Friday, March 22, 2013

March Phoenix on Fire is Casey Volgmann

Excelsior High School, Washougal’s alternative school, has a Student of the Month program called “Phoenix on Fire”. These students exemplify the characteristics we would like to see all of our students at Excelsior achieve.
Our students are striving to become:
Have great attendance
An Excellent work Ethic
Positive Attitude

March’s student of the month is Casey Volgmann.  Congratulations, Casey!

Washougal Elementary Students Get Cooking!

What do you get when you mix Washougal elementary students, fresh vegetables, healthy recipes and chef hats and place them all in a school kitchen?  It’s the Third Annual Sodexo Future Chefs Elementary School Culinary Competition.

These aspiring young Chefs brought their favorite healthy recipe to the Washougal High School kitchen and created them in a live competition March 20th.  The final results were tasted and winners selected.  They were: “Kid Friendly” - Super Fruit Salad by Brenna Connelly; “Fun Food” - Spring Bunny Salad by Maxwell Malcom; “Healthy” - Bosc Pear Salad by Angela Allen; and the Grand Prize Winner was 4th grader Tristan Farrell from Gause Elementary with his Massaged Kale Salad.

Other competitors were Viv Coy, Bart Stevens, Katie Stevens, Joshua Vesclka, Maddie Reish, Savea Mansfield, Efrain Flores and Josiah Timm.

“It was a lot of fun working in a big kitchen and watching everyone put their salads together,” said Farrell. The most challenging part of cooking for Farrell is making sure you know what you are doing.  The most fun is putting all the ingredients together and, of course, the taste testing.  Asked what people liked most about his salad, Farrell declared, “The mangos!”

 “The kids all came with great attitudes and great recipes,” said Mark Jasper, Sodexo Nutrient Services Director at Washougal.  “I think this process is enlightening to many of the kids. They see first hand all the work that the kitchen staff at school and their families at home do to put a meal together. There is a little more to it than they may have thought.”

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rotary Scholar of the Month for March: David Bickel

David Bickel was selected as the Camas Washougal Rotary Scholar of the Month for March 2013.  David is a sophomore at Washougal High School and has a 3.8 GPA.  His Biology teacher, Linda Miller, describes him as "a top student, not only academically but as an all around person."  Geometry teacher Karen Wysaske says "David is polite, punctual, positive, prepared, and productive."

David's AP Literature teacher, Sheila Good, adds that "David is a very dedicated student, respectful and kind."  His Spanish Teacher Rochelle Aiton notes that "David comes to class with the expectation to learn and consistently succeeds."  David is the son of Samuel and Karen Bickel.  Congratulations, David!