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Original art creations qualify for state high school art show (photo gallery)

Image Title: Aiym Kasymova, HHS
Aiym Kasymova, HHS
Image Title: Catherine Guevara, HHS
Catherine Guevara, HHS
Image Title: Maisie Bowles RHS
Maisie Bowles RHS
Image Title: Jennifer Lentz, HHS
Jennifer Lentz, HHS
Image Title: Emily Ellwein, HHS
Emily Ellwein, HHS
Image Title: Haylie Ebel, HHS
Haylie Ebel, HHS
Image Title: Maddie Miller, HHS
Maddie Miller, HHS
Image Title: Gabi Skurka, HHS
Gabi Skurka, HHS
Image Title: McKenzie Dodson, RHS
McKenzie Dodson, RHS

Thirteen Richland School District students earned Judges Choice Awards at the 45th Annual Southeastern Washington High School Art Show and are eligible to have their art pieces entered in the Washington State High School Art Show in Olympia.

“Congratulations to all of these students. The arts are important and we will continue to fund the arts in a significant way,” said Superintendent Rick Schulte.


Commissioned art piece depicts local plants and wildlife (photo gallery)

An extraordinary 50-foot mural of the native Tri-Cities environment has just been installed in the center hallway staircase at Lewis & Clark Elementary School. Seattle artist Jean Bradbury painted the beautiful images of plants and wildlife on pieces of cutout plywood. Thank you to the Richland School District maintenance team for working with Jean to install the mural this past week.

Image Title: Jean Bradbury and the newly installed mural
Jean Bradbury and the newly installed mural

Scholars earn top honors at regional science fair (photo gallery)

Image Title: Christopher Kang - HHS
Christopher Kang - HHS

Hanford High School student Christopher Kang earned a Grand Prize award at the Mid-Columbia Regional Science Fair and will now compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

RSD students earning First Place Awards at the regional competition were:

  • Afrah Aftab, Hanford High School – will attend ISEF as an observer
  • Zoe Gotthold, Richland High School - will attend ISEF as an observer
  • Nischal Allena, Enterprise Middle School
  • Ourania-Marie Glezakou-Elbert, Leona Libby Middle School
  • Daniel Li, Leona Libby Middle School

Students show off culinary skills with original recipes (photo gallery)


The Future Chefs Challenge offered eight Richland School District elementary students the opportunity to show off their culinary skills Thursday at the Tri-Tech Skills Center kitchen. The young chefs cooked up their original Asian-Inspired healthy food recipes with the help of mentors from the Tri-Tech culinary arts program.

“The Future Chefs Challenge gets children thinking about making healthy food choices and encourages them to get creative in the kitchen,” says Cathy Albertson, Assistant Director for RSD Nutrition Services. “A big thank you to the Tri-Tech culinary students for all their help.”


Students and Richland Rotary Club make Buddy Bench a reality (photo gallery)


A new Buddy Bench is being installed on the Lewis & Clark Elementary School playground thanks to the initiative of some students and a partnership with the Richland Rotary Club. A year ago, students in Erika Boruff’s second grade classroom wrote a persuasive essay to Principal Liz Crider stating…. “Having a Buddy Bench follows the Big 3 because helping others shows respect, solves problems, and helps us make good decisions. The Buddy Bench will help us show compassion to others, a character trait that we have studied.”

Image Title: Erika Boruff's 2016-17 second grade class got the Buddy Bench project off the ground
Erika Boruff's 2016-17 second grade class got the Buddy Bench project off the ground

DECA students qualify for international conference (photo gallery)


A number of Hanford and Richland High School DECA students earned top recognition at the Washington State Career Development Conference March 3 in Bellevue and have qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference:

  • Holly Craven, HHS - Financial Literacy Promotion
  • Maisie Bowles, Sarah Molu and Piper Schirm, RHS - Student Store Gold Level Certification
  • Emma Kinnunen, Kyle Strong, and Maddy Hoke, RHS - THRIVE Level for Chapter Campaign and Membership  
  • Melinda Merrill, RHS - Aspire Academy (Outstanding Senior)
  • Piper Schirm, RHS - Area 6 President & State Officer Team 2018-19
Image Title: Piper Schirm, Sarah Molu, and Maisie Bowles - Richland High School
Piper Schirm, Sarah Molu, and Maisie Bowles - Richland High School

Richland School District addresses possibility of student walkout


Here is information from the Richland School District regarding the possibility of student walkouts on March 14 to protest school gun violence:

“Students in the Richland School District and across the nation have the right to attend schools that are safe and secure,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte. “They have the right to attend school free from fear and worry about gun violence. And they have the right to raise this serious issue with constructive actions and dialogue.”


Symphony Orchestra heading to Indianapolis for prestigious festival


The Hanford High School Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Music for All National Orchestra Festival next week in Indianapolis. The HHS Symphony Orchestra is one of only 13 orchestras from across the nation selected. In addition to performing at the prestigious festival, the young musicians will have an opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of the top orchestra clinicians in the world.  

“It's amazing to be able to attend a world class music festival like this,” stated Chris Newbury, HHS music teacher and symphony orchestra director.


Destination Imagination teams qualify for state (photo gallery)


Over 80 teams competed in the Eastern Washington Regional Destination Imagination Tournament March 3 at Richland High. Seven Richland School District teams performed at a high level and are advancing on to the Washington State DI Tournament. Congratulations to:

  • Oh, I Get it Too! - Leona Libby Middle School
  • The Mad Mars Bars - Lewis & Clark Elementary School
  • Global SarCATstic Kat Korp.- Lewis & Clark Elementary School
  • Wild West Wolves - White Bluffs Elementary School
  • Richland High School
  • Squid Squad - Enterprise Middle School
  • Daring Dragons – Lewis & Clark, Orchard, White Bluffs
Image Title: Lewis & Clark Mad Mars Bars
Lewis & Clark Mad Mars Bars
Image Title: White Bluffs Wild West Wolves
White Bluffs Wild West Wolves
Image Title: Lewis & Clark Global SarCATstic Kat Korp.
Lewis & Clark Global SarCATstic Kat Korp.
Image Title: Richland High School
Richland High School
Image Title: Enterprise Squid Squad
Enterprise Squid Squad
Image Title: RSD Daring Dragons
RSD Daring Dragons
Image Title: Leona Libby Oh, I Get it Too!
Leona Libby Oh, I Get it Too!