Fourteen high school girls will compete for the title of Distinguished Young Women 2018 this weekend.

The program starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Heyburn Elementary gymnasium. Tickets are $7 per person. Doors open at 9 p.m. This year’s theme is Destination Unknown and will center on travel.

Participants this year are Kaylee Auer, Nancy Becktel, Cassie Blankenship, Margaret Ebert, Claire Edwards, Tayva Hendrickx, Hailey Johnson, Elena Moore, Hunter Morris, Kaylee Nelson, Gracie Nelson, Kyrra Powell, Elizabeth Quigley and Paige Sines. Last year’s winner was Kelsey Auer.

(Back) Hailey Johnson, Claire Edwards, Margaret Ebert, (front) Hunter Morris, Cassie Blankenship, Tayva Hendrickx and Elena Moore watch as other contestants for the Distinguished Young Women program practice their talent during rehearsal April 3. The program is Saturday, April 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the opening number at 7 p.m.

(Back) Hailey Johnson, Claire Edwards, Margaret Ebert, (front) Hunter Morris, Cassie Blankenship, Tayva Hendrickx and Elena Moore watch as other contestants for the Distinguished Young Women program practice their talent during rehearsal April 3. The program is Saturday, April 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the opening number at 7 p.m.

Girls will compete for scholarships in several categories throughout the evening. During the program, the girls perform an opening number, fitness routine, talent routine and self-expression segment. Contestants are also judged in interview and scholastic categories earlier in the day.

“The girls have been working super hard, and they seem to be a very talented group. It’s going to be a wonderful program, and I hope everyone would come and watch it,” Windy Sotin said.  “The girls have done amazing.”

During the evening, Little Miss participants will also perform on stage for the audience. Twenty-four third and fourth grade girls participated in the program this year. At the end of the evening, the winner and two alternates will be selected.

“We will be awarding $7,500  in scholarship money this year,” Mrs. Sotin said.

A grant for new docks at Aqua Park awaits approval.

Timber Plus submitted the grant application to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Jan. 26. If approved, a total of $210,000 of the $230,000 estimated cost for the construction and installation of new docks will be covered, according to Kristi Scott, Economic Development Director for Timber Plus.

The project has been targeted by Timber Plus because new docks would make the park safer to use. Also, Aqua Park provides access for boaters, which has the potential to increase revenue for businesses in the community. The docks to be redone are the ones located at and near the boat launch.

Timber Plus Economic Development Director Kristi Scott stands in front of the boat launch at Aqua Park. Timber Plus submitted a grant for funds to redo the docks near the launch. Donations for the project, which will count as matching funds, are still needed and being accepted. However, those wishing to donate to the project will need to let Ms. Scott know soon.

Timber Plus Economic Development Director Kristi Scott stands in front of the boat launch at Aqua Park. Timber Plus submitted a grant for funds to redo the docks near the launch. Donations for the project, which will count as matching funds, are still needed and being accepted. However, those wishing to donate to the project will need to let Ms. Scott know soon.

A key part of the grant involves matching funds. So far, more than $10,000 in donations has been committed to the project.

Timber Plus will provide a $5,000 cash donation to the project. The Benewah Waterways Committee has pledged $4,000 for the project. Jack Buell will provide more than $6,000 of in-kind services, including the removal and necessary disposal of the old docks. Avista Utilities will give $2,000 for the project and 10th Street Super Stop will pay the required permit fee of $300.

“Although the grant has been submitted, the grant specialist I worked with noted that donations can still be accepted. If you are not familiar with how a grant process works, they are scored on a number of components, including matching funds,” Ms. Scott said. “And if it is a competitive year, which past years have been, the more donations our community gives, the more likely the grant is to be approved as it shows a unified commitment to the improvement of community.”

Ms. Scott asked asks anyone who uses the Aqua Park boat launch, owns a business or organization that benefits from local and visiting boaters, or anyone who wishes to help improve the community in general to consider giving to the project. A letter of commitment should be given to Ms. Scott as soon as possible.

