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May 15, 2013 - News briefs

School named to Newsweek list

BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport High School is ranked ninth in the nation by Newsweek magazine as one of the Top 25 Transformative High Schools.

Newsweek compiled the list by combining scores from its top 1,000 schools and the percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunches. In Bridgeport, 100 percent of students qualify for subsidized lunches.

With a continued 100 percent college-bound graduation rate, the school has also received its fourth consecutive Washington State Achievement Award.

The award, honoring the school’s extended graduation rate, was given April 30 at a ceremony in Covington.

Overall, Bridgeport’s graduation rate is about 93 percent.

Liberty Bell ranked by magazine

WINTHROP – Liberty Bell High School is ranked12th on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2013’s top Washington state high schools.

With 247 enrolled students, about 92 percent are proficient in reading, and 90 percent are proficient in writing. The school also boasts a 55 percent particpation rate in Advanced Placement classes.

The school was also given a silver award based on its College Readiness Index.

“Our community supports us through levies, volunteering and unwavering encouragement,” said board member Mary Anne Quigley.

Liberty Bell, 24 Twin Lakes Road, is ranked 734th nationally.

Teens raise $3,000 to fight hunger

BREWSTER – About 30 area teens banded together to raise $3,000 and collect about 600 cans of food for the 30-Hour Famine.

“It went great,” event organizer and Brewster High School student Alexander Avalos said.

As promised, Avalos, 17, has followed through on his dare to have his hair fashioned into a pink mohawk.

The 30-Hour Famine is a national event through World Vision, a Christian ministry that works to eradicate hunger in about 100 countries worldwide. Youth with Calvary Baptist Church in Brewster and the Omak Cornerstone Church participated.

Retirees give education grants

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association has awarded 10 $100 grants to teachers and school volunteers for projects in county schools.

Winners, by district, and their projects include:

Brewster — Stacey Thoren, headsets.

Tonasket — Carol Lanigan, environmental field trip; Rose Corso, school garden items.

Omak — Gale Wilson, medical supplies for veterinary medical assistant class; Camille Sproule, iPad power chargers.

Oroville — Julie Schildgen, dictionaries; Michele Fancher, high interest novels.

Okanogan — Marilou Baker, Scrabble sets; Carol Payne, art docent supplies; Dan Brown, frames and bases for student art.

Grocery-growing workshop planned

OMAK — The Washington State University Colville Reservation Extension and Okanogan County Master Gardeners will host a free “grow your own groceries” workshop 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

The workshop will be at the Omak Temporary Assistance for Needy Families building, 603 Benton St.

It will cover topics including methods to preserve vegetables and how to plant and grow vegetables.

A second workshop will be from 1-4 p.m., Thursday, May 30 at the Nespelem Community Center, 4000 Lower Columbia River Road.

Tea Party offers family movie night

OKANOGAN – A family movie night, with two films about private property rights and personal liberty, is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Okanogan Grange Hall, 305 Tyee St.

The Okanogan Valley Tea Party event features “Agenda 21: How Will It Affect You?” and “Taking Liberty – How Private Property is being Abolished in America.”

The first gives an overview of the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and the second focuses on “takings” of lands out of the realm of public use.

—The Chronicle

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