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Service to others....doing your best.....are themes of Veterans Day Assembly

At the Hanford High School Veterans Day Assembly today, Captain Michael Baddley, U.S. Army, spoke about service to others. He presented “Challenge Coins” to five HHS staff who were involved in saving the life of student Leighton Tomerlin last week. Leighton suffered a heart attack and collapsed during a P.E. class.

Reacting immediately by administering CPR, calling 911, and utilizing an AED to restore Leighton’s heart rhythm were….security guard Andy Ashworth, P.E. teacher Jeff Crow, assistant principal Mike Gaddis, school resource officer Jory Parish, and secretary Debra Branson. Leighton is now recovering at home and may return to school next week.



At the Richland Invite on Saturday, October 8th during their Cross Country race, a girl collapsed next to Kara Shibley.  Kara stopped and cared for the girl who had passed out and was not responding, but did have a pulse.  Kersten saw the situation and ran to get a parent of one of our runners (Mr. Taylor) and then got back into the race.  Kara stayed with the girl until she was assured things were ok and then started running again.  Both of these girls exemplified what we want in our young people.  They noticed a situation where help was needed and responded.  So often, we may see a situation but assume someone else will respond – and no one does. – Coach Sean Mars

Students honored for commitment to school

At Tuesday night's Richland School Board meeting, Hanford High School principal Tory Christensen recognized students Gabe Grenz, Makayla RattyDaunte Blackwell,and Briana Martinez for their improved efforts and decision making. “These students are committed to being at school every day, having a positive attitude, and staying on track academically.”

Hanford High teacher recognized for career readiness efforts

Laurie Price, Career Choices and Work Based Learning teacher at Hanford High School, has been named Teacher of the Year for Career Counseling and Employment Readiness by the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education. “Laurie is continually interacting with employers, helping them understand the value of providing job placement opportunities for special needs students,” says Claudia Cooley, CTE Director for the Richland School District. “Her efforts have resulted in life-changing opportunities for students."



World Robotics Competition

Kimberly McKinnon, Hanford High School sophomore, has been named a “2017 FIRST Tech Challenge National Dean’s List Finalist”. McKinnon was one of three students representing Washington State who attended the world robotics competition this past April in Houston.

“The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to show students that science, technology, and problem-solving are fun and rewarding, and are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all,” states founder Dean Kamen. 

Preserving the past

Hanford High School junior Hannah Doyle is hoping to preserve the past by telling the stories of those who lived through it. Doyle is one of eight students across the nation selected to gather the stories of those who served in World War II. Her video interviews will be added to the collection at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

     “I think it’s really important to preserve the stories of these World War II veterans while we still can,” says Doyle. Learn more in this KONA news story.

Richland Education Foundation Golf Tournament

If you like to play golf and want to help Richland School District students, the Richland Education Foundation invites you to sign up for the Scholar Scramble Golf Tourney on Friday, June 23, 1:00 pm, at Horn Rapids Golf Course. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded over $241,000 in grants to support RSD instructional programs. 

Exciting Year of Study

McCade Bell, 2013 graduate of Hanford High School, is helping some current HHS German students understand more about Germany. McCade is a Portland State University senior who is attending the University of Heidelberg this quarter.

 He’s been blogging with the Hanford High German students and answering questions about his experiences in Germany. One of the recent questions was…“What are some of the biggest cultural differences between the United States and Germany?”  Find out the answer to this question and many others at McCade’s blog link. McCade is the son of Hanford High counselor Debbie Bell.

Hanford High School drama recognized for quality at Seattle 5th Avenue Music Awards

Hanford High School drama received three awards Monday night at the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards in Seattle:

  • Outstanding Actress in a Non-Singing Role - Kanako KawabeSouth Pacific

  • Outstanding Hair and Make Up Design - Seussical

  • Outstanding Music Direction – South Pacific

In addition, volunteer Dave Neumayer received a Special Honor for Outstanding Parent Support.