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  • How many high school and college students are using AI tools?

    Stacker, Andrew Jose, Data Work By Wade Zhou|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    Since the public launch of Open AI's ChatGPT in November 2022, artificial intelligence tools have become widely used by the general public. But one group was particularly quick to embrace the burgeoning technology: teenagers. According to a December 2023 report by ACT Inc., the creator and administrator of the standardized test for college-bound students, nearly half of the surveyed high school students (46%) reported using AI tools, especially ChatGPT, to help them with...

  • Medical Lake Class of 2023

    Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Photos from Medical Lake's graduation....

  • Flight into the future

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    CHENEY – Various speakers shared their words of wisdom with Cheney High School's Class of 2023 during the graduation ceremony June 9. Thousands crowded into Eastern Washington University's Reese Court to recognize the 219 graduates. After an energetic National Anthem, student speakers began sharing their stories – pieces of their experiences. "We will always be connected by the memories we've created in the Cheney community," student government President Charlie Rajewski sai...

  • Thirteen graduate from Rosalia

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    ROSALIA – The 13 members of the Rosalia High School Class of 2023 graduated Saturday, June 10, with advice to stay positive. Keynote speaker Terry Boxleitner and Valedictoria Riley Daniel Gehring both offered that advice before a packed gymnasium at the school, 916 S. Josephine Ave. Before receiving the words of wisdom on attitude, Salutatorian Erik Xavier Lazcano and Principal Matt McLain welcomed commencement-goers. "It's been a long 13 years," Lazcano said, with McLain foll...

  • Cheney High School Class of 2023

    Matthew Stephens, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Above, valedictorian Valerie Hanes describes what community has come to mean to her during her high school years. Left, an emotional moment as the Cheney High School Choir sings “You Do Not Walk Alone” during the June 9 graduation ceremony. Below left, Cheney Public Schools Superintendent Ben Ferney certifies the class of 2023 on June 9. Below, a happy graduate waves to guests in the stands of Reese Court....

  • Cheney High School Honor Roll

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Audey Abbey Patrick E. Abendroth Claire Abraham Lotte Abrahamsen Thayne E. Acedo Kian D. Achziger Josephine V. Adams Kadence M. Adams Safiyyah F. Al-Amin Nicholas J. Alderson Sariah E. Anderson Ayden M. Armitage Emma G. Armstrong Joy C. Assonken Emily K. Axtell Camilla P. Ayers Emma J. Ayers Rachel S. Bae Braylen R. Bagnall Alexander T. Balcom Charice V. Ballard Olivia Bang Elliana G. Barden Lily J. Bare Lillian M. Barlow Layla M. Barnhart Claire A. Barre’ Lea A. Barrios Owen T. Barry Jada N. Bascom Jon-Thomas D. B...

  • Eastern hosts tech program

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Mar 16, 2023

    CHENEY — The Manufacturing & Construction Technology Capstone Expo will take place from 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 20 at Eastern Washington University. Senior Capstone projects include Birch and Bourbon from Brandon Chambers, Payton Radliff and Carlos Garcia Larios; propane-powered bicycle by Sam Clary, Gannon Gray, Chris Tveit and Rob Wilkey; Coffee Table by Sam Creamer, Anthony Huerta, Adam Kern and Lukas Martin; and Electric Airplane from John Daly....

  • The 2022 West Plains PACE Award winners

    Updated Jun 23, 2022

    One student from each school in the Cheney, Davenport and Medical Lake School Districts is selected and recognized annually for consistently demonstrating exceptional character within their schools and community....

  • The 2022 West Plains PACE Award winners

    Updated Jun 23, 2022

    One student from each school in the Cheney, Davenport and Medical Lake School Districts is selected and recognized annually for consistently demonstrating exceptional character within their schools and community....

  • Medical Lake Graduation

    Bob Kirkpatrick, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 22, 2022

    Sat., June 11, 2022 at the Northern Quest Pavilion, Airway Heights, Wash....

  • Engineers in the spotlight at EWU

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    CHENEY- Students in the Mechanical Engineering & Technology department at Eastern Washington University (EWU) were in the spotlight last Wednesday, May 8, when the university hosted the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology Capstone Expo. Eight teams took part in the event. The categories they could submit their projects included 4WD Baja Buggy, Search and Rescue Drone, RV Lift, Log Splitter, VIP Cooler, Tabletop Wind Tunnel, Carbon Fiber Electric Scoote...

  • Cheney Graduation

    Bob Kirkpatrick|Updated Jun 16, 2022

  • Rosalia Graduation

    Olivia Harnack|Updated Jun 16, 2022

  • Community Transition Program celebrates 2022 grads

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    CHENEY-Cheney School District Community Transition Program (CTP), designed to provide more independence and life readiness skills to students with disabilities between 18-21 years old, celebrated six students on Wednesday night at Cheney Middle School. This year's CTP graduates are Aaron Brammer, Calissa Kaley, Christian Rivera Perez, Ethan Rogers, Braxton Seitzinger and Zander Ziolkowski. Franklin Day, director of student support services, said all had spent 18 years in...

  • Local high school seniors set to graduate

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    CHENEY— Hundreds of Cheney and Medical Lake students will put their high school days in the rear view mirror this weekend and transition to their next stage of life. Valedictorians and salutatorians from both institutions were as asked to share past experiences and a glimpse of what lies ahead for them. Cheney’s commencement ceremony is on Friday, June 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N Hayford Road in Airway Heights. Medical Lake’s commencement ceremony is on Saturday, June11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p...

