Shepard is new superintendent in Orting
Marci Shepard is the new superintendent of the Orting School District.
Shepard, who has been interim superintendent for the past two months, will now assume the title of superintendent. She will be paid a salary of $125,000, plus an additional $2,500 as a stipend since she holds a doctoral degree.
Shepard replaces Michelle Curry, who had been on a temporary leave but resigned April 30 to care for her father in Alaska.
Shepard has been an educator for 17 years, and has been assistant superintendent in Orting for the past five years. She teaches as part of the educational leadership program at Western Washington University, and she is part of an advisory board for Western Governor’s University. She is also a member of the board for the Washington Association of School Administrators.
2 teens win Gilda’s Club writing awards
Gilda’s Club recently recognized two local students in its annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Writing Contest, in which teens from throughout the state share their story of being touched by cancer.
Amanda Osborn of Rogers High School and Angela Meach of Franklin Pierce High School were each awarded $1,000 for their winning essays.
Gilda’s Club, a cancer support group, is named in honor of actress and comedian Gilda Radner, who was 42 when she died of ovarian cancer in 1989.
Walker High School celebrates 40th anniversary
Walker High School in Puyallup will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house, guest speakers, and a display of student artwork from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday.
The event will also include sealing a time capsule and unveiling a new school mascot and student-created logo. The semiformal event will conclude with a dessert reception. The school is at 5715 Milwaukee Ave. E.
7 local National Merit Scholarship winners
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced this year’s $2,500 scholarship winners. A total of 2,500 winners were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists. The local student winners are Emily Ge, Charles Wright Academy; Ernest Gu, Olympia High School; James Corbett, Wilson High School; Matthew Pfefferle, Covenant High School; Addison Jeske, Pope John Paul II High School; Christine Phan, Curtis High School; and Emily Yeh, Foss High School.
10 Exchange Club scholars honored
The Exchange Club of Tacoma has selected 10 local high school seniors for its Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award. Students are recognized for overcoming great physical, emotional or social obstacles to be eligible for graduation. Each student will receive a plaque and at least a $500 award; Jessica Yim of Mount Tahoma High and Kylee Korba of Wilson High will receive a special award of $1,000.
The other winners are Miyeko Vaughn, Lincoln High School; Martiza Fernandez, Foss High School; Samantha Hohbein, Henderson Bay High School; Kyle Schrier, Challenger High School; Riley Morehead, Oakland High School; Jordan Tice, Gates High School; Lamondtra Atkinson, Stadium High School; and Vincent Andrews, Walker High School.
New school board member appointed in Orting
Kay Lynn Smartt has been appointed to the Orting School Board. She fills a vacancy in Director District No. 4, which was created by the resignation of Elisabeth Beck. The appointment runs through November, and she is running unopposed for the seat in the November election.
For the past eight years, Smartt has been engaged with the school system as a volunteer, a fundraiser and through sports. She and her husband have three children, one who graduated and two attending Orting schools. She has worked in law enforcement and in government program management and holds a master’s degree in organizational management.
Congressional scholarship for study abroad goes to Tacoma student
Tristan Beacham of Tacoma has been awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship for the 2015-16 school year. Sponsored by the ASSE International Student Exchange Program, Beacham will live with a host family and attend high school in Germany for one academic year. He was selected along with 50 high school students across the county.
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.
Clover Park hosts special education track meet
More than 250 special education athletes will take part in Clover Park School District Track Stars Invitational onWednesday at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood. The event runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The meet, a district tradition since 2007, features running, wheelchair racing and softball throwing events. Community and military volunteers help students complete the events.
Skills Center teachers awarded grants
The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation recently awarded grants to two Pierce County Skills Center teachers.
Adam Scroggins, who teaches PC hardware and computer repair, will receive $4,723.75 for his project that works with students to program and replicate smart home automation. Joe David will receive $5,000 for his project that allows instructors to safely monitor students’ personal fitness data and track progress.
Compiled by Debbie Cafazzo and Mary Anderson, staff writers