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Destination Imagination team ties for first at regionals, advances to state competition

By Trout Lake


Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Laurie West, 395-9330

Trout Lake's churches have ongoing programs throughout the year. Spring is the occasion of particular celebration.

The Mt. Adams Baptist Church is serving huckleberry pancakes and ham for Easter breakfast on Sunday March 27 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the multipurpose room at the school. They invite everyone to join them. There is no charge for breakfast. For more information please contact Cheri VanLaar 395-2363.

There is a sunrise Easter service held each year at a site on a hilltop between Trout Lake and Glenwood. You can drive out the road toward Glenwood and watch for the little sign that marks where to turn, or call the Mt. Adams Baptist Church for more information. It is often quite cold, even with the bonfire, and you often have to walk a little way from where you park to the site, so wear sturdy warm shoes.

As part of their regular tradition, the Mt. Adams Presbyterian Church invites the community to join them in pot luck every third Tuesday of the month in their annex to hear a speaker of particular interest.

This past Tuesday, Sebastian Villar Rama of Uruguay spoke to those gathered, about his country and his experience here. Sebastian has lived with Sue, Dick and Ben Steward and attended school in Trout Lake this year. Sebastian is one of quite a few students from foreign countries who have enriched us by sharing their culture and learning about our own.

Local tuba player Chris Olson will be performing with the Gorge Winds Jazz Band on Friday, March 18, at the Dalles Civic Center from 8 to 11 p.m. Grab your partner and dancing shoes. It is only $15 per couple at the door.

The Gorge Winds Jazz Band, under the direction of White Salmon resident Sam Grotte, entertains regularly throughout the Gorge. This past season they charmed us at the Trout Lake Arts Festival. The band has some trumpet vacancies due to students moving on to college. If interested in a jazz band challenge, contact Sam at 493-1082.

On Tuesday, April 18, at 6 p.m., Rev. John Hasenjaegar will speak about the Muslim religion. Hasenjaegar, in addition to being the minister of the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church, is a professor of religion, ethics and philosophy in the Portland Community College system. This will be an opportunity to expand our knowledge of a very important subject. The public is invited.

Meanwhile, down at the school: Molly Phares placed third in the Reader's Digest Word Challenge for the state of Washington. Five Trout Lake students qualified to participate in this event.

The Mid-Columbia Junior High and High School Honor Bands practiced on Saturday and Sunday of this last week and played in concert in White Salmon on Monday night. Trout Lake students Anna Schmid, Emily Paxson, Katie Yarnell, Holly Phares, Craig Opp, Codi Rutledge, Adi Robertson, Ian Smith, Molly McKinney, and Michael Paxson participated in this event.

Trout Lake's Middle School Destination Imagination Team (DI), under the direction of Laurie Sherburne, tied for first place in the regional competition and goes on to participate in the finals in Wenatchee in April.

The middle school students performed a live radio show from the 1930s and 1940s. The students dressed appropriately. They had to use three special sound effects and use a cliffhanger story. It was a murder story. The detective interviewed a lady who threw her husband out the window, as the lady and her husband were arguing. Then later on her husband called. The students also had to be selling (advertising) a unique item, which was a skirt that could be inflated to fit the occasion. They had fun with this. They also were given a newspaper headline about a flash-flood that uncovered a Pirates Chest to incorporate into their skit.

Baseball, softball and track teams began practicing March 7. Refer to The Village Voice for schedules.

Trout Lake and Glenwood have joined together for baseball. They have a new coach, Anthony Cappuccilli from White Salmon.

Morgan Coburn returns to coach high school track. Yvette Schultz is coaching the softball team composed of Klickitat, Trout Lake and Glenwood students. They practice in Glenwood.

Trout Lake seniors are required to do a senior project to qualify for graduation. The projects are reviewed and evaluated by a committee. Over the next several months those projects will be described for you.

Matt Dearden has worked hard all year to write and perform music from which he will produce a CD. He plays piano and guitar and sings. Included in the project are his younger brother, Tim, and alumnus Tony Leslie.

Congratulations to the accomplished students, dedicated staff and supportive community for these remarkable accomplishments.


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