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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



Representative Dan Newhouse announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for high school students in the Fourth District:

“I congratulate Elly Teske on her winning entry, and I am proud of all the student artists who submitted entries and participated in this year’s competition,” said Rep. Newhouse. “The talent and creativity of these young artists made it a very difficult choice, and I would like to thank the community judges who helped review the artwork. I look forward to seeing the artwork created by Central Washington’s young people displayed in the U.S. Capitol for all visitors to enjoy, as well as in the Fourth District congressional offices in Yakima and the Tri-Cities.”


Elly’s winning entry, Heart Strings, will be hung in the U.S. Capitol alongside winning entries from congressional districts across the country for one year. She will visit Washington, D.C. to attend a reception sponsored by the Congressional Institute, which holds the annual competition. 

Congratulations, Elly!

Posted by WVSD  On May 18, 2017 at 2:28 PM

We’re celebrating another year of wonderful students demonstrating their talent and dedication as seen in their many awards!



Marching Band, 2016/17


Tumwater Marching Festival:

Best Marching

Best Percussion

Best Brass and Winds

Best Color Guard

1st place in AAA and Grand Sweepstakes winner

Harvest Marching Festival:

1st place in open and 2nd place overall

Puget Sound Festival of Bands:

Best Brass and Winds

Best Drum Major

3rd place in open and 4th place overall


Concert Band, 2016/17


CBC music festival:

Gold Standard Award and the highest score of all bands at the festival


Jazz Band, 2016/17


CBC Jazz Unlimited:

Jazz I-First place in AAA

Jazz II-Third place in AA

West Valley High School received the award for best overall program in AAA and had the highest combined score of any school that attended the festival.


On April 20th, we took 96 high school band students to the Canadian Music Festival at Disneyland. These students performed on stage 13 in California Adventure and participated in a recording studio session. All students represented their school, families, and community in a way that made us all very proud of their professionalism.


We would like to thank our administrators, school board, and community for their continued support. We could not have made this year happen without all of you! We love the West Valley Ramily!

Posted by WVSD  On May 18, 2017 at 2:27 PM


The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) launched two Youth Apprentice programs in April, one in Tacoma and one right here in Yakima at West Valley.


To commemorate our state’s first 17 youth apprentices, AJAC has compiled video footage and interviews from the two signing day ceremonies we held:




Trevor Mackey, Osborne Rogers, and Bradley Ethier from our Machinist Program signed up for registered apprenticeship placements with Pexco, Cubcrafters, and Triumph Actuation Systems in Yakima for the upcoming school year. The students will complete the apprenticeship during the school day and will earn high school credits, college credits, and an hourly wage.


We are so excited about this work with the AJAC and the opportunities created with the Youth Apprenticeship program. We feel Youth Apprenticeship is a huge step forward in how we prepare our students for their futures. Without the huge generosity of businesses like Cub Crafters, Triumph Actuation Systems, and Pexco Aerospace, this would have never happened here in Yakima, WA. 


Without the work and support of Dave Gering at Manufacturing Industrial Council and Dan Parker at Boeing, we would not be able to offer apprenticeship as a second-year option for CORE+, where our students earn Math, Science, and English Language Arts credits while preparing for a career. It is this work that has allowed us to place our West Valley Youth Apprenticeship within the school day from 7-11am, which better aligns with business hours. 


Last, thank you to John Aultman and the Governor’s office for sharing in this vision for youth apprenticeship in Washington State. Youth Apprenticeship is a team, and we are very proud of the team we created here in Washington State. 

Posted by WVSD  On May 18, 2017 at 2:27 PM
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