- Nov 24-26 – Early release at 11:45
- Nov 27-28 – No school, Thanksgiving.
- Dec 1 – Eastern Washington University – 10 – 10:40, Career Center
- Dec. 3 – ASVAB results interpretation – 2:15, Career Center
- Dec 5 – Tahoma Robotics Auction & Dinner
- Dec 10 – Marine Corps Career Talk, 2:15, Career Center
- Dec 10 – FIDM College Rep, 2:15, Counseling Conf. Room
- Dec 11 – Winter Pep Assembly, afternoon assembly schedule
- Dec 11 – Band concert, 7pm
- Dec 12 – Treble and Community Choirs @ TMS, 7pm
- Dec 15 – Leadership Retreat Leader meeting, 7pm
- Dec 16 – Choir concert, 7pm
- Dec 22-Jan 2 – Winter Break, no school
- Jan 5 – Leadership Retreat Leader meeting, 7pm
The speech and debate tournament on Friday and Saturday included 37 schools (650+ entries). It was very successful and we even got some trophies! Our team did an amazing job, both as hosts and as competitors. Many of the other coaches commented on how helpful our Tahoma students and parent volunteers were.
- Yzylle Esiong – 1st place Junior LD Debate, 2nd place speaker
- Alyssa Gaston & Noelle Merclich – 2nd place Open Duo, bid to state
- Amber Neathery – 2nd place Open Expos
- Alice Hinzmann – 3rd place Open Interpretive Reading, bid to state
- Cassie Snyder – Quarterfinalist Junior LD Debate, 3rd place speaker
- Danica Manangan – Semifinalist Junior LD Debate
Please congratulate them when you get the chance.
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A new milestone for the THS choir program: last year’s convention performance has appeared on the iTunes Store:
The Tahoma Senior High School Field Show Ensemble just completed their 3rd year of full field show competition with amazing success! After a 20+ year absence from competing as a full program and after a 25+ year absence from placing, our students represented our community wonderfully!
Video of state field show performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78PGH-581Gg
Tumwater Field Show Festival
- Won 3rd place in division competition
- Placed 6th out of the 15 participating bands
Puget Sound Regional Field Show Festival
- Earned trip to Finals Competition
- Placed 11th out of all 25 regional competing bands
- Improved by over 10 points from last year!
Auburn State Invitational Field Show Competition
- Won 3rd place in state competition
- Missed 2nd by .13 points out of 100
Band-Won 4th place overall in state out of all 29 bands competing in all class sizes
- Within 2.18 points out of 100 for 1st place
- Color Guard won 1st place in state
- Band earned 2nd place in Visual Categories
- Band earned 1st place in individual music technique
- *last time band placed was 1994 in a smaller divisional category (smaller band size)
- *Well over 20 years before band placed this high in a large band-sized category!
- Over 45 parent volunteers involved with state field show competition event alone…just for Tahoma
- Over 150 volunteer positions filled by band parents over the course of the field show season!!!!
Nine Tahoma High School students placed in a recent essay competition hosted by the Maple Valley-Black Diamond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5052.
“This year, there were so many good ones that the committee had trouble deciding,” Post Commander Bill Stephens said. “It was quite an extraordinary feat!”
The theme for this year’s Voice of Democracy essay contest was “Why our nation’s veterans are important to our history and our future.” The post received 31 entries from THS teacher Allison Agnew’s “Public Speaking Without Fear” and “Literature that Inspires” classes; and 60 entries overall this year.
“The topic is one that strikes a chord with our students as many of them have family members who served or continue to serve, and our students who went to the TJH (Tahoma Junior High) remember going to Tahoma National Cemetery to place flags and clean headstones.” Agnew said. “I was fully engaged in listening to all 31 fantastic speeches. I subjected friends to hearing my student words and with some, we got all teary-eyed. They are deep thinkers and offer hope for the future and reaffirm all that is positive with humanity.”
Four of the THS students will move on to the pool of essays competing at the district level, which will be determined in the next several weeks, Stephens said. From there, one student will move on to state.
The THS winners are: Emily Mickelson, first place and a cash award of $300; Selena Clem, second, $250; Trevor Grinzel, third, $200; McKenna Cerbana, fourth, $150; and, in a five-way tie for fifth place and receiving $50 each: Emily Mozzone, Ashtyn Perlatti, Sara Colley, Damien Maricich and Katelyn Sherick.
Mickelson’s first-place piece titled, “A Veterans Carol,” is a fictional account of what might happen if students weren’t taught about the importance of veterans to our nation’s past and future. In her essay, a “Ghost of Veterans Past” and “Ghost of Veterans Future” help a high school teacher see why it is vital to teach students about the roles military servicemen and women play in our country.
The Voice of Democracy program, founded by the VFW in 1947, encourages high school students to think, write and speak about democratic ideas and principles. Almost 40,000 students enter the competition each year, hoping to win some of the $2.2 million in scholarships awarded through the program.
In McKenna Cerbana’s third-place essay, she wrote: “There are two types of people in this world: those who flee from danger, and those who charge into it, headstrong and valiant. The latter are men and women who serve as our country’s protectors, the capeless heroes who ask nothing in return for their sense of duty. … One day a year is not enough to express the amount of gratitude that these brave men and women deserve.”
Congratulations to the girls swim & dive team for finishing 7th place at last weekend’s 4A state championships.
- 200 medley relay – 22nd place overall: Amy Gill (FR), Brooke Bailey (JR), Bridget Duven (FR), Hannah Adam (JR)
- 200 free relay – 4th overall (2nd best in team history): Jessica Miller (SR), Hailie Mazick (SR), Brooke Bailey (JR), Lindsey Hanger (SO)
- 400 free relay – 7th overall (2nd best in team history): Jessica Miller (SR), Hailie Mazick (SR), MacKenzie Dress (SR), Lindsey Hanger (SO)
- Diving – Ashley Lewis (JR) – 11th overall (5th best score in school history)
- 50 free – Lindsey Hanger (SO) – 7th overall (2nd best time in school history)
- 50 free – Jessica Miller (SR) – 4th overall (school record)
- 100 free – Lindsey Hanger (SO) – 6th overall (2nd best time in school history)
- 100 free – Jessica Miller (SR) – 3rd overall (school record)
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