Hockinson — Hockinson High School's state champion competitive coed cheer team finished in the top 20 in February at the Universal Cheerleaders Association's National High School Cheer Competition in Florida.
West Hazel Dell — The budding artists at Lake Shore Elementary School won a first prize of $1,000 at the 21st annual Winter Wonderland Children's Art Contest. All participating schools submitted an original 4-by-8-foot mural to the contest. Murals were displayed in the annual drive-though Winter Wonderland holiday light show at Portland International Raceway in Portland. Thousands of visitors voted for their top three favorites. The Lake Shore mural, created by students under the guidance of teacher Erin Stromme, took first place. On Feb. 25, Stromme and her students accepted a check from Winter Wonderland; the money will pay for art supplies and tools for the West Hazel Dell school.
Ridgefield — For its efforts to help improve the lives of Clark County residents, local 4-H rabbit club Country Critters won the Chevron's Washington State Best Community Pride Club Award in February. Club members and their parents attended a recent Know Your Government dinner in Olympia, where they received a certificate and $300. Country Critters' efforts to feed hungry people in Clark County include its Bunnies Battling Hunger Program, and partnerships with companies and agencies to bring in donations for the Clark County Food Bank. The group is asking for canned food donations March 17-30, which can be dropped off at any Burgerville restaurant in the county.
Sifton — Neighbors came together on a Saturday in late February to clean up the remains of a transient camp that had developed at the property that used to be Wade's Auto Body on Fourth Plain Boulevard near 124th Avenue.
Sifton — Growing up in a big, poor family on a Kansas farm made going to the movies a rare treat for Bonnie McCourtney. She adored child star Shirley Temple — who was two years her junior, and who died about a month ago at age 85 — but always knew that her family couldn't afford a Shirley Temple doll. Many decades later, though, McCourtney responded to a magazine ad and treated herself to eight Shirley Temple dolls, each one costumed for a different Temple movie. She mostly kept them pristine in their original boxes — until she gave all but one away to her great-granddaughters. McCourtney's remaining doll is "Stand Up and Cheer," her favorite. She's saving that last doll in case there's ever another great-granddaughter.
Fisher's Landing East — A.J. Henderson, a sophomore at the brand-new Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School in Vancouver, spent Valentine's Day weekend learning all about the heart (and lungs and other chest-cavity contents). Henderson, who wants to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, was selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C.