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George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty, America the Beautiful.......First graders at Badger Mountain Elementary School learned about presidents, the history of the United States, and symbols of America for a number of weeks. The culminating event took place last Friday when the "Let's Hear it for America!" program was presented to a packed gymnasium of parents and grandparents.


Hanford High School’s Varsity Cheer Squad earned a Judges Favorite Award in the 2014 American School Spirit Awards competition. The judging categories were community service, academics, athletic support, spirit raising ability, and cheer skill. “This award is a reflection of the Hanford High cheer program as a whole and our school’s student body,” said Coach Kim Mayer.

RHS Bombers with the 2015 District Championship trophy

The Richland High School boys varsity basketball team will play Kentridge in the regional state game Friday night at Chiawana High School in Pasco. Tipoff is 6:00 pm. With a win, the Bombers will advance to the state tournament in Tacoma next Thursday. "It has been a pleasure to coach this group as they are not only excellent basketball players, but also quality students and representatives of our school and community," says Coach Earl Streufert.


Hanford High School chemistry students recently learned about the Kinetic Molecular Theory as part of a unit on the Gas Laws. The students began by studying the movement of air molecules at various lab stations.

Presenting at the International DECA Conference will be (l to r) Rachel Wolski, Christina Wong, and Annie Lai.

The School-Based Enterprise at Richland High School is one of 285 school stores across the nation achieving Gold Level Certification this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference. Students Annie Lai, Rachel Wolski, and Christina Wong coordinated the Certification work. “Working in the student store has been an excellent way for all three of us to use practical skills in finance, operations, and customer service,” says Annie, Christina and Rachel.

Carmichael team (l to r) - Coach Johnson, Trisha Boonpongmanee, Michelle Weng, Bryan Fang, and Christopher Kang

The Carmichael Middle School Math Team earned first place over eight other teams at the Tri-Cities Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition held February 14 in Richland. The Carmichael team has qualified for the Washington State MathCounts Championship which will be held March 21 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Students from Enterprise and Chief Joseph Middle Schools also qualified for state.

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Harlem Globetrotter Flight Time Lang brought an anti-bullying message to students at Marcus Whitman Elementary School on Thursday. As Flight Time entertained the assembly with his basketball skills, he encouraged the students to take Action, be Brave, and have Compassion in putting a stop to bullying.

Tri-Tech team earns national honor for developing innovative app


A Tri-Tech Skills Center team, including RSD students Amanda Arellano, River’s Edge High School, and Genesis Saucedo, Hanford High School, was named "Best in Nation" winners in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The team’s app called Safe & Sound addresses a way for teens to manage stress and feelings of depression. The team earned Tri-Tech a $20,000 cash grant from the Verizon Foundation to further support STEM education.


Families at Jefferson Elementary School will have to wait a few more years for scheduled improvements, but they’ll end up getting a whole new school instead of just a new wing. The Richland School Board gave consensus Tuesday night to rebuild the school as part of the district’s $98 million bond approved by voters two years ago. Only the 1953 wing was originally set for replacement.


The Richland High School Cheer Squad are state champions for the second year in a row. The 12-member squad earned first place in the 4A small non-tumbling division at the WIAA Washington State Cheer Championships January 31 in Seattle.