entire school and community together.

For Pack The Gym at Sumner and Bonney Lake high schools, it gives students involved in Special Olympics a chance to show off their skills — just like those students on basketball teams in the Sumner School District do throughout the winter sports season.

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Students prepare for state, regional performances
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
February 9, 2015

Sumner High School students hit all the right notes last weekend when they competed at this year’s Valley Region Solo-Ensemble Contest. The contest, which included all Puyallup, Sumner and Federal Way schools, was held at Puyallup High School on Feb. 7.

“This Saturday was an incredible performance by all Sumner High School soloists and ensembles,” said Karlene Miles, the choir director at Sumner High School. “I couldn’t be prouder of their preparedness, professionalism, and sheer talent.”

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Sumner, Bonney Lake benefits to support Jones
The Auburn Reporter
February 9, 2015

Sumner High School selected longtime Auburn High School coach and athletic director Bob Jones as the beneficiary for the ninth annual Benefit Talent show at 7 p.m., Feb. 19 and 20 at the Sumner High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 W. Main St.

The Sumner High School ASB also is hosting a dinner and silent auction, 6 p.m., March 3 at Bonney Lake High School, 10920 199th Ave. Court E. All proceeds will help pay medical bills for Jones and his family.

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Show & Tell: Schools and youths in the news
The News Tribune
January 26, 2015

Sumner kindergarten readiness classes begin in February

Sumner School District’s Ready for Kindergarten program will start its winter class sessions in February. The program provides parents and caregivers of children (ages newborn to 5) a readiness program that gives kids a head start before they begin school. It is offered free to families residing in the Sumner School District. Out-of-district families will be charged $60 per class. Classes begin Feb. 3 and continue at various locations through Feb. 26. To register, go to sumnersd.org

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Sumner School District teachers selected as PSESD Teacher Leaders
The Puyallup Herald
January 15, 2015

In an effort to ensure that all students are college and career ready, Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) has expanded its Teacher Leader program to add 15 new teacher leaders to the 10 returning teacher leaders for 2015.

PSESD believes teacher leaders are essential in order to make large-scale systemic changes in education. Officials say the organization’s goal is to bring all the initiatives including the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, the English Language Proficiency Standards and the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program together and see them as necessary, interrelated components.

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Sumner district students to sing with national choir
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
January 5, 2015

The American Choral Directors Association was founded in 1959 and holds a annual national conference.

This year 308 girls were selected to the national honor choir and will travel to Salt Lake City in late February.

Selected to participate in the four-day conference are a pair of eighth graders from Mountain View Middle School and a ninth grade student from Bonney Lake High School.

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Sumner School District K-12 STEM Fair & Art Show
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 17, 2014

The Sumner School District has transformed the traditional science fair into a STEM Fair – showcasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Math activities, technology and engineering projects will be featured along withscience fair projects at this annual event, and held in conjunction with the District Art Show.

See an explosion of creative talent in this all-district science, technology, engineering, math and art event featuring science and art projects by students of all ages at the STEM Fair!

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Sumner School District celebrates 2014 National Board Certified Teachers
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 9, 2014

This year, twelve teachers in the Sumner School District earned national board certification, a nationally accepted sign of quality in the teaching profession. This certification program offers a nationwide standard for evaluating and encouraging quality teaching.

Districtwide 96 teachers have earned certification through this rigorous program; this number reflects approximately 25% of our teaching staff.

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Cyber-Safety Parent Informational Night | Bonney Lake
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 5, 2014

Lakeridge Middle School will host an information session for parents regarding Social Media and Cyber-Safety on December 11, 2014. Cyber-bullying is becoming one of the  biggest challenges youth and schools are facing with the advancement of technology. This behavior peaks in late middle school although it occurs into high school and well after. Learn how to protect your child from becoming a victim as well as the consequences of taking part in this behavior.

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Free holiday community dinner | Sumner
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
November 22, 2014

Sumner High School is hosting a Free Holiday Community Dinner on Saturday, December 13th 2014 at the Sumner High School Main Gym from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. The event includes:

- Free holiday themed hot meal and activities;

- Sit on Santa’s lap and get your picture taken as Santa’s elves give each child a toy

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Sunset Festival of Bands now airing on Pierce County TV
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
November 15, 2014

The Sunset Festival of Bands is being televised for the first time in its six-year history, thanks to Pierce County TV.

The high school marching band demonstration was held Oct. 25 at Sumner High School’s Sunset Stadium. Hosted by Sumner High, the nine participating bands each performed twice before a panel of judges. Blue Thunder, the high-energy drum line that performs at Seattle Seahawks games, entertained as a special guest.

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Maple Lawn Trick-or-Treats for UNICEF
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
November 10, 2014

Maple Lawn elementary students did more than just Trick-or-Treat for candy on Halloween; they also raised more than $1,200 for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund or UNICEF.

Maple Lawn student Ilee and her classmates read in a Time for Kid’s article about UNICEF during class last October. Ilee and her classmate Emmett did some research on UNICEF and presented their information to their class.

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Students prepare for life after high school | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
November 5, 2014

The Sumner School District will be hosting Beyond High School Night from 5:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Bonney Lake High School.

This event will provide an opportunity to research local colleges and universities in addition to providing information on scholarships and financial aid.

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Bonney Lake High School culinary class hosts Chef Dinner
The Puyallup Herald
October 28, 2014 

When the culinary students at Bonney Lake High school were brainstorming ingredients for their fifth Chef Dinner, it was clear one thing had to make the cut.

"It was a class discussion," said Kahale Ahina, Bonney Lake’s culinary arts instructor. "They really wanted bacon-wrapped shrimp."

