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Summer-Stage 2012

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Set in Duvall’s scenic riverside McCormick Park in Historic Duvall, SummerStage’s outdoor summer concert series offers free evenings of family entertainment with an eclectic array of outstanding performances.

All performances run Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the park. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic food with them to each concert.

August 15th – Left Hand Smoke

Fronted by brothers Ben Mish, a piano phenom with a blue-eyed soul voice and a raucous attitude, and Will Mish, a guitar wizard who has earned critical nods for his unfathomable talent and innate sense of melody and blues, and flanked by Irish-born multi-talented rhythm guitarist Ronan O’Mahony, a childhood friend and co-songwriter, and the inimitable stick-man Andrew Cloutier on drums, Left Hand Smoke brews up a blend of neo-soul and rock that is steeped in tradition, yet entirely original and fresh.

Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Bain

On September 15, 2012 at 5:00 p.m., the Duvall Cultural Commission presents the Duvall Art Walk.

Acres of Diamonds now collecting items for their dinner-auction

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Acres of Diamonds will be hosting a dinner-auction on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at The Lodge, Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell. The auction will help Acres to continue their great work of transforming the lives of homeless women and their children in our community.

Acres of Diamonds (in Duvall) is a transitional home offering displaced women and their children a safe, compassionate and nurturing home environment. It offers a fresh start for women who need it, providing opportunities to learn and grow as they acclimate to a loving and inspiring climate of accountability. Acres is a strong ministry with a daily mission of benevolent teaching, tutoring, mentoring and sharing unconditional love for each family.

Executive Director Peggy McNamara says, “We are looking forward to partnering with our community for the dinner-auction in September. Events such as this will allow Acres to continue our ministry to the many families so desperately in need of our help; help that would not be possible without the support of our many dedicated community partners.”

Items are currently being collected for the silent auction. If you would like to donate a weekend getaway, gift certificate, gift basket, service or any other items which will help to bring success to this event, please contact Peggy at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CHS student Becca Bramwell’s thought-inspiring photo earns 1st place in state competition

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
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CHS student Becca Bramwell from her award winning entry, “Understand Me.” Courtesy photo.
Like many students involved in high school activities, Cedarcrest sophomore Becca Bramwell has very little free time, however you won’t hear her complaining about this issue.

As the incoming Cedarcrest TSA president, (an impressive title for a sophomore student) and 1st place recipient of the TSA (Technology Student Association) Washington State Photography Award she only becomes more inspired at the realization of her commitments for the up-coming school year.

Becca has been an involved member of TSA since the beginning of her freshman year and continues to be inspired with the wide selection of educational opportunities this program provides to students.

She explains that the TSA program gives students not only the ability to create, learn and experience a variety of subjects such as: technology, art, robotics, fashion design, photography and video production but also the opportunity to make  supportive friendships, gain confidence and to build important leadership skills through the many competitions at the regional, state and national levels.

Becca’s photography entry won 1st prize at the 2012 TSA state competition.  Her project was created to help express and bring an awareness to the subject of depression which is very close to Becca’s heart.  She shares, “Depression in teens and adults affects a large population, and it crosses all cliques, and demographics throughout our schools and communities. My hope was that my body of photography work would help to be the voice for others who have lost their voice along their way...and help to make negative experiences for good.”

She expressed her deep gratitude to TSA advisor and teacher Tim Kennedy for his unwavering dedication to all students and for the “passion for photography” he instilled in her.

Along with her commitments and leadership roles in the TSA program at Cedarcrest, Becca also participates in the drama department, FFA and the art club. She is an evolving musician (having created and finished over 20 original songs), is an accomplished athlete playing soccer for 10 years, and setting five school records and placing at the state finals during her years at Tolt Middle School – quite an imposing list of credentials at any age.

New location for the Riverview School District offices

  • Written by Valley View Staff

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New Riverview School District offices. Courtesy photo.
As of July 24, 2012, the Riverview School District offices are located in downtown Duvall.

The new district office facility, the “Educational Service Center” (ESC),  is located between Stephens and Stella on 1st Avenue NE (one block east of Main Street).

Please note the following information for the district’s new location.

Mailing address: PO Box 519, Duvall, WA 98019

Address: 15510 - 1st Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019

The District Office phone number and email address will not change. The main number is: (425) 844-4500.