  • Scholarship honors Helen Boots

    Michaela Friedrich, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 12, 2022

    CHENEY- Cheney American Legion Auxiliary Unit 72 is offering a new $1,000 scholarship honoring the life of longtime Cheney resident, Helen Boots. Boots has a long history of dedication to the American Legion Auxiliary where she eventually served as the Washington State Auxiliary President. One of the creators of the scholarship, Margie Foland, found Boots' commitment to service and community an inspiration within the Cheney community. She and other committee members decided a...

  • Dube speaks at Rosalia Garden Club

    Updated Mar 10, 2022

    ROSALIA — Carley Dube provided the keynote address during the March 2 Rosalia Garden Club meeting. Dube, who teaches greenhouse gardening, discussed the importance of heat mats, lighting, watering and seeds during the program. Garden club members start many seeds for their upcoming plant sale in June. Dube is a retired teacher and has been gardening in a backyard greenhouse for many years. The next Garden Club meeting is April 6. At that session, Eva Lusk will present on how to register a “Wildlife Habitat garden” with the s...

  • Area residents graduate from University of Idaho

    Gazette|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho announced winter 2021 graduates last week. According to the university, 422 Washingtonians were among the Dec. 11 graduates, inclindg: Dean’s List Graduates: Cheney — Alexis A. Brooks, civil and environmental engineering; Christopher M. Fuentes, mechanical engineering, and Maximilian D. McDonald, law. Colfax — Derek D. Hall, business; Elizabeth G. Harwood and Jenna L. Harwood, art and architecture; and Sasha Rabaiotti, curriculum and instruction. Davenport — Tanner P. Abbot, mechanical engi...

  • St. John-Endicott schools announce Honor Rolls

    The Gazette|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    ST. JOHN – The elementary and high schools have announced honor rolls. At St. John elementary, fourth-graders making the Honor Roll are Eli Cook, Daiquani Johnson, Emma Loomis, Aubree Mackey, Bennett Repp, Olivia Rieck, Landen Stach and Rylie Taylor. Fifth-graders are RyanDeFord, Thomas Logen, Zaiden McSpadden, Peyton Organ, Grady Quigley, Liam Shawgo, Jose Torres, Isabelle Venegas and Hadley Watt. St John-Endicott High School’s Honor Roll is based on students’ grade-point. In the first semester, the following students had a...

  • Cheney students dominate FBLA Winter Conference

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol|Updated Feb 10, 2022

    SPOKANE VALLEY–Students from Cheney High and Westwood Middle School represented their community well with outstanding performances at the 2022 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Northeast Regional Winter Conference at the Valley Assembly Church in Spokane Valley on Thursday, Feb. 3. "It's good to be back," Adam Smith, career and technical education director at Cheney High School, said with relief. "I was pleasantly surprised with the student's success due to the massive...

  • Cheney School District seeks public input

    Bob Kirkpatrick, Editor, Cheney Free Press|Updated Feb 10, 2022

    CHENEY– Citing driver shortages and district growth, Cheney School District Superintendent Rob Roettger is reaching out to the community as the district plans for the 2022-23 school year and beyond. “We would like to engage our staff and community in conversation related to current and future schedules,” Roettger said. “The ongoing growth of our district will make it necessary to continue a staggered schedule for future years. We desire to receive your feedback on this as it will provide valuable insight as we determi...

  • Spokane Arts partners with EWU for Black History Month

    Jonathan Olsen-Koziol, CHENEY FREE PRESS|Updated Feb 10, 2022

    CHENEY – Shantell Jackson, program director for the Spokane Arts, is teaming up with Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) to host two programs aimed at educating students, staff and the Cheney community about healing within the black community as part of Black History Month. Jackson is a visual storyteller and writer and has been the Spokane Arts program director since October 2021. This year, Jackson serves as GWSS’s ninth annual Activist in Residence. “I am very excited for the o...

  • Covid test shortage affecting Medical Lake school district

    Matthew O. Stephens, Reporter|Updated Jan 27, 2022

    MEDICAL LAKE – Covid tests are in high demand in all facets of society right now, and the shortage is also starting to affect Medical Lake School District as described by Superintendent Tim Ames during the school board meeting on January 25. Ames said, “the testing shortage is getting real.” He added that school sports are also being impacted because athletes have to be tested three times a week, and the district doesn’t want to choose between allocating tests for either sports or to simply keep kids and staff in school....

  • Berlin student notices major differences in America

    Sarah Stephens, Staff reporter|Updated Jan 6, 2022

    CHENEY- Noah Fleri, is a 16 year old high school junior from Berlin, Germany who is being hosted at Cheney High school this year. Fleri's host parents while he is here are Cody Kurtis and Jeena Bushnell of Cheney. Fleri was recently in the cross country club and now he is focused on weightlifting and is in the power lifting club and said, "we just lift weights, and that's about it." Although he is not involved in any sports right now, he plans to play soccer when it becomes...

  • Covid surge leads to mask requirements at EWU, WSU facilities

    STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES|Updated Aug 19, 2021

    SPOKANE — A rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in Spokane County and mounting concerns about the spread of the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has led to a requirement for all students, faculty and staff to wear masks at Eastern Washington University’s semester programs. According to a news release, EWU interim President David May announced on Aug. 17 that all students, faculty and staff in EWU’s semester programs will be required to wear masks while indoors on the WSU-Spokane campus and in the Catalyst building. The m...

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