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 The apprentice
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 Feds say they'll ease No Child Left Behind
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 Gar-Pal grade-schoolers get scientific
 Bertelsen ready to ride off into the sunset
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 Lapwai votes on school bond next week
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 Spelling Bee produces ‘m-a-g-n-i-f-i-c-e-n-t’ results
 Kiwanis Club honors students of the month
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 Senate Ed kills push to whip Idaho vending machines into shape
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 Deglamorizing meth
 Teen aims to be zookeeper
 Meeting set on youth participation in Relay for Life
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The apprentice

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 - 10:50:09 pm PDT
Staff writer

Chris Hanley, 18, works at Bay Shore Systems in Rathdrum as part of a pilot workforce training
program that provides apprenticeship positions for students while they are still in high school.
Program allows students to receive technical training while still in high school

COEUR d'ALENE -- Sparks fly from welding equipment as a forklift operator sits nearby
waiting to move a massive piece of steel.

Chris Hanley, dressed in a Bay Shore Systems jumpsuit, looks like the rest of the employees he
works alongside in the Rathdrum manufacturing company's machine shop.

But Hanley is a little different. He's a high school student apprentice participating in a pilot
workforce training program that is a model for the rest of the state of Idaho.

"I kind of was leaning toward going to college. When I found out I could learn wire feed welding
and get paid," Hanley said, "I jumped on it."

The program could also be the answer to the region's skilled worker shortage.

The School-to-Registered Apprenticeship Program, or STRAP, developed by the United States
Department of Labor, offers high school students the opportunity to receive long-term career and
occupational training both in the classroom and at an approved job site.

Shawn Martel, production manager for Bay Shore, said his company, a manufacturer of
foundation drilling equipment, struggles to find welders and machinists with the skills needed to
complete the company's orders.

"If we can bring an apprentice in, it teaches a trade and fills our position," Martel said.

Four other area employers are participating in the pilot program: Ground Force Manufacturing,
Kimball Office, Stratford Homes and Empire Airlines.

"We have jobs here that pay very well that people can enter without a four-year degree," said
Jonathan Coe, general manager of the Coeur d'Alene Area Chamber of Commerce. "We're
bucking the trend in North Idaho and adding manufacturing jobs. We're trying to reinvigorate
interest in these jobs."
Because they are registered in a federally recognized apprenticeship program, students are able
to participate as early as age 16.

"Normally you can't get a 17-year-old into a manufacturing setting," Coe said.

Hanley learned about the pilot program from his welding instructor at Riverbend Academy, a
professional-technical program located in Post Falls that serves students from Coeur d'Alene,
Post Falls and Lakeland high schools.

He attends regular high school classes at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City High School each morning
before heading over to Riverbend for welding lab. Then, he ends his day apprenticing at Bay

STRAP, started with a grant from the Idaho Department of Professional-Technical Education, is
supported by the Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden/Hayden Lake and Rathdrum chambers of
commerce, Jobs Plus, the Department of Commerce and Labor, the North Idaho Manufacturers
Consortium, North Idaho College, and the Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school
districts including Riverbend Academy.

Riverbend administrator Jason Green said the main idea of the program is to get kids like Hanley
started in their careers earlier -- without wasting a lot of time after high school graduation.

"He'll have no student loans and he'll have a good wage," Green said.

After high school graduation, the program continues with students like Hanley progressing as
apprentices while they continue to take classes through North Idaho College with college credits


Feds say they'll ease No Child Left Behind

Pilot program will include up to 10 states
Stephanie Banchero
Chicago Tribune
March 19, 2008

CHICAGO – The Bush administration said Tuesday that it is willing to soften its long-held
stance that every failing school, whether it fails marginally or miserably, be treated the same.

Under a plan unveiled by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, states would be
allowed to differentiate how they label – and punish – schools, based on the degree to which a
given school fails to meet No Child Left Behind standards.
A school that missed only one achievement target, for example, could get a more favorable label
and less severe sanctions than a school that missed several achievement goals.


"This will not change the guts of No Child Left Behind accountability," Spellings told reporters.
"However it gives states the opportunity to describe the range of schools that meet and do not
meet in different ways."

Spellings plans to grant the leeway to up to 10 states that submit pilot projects this spring. The
programs would not require a change in law.

In exchange, chosen states would agree to target their efforts and resources toward helping the
most chronically failing schools, which nationally have shown minimal progress.

Since No Child Left Behind became law six years ago, local and state education officials have
complained about its one-size-fits-all approach.

