School robotics team opportunity for self-taught coder

For many, coding is a skill. For St. Maries student Jacob Spence, it was a fun challenge that may lead to a lucrative career. Jacob is the lead coder for team Jack Bots, a FIRST robotics team for students at St. Maries High School. Along with a number of other students, he is tasked with making the robot perform tasks on command. He explained his team will be coding using Python, a computer coding language that he said is versatile […]

Area students earn BPA honors

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. From Lakeside, Lillian Rhea placed third in legal office procedure to advance. Sarah Daman qualified by placing second in advanced word processing. From St. Maries, Cooper Daniel […]

Jacks perfect starting state race

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 […]

Scorekeeper Tallies Honor

Dan Stapleton is full of stories. After being involved in youth sports for the past 30 years he has plenty to share, but on Oct. 16 he will become the story when he is inducted into the Lumberjack Hall of Fame. Mr. Stapleton was chosen for the honor for his years of work with local baseball, softball and basketball programs. The award is presented to individuals who are involved with St. Maries youth in some form, whether it be through […]

Santos Honored

Although the topic of fishing dominates most of his conversations nowadays, it wasn’t too long ago that winning state volleyball championships was what Mitch Santos spent most of his time doing. It is his achievements on the court that will earn him accolades next month when he is inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame during the Oct. 27 ceremony at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mr. Santos is being honored for his success as varsity volleyball coach […]

Boosters Fund Huge Mural

With an annual budget of $20,000, the mission of the St. Maries Lumberjacks Booster Club is to enhance the high school sports program. “We’re just here to help with the extra stuff the school cannot afford,” President Lynn Masterson said. During the 2014-15 school year, the club continued its tradition of barbecuing at all home football games, helped with the homecoming tailgate party, sponsored senior nights and provided financial support to all the teams that earned a state berth. The […]

Second Cordell to Navy Nuke Program

Lighting struck twice at the Cordell household. Following in the footsteps of his brother Nicholas, St. Maries High School graduate Austin Cordell has been selected for the Navy’s prestigious Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program. The program pays current college students to complete their undergraduate education, and then puts them through extensive training in order to become nuclear power officers in the Navy. Many spend their careers below the waterline in submarines, while many others serve aboard aircraft carriers. Austin, who […]

College Before High School

Fifteen days before accepting her high school diploma, Rhegan Humphrey walked across the stage at North Idaho College and received a college degree. The St. Maries senior had been working toward the associate’s degree since her sophomore year of high school. “It was really rewarding because this is something I had been planning for awhile,” Rhegan said. “It was a pretty new program when I started and I was pretty excited it all worked out and I was able to […]

Sixteen years of school board service

Marge Gannon thought she would only serve three years when she was first elected to the St. Maries school board. When she steps down at the end of June, she will have served for 16 years, which makes her the longest serving trustee according to records. “I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into,” Mrs. Gannon said. “I thought, ‘it’s one meeting a month, how hard can it be?’ I didn’t know at that time that it is […]

Students Earn National Trip

Fifteen students from St. Maries High School traveled to the Business Professionals of America state conference in Boise March 12 through March 14. Six students qualified in their events to compete at the national conference, which is May 6 to May 9 in Anaheim, Calif. Alexis Cordell and Kari Ghramm qualified with a second place in presentation management. Kaylene Peet finished second in basic office systems to qualify. Paytyn Wemhoff was third in administrative support research and will compete at […]