CHS senior Josh Denison receives Prevention and Youth Legacy Awards

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
L to R: Dr. Anthony Smith, RSD asst. superintendent; Josh Denison and Laura Smith, SVCN. Photo by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Josh Denison, a senior at Cedarcrest High School, has been the recipient of numerous awards this month; not only for his high academic and sports related successes, but also for his dedication and involvement regarding the prevention of substance abuse among youth in our community.

The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network recognized Josh with their "Prevention Award" at the CHS Senior Awards Night celebration for his years of participation in the Riverview Youth Council, and his continued volunteer efforts regarding the awareness and prevention of substance abuse among youth.

The Network also recognized Josh at their 15th annual "Rise and Shine Volunteer Awards Breakfast" on June 2nd by presenting him with the 2011 Youth Legacy Award for his many years of involvement in providing community education, raising awareness and providing and supporting healthy youth activities and opportunities throughout the Snoqualmie Valley.


Cedarcrest class leaders thank families, teachers

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Cedarcrest salutatorian Haley Knox, valedictorian Erica Debrecht and salutatorian Cara Strodel. Photo by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Three young women are the top scholars of this year’s Cedarcrest graduating class – valedictorian Erica Debrecht and salutatorians Haley Knox and Cara Strodel.

 Besides earning top grades, all have involved themselves in challenging educational, volunteer and athletic activities, earning numerous awards along the way.

During her years at CHS, valedictorian Erica Debrecht has taken advantage of the many academic and extracurricular activities available to her and has also been the recipient of countless awards.

Erica has been a National Honor Society member and on the Honor Roll since 2007, captain of CHS Color Guard, captain of Girls Soccer, a member of DECA, Random Acts of Kindness, was the recipient of the Wellesley College Book Award, the Masonic Remarkable Student Award and was chosen for the Rotary Youth Exchange to Germany in 2010. Amazingly, she has been able to accomplish all of this, not to mention challenging courses such as AP calculus and AP English; all the while achieving a GPA of 4.0.


Cedarcrest junior awarded at State PTA Reflections ceremony

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Melissa Collinwood receives her Reflections award.
Cedarcrest junior Melissa Collinwood has received the "Outstanding Interpretation Award" from the Washington State PTA for her entry into the 2010/2011 Reflections Contest "Together We Can."

Melissa was awarded first place in the State Reflections Photography Category for her photo entry entitled "Friendship," at the Washington State PTSA Convention.

Her work was forwarded to the panel of judges at the national competition. The national winners were announced at the end of May.

When asked about the inspiration for her award- winning photo, Melissa stated, "I had the opportunity to do an outdoor photo shoot with two of my best friends. This photo captures how I feel about our friendship and how Together We Can accomplish our goals in life." She continued, "Strong friendship gives us the confidence to reach for our dreams. The rock represents strength and stability. The clasped hands represent caring and unity. The red bracelet is the focal point to represent the courage it takes to stick together during hard times. The tie of true friendship helps each become a better person through supporting each other and working together. With true friends, Together We Can make our dreams become reality."




Around the Valley - May 9, 2011

  • Written by Valley View

Speaker series: Behind the Music of Call of Duty: Black Ops

The Duvall Speaker Series presents Behind the Music of Call of Duty: Black Ops with Sean Murray, composer, Wed., May 18, 7 p.m. in the Cedarcrest High School Performing Arts Center.

Sean Murray, composer for film, television and video games, will bring us behind the scenes of his score for Call of Duty: Black Ops, the bestselling video game in history. His dark symphonic score is enhanced by an 80-piece orchestra that features the talent of leading Hollywood musicians and was recorded at the famed Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage in Los Angeles. He’ll take us from his history with Activision, to recording with the orchestra, to the making of the soundtrack album and the full creative process in between.

Join us for this FREE event presented by the Duvall Cultural Commission and the Cascade Arts & Culture Commission.


Dinner to benefit the Sno-Valley Senior Center

Join the Sno-Valley Senior Center for dinner featuring your choice of steak, salmon or chicken, salad bar and sides. Saturday, May 14th, 4:30 & 6:30 seatings. Reservations at (425) 333-4152 or $15 per person. The center is at 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation.


Braithburn Academy is enrolling for summer camp

Braithburn Academy in Duvall is enrolling for summer camp. Braithburn offers licensed, full-day programs for school-age children. Campers will experience field trips, crafts, games, cooking and more, all at a great price. Experienced, caring, mature staff use positive guidance in a cheerful, fun environment. Call (425) 788-4343 for info.


Classic car show

The Big Rock Classic Car Show will be held June 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Duvall Safeway.


Band concert

River Winds Symphonic Band will perform at Tolt Middle School May 31 at 7:30 p.m. Come see the Valley’s very own fully-orchestrated symphonic band experience. Selections include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue, Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, moving pieces from Granger and Camphouse, an upbeat Colonel Bogey March by Alford, and more. Appropriate for the whole family, and free. Visit .



Carnation Elementary teacher Elizabeth Wing honored as environmental ‘Earth Hero’

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Elizabeth Wing (Earth Hero, CE 4th grade teacher) and 4th graders Alejandra Guerrero, Alexia Gonzalez-Lopez and Austin Link. Courtesy photo.
Congratulations to Riverview teacher Elizabeth Wing for her continued dedication to conservation at Carnation Elementary.

Elizabeth’s role in the school recycling program has helped Carnation Elementary to earn a Level One in the King County Green Schools Program.

Mrs. Wing is now compiling energy use data to support the school’s energy conservation efforts. She has organized education units on organic farming and salmon, and a "passport to sustainability" project on the new state standards for sustainability.

Students, parents, teachers and staff members all with a commitment to hands-on environmental stewardship will be honored by King County Executive Dow Constantine at the county’s annual Earth Heroes event at a school ceremony.

"Winners of the Earth Heroes at School awards are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place," said Executive Constantine. "It is an honor to recognize their achievements in environmental education, waste reduction, energy conservation and other positive efforts."

Carnation Principal Doug Poage says, "Mrs. Wing works tirelessly to engage her students in meaningful, purposeful, real-world, hands-on experiences in environmental science.

"It’s not unusual to see her students wearing gloves, carrying trash bags and digging in dumpsters to sort out things that might have accidentally gotten thrown away instead of recycled.

"The excitement and enthusiasm she exhibits is contagious and her students read, write, rap, sing and dance about the importance of the 4 R’s – Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, and Re-Think! We are so lucky to have a teacher like Mrs. Wing at Carnation Elementary!"