By law, schools must ensure that subgroups of students, broken down by race, income and
special education status, meet annual math and reading goals. Schools that fail to meet standards
in any subgroup are deemed failing and face a series of escalating sanctions that, eventually,
could lead to closure.

Suburban school officials have been especially critical because some of their schools are getting
tagged as failing even though they have high overall test scores.

Some educators and policy makers praised Spellings' proposal. But Michael Petrilli, who served
in the Education Department during Bush's first term and now works for the Thomas B. Fordham
Institute, likened it to a "suburban schools relief act."

"This proposal creates a real risk that we could step back from the pressure currently on
suburban schools to close the achievement gap and get all students up to proficiency," said
Petrilli, vice president of the conservative think tank. "Depending on how it's implemented, you
can imagine suburban schools that are not making the grade for African-American or poor
students, for example, will no longer feel the pressure under NCLB to address these problems."


Gar-Pal grade-schoolers get scientific

Pacific Science Center's Blood and Guts team makes learning fun for Garfield, Palouse students

By Amy Gray
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - Page Updated at 12:00:00 AM

First- and second-graders from Garfield and Palouse watched intently as a teacher from the
Pacific Science Center's Blood and Guts team pulled out part of an elephant's tooth Monday.

"Whoa!" they said simultaneously, overwhelmed by how large it was.

The tooth was part of a demonstration on textures. Pacific Science educator Jenny Iverson
handed out flash scopes - magnifiers with lights - so the students could examine the tooth, as
well as compare the textures of their skin with that of a python's.

She reminded them to make scientific observations, but Iverson knew the students wouldn't be
able to resist other explorations, as evidenced when one second-grader pressed the flash scope
into her science partner's scalp.

"It's OK to look at the carpet, too," Iverson whispered to the group. "It's pretty cool. I'm going to
look at my shoe."

Making science fun was a central theme of the Blood and Guts team's daylong visit to Garfield.
The five-member team will be at Pullman elementary schools the rest of this week.

"When I say 'physiologists,' you cross your arms and get very serious and say, 'Yessss?' " Iverson
told the students. They willingly complied, putting on their most serious expressions each time.

What many of the Palouse students didn't know was that the science teacher from Seattle
attended their school as an elementary student. The 2001 Palouse High School graduate said she
loves to visit eastern Washington schools as part of her work.

One perk is she gets to stay with her parents. Her father, Jay Iverson, teaches fourth grade at
Palouse. Jenny was one of his students.

Iverson, 24, majored in ecological studies at Seattle University before becoming a "Science on
Wheels" teacher for the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The Office for the Superintendent for
Public Instruction funds the Science on Wheels program, which includes five people who travel
two of every three weeks to conduct classroom exercises like the one that took place Monday at

"It's fun; you've got to give back, you know?" Iverson said. "I like informal science education."

The Pacific Science Center teachers cycled through three classrooms at Garfield Elementary
School, presenting mini-courses on nerves, the brain, bones, eyes and how our features are
similar and dissimilar to other animals.
Science center teachers set up tables of do-it-yourself exhibits in the gym for children to try out.
There was a balancing board so students could time themselves to see how long they could
balance, with an explanation about how their ability to balance comes from their inner ear.

"It was really interactive," said Libby Akin, a fifth-grader from Palouse. "We learned about our
eyes and what's in our eyes - a brown goo and things floating around. It's awesome.

"My favorite part was about how the brain works," she added. "I learned that there five or six
parts that control motions and muscles."

"I liked learning the names of bones," said fourth-grader Ariana Allen from Palouse. "We got to
feel them. My favorite part was memory. We learned about short-term memory. It was a lot of

"I didn't know there was a tibia and a fibia," added Palouse fourth-grader Delaney Watkins.

Gabe Cocking, a fifth-grader from Garfield, told Iverson he was impressed with "everything."
He'd attended three sessions in the morning - on nerves, eyes, and Iverson's lesson on differences
and similarities between animals.

"You don't see through your eyes," he said. "You see through a lobe in the back of your brain. It
reflects light through the lobe.

"There were pretty interesting facts," he added. "We learned about the brain and how emotions
are made. Your brain doesn't feel. It's the nerves. They actually brought a real brain."

Other Science on Wheels programs that travel throughout the state include ones focused on
geology, engineering, space and physics.