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Culinary arts students to host chef dinner at Bonney Lake High School
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 25, 2014

The following is a press release from the Sumner School District:

A three-course Chef Dinner will be prepared and served by Bonney Lake High School students and teacher Kahale Ahina, working alongside professional chef Shaun Ferguson in a special event on October 30.

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Sumner School District to host KNOW HIV/STD Prevention curriculum
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 25, 2014

The following is a press release from the Sumner School District:

Families of middle school and high school students may preview HIV/STD prevention curriculum for students in grades 6-12, and health and human development materials for students in grades 4 and 5.

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Sunset Festival of Bands continues alumnus’ vision
Eryn Akers, Puyallup Herald
October 21, 2014

Sumner High School 2010 alumnus and drum line member Mason Longnecker had no idea his senior project, founding the school’s Sunset Festival of Bands, would have such a long-lasting effect.

"It’s just been really great to see it grow and to see the appreciation that he students have for it each year," Longnecker said. "As well as to see it continue and do more for our band program."

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Students practice walking to school safely
Ray Still, Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 20, 2014

In recognition of International Walk to School Day, more than 50 Daffodil Elementary students walked to their school with East Pierce Fire and Rescue clowns and the Sumner Police Department squad cars leading the way.

Walking to school is a great way for kids to get exercise and reduce traffic congestion near schools,” said East Pierce Fire Chief Jerry Thorson. “We are making every effort to raise awareness of pedestrian hazards and provide leadership and resources to keep kids safe and improve the quality of life in our communities.”

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High school marching bands compete at Tacoma Dome
Rob Carson, The News Tribune
October 18, 2014

For high school marching bands, Saturday was the big time.

Nineteen bands from three states — nearly 2,500 musicians in all — competed in the cavernous Tacoma Dome for the Bands of America Regional Championship.

“It’s not a place for beginners,” said Joe Carl, director of the 185-member Sumner High School Band. “We’ve been working all year for this.”

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Sumner School District welcomes new assistant superintendent
Eryn Akers, Puyallup Herald
October 14, 2014

The Sumner School District started its school year with a new assistant superintendent of instructional services, Laurie Dent, who has been in the district for 17 years and feels right at home.

"Being here has been great," Dent said. "You have that institutional knowledge, whereas if you were brand new it would take you years to learn."

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Interlocal recreation department signs on for another two years
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 13, 2014

The Recreation Department of Bonney Lake and Sumner announced the completion of a two-year agreement with the Sumner School Board, extending after school and summer recreation programs for children, adults and families through 2016.

The announcement was made Oct. 7 at the Bonney Lake City Council.

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Sumner School District participates in the Great Washington Shakeout | Sumner
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 11, 2014

Sumner School District is an official participant in the Washington State earthquake drill occurring October 16, 2014. This is the district’s 3rd year participating in the statewide drill which is an annual opportunity for students and staff to practice how to be safe during a big earthquake.

The Sumner School District works in partnership with local law enforcement, public safety and county emergency management to prepare for emergency conditions in our schools.

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Sumner to send 18 students to national FFA convention
Puyallup Herald
October 7, 2014

Eighteen Future Farmers of America (FFA) students from Sumner High School have qualified for the FFA National Convention in Louisville based on research projects and formal presentation they completed during the last year. The group is hosting a dinner and auction at 6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 10) at the Sumner High School gymnasium.

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Bonney Lake student nominated for prestigious medical event
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 6, 2014

Stephanie Gaskill, a senior at Bonney Lake High School, will be joining nearly two thousand of her peers as she attends the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this November in Washington D.C.

"I'm super interested in the medical field. I don't know exactly what I want to do yet, but I am leaning towards psychology," Gaskill said. Even though she is enrolled in Bonney Lake High School, Gaskill is in the running start program and takes evening classes at Pierce College, where her minor is psychology. Gaskill said that her main interest lies in child developmental psychology, "What makes us think what we do, or feel what we do."

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Sumner opens for Seahawks
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
September 4, 2014

Soundgarden, Pharrell Williams…the Sumner High School Marching Band?  Sumner’s own band is participating in the NFL Kickoff Show at CenturyLink Field before the Seahawks’–and the NFL’s–season opener on Thursday, September 4.  No wonder they have been practicing through the streets lately!

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Sumner High band, cheerleaders on in prime time
Puyallup Herald
September 3, 2014

NFL fans across the world will be glued to their televisions Thursday night as the league kicks of its 2014 season.

Fans in the Puget Sound area should watch closely during the opening ceremonies on the field for Sumner High School’s purple and yellow colors.

Sumner’s band and cheerleaders have been invited to participate in the pregame ceremonies at CenturyLink Field in Seattle for the Seattle Seahawks‘ season-opening game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.

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Spartan ASB officers kick off school year at Rotary
Sumner News Index
September 2, 2014

Sumner High School ASB President Jaron Scarbrough made his first appearance of the year at Sumner Rotary's weekly meeting today. For years, Spartan ASB presidents have been attending weekly Rotary meetings to fill the club in on activities at the school.

Joining Scarbrough today were Public Relations Officer Hashwinder Singh and ASB Spirit Coordinator Kaitlyn Meath.

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Sumner grad elected Student Body President for Zags
Ray Still, Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
August 29, 2014

Conner House, a Sumner High School alum, was elected Student Body President at Gonzaga University last spring.

House, 21, said he starting thinking about student government in high school. He played football for three years at Sumner High School, but decided to run for Associated Student Body in his senior year.

“I found a calling through ASB that I didn’t have on the field,” House said. “It was a better way to build myself up.”

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