Weekend Briefing | News for May 2 – 6

Bonney Lake had a busy week! The Bonney Lake baseball team took the league title against Sumner, and Sumner choir singers get excellent scores in the state competition. Also, Spartan senior Hashwinder Singh came back from Washington D.C. to tell us about the U.S. Senate Youth Program. In other school news, the Sumner School District will be providing Chromebooks for all students 6th through 12th grade to use both at school and home. Finally, get ready for the Presidential Primary, because ballots have been mailed out.

Your weekend briefing.

Mr. Singh goes to Washington

Hashwinder Singh was one of two Washingtonian students who were selected to attend the national U.S. Senate Youth Program and spent a week in D.C. talking to judges, senators, reporters and even President Barack Obama. As a young, politically active student, Singh feels strongly about the upcoming Presidential Election and urges everyone, but especially folks his age, to take ownership of their Constitutional rights and vote. Read more about Singh’s trip and his political aspirations here.

Spartan singers successful at state choir competition

Spartan singers Elly Mark and Janelle Purser were selected to go to the state choir and ensemble competition this year. Elly sang soprano and Purser sang alto, and they both received ‘excellent’ ratings for their songs. They also sang together for an ensemble and received an ‘excellent’ rating. There are a bunch of shout outs to many other Spartan choir members for doing well both in the regional competition and in the New York Heritage festival, so check everyone out here.

Sumner School District launches Chromebook initiative next fall

It’s the beginning of the end for textbooks and slow desktops. The Sumner School District is launching its Chromebook initiative, which will provide a personal Chromebook netbook to every 6th through 12th grader to use both at school and at home. The district is also beginning to move some of its curriculum online in order to fully utilize these new devices. Read more about the Chromebooks, how they’ve been paid for and what future plans look like here.

Panthers take league championship against Spartans | Baseball Showdown

It was a tough final game of the league season, with both the Panthers and the Spartans tied in the league 10-2. The game started with Bonney Lake scoring five runs in the first two innings, but Sumner chipped away at their lead until they were tied 5-5 for the majority of the game. But it was not meant to be for the Spartans, and the Panthers pulled away by the end with a 7-5 victory. Read about the game’s highlights here.

Pierce County residents to begin voting in 2016 Presidential Primary

Are you ready for the Presidential Primary election? Ballots have been mailed out and are due to be postmarked by May 24. The primary in Washington comes with a few extra rules, so check out exactly what needs to be done so your vote counts here.

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