Bertelsen ready to ride off into the sunset

Whitepine District superintendent to retire at end of June

By Hadley Rush

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - Page Updated at 12:00:00 AM

BertelsenWhitepine Joint School District Superintendent Daryl Bertelsen believes he's achieved
everything he's set out to do professionally.

Now it's time for a little rest, relaxation and fishing.
Bertelsen said he will retire at the end of June with no regrets. He has overseen the district since
1999, a year before it deconsolidated with Troy. He served as superintendent for both districts
through the 2001-02 school year.

"Just about all the things that I was hired to accomplish, I have accomplished," Bertelsen said. "I
feel pretty good about stepping down and enjoying my retirement."

Bertelsen, 66, said his greatest achievement as superintendent was helping to get a new high
school built in Troy.

The new high school was built after several facility evaluations determined the old building was
unsafe for students. Prior to deconsolidation, voters turned down two building improvement
levies, which Bertelsen attributes to Idaho being the only state that requires a super-majority vote
to pass a bond for school funding.

The district was in jeopardy of losing accreditation because it could not generate the funding to
build a new high school in Troy or repair the building it was using. Meanwhile, more than a
dozen Idaho school districts - Whitepine included - were involved in a lawsuit instigated to
determine whether the state or local government should be responsible for safe facilities.

In 2001, after the deconsolidation, District Court Judge Deborah Bail ruled the Idaho school
funding system was unconstitutional, and that it was the state's responsibility to ensure school
facilities meet safety standards.

The Troy School District dropped out of the lawsuit after receiving $2 million through a law that
provided funds for up-front interest of plant facilities improvements for schools with immediate
health and safety concerns.

The deconsolidation allowed Troy residents to vote for and pass a levy for their new high school
facility, and the remainder of the Whitepine Joint School District to vote on its respective

During his time as superintendent, Bertelsen also has overseen additions to the elementary
school, and a new gym, shop and football field in Deary.

Dan Rask has been hired to replace Bertelsen. Rask, who lives and works in Harrison, Mont.,
will officially take over as the new part-time superintendent the first week in July.

Bertelsen said he plans to move to Big Timber, Mont., to be closer to his family as soon as Rask
learns the ropes.

Deary High School Principal Darrah Eggers has worked with Bertelsen for the past nine years.
He said he'll be sorry to see him go.
"The trust with the staff and the school board has been tremendous since he's been on board with
us," Eggers said. "He was also part of the deconsolidation that benefited both communities. I
think Troy is pleased to be on their own, and we are pleased to be on our own."

Eggers was part of the interview committee that hired Rask, and said he thinks Bertelsen's
replacement will fit right in.

"We feel very confident that (Rask) can continue what Mr. Bertelsen has built," Eggers said.

Bertelsen said he'll miss "the people, the community, patrons of the community and the kids,"
most, but added that he has no plans to get another job anytime soon.

"I may go back to (working) but I'm going to take a year and not do anything," he said. "It's
going to be hard to leave, really.

"I've enjoyed it," he added. "We just have a really outstanding school system that has developed
over the last nine years."


Lapwai votes on school bond next week

$4.4 million would complete new wing, construct gymnasium

By Jodi Walker

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lapwai School District patrons will decide on a $4.4 million facilities bond March 25.

The money will allow the district to complete the junior high wing of the new school and
construct a gymnasium.

The bond would add $250 a year per $100,000 in assessed valuation to tax bills. It would bring
the district's tax levy to about $340 because of a prior facilities bond still in place. The district
does not have a supplemental levy.

Voters shot down a bond in February 2007 for $1.8 million.

The district is asking for more this time because the construction plan is significantly different.
The prior facilities bond was to construct eight classrooms and possibly demolish the old high
school. This time the plan includes completion of the middle school classrooms, a gymnasium
and demolition of the old school.
The new plan can be attributed to several things. First, Superintendent Terry Smith, new to the
district this year, brought new ideas to the table. The district has tapped into the design-build
delivery system and part of the existing middle school will be saved and incorporated into the
new gymnasium, an estimated cost savings of $1.1 million.

A $3.9 million facilities bond was approved by voters in 2004 for construction of a new high
school and middle school to replace the condemned building. The old high school was built in
1941 and had extensive mold and asbestos concerns.

Construction costs skyrocketed before building started. In the end, the project was scaled back
significantly. The new high school and sixth-grade classrooms were completed by the fall of
2007. The seventh and eighth grades are still housed in the old middle school. The gymnasium in
the old high school is condemned and students are bused to the elementary school for physical
education classes.

