Mark Morris marketing student Paxton Nippert was awarded a medal in Principals of Hospitality at the recent the State DECA competition in Bellevue. Over 3,800 students attended the competition hosted by DECA, a national organization for students interested in marketing, business, and entrepreneurship.
Mark Morris High School has been awarded a National School Based Enterprise Award for their student store. This project was chaired by Gabby Bennett and Alexis Troy. The yearlong certification and review is awarded by the National DECA organization to outstanding stores which met 27 categories. These students will compete at the International DECA Conference in Atlanta GA in late April.
Mark Morris students Bryson Byman, Rex Clarke, and Kevin Jurmu not only competed in the Lower Columbia College High School Welding Competition recently; they placed first out of twelve regional teams. These Career and Technical Education (CTE) Monarchs successfully demonstrated their skills in arc welding and cutting. A written test was also a competition component.
Welding instructor Tim Lam said, “These are great kids who put in a lot of hard work. But also, a win like this demonstrates what the continuing support and commitment to CTE programs districtwide can achieve. The Longview School District has made it a goal to provide tremendous support to all CTE programs.”
First place winners were awarded a trophy, and coats and tools donated by local businesses. Mr. Lam said, “Without the continued support from local businesses such as Big C Industries, JH Kelly, and Waite Specialty Machine this would not be possible. Their support is vital to our continuing mission to provide quality programs.”
The hard work of Longview musicians was rewarded Feb. 3, 2018 at the Southwest Washington Music Educators Association Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Contest hosted by Kelso High School. High school musicians from around the region met to compete as soloists and in ensembles.
Longview soloists recognized were:
- Isabel Buckingham, Mark Morris: Multiple Percussion – winner , Snare Drum – 1st alternate
- Seth Klander, R.A. Long: Timpani – winner, 2nd alternate – Mallet Percussion
- Eleanor Stalick, R.A. Long: Cello – winner
- Delaney Morgan, R.A. Long: Bass – 1st alternate
- Sarah Sanchez, Mark Morris: Violin – 1st alternate
- Shana Busch, Mark Morris- Multiple Percussion – 1st alternate
Longview ensembles recognized were:
- Longview String Ensemble, Mark Morris and R.A. Long: Large String Ensemble – winner. Ensemble members: Sarah Sanchez, Josette Shepherd, Chloe Compton, Reagan Gosslin, Caroline Nesterkin, Megan Willis, Eleanor Stalick, Roman Stalick, Delaney Morgan and Christopher Ofstun
- Mark Morris Percussion Ensemble: Large Percussion Ensemble – 1st alternate. Ensemble members: Hannah Cargill, Lanna Ruiz, Chance Grendahl, Morgan Ebert, Amaya Busby-Frey, Bryce Sampson, Shana Busch, Isabel Buckingham and Kameron Werner
- Flute Cello Duet, R.A. Long: Small String Ensemble – 2nd alternate. Ensemble members: Eleanor Stalick and Megan Meharg
These winners will perform at the State Music Contest at Central Washington University on April 27 and 28, 2018 and compete against the other 21 regions in Washington State.
Nineteen Mark Morris Monarchs won awards at the Area 9 DECA District Conference on Jan. 11, 2018.
Washington DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
These students, working with Mark Morris Marketing teacher and DECA advisor Greg McCormick, are well on their way to a successful future.
On Dec. 15 2017, the Mark Morris Hall of Fame grew by six names. These inductees are former Mark Morris athletes as well as staff who work to support student athlete success at Mark Morris.
Laura McInnis, Class of 1983
While attending Mark Morris High School, Laura participated and excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball. The sport at which she was most successful is basketball. During her senior year, Laura was named the Most Valuable Player at the District tournament. In addition she led the state of Washington in scoring. Those who remember watching Laura play reminisce that her scoring average would have been much higher with the three-point shot line as she was an outstanding outside shooter. After high school Laura played one year of volleyball and two years of basketball at Lower Columbia College. As at Mark Morris, Laura set scoring records in basketball while playing at Lower Columbia College. From 1988 to 1992 Laura served in the United States Air Force. While serving in the Air Force, Laura was selected to play basketball for the Pacific Air Force Team. Laura presently resides in Salem, Oregon.
Shawn Merz, Class of 1989
From 1986 to 1989 Shawn was a three-year starter in both football and basketball. Shawn was another mainstay on the 1987 and 1988 Mark Morris football teams. During his junior and senior year, Shawn was honored as the GSHL defensive lineman of the year. He excelled on offense as well, and in one game he had 13 receptions. The basketball teams that Shawn played on finished 2nd in state, first in state, participated at state and 4th in state. Shawn is the third all-time leading rebounder in Mark Morris history. After high school Shawn participated at the University of Montana in football and college rodeo. Shawn was a four-year letterman in football and was a defensive starter as an upper classman. He is on the all-time lists for career sacks at Montana. In rodeo, Shawn twice qualified for nationals in bull-dogging.
Carol (Smith) Ruiz, Class of 1988
Carol was a three-sport athlete at Mark Morris, earning eleven varsity letters in soccer, basketball and track. Her senior year, Carol was named the GSHL Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year. Later that spring Carol finished 4th at the state track meet in the javelin. Carol was a captain in each sport season during both her junior and senior year. Throughout her high school career, Carol participated in marching band and pep band and, as a senior, she was honored as an all-state trumpet player. Smith-Ruiz attended Washington State University from 1989 -1993, earning her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In 1995 Carol earned her Masters of Science at WSU in Civil Engineering. Carol was an outstanding college student, graduating Cum Laude and was named to the Pac-10 Track and Field All-Academic team in 1991, 1992 and 1993. While at W.S.U., Carol participated in Track and Field and was captain her Senior year. Her career-best javelin throw at W.S.U. was 153’2” in 1991. This mark met the NCAA provisional standard. Carol presently resides in Longview. Both of her daughters have attended Mark Morris.
