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For the Love of Music

Every Tuesday after the final bell rings, Chenowith Elementary music teacher Corin Parker hosts 47 students from grades three through five at her after-school choir. Practice lasts for 45 minutes, and it’s just one of the efforts that recently earned her the Excellence in Elementary Music Education award from the Oregon Music Education Association.

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Hull duo is off to regionals

Julie Hull picks up her victory in a shoot-off

The South Wasco County brother and sister tandem of Julie and Jason Hull each moved on to the Northwest Regional finals after impressive free throw shooting displays at the Elk’s State Championship Hoop Shoot held last Saturday at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie.

TDHS grad rate jumps

Sharp increase in graduating students shows disrict on track

The Dalles High School has seen a huge improvement in its graduation rate, which jumped from 68.3 percent in 2014-15 to a whopping 83.2 percent in 2015-16. The figure is a measurement of the percentage of students who graduated “on time,” or within four years. “I’m very pleased,” said Candy Armstrong, superintendent of School District 21. “That’s a huge jump.”

No. 10 Dufur beats up Horizon

Connor Uhalde rattled off 29 points, Bailey Keever picked up 14 and the No. 10-ranked Dufur Rangers won their ninth consecutive league matchup, 69-55, over Horizon Christian in a 1A Big Sky Conference battle in Hood River.

Horizon girls cruise past Dufur

Paulina Finn and Kaitlin Wenz each posted double-doubles, and the Horizon Christian Hawks continued their magical Big Sky Conference run with a 74-47 victory over the Dufur Rangers Monday in Hood River.

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Sa-BOT-age moves to a new level

Robotics team Sa-BOT-age won state as rookies in 2016 and is striving to go even further this year. “We are on track for a very successful season,” said Spencer Honald, a junior, gaining agreement from classmate Bill Burns.

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42nd Super Auction Feb. 4

The 42nd annual St. Mary’s Academy Super Auction, with its theme of “Take me out to the Ballgame” giving an encouraging reminder that spring must surely arrive, is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, at the school.

Horizon gets win over Sherman

Paulina Finn posted her fourth triple-double of the season with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 11 steals, seven assists and six blocks to lead Horizon Christian to a 66-20 win Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball game played in Hood River.

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Library builds learning space for teens

The Dalles/Wasco County Library never had a dedicated teen services staff member until spring of 2015, when the library hired Megan Hoak away from a public library in Florida.

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St. Mary's Academy to host "family carnival"

The annual St. Mary’s Academy family carnival is set for this Friday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the school, located at 10th and Cherry Heights.

Snow causes ‘major leak’

Weather brings some flooding to TD High School band room

The newest school in District 21 suffered the worst leak due to snow, the school board heard last Thursday. The Dalles Middle School, built in 2004, suffered a “major” leak in the band room which caused some “semi-flooding” that affected the drywall and carpeting, said Don Carter, director of facilities for North Wasco County School District 21.

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Google donates $140K for TDMS devices

Google is donating $140,000 to D21 so it can buy devices for every student at The Dalles Middle School, starting with sixth graders. The D21 board learned about the gift at a surprise announcement at its board meeting last Thursday.

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Fifth-graders show no mercy on way to title

CGBA squad goes 4-0 and outscores teams by a 192-43 margin

When a team outscores opponents by a 192-43 margin, chances are good that tournament success will follow. That is exactly what the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy fifth-graders put forth in scoring four consecutive wins and a tournament title at the inaugural Gorge Hoops Invitational ending Sunday at The Dalles Middle School.

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TD all-stars keep winning legacy intact

Sixth-grade group wins title game over White Salmon, 40-17

At a recent AAU tournament played in Hermiston, sixth graders from the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy went winless in four games. This past Sunday at the Gorge Hoops Invitational, this group, coached by Ken Brock and Phil Hukari, left nothing to chance, going 5-0 with an average margin of victory of 19.6 points to capture championship honors.

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Local kids come out on top in Elks district contest

Facing athletes from Baker to The Dalles, the local duo of Julie and Jason Hull, in middle, won their respective age divisions at the Elks Hoop Shoot District Free Throw contest held Sunday in Hermiston.

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