“Any amount helps. The review committee goes into session in early March. Commitment letters must be attached to the grant application before then. If the grant is approved, your donation is due in mid-July when grant funds are made available,” she said.

Ms. Scott added approval of the grant and completion of the project could open the door for more grant money to improve Aqua Park.

Contact Ms. Scott at 245-2239 or via email at timberplus3b@gmail.com with questions or suggestions.

Fourteen St. Maries High School students will advance to the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) Conference in March. The students qualified by competing at the regional BPA event Dec. 15.

Two students from Lakeside High School are also advancing to the state competition, which will be at Boise State University, March 8-11.

Students from St. Maries High School who qualified for the state BPA competition were (front, from left) Taylor Humphrey, Kaci Haeg, Madison Cordell, Kaylene Peet, (back) Dakotah Wilks, Kelsey Auer, Emma Hofmaister, Cooper Daniel, Dylan Miller, Hunter Hagan, Toby Young, Brayden Brusseau and Samantha McNulty. Not pictured: Elizabeth Bloomsberg

Students from St. Maries High School who qualified for the state BPA competition were (front, from left) Taylor Humphrey, Kaci Haeg, Madison Cordell, Kaylene Peet, (back) Dakotah Wilks, Kelsey Auer, Emma Hofmaister, Cooper Daniel, Dylan Miller, Hunter Hagan, Toby Young, Brayden Brusseau and Samantha McNulty. Not pictured: Elizabeth Bloomsberg

From Lakeside, Lillian Rhea placed third in legal office procedure to advance. Sarah Daman qualified by placing second in advanced word processing.

Lakeside High School student Sarah Daman also advanced to the state Business Professionals of America competition.

Lakeside High School student Sarah Daman also advanced to the state Business Professionals of America competition.

Lakeside High School student Lillian Rhea also advanced to the state Business Professionals of America competition.

Lakeside High School student Lillian Rhea also advanced to the state Business Professionals of America competition.

From St. Maries, Cooper Daniel placed first in fundamental word processing and Taylor Humphrey was second. Madison Cordell qualified in two events with a second place finish in intermediate word procession and third place in advanced office systems.

Kaci Haeg qualified in two: first, advanced office systems, and third, intermediate word processing. Kaylene Peet advances to state in three events bringing home a first in advanced word processing and integrated office as well as a second in advanced office systems. Dakotah Wilks was first in basic office systems and third in advanced word processing.

Also qualifying at regionals were Brayden Brusseau, second in basic office systems; Toby Young, third in fundamental spreadsheet; Samantha McNulty, second in advanced spreadsheet; Hunter Hagan, first in legal office procedures; Dylan Miller, first in medical office procedures and interview skills; and Kelsey Auer, third in fundamental desktop publishing.

Finally Liz Bloomsburg was first in computer modeling to qualify for state and Emma Hofmaister was first in two events, digital media and graphic design promotion.

St. Maries football’s undefeated 8-0 record resets Saturday.

The Jacks open the state playoffs on a mission to add four wins to their unbeaten streak.

After finishing the first undefeated season for St. Maries since 1995, the team now looks ahead to its first-round playoff with optimism.

Adding weight to the Jacks post-season are the teams’ 15 seniors, now in their final run at a championship.

“I want to still look at it one game at a time,” senior quarterback Kiefer Gibson said, “but it’s the last couple games that all of us will ever play in high school, so you have that do-or-die attitude. You have to leave it all out on the field.”

The boys open with District Three’s third-place team Melba (5-3). Home field belongs to St. Maries (8-0) Saturday as the Jacks will, for the second consecutive season, open the playoffs at home. The team hosted New Plymouth to kick off last season’s playoffs, dominating in a 35-0 win.

They will try for similar results this weekend.

“We’re going to treat this just like any other game,” Coach Craig Tefft said. “The playoffs are kind of a reset. Everybody is 0-0.”

