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West Plains students honored at PACE Awards


Shannen Talbot

Aaron Best presents the West Plains PACE Awards.


Staff Reporter

Several Cheney and Medical Lake students were honored on May 23 in the annual PACE Awards at Eastern Washington University's Hargreaves Hall.

PACE, or Partners Advancing Character Education, is a grassroots initiative meant to promote good character through partnership with schools and other agencies. The organization works from a common list of monthly character traits like integrity, honesty and citizenship.

PACE expanded to the West Plains in 2013 and educators from local school districts recognize students who exemplify the character trait of the month.

Eastern's head football coach Aaron Best served as the guest speaker at the 2019 awards ceremony, where he handed out awards to students from each school in the Cheney, Medical Lake and Davenport districts.

"Character is contagious," Communities In Schools West Plains PACE Coordinator Kelley Hinrichs told winners.

The 2019 honorees are as follows:

Cheney School


Betz Elementary School - Samantha Empert

Salnave Elementary School - Cooper French

Snowdon Elementary School - Stevie Rasmussen

Sunset Elementary School - Emily Westerlund

Windsor Elementary School - Sutton Heikkila

Cheney Middle School - Audrey Schlotter

Westwood Middle School - Nia Guest

Cheney High School - Megan Christianson

Three Springs High School - Shaelyn Simpson

Home Works! - Madeline Durst

Medical Lake School District

Hallett Elementary School - Hailey Scott, Michael Anderson and Katherine Hart

Medical Lake Middle School - Tessa Appel

Medical Lake Endeavors - Madison McHenry

Medical Lake High School - Savannah Bliven

Davenport School District

Davenport Elementary School - Glenna Soliday

Davenport Middle School - Ally Slahtasky

Davenport High School - Kylene Edwards

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