After last year's facilities bond failed, the Nez Perce Tribe gave $500,000 over five years to the
district to help with the building. At the time of the gift, those involved said they hoped the
action would calm concerns about the large amount of trust land in the district.

That tribe members in the reservation-based district don't pay property taxes has created hard
feelings and has historically hindered the district's ability to pass tax levies.

The build-design system cuts out the bidding process, explained Cathy Peterson, business
manager. Historically, public entities have had to hire an architect, then go to bid for a
contractor. The design-build system brings both architect and contractor to the table from the
beginning. They work together to complete a project.

The budget is set and the plan drafted before construction begins.

"(This way) regardless of what happens in the market, that is what they have to deliver,"
Peterson said. "It has calmed our fears, too."

Peterson said she hopes the district's effort to specify what will be done with the money will
make it easier for voters. "That means it's done. We're not going to come back (for more

The specifics of the plan are still being discussed. The priority is five middle school classrooms,
down from eight. "That will allow us to demo the condemned building," Smith said, because the
students will be in the new building.

Unlike the failed plan, this one includes a completed gymnasium. The size of the gymnasium is
still being discussed, but it should hold between 900 and 1,200 people, Smith said.

The existing auditorium will be remodeled and the media center converted to other uses.
Passage of the bond will also pay for demolition of the old high school and middle school. The
site will be used for the new gymnasium and parking.

If the bond passes, construction will begin immediately.

"The bond passes the 25th, the 26th they'll start working on the classrooms," Smith said. The
gymnasium is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2009.

Peterson said the new buildings will bring cost savings. Bus drivers will no longer be needed to
bus students to the elementary school for physical education.

The district is also paying about $38,000 a year to heat the old school because the entire building
must be heated rather than just the handful of classrooms still being used.

The middle school is also underinsured, Peterson said, because the district cannot purchase
insurance on the condemned building. The district has liability insurance on it, but nothing else

"We are kind of hanging out there."


Spelling Bee produces ‘m-a-g-n-i-f-i-c-e-n-t’ results

By Ida Chatter IPT

NAMPA — When the call for 4th graders in the Nampa and Vallivue School Districts as well as
private, charter or home schools to compete in the 5th annual spelling bee went out, organizers
from the Woman’s Century Club in Nampa expected about the same participation as in years
  “We’re guessing about 40 participants,” said the spelling bee chairman, Joyce Chase.
  But after all was spelled and done in preliminary, individual school competitions, names of 53
competitors and three alternates had been registered — proof that not only was the interest in the
contest growing, but that students were ready and willing to put their knowledge of how words
are spelled to the test. And what a test it was.
  Never make the mistake of assuming that this spelling bee is just some young people having a
fun afternoon at the Little Theater at the Nampa High School. On the contrary. Saturday, March
15, proved to be an event, not only filled with the thrill of victory, when after three hours of
intense competition and hard work only produced six winners, it was also a day filled with stress
and disappointment — grown-up emotions for 9-10 year-olds and handled well like the
champions they are.
  The rules are strict. Contestants are required to spell the words orally without the use of pens or
paper to assist them. Words have to be pronounced before spelling and immediately after. Failure
to do so, even if the word is spelled correctly, results in elimination from the contest. Spellers are
also not allowed to change any letters already used — no “Oops that letter was wrong, so I’m
going to start over.”
  One chance and one chance only to produce the correct spelling of each word given whittled
the numbers of competitors down quickly in the first rounds. Later rounds, with more difficult
words and a change of rules, proved to be a huge challenge and kept emcee Joyce Chase, the
kids, their families and friends (as well as the judges) stressed and emotionally exhausted.
  During the final round, if a speller missed the word given, the next contestant was given the
same word to spell and then was required to spell another even more difficult word correctly
before being proclaimed winner of the round. Word after word fell to the test — leaving the last
six spellers on stage for well over an hour trying to break the cycle. And an audible cheer and
sigh of relief went up from everyone involved when Devin Wright of West Canyon Elementary
finally made it past two words in a row and claimed the 1st place trophy.
  More intense minutes went by and eventually Ethan Dale of East Canyon Elementary was
named as 2nd place winner; Alyson Sebright of Greenhurst Elementary, took home 3rd place
honors and Gabriella Coulter of Willow Creek Elementary, Nicholas Gardner of Owyhee
Elementary and Brandon Bryson of East Canyon Elementary were named as the 4th, 5th and 6th
place winners, respectively.
  In addition to his trophy, Devin was also awarded $100 cash, a dictionary and a thesaurus.
Ethan was given a $50 cash award; Alyson received $25 and the 4th, 5th, and 6th place winners
were each awarded $20.
  Now this could be the end of the story, for this year at least. The kids had studied the rules,
pondered the word lists given them and knew that they would be challenged with some new
words, too — some they’d never heard before. Then they arrived prepared, did their best and all
went home rewarded.
  For those in the earlier rounds, it was a participation ribbon and a pat on the back for a job well
done. For those who made it to the final 15, then 12, then six, there will always be the memory
for me of the look on their faces when they were told that they had spelled their word correctly;
or how they held their head high and marched off the stage smiling when that one wrong letter
made all the difference.
  For me there were no losers at the spelling bee at all. They were all simply magnificent ...
that’s M-A-G-N-IF-I-C-E-N-T, magnificent!

