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Thursday, March 19, 2015 Free Press Page 3 Hawks N By JOHN McCALLUM Editor It starts with an announcement on the school publiC address sys- tem: "Standby for Hawks news!" Several students immediately begin a countdown from 20, 19, 18...5...4...3...2...1 - the small, tripod-mounted video camera goes live and the images of Shilo Schmidt and Alyssa Lien stream into each of the school's classrooms with the greeting "Good morning Salnave!" Another five-minute produc- tion of Salnave Elementary School's morning newscast is underway. "Hawks News" has been a regu- lar five-days-a-week feature for at least as long as Principal Dr. Deb- bie Maurus has been at the sChool -- which is 14 years. The show is produced mostly by fourth- and fifth-graders. The students are picked by Maurus and staff members, and rotate on and off the show every six weeks. "We select kids who we think would enjoy it," Maurus said. Students on Hawks News ro- tate duties, using a schedule they create to determine who is on camera, who is behind camera and who has other responsibilities. For last Friday's broadcast, Toivo Tom- linson-Ryan was behind camera, something he does on Monday and Friday, serving on air the other days. "I like camera more," he said. The show is broadcast from a small, makeshift "studio" behind a row of bookshelves in the library, utilizing equipment that in some cases wasn't modern when the last century ended. There's variety in each broad- cast, with students whirling on and off camera to make quick an- D|LJG[N Photo by John McCallum Hawks News anchors Shilo Schmidt (left) and Alyssa Lien lead their fellow Salnave Elementary School students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. nouncements. One of Schmidt's first duties when he walked in prior to last Friday's show was to look up the weather for that day, one of his favorite activities. "It's what I do," he said, hus- tling to a computer to check the forecast. Short announcements - school "news" - about events and activi- News show to tell the school who they picked and why. It's a great leadership oppor- tunity for students, Maurus said, because once they learn how to run the equipment and what to do, they're essentially on their own. "It's pretty much on autopilot," she said. "There are days when the counselor and I are busy, so they ties are read. Last Friday, Salnave just do it themselves." Associated Student Body treasurer David Passey made a quick on-air appearance to announce an ASB meeting at lunch. Sometimes a staff member will come in and appear on camera with "breaking news," such as a student getting a high score on a test. At the beginning of the month the district-wide character trait for that month is announced. Students throughout the school then get a chance to nominate a student of the week exemplifying this trait - and then appear on a Hawks There's also a corollary benefit - fewer assemblies. Maurus said it's difficult to organize the students for periodic informational sessions, especially getting students to and from the assemblies. When Maurus needs to talk to the student body, such as about safety after school, she just goes on Hawks News. "I feel like I'm having a per- sonal conversation with all the kids," she said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Dollars for Scholars fundraiser is a casual affair By AL STOVER ,.SCarf.Reporter ~ . Guests who plan to at- tend the annual Medical Lake Dollars for Schol- ars (MLDFS) "Spring Thing" fundraiser, March 21, won't need to dig through their closet in search of their expen- sive clothes or have to rent a suit or a dress for the event. The theme for this year's fundraiser, which takes place at St. Ann's Parish Hall, from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., is "Go- ing Casual." "In the past we've al- ways done 'Puttin on the Ritz' and everyone always dressed up," MLDFS sec- retary Alicia Noble said. "This year people can come in jeans and a top or whatever they feel comfortable in." This year's event will once again feature a si- lent auction with baskets filled by items donated by community members and local businesses. No- ble said the schools and district departments will also donate baskets. "Local organizations and businesses have been helpful with their time, so many people give generously," Noble said. "The parent vol- unteers have also been great." Denny Wuesthoff, who is donating an origi- nal art piece for the event, will be the auctioneer for the live auction. The "No Rules" band will also perform and there will be a dance floor, All proceeds from the fundraiser go toward scholarships for Medi- cal Lake, High School- students. Noble said one of the new scholarships for this year is the Mike Paulson Athletic Schol- arship, named in honor of Paulson, a longtime coach who passed away in the spring of 2013. Last year's MLDFS spring fundraiser brought in $3,200. Noble said that $15,000 is a "tangible goal" and she would love to see the event "packed." Since its in- ception in 2002, Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars has raised and awarded over $413,000 in scholar- ships for Medical Lake graduates. "Medical Lake has a 98 percent gradua- tion rate and we feel it's our duty to help our students get to that post high School education whether it's college or a trade school," Noble said. "The main compo- nent is to get students scholarships. Tuition costs have skyrocketed and student loan burden is almost $29,000 post- graduation." Tickets for the fund- raiser are $30 per person and include food and beverages. They can be purchased at Denny's Harvest Foods, Tommy G's or Morning Brew. For more information, call (509) 951-5468 or (509) 299-7458 or go online at http://www.medical- lake.dollarsforscholars. org. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. com. Chance to win a Prom PackaJ continued from page 2 $627 a year, over and above tuition, room and board, Jigre said. Those include tech fees, health insurance and the Rec- reation Center, among other things. The URC has been very popular. "Students are able to utilize it, they have a place to go ice skating, have some fan- cy dinner at the Roost, and the best part is they are able to go to the gym ancJ get a great work- out," Jigre said." "It's a very inexpen- sive health club mem- bership." Back in 2005 and 2006 the students had no idea what the ben- efits were going to be, Jigre explained. "They still voted for it and my generation is using it," Jigre said." Reviving the appeal of the PUB is a goal Jigre said they want to see accomplished. They really wanted to focus creating pride and currently this building doesn't really captivate students, Jigre said. The current PUB structure has in excess of $10 million in deferred maintenance, Jigre said. Patching patches was not an option. "I asked students when we were campaign- ing about the building: 'What is the one build- ing that really tells that you enjoyed your time here, (and) when you do graduate you'll come back, besides their de- partment and the red field?'" he said. The room was silent. "This is why we are bringing this project to you so when you become an alum you have a place to come back to, you have a place to enjoy," Ji- gre said. "You want to be able to express that pride of being an Eagle." The Pence Union Building (PUB) was built in 1970 with a ma- jor addition in 1995. The building was named for Omer O. Pence, an EWU grad and faculty member. Paul Delaney can be reached- at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com.