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June 2017 - Posts


Brandon Battle and Shane Ziegler at the Washington Skills USA Welding Competition


Congratulations to Brandon Battle, who took home a bronze medal from the Washington Skills USA Welding Competition and to Shane Ziegler, who placed 9th! They both did very well for their first ever trip to state in a very competitive class. 


We’re so proud of the programs West Valley offers, and we’re especially proud of the outstanding work of our West Valley students!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:50 PM



This year’s Spoken Word Performances were, yet again, a huge success. The spoken word performances are done by students in Creative Writing. All students in Creative Writing complete one piece to perform in class; the best from each class are chosen to then perform to an audience of between 300 and 400 in the auditorium. For most kids, this is by far the largest audience they’ve ever spoken in front of.


Performers are Juniors and Seniors. Performances took place both last week and this week in the HS auditorium. Sixty students performed between Mark Burns and Josh McKimmy’s Creative Writing students. The topics were varied, but all students wrote about their own lives; by doing so, they hit on topics universal to the age group of the audience. Each of these students wrote a 2-4 minute long poem, memorized it, got it performance-ready, and performed it well.


It was incredibly impressive work and fantastic writing. Student performers captivated a full auditorium for six periods. The student body looks forward to watching and participating in this event every year.


Great job, teachers Josh McKimmy and Mark Burns, for inspiring students to share their stories and their gift!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:50 PM


West Valley students did very well in this year’s Sunrise Rotary Speech Competition! Winners receive a scholarship to the college they will be attending.


West Valley Winners:

1st place: Jacob Luten

2nd place: Jordan Le

3rd place: Lindsey Switzer

5th place: Elliot Ries


Jacob’s speech was about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) and the need for STEM plus Art and soft skills. Jordan’s speech was about the importance of acknowledgment, and he shared his personal story, which was very strong. His speech was entitled “How to Be a Hero.” Lindsey spoke about depression and its avoidable, tragic consequence of teen suicide. She also had a very poignant personal anecdote. Elliot spoke about the importance of handshakes. His speech was entitled “A Man is Only as Good as His Handshake.”


All speakers were terrific and very polished! Thank you to Sunrise Rotary! We so appreciate your continued sponsorship of this contest.

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Congratulations to Brienn Aman, John Opfer, Kailea Aman, and Elly Teske, high school seniors who earned scholarships from the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club!


Students were selected based on their applications and interviews. Judges look for, in addition to a perfect or near-perfect GPA, involvement in their schools and a dedication to community service. These students are wonderful examples of intelligent, engaged, compassionate individuals:


Brienn Aman is a member of the National Honor Society, section leader in band, and involved in the Interact Club. She is a volunteer with Memorial YouthWorks and at Cottage in the Meadow.


John Opfer is a member of the National Honor Society and the Special Olympics Club. He has served as a section leader for both the concert band and the jazz band. He is also a Boy Scout and has earned the prestigious Eagle Scout designation. John regularly volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.


Kailea Aman has been involved in the Interact Club and as a section leader in the band. Kailea has given back to the greater community through her work at Children's Village and the Union Gospel Mission.


Elly Teske has served as president of her school's National Honor Society chapter, played on the All-State Basketball Team, and played the tuba in both state and regional solo/ensemble competitions. She has been a leader of a local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and shares her knowledge with others as a math and science tutor.


Students, we’re so proud of you! Thank you to the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club for recognizing their value and investing in their futures!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:49 PM
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