Kiwanis Club honors students of the month

CALDWELL — The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell recognizes the Caldwell and Vallivue High
Schools Outstanding Students of the Month. A luncheon was held in their honor Feb. 21, when
each received a gift card and a certificate from the club.
  Four outstanding seniors were chosen by their teaching staff as outstanding students in social
studies and language arts.
  Social studies honoree, Jackie Beavers, a senior at Caldwell High School, has a GPA of 3.9778
and is in the top 20 students at CHS. She is taking two advanced placement/honor level courses.
She is president of Madrigals Choir and is a drum major in the marching band. She has many
extracurricular activities, including Girls Concord Choir, Mayors Youth Advisory Council,
YMCA Youth Government, Drama Club, Thespian Society. Jackie has performed in four high
school musicals and attended the Idaho All-State Choir in 2006.
  Her future plans include attending the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and plans to pursue her
associate’s degree in the baking and pastry arts. Jackie will one day own and operate her own
  Language arts honoree, Diane Angere, a senior at Caldwell High School, has a GPA of 4.091
and is a top 10 student of CHS. She is taking Honors English and Advanced Placement/Honor
level courses in English. Her extracurricular activities include Choir, Madrigals Choir,
Performing in the “Beauty and the Beast” and competing in competitive speech and debate
  Her future plans include attending the College of Idaho and major in secondary vocal music
education and minor in creative writing. She would also like to learn a third language.
  Language arts honoree, Callie Kautzmann, a senior at Vallivue High School, has a GPA of
3.54 and is a member of the National Honor Society. Callie’s extracurricular actives include
placing 3rd and 2nd in the Girls State Basketball Tournament, and the leader of the Fellowship
of Christian Athletics.
  Her future plans are to attend college and play college basketball and then becoming a sports
  Language arts honoree, Tiffany Williams, a senior at Vallivue High School is at the top of her
  Her future plan is to become a firefighter.
  The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell meets at noon every Thursday at the West Valley Medical
Center, Kaley Room corner of 10th and Logan. For more information contact Dan Renschler,


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Senate Ed kills push to whip Idaho vending machines into shape

BOISE, Idaho - Kids, eat up. Idaho lawmakers won't interfere with school vending machine

The Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 against a resolution urging schools to ditch
unhealthy products in the humming electric snack dispensers for healthier choices.

The House already passed the anti-obesity measure.

But opposition Tuesday came from the Idaho Soft Drink and the Idaho Retailers associations,
representing snackmakers like Nabisco and Kraft.
The industries say the measure is too complicated and that schools should have competitive
offerings with products determined by districts, not the state.

Representative Margaret Henbest, a Boise Democrat, says she's done trying to shape up school
vending machines after failing two years in a row.

A service of the Associated Press(AP)


Deglamorizing meth

Presentation here emphasizes drug’s carnage
POCATELLO — The message to Irving Middle School students was succinct and brutal: You
get ugly. You freak out. You die.
  More than 100 seventh- and eighthgraders watched raptly Tuesday as medical care providers,
law enforcement officers, former addicts and a coroner described the horrors of
methamphetamine in a video entitled “Meth: Walking on Thin Ice.”
  The presentation was hosted by students from Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy.
Tuesday’s presentation was the first in what the pharmacy students hope will be many visits with
area school kids to educate and warn them about meth’s carnage.