With a win, the Jacks will face the winner of North Fremont (5-3) and Wendell (0-8). Game location will be determined following the completion of the first round.

St. Maries goes into Saturday’s matchup with the top seed from districts one and two after claiming a CIL title Oct. 21. The Lumberjacks took a 34-6 win over Orofino to close the regular season.

Kiefer threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns along with one touchdown rushing in the win, bringing his season total to 1,951 all-purpose yards. Jake Sieler opened scoring for the Jacks with a pair of touchdown catches in the first quarter.

Minutes away from taking a 12-6 lead into the halftime break, Kiefer hit Tyler Lohman on a 53-yard touchdown pass to give St. Maries the 20-6 cushion.

Kiefer would rush behind a dog-pile of offensive lineman in quarter three, earning a one-yard touchdown to extend the Jacks’ lead.

St. Maries quarterback Kiefer Gibson points down field toward Bryant Asbury in second-quarter action against Orofino Oct. 21. The Lumberjacks came away with a 34-6 win.

St. Maries quarterback Kiefer Gibson points down field toward Bryant Asbury in second-quarter action against Orofino Oct. 21. The Lumberjacks came away with a 34-6 win.

Bryant Asbury caught Kiefer’s final touchdown pass on a ten-yard strike in the fourth quarter.

“I think coming off that win, it’s boosted us and we’re feeling good right now,” Bryant, a senior receiver, said.

St. Maries out-gained its opponent with 402 total yards to Orofino’s 79.

“We put up more than 400 yards of offense, so I was extremely pleased considering the field conditions,” Coach Tefft said.

Eight consecutive weeks of preparation now comes to fruition, as the boys look to take four weeks one at a time.

“We really only had one mess up, and that was with Priest River,” senior linebacker Zack Rouse said, referring to St. Maries’ one game this season in which it trailed at halftime. “We overlooked them, and I don’t think we’ll do that again.”

St. Maries and Melba kick off Saturday at 1p.m. from St. Maries. Due to the fact that the game is a playoff, regular-season passes are no longer accepted.

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First attempt, first moose

A local student took a once-in-a-lifetime trophy this month when he shot a bull moose.

Cade Hill, a senior at St. Maries High School, was more excited than usual for the start of this year’s hunting season. He had applied for moose tags for the first time and had won the drawing for one set.

Cade Hill poses with his first bull Moose, which he shot near Calder.

Cade Hill poses with his first bull Moose, which he shot near Calder.

Moose tags are controlled tightly in order to preserve the population, and very few are issued in each unit every year by random draw. Hunting Unit 6, which includes areas of the the Idaho Panhandle National Forest east of St. Maries, was allocated five tags for the hunting season between Oct. 1-14.

“This was my first year applying for moose tags,” Cade said. “I’ve heard from a lot of people that they’ve been putting in for twenty years or more and still haven’t gotten theirs.”

In anticipation of the season, Cade arranged to be absent from school for the entire week of Oct. 3-7. It was during that week that, while hunting with his brother, Chase and friend Charlie Harpole Jr., he spotted his quarry.

“I went up to the Calder area to hunt for a moose,” he said. “While we were there, we spotted one about a thousand yards away from us.

“We snuck up to get a good shot,” he added. “And when I was close enough I finally hit it just behind the shoulders, right in the lungs.”

The moose died instantly, and the three hunters used a winch to drag their kill up to their vehicle. They measured the span of the Moose’s antlers at 38 inches.

The hunters then butchered and processed the animal, and with the help of Ryan Harpole, filled their freezer with steak and hamburger.

“We kind of did it all by ourselves,” he said.

Cade said the hunt was a memorable experience for him and hoped he’d get a chance at another moose in the future. As this is his senior year, he isn’t certain where he’ll be living in the years to come. However, he said, he expects he will apply for whatever moose tags are available to him.

Cade extended special thanks to Charlie Harpole Jr. for taking him hunting that day.

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