-- Pasco High School senior Alicia Bolander was named Miss Pasco at the first-ever Miss Pasco pageant, held Feb. 20 at Pasco High.
The event was organized by DECA officer Pamela Sounthonephom as her senior project. The pageant featured an emcee, a performance by the Pasco High cheer squad and seven contestants who demonstrated school spirit, performed a talent, modeled an evening gown and responded to an interview question. A total of $400 was raised and donated to the Salvation Army.
Senior Yesenia Arredondo received second place, and junior Tatum Buckenberger received third.
-- Janice Knight, a senior at Delta High School, organized a high school dance for all high schools in Tri-Cities as part of her senior project. The event raised $581.30 from ticket and snack sales and was given to My Friends Place, a teen homeless shelter. She is the daughter of John Knight of Yakima and Lori Thompson of Kennewick.
-- Thirty-four Delta High School students earned invitations to compete at the State History Day competition May 3 at Green River Community College in Auburn.
Winners were selected from the 132 Delta High School student projects at the Regional History Day competition in late February.
This year's National History Day theme was Rights and Responsibilities. Projects included documentaries, websites, exhibits, dramatic performances and historical research papers.
Winners of the state competition will advance to the national contest in Washington, D.C.
-- Bethlehem Lutheran School played host to the Mid-Columbia League Spelling Bee on March 13. The following is a list of the winners:
Sixth grade: Liddell Giles, McFarland Junior High, first place; Connor Williamson, McFarland Junior High, second place; Deisy Herrera, Finley Middle School, third place.
Seventh grade: Jeaziree Salise, St. Joseph's School, first place; Jasmine Corona, Wahluke Junior High, second place; Lucia Lopez, Wahluke Junior High, third place.
Eighth grade: Jarrett Gates, Bethlehem Lutheran, first place; Brayan Lopez, McFarland Junior High, second place; Joseph Benjamin, Wahluke Junior High, third place.
w Waitsburg-Prescott High School Cross Country athletes banded together to raise funds for Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.
The students sold black-and-pink wristbands with the slogan "Got Pink?" embossed on them. The group voted on the color and slogan for the bands to promote breast cancer awareness.
They presented a $300 check to Mardi Hagerman, community resource coordinator for the Cancer Center.
Proceeds will be used by the Center's Breast Cancer Special Needs Fund, which helps breast cancer patients with items such as prosthetic devices, wigs, housing, food, electrical bills, fuel, mileage -- "Really, whatever the patient may have a need for," Hagerman said.