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Penny Drive Raises Funds for Joya

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the SGS Penny Drive for Joya earlier this month. The 3rd grade was the top class, donating $8.15 per student! The 6th graders were tops in the Middle School, while the faculty gave the most in the Upper School. Between individual donations and money raised at the MS Carnival, the school contributed $1,113.55 to Joya, which serves local preschoolers with developmental challenges.

View 8th Grade Coast Trip Photos

The 8th grade’s annual Coast Trip to the Olympic Peninsula included camping in tents, finding and recording tide pool creatures, hikes through the rainforest, exploring the beaches, and cooking for everyone. See a Photo Gallery of their adventures on the coast the week of May 6-10.

SGS Musicians Earn Medals at Music Fest Northwest

A number of SGS students earned medals at the local Music Fest Northwest competition last week. These include:

Sheba Chen – Silver – British Art Song grade 9-10 – voice
Nathanael Cho – Gold – Contemporary grades 1-3 grade – piano (qualified by age)
Reagan Heller – Gold – Romantic Division grade 9 – piano
Reagan Heller – Silver – Foreign Language Art Song grade 9-10 – voice
Reagan Heller – Silver – Baroque grade 9 – piano
Oliver Ling – Silver – Chopin Division grade 11 – piano
Oliver Ling – Silver – Young Artist – piano
Eli Morgan – Silver – Original Composition grades 4-6 – piano
Connie Overstreet – Silver – Italian Art Song grade 8 – voice
Max Romoff – Silver – British and American Art Songs – voice
Max Romoff – Silver – Vocal Solo grade 11-12 – voice
Max Romoff – Silver – Musical Theater – voice
Elena Wirthlin – Silver – Sonatina Division grade 7 – piano
Roman Zahn – Silver – Sonatina Division grade 6 – piano

You can listen to Max Romoff sing Frank Loesser’s “I Believe in You” (from How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying) on Spokane Public Radio’s From the Studio recording of Music Fest NW highlighted performers (Hour 1 on Friday, May 17).

See Middle School Carnival Photos

The Middle School students celebrated the end of the week (and the final performance of the 7th-8th grade musical) with a carnival in the Dragons Den on May 3rd. See a Photo Gallery of them enjoying face paint, games of skill, and cotton candy!

Hestdalen Named “Promising Young Writer” in National Competition

Eighth-grader Taylor Hestdalen has been recognized as a 2024 Promising Young Writer by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The national competition drew entrees from 33 states, and Taylor’s submission earned a Superior rating as one of the top few selected from Washington State.

This year’s NCTE prompt was to think about moments of connection during their experience of the pandemic. Read Taylor’s submission titled, “Unbreakable Bonds.” Independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style. Congratulations, Taylor!