Friendship blossoms at Clark College

7:19 p.m. April 17
Annual Sakura Festival celebrates the blooming of 100 cherry trees on campus and the relationship between Vancouver and its sister city in Japan

Rainy weather moved Clark College's ninth annual Sakura Festival inside to Gaiser Hall on Thursday afternoon.

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Woodland trap shooters giving it their best shot

6 a.m. April 17
Trap Club popular at high school

Trap shooting is the third largest sport at Woodland High School, behind football and track, said volunteer coach Ben Musgrove, a La Center resident whose son attends Woodland.

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Skills center seeks homeland security teacher

5:58 p.m. April 15
Program set to open this fall and prepare students for a spectrum of safety work

With increased security measures affecting airline passengers, computer users and many facets of daily life, the demand for trained security personnel is growing.

Vancouver teacher, family, visit the president

By Susan Parrish April 10, 2014 6 a.m.

A Vancouver teacher and her family with West Wing connections met President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on April 4.

Teen accused in 22 school stabbings

By Kevin Begos and Joe Mandak, Associated Press April 9, 2014 8:42 p.m.

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” allegedly stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him, police said.

WSU Vancouver faculty, student show research

April 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The public is invited to explore a variety of faculty and student research, scholarship and artistic expression on April 17 at the 11th Annual Washington State University Vancouver Research Showcase at the campus, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

Student art entries sought for contest

By The Columbian April 9, 2014 6 a.m.

April 15 is the deadline for high school artists to enter the Congressional Art Competition. The office of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is accepting entries for an art competition open to students in grades nine through 12, who either reside or attend school in Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Columbia River teens raise $115,000 for Doernbecher

By The Columbian April 9, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Skyview: Teens vying to become Mr. and Miss Columbia River during the annual pageant fundraiser for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital raised more than $115,000 through bakes sales, car washes and other means. There were 15 teams of male and female students competing. Nicole Williamson and Josh Macintosh won by raising more than $15,000. The money will go to Doernbecher's Kids Making Miracles program. The Mr. and Miss Columbia River Pageant was held March 22 at the Skyview High School Auditorium.

Evergreen High School cheer team 2nd in division nationally

April 9, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Evergreen High School — Evergreen High School's varsity cheer team took second place in its division at a national competition in California last month. Led by coach Nancy Burris, the team's athletic performance impressed judges enough to rise to just about the top of the rankings during the United Spirit Association's (USA) National Spirit Competition in late March in Anaheim, Calif. Team mom Denise Wilson said the team was able to raise nearly $10,000 to be able to travel to the competition.

Five join Clark College alumni board

By The Columbian April 9, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Central Park: Five Clark College graduates have recently joined the Clark College Alumni Association Board of Directors.

19-year-old injured in fall at UW fraternity

By Associated Press April 8, 2014 9:55 a.m.

SEATTLE — A 19-year-old who apparently fell from a window at University of Washington fraternity was found by his friends bleeding in an alley.

Community to salute military-bound seniors

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

The community will salute 275 high school seniors headed into military service at 1 p.m. April 26 at Skyview High School.

PAL Patrol: Students enjoy face time with police

By Patty Hastings April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

"I think it's loaded," Vancouver police Detective Adam Millard said.

Clark College Sakura Festival is April 17

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark College’s Sakura Festival on April 17 will honor the friendship between Vancouver and Joyo, Japan, Vancouver’s official sister city. The free, public festival will begin at 1 p.m. at the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden adjacent to the Beacock Music Hall on Clark’s main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be in Gaiser Student Center.

Mock trial puts forest fire scenario to the test

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Ridgefield — Who is guilty of starting the forest fire? Not those two college students, it turns out. During a mock trial, elementary students in Ridgefield's Highly Capable Program took on the roles of judge, attorneys, courtroom bailiff, suspects and witnesses — including two youngsters who, properly interrogated, would have revealed that they sparked the — fictitious — fire by cooking pine cones in a leftover fire pit. Students from other classes were the jury. "The students act out each role, sometimes multiple roles, so this trial provides additional challenge by causing students to think about the perspectives of people from different walks of life," said teacher Ana Hochhalter. Sixth-grader Nate Scullard-Bender volunteered to be prosecutor because, he said, "I've been told by a lot of people that I'd be a great lawyer." Fifth-grader Claudie Miller, the defense attorney, retorted: "My favorite part of preparing for the trial was coming up with the questions and telling Nate he was going down." In the end the class couldn't quite determine the cause of fire, but failed to convict the two college students for lack of evidence.

WSU Vancouver to host networking workshop

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Current Washington State University Vancouver students, alumni and community members are invited to participate in a Networking 101 workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

Enrichment fair teaches variety of skills

By The Columbian April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Hazel Dell: Hazel Dell Elementary School's Enrichment Fair on April 3 taught kids a variety of skills, including classes on panning gold, drawing pictures and making tortillas. More than 450 kids and 120 volunteers participated in the day of entertaining education that included 35 activities.

Jemtegaard student wins run/walk logo contest

By The Columbian April 7, 2014 8:04 p.m.

A Jemtegaard Middle School girl's design skills helped her win a Washougal Schools Foundation art contest to find a logo for its annual fun run, the Student Stride for Education. Eighth-grader Taylor Grasseth's drawing of the Stride Cat mascot won her that honor, and she was honored at a March 28 assembly. Taylor is a student in Gabrielle Iverson's advanced art class. The Student Stride for Education, a 5K run/walk, will be held May 17 at Washougal High School's Fishback Stadium.