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The Manson FFA Ag mechanics team consisting of Cody Amsden, Ben Charlton, Eduardo Escalera, Bailey Cameron, Blake Cochran and Jonathan Morales, recently showed of their welding and shop skills at Cashmere High School who hosted a contest for central WA schools.

The schools competing where Manson, Chelan, Wenatchee, Cashmere and Omak. Students had to sharpen a drill bit, complete a gas butt weld, along with a vertical Lap weld, and gas cut a ½ piece of mild steel. In arc welding they did a butt weld along with a vertical up lap weld. Finishing off with able to Id 10 small gas engines parts. Results were not available at this time.

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The Manson FFA apple judging team consisting of Cody Fitzpatrick, Henry Armstrong, Blake Cochran, Marcos Diaz, and Nadia Tejada, traveled to Kennewick to participate in the state FFA Apple Judging CDE.

It was an early morning start meeting at the high school at 5am for the 3 ½ drive to Kennewick.

There were 127 competitors, with Blake Cochran placing 28th in the individual. The team placed 11th overall out of 28 teams, missing the top ten by a mere 1 ½ points.

The contest consisted of 25 questions out of the private applicator pesticide manual, judging two sets of trays: one red delicious and one granny Smith, figuring maturity date from full bloom, showing the proper way to pressure test, grading 25 golden Delicious, 25 Red delicious Apples, Identifying 25 variety of apples and Pears, identifying 25 insects and 50 blemish on the Apples.

The team was excited about their placing and look forward to next year.

Leffler prof picMany of us have pondered what influence our lives will have on future generations. Long time Manson residents, Ted and Nicki Leffler, quietly took steps to insure they could positively impact future generations in the communities they loved. In 1993, they created a charitable trust to be equally distributed to three school districts: Chester High School in Chester, Montana (Nicki’s school); Maries County Belle High School in Belle, Missouri (Ted’s school) and Manson High School in Manson, Washington. Upon Ted’s death in 2003 and Nicki’s passing in 2016, the trust funds were transferred to the successor trustee named in the original trust, Superintendent of Manson School District.

The Leffler’s generous actions twenty-five years ago resulted in the development of scholarship trust funds in all three school districts with each receiving more than $200,000 in trust funds. These endowment funds are to be held in “perpetuity” and used for graduating high school seniors from each district with only the interest/earnings on the principle amount to be used each year. In doing so, the original trust amount will stay intact and students one hundred years from now will still benefit.

Manson School District is working with family member Heidi Leffler (daughter) to create the Ted and Nicki Leffler Memorial Scholarship. We’ve learned Ted Leffler had several careers in a variety of fields, but a majority of his work centered on electrical power infrastructure. His career took him from Missouri to Montana (where he met and married Nicki) to Oregon, Idaho, California and even New York. He took great pride in his work and was an innovator in his field. Ted is credited with being one of the first to utilize helicopters to string powerlines and he estimated he had a hand in stringing 60% of the Northwest’s power grid. It’s clear Ted understood the value of skilled labor; Manson’s scholarships will encourage students pursuing post-high school careers or technical training/education to apply.

Scholarship applications will be posted in January and a committee comprised of Manson community members will select winner(s) who will be announced at the June 5th 2018 Senior Awards Ceremony.

compguymanson schoolMr. Victor Calderon, parent and Manson Community member is giving back to his community by offering an 8-week basic computer introduction class to the community at no charge. Mr. Calderon brings a wealth of knowledge and skill as he will help individuals navigate the world wide web. Instruction will also include three basic computer programs.

This 8-week course is set to begin January 9th with English speakers on Tuesday’s and Spanish speakers on Thursday’s. Class times are from 6-8p.m. and will be held in the Manson Elementary Library.

For further questions and to reserve your spot, please call the Manson School District office at 687-3140.

manson schoolThe Manson Secondary Music and Art Department held its annual Collaborative Experience "Culture" featuring music and art from Manson Students On November 20th. The concert was overflowing with parents, students, staff and community members. Thank you for joining us!

Matt Brown, music director, stated, “The goal of the collaborative experience is that through the study of a theme the audience and students learned to be a part of something bigger that themselves. This year’s theme “Culture” delved into the music, art and history from nations around the world.

Art teacher Phil Thomas added, ““I think the value of the collaboration of the arts is that the students begin to make connections - not only between art and music but also with cultures and the purposeful connection with the audience when you create a piece to be in a show like that.”

The next middle/high school concert and Fine Arts program will be held on May 21, 2018.