  The graphic details of addiction included accounts from the former addicts about watching
friends and loved ones die, some of whom they had introduced to the drug.
  The presentation listed the noxious components that may be used in the manufacturing process,
including hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid from drain cleaner, lithium from batteries, anhydrous
ammonia from fertilizer, and red phosphorus from ground match tips or emergency road flares.
The key ingredient in meth is pseudoephedrine — the active ingredient in cold medicines such as
  Pictures of handsome faces turned horrid elicited gasps from the middle-schoolers. A coroner
explaining the process of performing autopsies needed no pictures for his segment.
  After the presentation, the pharmacy students quizzed the kids, doling out treats as they
correctly answered questions about how to avoid meth, its physical and psychological effects,
and statistics of meth abuse in Idaho.
  The presentation clearly struck a chord with some students.
  “I thought it was really good,” 13-year old Kayla Davis said.
  “I learned a few things I didn’t know,” 13-year-old Robert Balfour said, noting that some of
the side effects “are kind of amazing.”
  The pharmacy students, who dressed white lab coats, were pleased with the student reaction.
  “I think it went really well,” Heidie Carlson said.
  “I was really impressed with the interaction,” added Kaylee Schultz.
  Joining Schultz and Carlson were Casey Sayre and Josie Huerta, all second-year pharmacy
students. They put the program together from several sources, including the Idaho Meth Project.
  The effects of meth use in Idaho are grim. They include:

• 63 percent of Idaho felony drug court participants indicate meth is their drug of choice.

• 52 percent of Idaho inmates directly attribute meth use to their incarceration.

• Idaho spends $66 million annually to house adult male inmates who admit to having a meth

• Idaho ranks ninth in the U.S. for dependence or abuse of illegal drugs or alcohol among ages
  In May 2007, Idaho adopted the Montana Meth Project’s program which has seen dramatic
results in the two years it has barraged the public in its graphic media campaign. Montana’s
success is spurring other state’s to adopt the program.
  Montana is now 39th in the nation in meth abuse, down from 5th. Teen meth use has declined
by 45 percent, and meth-related crimes have decreased by 53 percent.
  The program is the brainchild of part-time Montana resident and philanthropist Tom Siebel, the
founder and chairman of former software giant Siebel Systems, now a part of Oracle Corp.
  The pharmacy students hope to share their message with other students and groups. Any group
wishing to host a presentation may contact Josie Huerta at huerjosi@ or Heidie
Carlson at

Teen aims to be zookeeper

POCATELLO — The Pocatello Zoo doesn’t open for the season until next month, but eighth-
grader Ryan Millward already goes there twice each week.
  The Pocatello Community Charter School student volunteers to work with the barnyard and
educational animals as part of a community service project.
  “The work is really hard,” Millward said. “Sometimes you have to shovel out entire barnyards
of hay.”
  But Millward said the labor is worthwhile because he loves animals.
  All seventh- and eighthgraders at PCCS are required to complete a community service project.
Millward, 14, said the zoo was an easy choice for his project. Even before volunteering for the
position, he visited the animals there every chance he got.
  Millward can name the species of every animal with which he works. There are Dexter cattle,
Mediterranean donkeys, a blow snake, a fire salamander, a deer mouse, a desert tortoise, a desert
cottontail rabbit and many more.
  But Millward’s favorite is a 3.5-foot-long royal python.
  “They are very docile snakes,” Millward said. “It will just curl up on my arm and stay there.”
  Aside from the zoo, Millward enjoys acting in his humanities class at PCCS. He has a part in a
class performance of William Shakespeare’s classic, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
  He is also active in a local group affiliated with the Society of Creative Anachronism, a
national organization with tens of thousands of members which recreates Western European
history and culture. “It might sound kind of nerdy, but I like to sword fight,” Millward said.
Millward intends to study zoology in college and aspires to be a zookeeper.

Meeting set on youth participation in Relay for Life

POCATELLO — Century High School freshman Maryjane Martin has scheduled an
informational meeting about how youths can get involved with the American Cancer Society’s
Relay For Life.
  The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Pocatello Community Charter School, 995 S.
Arthur Ave.
  M a r t i n is one of 20 youths from throughout the country named to the American Cancer
Society’s Western Division Youth Task Force. She is the youngest person to be named and the
first teen from Idaho to join the task force.
  Members of the task force are asked to get youths in their communities involved in the cause.
To that end, Martin plans to start a competition among the area’s three high schools for students
to decorate their schools purple and silver, the colors of the Relay for Life. She also plans to
organize youth teams for the event.
  In late January, Martin flew to Seattle to meet with task force members for a preliminary
discussion, and she was assigned to the task force’s High School’s Against Cancer committee.
She’s scheduled to attend another out-of-state task force meeting in June and the National Youth
Summit in August.


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