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EDUCATION I 3 Thursday, June 18 2015 q Cheney hires new principal, nutrition director By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney School District has announced the hiring of a new nu- trition services director and a new principal at Sunset Elementary School in Airway Heights. In a June 5 news release, the district announced that it has hired former Centennial Middle School counselor Ty McGregor as principal at Sunset, and Jer- ald (LJ) Klinkenberg as its new nutrition services director. Mc- Gregor replaces former Sunset principal Matt Beal, who was selected in January by elementary school principals in the Northeast Washington region as one of 18 distinguished principals in the state for the 2014-2015 school year, while Klinkenberg replaces Brian Levy. District associate superinten- dent Sean Dotson said Beal left to take the principal position at Spokane School District 81's Rid- geview Elementary School while Levy left for a position with the state's Department of Social and Health Services. McGregor is a 2001 graduate of Whitworth University, receiv- ing his master's degree from the north Spokane school in 2005 and his principal certification from Washington State University. He taught third- and fourth-grade in the Ritzville School District before coming to Centennial in the West Valley School District in 2010. "The teacher in me is pas- sionate about the knowledge and skills kids are obtaining in preparation for their future,." McGregor wrote in his letter to the district's hiring committee. "The counselor in me is driven to find pathways of success and remove barriers for all of my students. The leader in me knows it takes a community to truly elevate students to the next level, and the competitor in me is ready to step up to the challenge." Klinkenberg is a 2004 gradu- ate of Eastern Washington Uni- versity, receiving a master's de- gree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga in 2006 as well as possessing numerous culi- nary arts certifications. He has worked the past three years as a consultant for Empire Health Foundation's nutritional services program, and according to the release has been "instrumental in the development of the (Cheney) District's 'backZto-scratch' pro- gram," a program for which the district has received national recognition. "I pride myself on being a working chef; there is not a duty I have not done, and will con- tinue to do so to ensure overall success of the Nutrition Services program," Klinkenberg said in- his letter to. the hiring commit- tee. Klinkenberg has also served as director and tenured faculty at Richland Community College in Decatur, Ill. for four years. He also has media experience, having appeared on national television networks and even hosting a radio talk show. "We are very fortunate to have hired three top quality leaders to join our team next year," Dotson said in an email noting the hiring in May of former Mead Middle School athletics director Gregg Hare as Cheney High School's new athletics director. "Ty McGregor's experiences as both an elementary teacher and as a counselor give him the background to be a highly ef- fective elementary principal," Dotson said. "LJ Klinkenberg brings a wealth of experience as a chef, as well as a history of working with school districts to implement healthy breakfast and lunch options." John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. West Plains students receive GU honors Caley Edwards, of Medical Lake, earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a minor in dance from Gonzaga University, during the school's May 11 commencement ceremo- ny at the Spokane Arena. In addition to Edwards, four West Plains residents made Gonzaga's spring semester 2015. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. Cheney: Nicole Rogers and Cassidy Stobart. Medical Lake: Teresa Jensen and Janine Warrington. Gonzaga University is a private Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic university provid- ing education to more than 7,800 students. It is recognized as one the west's best compre- hensive regional universities and offers 75 fields of study, 26 master's degrees, doctorate degrees in leadership studies and nursing, and a juris doc- tor degree through the School of Law. Sweeney earns local scholarship Beta Sigma Phi, an interna- tional non-academic Cheney wOmen's organization, has honored Cheney High School graduating senior Kaitlyn Sweeney with a scholarship for her many academic and community activities while at CHS. Sweeney plans on attending the University of Washington, majoring in land- scape architecture. The BSP chapter members congratu- late and wish Kaitlyn well in her aspirations. Pictured above, left to right, are Beta Sigma Phi members Diane Jacobson, Jannae Hows and scholarship recipient Kaitlyn Sweeney. Contributed photo by CHS Stars Stripes Boots and Spurs scramble The Stars Stripes Boots & Spurs Car Club is holding its an- nual Golf Scramble at the Fairways at West Terrace Golf Course Saturday, June 20, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The pre-paid entry fee is $65, which in- cludes golf cart, food and a chance to win some great prizes. To register for the scramble, contact Tony at 855-2618, Sherrie at 230-7166 or Jay at 230- 6850. All proceeds from the scramble benefit the Cheney Junior Rodeo and veterans family support organization Time of Remembrance. The Medical Lake Food Bank Association is recruiting for a volunteer Food Bank Director. The position is currently open. Duties require approximately 12 hours per week. Medical Lake's Food Bank is open Friday mornings and one Thursday evening a month with deliveries on Thursday morn- ings. The Director coordinates the Food Bank volunteers and is the liaison with Second Harvest, Care and Share and other community agencies. Send Resume: Jan Bailey MLFBA P.O. Box 461, Medical lake, WA 99002 L We Provide Family Peace of Mind! How may we serve you? We are available 24/7 for: • Meal prelo, light housekeeping • Grocery shopping, errands • Personal Care • Medication Reminders • Companionship • Transportation DENTAL CLINIC Bruce C. DDS -.9 continued from page 2 In the end, she was one of 44 present- ers winning Superior Awards. Mertens-Plow- man said it's something she definitely wants to do again, and she's wise to do so as juniors and seniors are eligible to compete for a chance at scholarship awards. The five students winning scholarship awards took home over $7,000 in funding. Mertens-Plowman said she has no idea what next year's proj- ect will be, but she'll "work on it." As for a future in sci- ence, Mertens-Plowman said she loves science and is thinking of a career in medicine. But that's down the road. "I'm not sure," she said. "I'm a sophomore in high school. I might change my mind." John McCal- lure can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. The best chicken and fish in town! Side Orders: • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy b" Corn • Green Beans • Macaroni & Cheese • Potato Wedges @ rs 116 W. 1 st, Cheney, WA. 235-4222 EVER Y DA Y! VISIT US WWW.llARi