manson schoolUS News and World Report has released its annual ranking of high schools across the nation. Manson High School earned a silver rating as the twenty ninth best high school in the state (1,100 nationally). The ratings are based on each high school’s performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

The entire report can be viewed at

wsdot logoNew ferry reservations strongly recommended on several routes

OLYMPIA – Hitting the road for Memorial Day? Make sure you plan ahead for a smoother trip and more enjoyable holiday.

Drivers can use the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic volume charts to help time their travel on key routes. To ease congestion, most state highway construction work also is suspended during the holiday weekend.

Drivers also can:

  • Check out WSDOT’s mobile app, social media sites – such as Twitter and Facebook – and online tools for traffic information and ferry schedules
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts
  • Allow extra time for holiday travel and congestion; consider traveling during non-peak hours
  • Remember to drive sober, be safe and avoid distractions to avoid causing collisions and additional traffic congestion

In the Puget Sound, the State Route 520 bridge will have weekend toll rates on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. In Tacoma, both the northbound State Route 7 on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 and the A-Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 will remain closed for bridge construction. Please use alternate routes.

Ferry Reservations

New to Memorial Day travel this year is the Washington State Ferries reservation system.  Ferry travelers should expect heavier traffic during the holiday weekend and reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. and Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry routes. Under the new system:

  • Reservation holders will be prioritized on all departures.
  • Drivers without reservations will be loaded as space allows and may have long wait times due to heavy vehicle traffic.
  • The final release of vehicle space to the San Juan Islands for the Memorial Day weekend will be issued two days before each sailing date. 
  • Reservations can be made on line at or by calling 888-808-7977
  • Visit the schedules and best travel times website or call 888-808-7977 for more details.

Travelers planning to avoid highway congestion by traveling by train, personal aircraft or bus also should factor the holiday into their plans:

  • Amtrak Cascades offers 18 stops along the I-5 corridor. Passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Book now or call 800–USA–RAIL for more information.
  • WSDOT provides updates on state-operated airports online, or 800-552-0666.
  • Most public transit systems will follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-A-Ride service on holidays.

lesmeister350Manson resident Sue Lesmeister was the winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2015 Manson Apple Blossom Festival Community Art Show. Sue submitted an oil painting titled, "North Fork of Bridge Creek."

The Art Show is held every year on the second Saturday in May at the Manson Parks Building, 42 Pedoi Street, Manson. It is an activity of the Manson Festival and is open to all adult artists in the Lake Chelan Valley.

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(L-R: Ethan Schoenwald, Cody Amsden, Ben Charlton, Alyssa LaMar)

Four of Manson Greenhands, which are first year members, traveled to Pateros to compete against 8 other schools in what is called the “1st year membership” contest.

Once they solved the problem they presented it to a panel of judges explaining each step from how to pay for it to who was in charge.

The Manson team placed 4th in the competition.

manson trojans logoDear Manson Trojan Football Supporters,

On behalf of the players and coaching staff of the Manson High School Football team, I would like to invite you to be a part of our 5th annual “Trojan Scramble Golf Tournament.“ The tournament is scheduled for Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course at 1:00 PM. The cost of the tournament is $75/player or $300/team. Contribute an additional $25/player or $100/team and have all players included in the “Long Drive” and “Closest to the Pin” competitions as well as receive 4 team mulligans. Additional mulligans can be purchased for $10 each. Winners of the various competitions and raffles will win an assortment of wonderful prizes. The winners of the Low Gross and Low Net categories will both receive a traveling trophy for the year. A tournament signup sheet has been included with this letter.

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If you’re not interested in golfing, but would still like to support our program you can sign up to sponsor the tournament. There are three levels of tournament sponsorships; Primary Team and Tournament Sponsor $500 or greater, Tee Box and Hole Sponsor $250-$475, and a Player Sponsor $190. A tournament and player sponsorship signup sheet has also been included with this letter.

The sponsorship funds will be channeled through the Manson Booster Club and will go directly toward the support of our Manson Football Program. The money will be used to offset much of the costs associated with getting our players to camp. Each player will still be responsible for paying $100 of the $290 total cost of the camp. The players will also be responsible for putting in numerous hours throughout the summer providing various community services. The team is planning to provide 2 full days of community service in order to bond as a unit and say thanks for all of the wonderful community support.

The funds generated will be used to go to Whitworth University’s football camp which is scheduled for June 22-25. This is the same camp that we have attended for the last 4 years and, in my opinion, is very friendly to smaller schools and does a great job of teaching fundamental techniques. It is an amazing opportunity to receive top notch instruction and at the same time focus on four full days of team building.   If you have any questions regarding the tournament or sponsorships please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your continued support.


Scott Ward

Manson High School

Head Football Coach