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The Dalles Middle School performs Disney's Mulan Jr.

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The Dalles Middle School performs Disney's Mulan Jr.

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Photographs from a performance of Disney's Mulan Jr. at The Dalles Middle School.

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Mushu the dragon (Kate Ferguson) meets Mulan (Santara Grillone) as she runs away to war during The Dalles Middle School's production of Disney's Mulan Jr. Friday night, May 17. Performances continue Saturday, May 18, at 2 and 6 p.m.

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“Every school bus in America is a Triple-X theater because of mobile devices.” That jolting thought was offered at a talk May 7 by author Kristen Jenson, a nationally known expert on talking to kids about the dangers of pornography.

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A team of students from the Gorge will be competing in Project Invent on May 18. The team has constructed a gaming controller specialized for Jose Garcia, above, who lives with Cerebral Palsy and as a result has limited motor function and control.

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A team of students from the Gorge will be competing in Project Invent on May 18. Pictured are, left to right, advisor William Ayer, students Jacob Field, Jose Garcia, Cesar Robles, Claire Powell and Nathan Fuentes, and advisor Jack Perrin. The team is fundraising to attend Stanford Universit…

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The Thunderbolts, a group of six 4H girls attending Maupin Grade School, recently placed first in the Destination Imagination state academic tournament for Oregon and earned the opportunity to participate in global finals in Kansas City, Missouri, May 22 through 25.

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Sophie Miller, a Dufur High School senior, received her state Future Farmers of America (FFA) degree at the Oregon State FFA convention in Redmond over spring break.

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Grace Stoddard likes to recount that on her first date with her future husband, he brought along a butterfly net and caught two white butterflies. “In those days, it was not so cool to chase butterflies on your first date,” she quipped.

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Bre Birchfield, second from left, was named Distinguished Young Woman of Wasco County April 13. She received $6,500 in scholarship funds. Riley Brewer, right, was named first alternate ($3,000) and scholastic winner ($2,500.) Also pictured is finalist Halle Haskins ($2,000), left, Jenna Mill…

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As with much advice from pediatricians, when it comes to keeping screen time in check, prevention is better than cure, Dr. Dimitri Christakis said March 18.

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For more than 20 years, motorcyclists have come to the Northwest Cherry Festival to participate in the “Teddy Bear Ride” that precedes the Cherry Festival Parade. They donate stuffed animals for Mid Columbia Medical Center, and hospital staff pass on the bears to kids who need comfort during stressful times.

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Four members of Boy Scout Troop 395, based at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles, are due to reach Eagle Scout status and were presented with flags and certificates by U.S. Representative Greg Walden at a town hall meeting in Wasco Sunday, March 31. Pictured are, left to right, Dar…

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Nathan Nañez, a senior at The Dalles High School, attended a lobby day in Salem with three other students — two from Coquille School District and one from Redmond High School — to meet with legislators and discuss state funding in education.

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Students from The Dalles robotics teams achieved multiple awards and top-five finishes at the VEX Robotics state championship in Salem this month, and The Dalles Middle School’s team, System Overload, beat 57 high school and 12 middle school teams to finish 3rd overall, won the Middle School Excellence Award and qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship.

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Students from around the Gorge participated in the 6th annual Google Wind Challenge Saturday, March 16 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles. This year, more than 160 students representing 35 high school and middle school teams competed to build the competition’s top wind turbines. 

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A nationally recognized expert on the effects of screen time on the developing brain is in The Dalles for a free talk Monday, March 18, kicking off a four-part series of talks hosted by YouthThink. Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, from Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be speaking from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School.

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Nathan Nanez, a senior at The Dalles High School, was chosen to represent the Eastern Oregon area as part of a campaign called Oregonians for Student Success. He was one of four students selected statewide.

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Superintendent Candy Armstrong announced she’s retiring in July 2020, and the D21 school board is gearing up for a lengthy replacement search that will involve community input.

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St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles is anticipating a like, totally awesome evening at its 44th annual super auction this Saturday with its theme of “This is Our Time: 80s Prom Night.”

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The D21 school board gave the go-ahead Jan. 16 for staff to look at starting a dual language immersion program. Dual language immersion is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages. It contrasts with full immersion, where instruction is entirely in the non-native language.

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St. Mary’s Academy student Sofia Rogers, who provided the artwork, stands with Todd Rogers from Meadow Outdoor Advertising under a billboard advertising the St. Mary’s Family Carnival tonight, Jan. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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As the years go on, Matthew Dallman hopes to see Gorge Soccer Futsal continue to grow. The GSF program, which features boys and girls from nine-years-old to high school seniors, expanded from 17 local teams in 2017-18 to 30 this past winter in seven different age groups with multiple squads hailing from Goldendale, Wash., White Salmon, Wash., Hood River and The Dalles.

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The Dalles High School honored the top athletes for the month of December at a morning ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4 at The Riv located on 401 E. 10th Street.

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Over the past three years, Jason and Julie Hull have consistently shown that their shooting touch is second to none. While facing competitors from The Dalles to Baker City, the Maupin natives combined to shoot 40 of 50 to take home first-place honors for the third year in a row at the Elks Northeast District I Free Throw event held on Sunday, Jan. 6 at Sandstone Middle School in Hermiston.

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The Dalles senior Justin Conklin appreciates the opportunity afforded to him. With former coaches and current coaches standing by his side, Conklin soaked in the moment and tipped his cap to everyone who has been part of his life through his wild ride on the track and field circuit.

