Whatcom 4H members awarded at Washington State Fair


After a year of preparation, 10 members of the 2013 Whatcom County Intermediate 4H Horse Performance Team brought home awards from the Washington State Fair at Puyallup, according to Sarah Neugebauer.

Top finishers from Whatcom County included:

Showmanship: Megan Neugebauer, third place; Cassidy Schmidt, fifth place; Aspen DeGolier, sixth place.

Huntseat equitation: Bryce Henshaw, grand champion; Megan Neugebauer, reserve grand champion; Cassidy Schmidt, fifth place.

Trail class: Tori McGowan, third place; Lexy McGowan, fourth place; Henshaw, fifth place.

Stockseat equitation: Bryce Henshaw, fourth place; Cassidy Schmidt, fifth place; Megan Neugebauer, eighth place.

Bareback equitation: Bryce Henshaw, grand champion; Tori McGowan, fifth place.


The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention and Logos Bible Software are partnering to elevate science achievement for underprivileged youth in Whatcom County, according to a press release from the Bellingham organizations.

A gift from Logos will fund science, technology, engineering and math enrichment to Title 1 schools through the Spark Museum's education programs. Guided tour admission, traveling assembly and science outreach lesson fees will be waived for qualifying schools while supplies last.

Electricity, magnetism and sound are key topics covered while on a field trip or in the hands-on science lessons and assemblies brought to schools. Teachers, principals and parent association representatives from Title 1 schools should contact Anne Bargetz, Spark's Director of Education, for more information. Qualifying home school students may also apply for scholarships to the Spark Museum's workshops.


Whatcom Women in Business has presented 20 $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships, based on professional goals, GPA, personal achievements, community service, extracurricular activities, financial need and interview skills to 20 women. They are Portia Bajwa, April Benson, Bryli Elsner, Kimball Gainor, Laura Gelwicks, Shannon Gnagey, Sydney Gray, Claire Harris, Tiffany Holden, Molly Honcoop, Olivia Hortegas, Hannah Lewis, Morgan Loy, Julie Nelson, Lauren Oswald, Nikita Pretty, Sydney Ratzlaff, Priya Sall, Chelan Schneider and Bailey Vallee.

Wendy Setter writes that daughter Brittany Setter's The Dance Studio recently returned from two weeks in Finland where eight students performed in Vaasa, one of Bellingham's sister cities.

They performed tap, ballet, lyrical and musical theater styles several times a day, including dancing for hundreds of people in Vaasa's outdoor plaza. Their performance made the Finnish and Swedish newspapers.

Finnish instructor Christine Julin-Haggman brought 10 girls from Finland to Bellingham last spring and Brittany's students were able to meet them and stayed with them in Jeppo.

Jacklyn Glass of Bellingham says that the Bellingham Elks Lodge No. 194 and the Bellingham Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post No. 1585 have presented a check for $2,735 to Whatcom County Hospice. The Bellingham Elks donated their lodge to host a dinner, show and dance event featuring a Bee Gee's cover band.

The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center presented the Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award to Ellen Murphy Sept. 21. Center Executive Director Janet Marino said Ellen is a longtime teacher of nonviolence, writing "she was an integral force on the committee that led the Troops Home! Resolution in October 2006. She is nationally known as an advocate for war resisters and whistleblowers, known and unknown, supporting heroes such as Ehren Watada and Private Manning."

Teresa Scott is the new financial development director for the Mount Baker Chapter of American Red Cross. A Bellingham native, she is a WWU alumnus and received her degree in fundraising management from the University of Washington. She most recently served as the donor relations coordinator with Childcare Worldwide. Executive Director Stacy Rice said Teresa brings exceptional event management and fundraising experience and "will be an inspiring advocate working hand in hand with staff, volunteers and the board of directors to raise funds to fulfill the mission of the American Red Cross."

Reach JULIE SHIRLEY at julie.shirley@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2261.

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