The TSA program at CHS and TMS combines leadership, the arts and technology with continued success

  • Written by Valley View Staff

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CHS and Tolt TSA students at 2012 national competition: L to R - top: Colton Green (state officer), Keaton Estes, Devon Young, Al Knox, Alex Nurse,Madison Spaulding, Seth Young. Middle: Mr. Klune, Vaibhav Vijay, Simon Fraser, Logan Cromarty, Isabella Brinkman, Piper Cramer, Christian Aksama, Mr. Kennedy. Bottom: Maddie Beam, Melissa Aitkin, Emily Rule (state officer), Micah Mutch, Alexa D’Atri, Becca Bramwell. Courtesy photo.
At the end of June each year when most students are busy planning some much deserved down time over their summer vacation, students involved in the TSA (Technology Student Association) program at Cedarcrest High School and Tolt Middle School were actively honing their skills and perfecting their presentations in preparation for the 2012 National TSA event in Nashville, Tennessee.

The TSA programs at both Tolt and Cedarcrest help to bring technology and the arts to life in many forms, as students gain knowledge in subject matter such as: photography, fashion design, technology, video production/game design, music production, promotional graphics and architectural modeling.

The TSA program, which began in 2006, is a collaborative effort involving teacher/advisors Tim Kennedy, Mike Miyoshi and Donna Bielstein, the career and technical education director at Cedarcrest High School and Mark Klune from Tolt Middle School.

Initially, a year was spent researching what program would best fit the needs of the students, and in the fall of 2007 Mr. Miyoshi and Mr. Kennedy began recruiting students for this impressive and innovative program at the high school.

Then in 2009 the state Legislature allowed for grants to be given to bring CTE courses into the middle school educational programs.

With the support of Dr. Anthony Smith, then-Tolt Principal Janet Gavigan, and Tolt staff Karen Hough, Charlene Short, Tony Minaker and Mark Klune,  research was completed with a focus on the framework and curriculum to ensure that it would meet the criteria for the middle school grant funding process.

Director Donna Bielstein explains, “TSA is not nearly as large as other more established CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organizations), however it is growing rapidly. Cedarcrest and Tolt are two of the most dominant competitive chapters in the state of Washington.

“Both Tim Kennedy and Mark Klune were named TSA advisors of the year during their first two years of existence!  These teachers are dedicated, hard-working, and competitive, and they provide excellent opportunities for leadership, professional, and career development for our students.”

After spending hundreds of hours during the school year creating, designing, and making impressive professional presentations of their original work, the students were awarded the following at the 2012 National TSA event:

CHS student achievements

TSA Gold Achievement Award for Technical Content, Leadership and Service

Emily Rule and Devon Young

TSA Technology Honor Society Award – Emily Rule

Chapter of Excellence (Washington) – Cedarcrest High School

Congratulations to the following CHS  finalists:

Devon Young – Music Production

Devon Young – Prepared Presentation

Keaton Estes and Devon Young – Game Design

Colton Green – Future Technology Teacher

Alexa D’Atri–   Promotional Graphics


Note: Tolt Middle School TSA student achievements will be printed in next month’s issue.

CHS TSA advisor, Tim Kennedy, shared the following: “When Cedarcrest students made their first trip to the national competition in Denver four years ago, Washington state was one of the smallest delegations with only approximately 40 participants. This year the Washington State TSA director announced that our state participation has not only grown but has broken a record, with impressive participation count of over 115 attendees.”

When asked of his experience at Cedarcrest with the TSA program over the years senior Devon Young said, “The Technology Student Association has provided me with the confidence to pursue my goals. Through this organization I have learned that my future success is not going to be determined by other people or potential fate; but rather, by my determination to go after my dreams without any regrets. TSA showed me that I am in control of my own destiny and as a result I am attending Eastern Washington University where I will continue to pursue my dream of working in the film industry.”

Cedarcrest 2012-13 TSA President Becca Bramwell is proud to be a part of the great work being done in the TSA program, and is looking forward to the coming year as TSA has plans of branching out into the community.  She explains, “One event in particular we are hoping to create are display nights... where parents, teachers, students and members of the community will be invited to come and see the amazing work TSA students are creating. Our hope is to reach out and become more bonded with our community ... enabling our students and our community members to become more aware and experienced with regard to new technologies. We hope to grow our membership so that we can touch even more lives with our innovative projects.”