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The Dalles High School has announced its first trimester honor roll.

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The Dalles High School saw a record number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) tests, and a record number of students reaching AP Scholar status as juniors in the last school year. Students achieve AP Scholar status if they get a score of 3 or better, on a scale of 1-5, on three or more AP tests.

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District 21 is seeking grants to do a long-range facilities plan and facilities assessment, and also plans to seek a $4-million matching grant from the state when it again asks voters to fund new schools.

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In his second year in charge, Gorge Youth Basketball League president Brian Stevens had 56 teams with boys and girls hailing from Washington and Oregon, from the first-through-eighth grades, assembled for game action at both Wahtonka High School and Kurtz Gym. Last year, there were 42 teams, and of the 56 this year, 27 represented The Dalles and 29 from outside of The Dalles, with more than 300 signups locally.

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Wahtonka Charter School student Jacob Bartholomew quickly settled on what he would teach kids at the school’s new afterschool program: how to prepare for a zombie invasion. His idea was solid: in a quick poll of kids at the program earlier this week, most of them listed the “zombie class” as their favorite.

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Brick by brick, the building of a powerhouse football program is taking shape in The Dalles. That is why it was an important first step for 11 athletes to earn the chance to participate in the Football University/Island Boy Camp National Championships last week in Tacoma, Wash.

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The growing ASPIRE program at The Dalles High School, which helps prepare students for post-high school training and education, is looking for more volunteers. Right now 65 seniors are taking advantage of the college counseling program, which pairs students with an adult mentor who helps guide them through the process of finding post-high school training, be it in the military, the trades, or at two- or four-year colleges.

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Middle and high school robotics students from across the state will face off in The Dalles for the first tournament of the season Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by local students at The Dalles Middle School. Best viewing times from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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This quilt will be up for raffle at the St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Mary’s Academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd., The Dalles. Bazaar hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; raffle tickets are $1 or 6 for $5; and the winner will be drawn at 4 p.m.

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The Dalles Riverhawk Booster Club honored its October Athletes of the Month last Friday at the monthly Booster Club Morning Breakfast held at The Riv Cafe: Andy Lopez and Jake Roetcisoender (boys soccer), Addie Klindt (girls soccer), Mikiyle Branther and Caleb Parsons (cheer), Hanna Ziegenhagen, Rey Aviluz and Gabe Lira (cross country), Reed Twidwell (football) and Kilee Hoylman (volleyball).

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Entering the fifth year of the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy, program coordinator Greg Cummings is seeing the numbers skyrocket and the skill levels rise for local boys and girls across the Gorge. On Oct. 28 at The Dalles Middle School, hoops standouts from third-through-eighth grades participated in a tryout and all 65 were matched up with a team for seven overall, up from the five teams assembled last year.

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Leslie Blakely, Savannah Ezelle, Noah Holloran, and Jacob Valle, students at The Dalles High School, have been selected for the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. They will perform in February with the Honors Choir and Women’s Choir, joining performers from the 46 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, and South Korea.

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It was not your typical calligraphy lesson: last Tuesday, students at The Dalles High School painstakingly wrote their names in Japanese characters, guided by visiting Japanese students. As for the 13 Japanese students, who were on their last day of an exchange through the Sister City program between Miyoshi City, Japan, and The Dalles, they had the tough job of finding the right combination of Japanese characters, called kanji, to sound out each student’s name.

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Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford, will give a public reading Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., in the lecture hall at The Dalles campus of Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 2, 400 East Scenic Drive. The reading is part of a two-day college visit that also includes classroom discussions with students.

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For The Dalles Middle School seventh grader Owen Withers, earning a spot on the Football University Oregon Screamin’ Eagles is a reflection of his hard work and dedication to the game of football. It would not be possible without the help of so many that have guided him to greater heights over the past few years. After a tryout on Sept. 16, Withers was one of 11 fifth through eighth graders selected to represent the football program and community for an all-star showcase game next month in Seattle, Wash.

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Got any scrap wood lying around, or maybe some tools that could be put to use? Or maybe you know a thing or two about carpentry and would like to help the next generation pick up some skills. The Dalles High School woodworking teacher Jonathan Kranzley is restarting a construction class at the high school, and is putting out a call for wood, tools and volunteers.

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A staff member at Chenowith Elementary School was placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation of reports that one or more students had been “pulled or pushed” during a recess, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon, Oct. 19, by Brian Schimel, director of human resources for District 21.

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Columbia State Bank challenged customers and employees to donate canned and boxed food items for the Community Backpack Program and, by the end of one month, had a big stash to deliver. The “Take a Bag & Fill It” challenge will be an ongoing effort, said Kara Simpson, vice president and branch manager.

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Students at St. Mary’s Academy have a busy week planned as they prepare to join the circus. They will be learning the basics of circus performance ahead of this weekend’s “Masters Family Circus” performances Saturday and Sunday, with two shows daily at 2 and 5 p.m. at the academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. in The Dalles.

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The Gorge Hoops Basketball League is opening a second registration day from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Riv Cafe, located at 401 E. 10th Street in The Dalles. Local boys and girls, from Washington and Oregon, from first-through-eighth grades, are welcomed to join this gorge-wide league, which is for school teams only.

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The numbers were good, and the competition was even better, as 290 boys and girls from kindergarten-through-fifth grade gathered for the 18th annual Elementary School Cross Country races on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Sorosis Park.