Lisa Verage, Mark Morris Head Volleyball Coach 1993 to 2012
During her twenty-year tenure as head volleyball coach, Lisa Verage’s overall record was 352-172, a 67% winning percentage. Nine times Lisa’s teams won the league title. In 1995, 2001 and 2004 Mark Morris won District titles under Lisa’s direction. Twelve of Coach Verage’s teams qualified for the state tournament with her 1995 team and her 2002 team finishing 3rd at state. On eleven occasions, Lisa was recognized as Coach of the Year by her peers. A number of Lisa’s former players have gone into coaching, including the present head coaches at Mark Morris High School and Woodland High School. Lisa is a 1983 graduate of R.A. Long High School. Lisa participated in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball for the Lumberjills. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education at Western Washington University and Master of Arts in Education at the University of Portland. This is her twenty-ninth year as a teacher in the Longview Public Schools. Ms. Verage is the Physical Education Specialist at Kessler Elementary School.
Jocelyn Schauer, Mark Morris Teacher 1982 to the present
Jocelyn has been a fixture at Mark Morris High School for thirty-six years. Since her first year at Mark Morris, Ms. Schauer has been the scorekeeper for the girls’ basketball teams. From 1987 to present, Jocelyn has been the scorekeeper for the boys’ basketball teams. In the fall Jocelyn is the gym supervisor for volleyball and in the spring she is the clerk of the course at track meets. When not working in an official capacity at an event, Jocelyn has been a loyal and avid supporter of all Mark Morris athletic teams. In addition, Ms. Schauer has been the FBLA advisor during her entire tenure at Mark Morris. Jocelyn is a 1974 graduate of Curtis High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University and her Master of Arts in Business Education from Central Washington University.
Andy Mason, Class of 1989
Andy was an outstanding two-sport athlete at Mark Morris during the late 1980’s. In track and field, Andy combined speed and strength. He was a member of the school record 4 x 100 relay team which ran a 43.17 in 1988. His school record in the javelin of 203’11” was set in 1989 and still stands today. As well as track and field, Andy excelled in football. During his junior season, the Monarchs were league champions and qualified for the state quarterfinals. In Andy’s senior year, Mark Morris went to post-season play. Andy’s abilities were recognized by those at the collegiate level where he was offered a scholarship to play at the University of Washington. Andy was a four-year letterman at the University of Washington between 1990 and 1993. He was a three-year defensive starter for the Huskies, including the undefeated 1991 team, that many pundits claim was the greatest defensive team ever in the Pac-10. Andy was selected team captain his senior year. Andy still ranks 6th in UW history in career sacks and career tackle for loss yards. He ranks 8th in UW history in career tackles for loss.
Mark Morris percussionist Isabel Buckingham was selected by audition to perform in one of the four honor bands at the Western International Band Clinic annual conference in Nov. 2017 in Seattle. Wash.
District band teacher Mrs. Regan Huffman was in attendance for the annual four-day convention for directors and students in Seattle, Wash., and says “Not only was Isabel chosen to be a part of [the honor bands], she was chosen to be in the top band, “Thunderbird Band”, and was second chair in her section. These are the best students from five states so this says a lot about Isabel and her musical talent.”
Congratulations to Isabel on this great accomplishment!
Students in grades eight through twelve and their guardians are invited to learn about apprenticeship training and career opportunities on Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm. The fair will be held at the Mark Morris High School LGIC and cafeteria, 1602 Mark Morris Ct. Activities include:
- Hear about the benefits of apprenticeship programs
- Listen to a young, skilled apprenticeship panel share their apprenticeship and work experiences
- Meet union representatives from across our region
- Meet employers who hire apprentices
- Learn about the new Pre-Apprenticeship program offered in our district next year
- Try our virtual welder and meet our teachers
In accordance with Board policy, individuals seeking appointment to the Board of Directors must be U.S. citizens and qualified voter residents of Longview School District #122. This is an “at large” position meaning it represents the entire geographic area of Longview Public Schools.
School board meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Meetings take place in the Administration Building Board Room, located at 2715 Lilac Street, Longview. Board members also serve on subcommittee meetings, which occur at least quarterly.
The candidate selected for appointment will serve on the Board until the next odd-numbered year general election, November 2019.
Complete and submit your application online or pick up an application at the Administration Building, 2715 Lilac Street, Longview, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Applications are due to the Superintendent’s Office Jan. 19, 2018 by 3:00 p.m.
After the Jan. 19 application deadline:
- The Board will review applications in an executive session at the end of the Jan. 22 regular meeting. The Board may select candidates to interview after they complete their review of qualifications. The selection of candidates will occur in open session after the executive session.
- Candidates will be interviewed in open session during the Jan. 29 Special Meeting at 6:30pm. There will be a discussion of qualifications in executive session, then selection of a candidate for appointment to Position #3 in open session.
- The new board member will be sworn into office on Feb. 12.
District Nurse Lisa Lyons shares a healthy tip for these colder days when people are spending more time inside together. “Remember to wash your hands! Washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can reduce the passing of gastrointestinal illness by 50%. The passing of respiratory illness can be reduced by 20-50%!”