Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news

The Clover Park High School’s Junior ROTC recently received the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award.
The Clover Park High School’s Junior ROTC recently received the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. Courtesy

Clover Park JROTC earns Air Force commendation

Clover Park High School’s Junior ROTC recently received the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. It recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed beyond normal expectations and distinguished themselves through service to their school and community.

DeGregory is Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year

Kalayah DeGregory is the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound 2016 Youth of the Year.

The senior at Wilson High School also shares her talents with Metro Parks as a member of Metro Parks Summer Playground team. She also works in the after-school program at Stewart Middle School, where she teaches dance.

She credits Boys & Girls Club mentors for much of her success so far: “They helped me persevere through all my struggles and adversities.”

Those struggles included a period of homelessness after DeGregory’s mom lost her job, near the start of her high school career.

She will attend Clark Atlanta University, a private, historically black university in Georgia. She dreams of running her own business and doing something to mentor and support kids.

Bonney Lake High student earns science award

Bonney Lake High School student Sarah Kay Strickler won a second-place award in microbiology at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. The weeklong event gathers student scientists from around the world. Strickler’s project was titled “A Novel Approach to the Reduction of Antibiotic Resistant Escherichia coli Present in Livestock Waste through Use of Plant Extracts.”

Washington High School wins state grants for STEM addition

Franklin Pierce School District’s Washington High School received a $4 million state grant to fund a renovation and addition to one of its campus buildings that will support the school’s aerospace manufacturing and computer-aided design programs.

The district also received an additional grant of $63,228 to pay for solar panels that will be placed on the newly renovated building at Washington High School.

Foss student earns National Merit college award

Beatrice Wilson of Foss High School in Tacoma received a National Merit award from the University of Oklahoma. The award was made as the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. Officials from each sponsor college selected winners from among the finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program planning to attend their institution.

White River schools net state grant for classroom space

School districts will get help with overcrowded primary-grade classrooms from a new state grant program.

The state superintendent’s office recently announced the grantees, including the White River School District in Pierce County, which was awarded nearly $7.7 million. The Federal Way School District was awarded more than $22 million.

The K-3 Class Size Reduction Grants will provide nearly $234 million to 21 districts across the state. The money will be used by districts on capital projects to provide more classroom space and flexibility.

The grants were the result of legislation passed in 2015. As outlined in the bill, districts had to certify space needs, and the Washington State University Extension Energy Program validated the data. Money was awarded to districts demonstrating the greatest need based on criteria, including student-teacher ratios, poverty levels and lack of local capital levy or bond funding raised in the prior 10 years.

Gray Middle School bonsai tree sale is Tuesday

The fifth annual Gray Middle School bonsai tree sale takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 6229 South Tyler St., Tacoma.

Customers should check in at the main office to be admitted to the sale, which will benefit the school’s after-school garden and bonsai club. The public is welcome and trees will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bonney Lake senior earns Prudential community award

Tabitha Reynolds, a senior at Bonney Lake High School, earned an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a distinguished finalist for Washington state in the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She raised $525 to benefit stroke research by hosting a stroke awareness event at her school. The event was sponsored by the school DECA chapter in which Reynolds serves as president.

Community Connection Place launches

Community Connection Place is launching as a new nonprofit with a celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The event will feature keynote speaker Gary Yazwa, former president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and a performance by Drum Intermediate School’s advanced choir. The event is at Charles Wright Academy, Upper School Commons, 7723 Chambers Creek Road W., University Place. For more information go to

Clothing drive fundraiser at Jefferson Elementary

Jefferson Elementary in Tacoma is partnering with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects old clothes in exchange for cash that it shares with organizations.

In addition to clothing, you can bring shoes, purses, belts and household linens. Drop off your donations between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the school, 4302 N. 13th St.

For more information, call 425-922-2493 or go to

Meet Steilacoom High principal finalists

Steilacoom Historical School District will host a community forum at 7 p.m. Monday (June 13) in the Steilacoom High School main gymnasium to allow the public to meet and ask questions of the finalist candidates for the position of Steilacoom High principal. Each candidate will have a 30-minute opportunity to answer questions submitted by those in attendance. Public questions will be taken, in writing, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

The candidates are: Darrin Lowry, principal at Elma High School; David Chappell, principal at Tenino High School and Michael Miller, assistant principal, Steilacoom High School.

Steilacoom High School is located at 54 Sentinel Dr., Steilacoom.

Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers