Updated April 23, 2009
$150,000 override levy sought
The school board authorized some extensive cuts in the budget but still need to seek a $150,000 override levy to make up the shortfall for the 2009-10 school year. This is the smallest override sought in many years. . . .
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School Superintendent answers questions
School superintendent Gary Blaz answers some more frequently asked questions about the local school district. . . .
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Sports Physical clinics scheduled
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics has scheduled their sports physical clinics for 2009. . . .
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Lerandeau named Mother of the Year
Marilyn Lerandeau was named Mother of the Year at the Prairie League Mother's Tea this past weekend. . . .
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A Century of presence on the Camas Prairie
The Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude officially mark a century of presence in Cottonwood on April 26. On that day in 1909, Mother Hildegard Vogler and a small group of sisters – mostly from Sarnen, Switzerland – accomplished their mission to establish St. Gertrude’s in Cottonwood as their new motherhouse. . . .
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HOSA has successful year
Prairie High School students recently attended the HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America) State Leadership Conference in Boise, Idaho. . . .
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This is Idaho County 4-H Week
The week of April 19th through the 25th  marks the celebration of Idaho County 4-H Week.  . . .
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Final 2008 52-Pickup winners are named
Here's the results of the drawing for the KC 52 Pickup winners from the March 2009 meeting of KC #1389.  The winners are as follows: . . .
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Pirates win 4 games; Winter sports banquet is Sunday
The Prairie baseball team won four games over the past week, beating Kamiah, Grangeville, Culdesac and Lewis County. . . .
The winter sports banquet for boys and girls basketball and cheerleaders is set for this Sunday, April 26 . . . 
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Lady Pirates win 6 of 7 games
The Prairie Lady Pirates won 6 of their 7 games played last week. They split win Genesee, swept Kendrick and Troy and beat C.V. in a single game. . . .
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Heath wins 2 events at Kamiah; Shumway breaks record again; Drug-Free group signup night set
Brock Heath won both the 1600 and 3200 at a 12 team track meet at Kamiah Tuesday, April 14. . . .
Kyler Shumway again broke the Prairie school record in the shot put but this time it was only good enough for second place in the event at the Pasco Invitational at Pasco, Wash., Saturday, April 18. . . .
May 13th at 6pm in the middle school cafeteria will be the pledge night for the incoming freshman students and all current PHS students who would like to join the PHS Drug-Free Group for the next school year. 
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Summit Academy news
Summit Academy has named their latest Virtue winners and has also held their annual "Hotshot" competition and named winners. . . . 
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Valedictorian for the class of 2009 is Emily Lerandeau (right).  Emily is the daughter of Mike and Marilyn Lerandeau of Cottonwood and has a cumulative grade point average (cgpa) of 3.97.   She has been active in her school, and community doing volunteer work for the Cottonwood Fire Department and Community Library, helping with annual hat and mitten drive sponsored at Prairie High School.  She has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years and been secretary and president.  Emily has been a member of 4-H having exhibited pigs for 8 years, been in cooking, scrapbooking, Making the Most of Me and on the fashion board.  She has also held various after school jobs and been in sports. Salutatorian is Kristi Poxleitner (left), daughter of Ed and Jackie Poxleitner of Keuterville. She has maintained a 3.90 cgpa at Prairie High School.  Kristi is ASB president this year and has been in volleyball, basketball and cheerleading.  She is a member of National Honor Society and vice president this year.  Besides ASB president, Kristi has been spirit leader, class vice president, BPA president and vice president, a member of PAVE , Prairie League and local 4-H clubs.  Kristi is an Idaho County 4-H Ambassador for 3 years.  Kristi has had several different jobs after school and is a librarian at the elementary during the school day.

The PHS state HOSA competitors. Front from left are Katie Nuxoll, Dani Cochran, Demetria Riener, Brock Heath (kneeling); Amber Frei and Mike Karel. Back from left are Kara Guyer, Kayla Johnson, Seth Guyer, Kyle Daly, Conner Rieman and  Josh Zigler. Click on the photo for a larger view. See story at left.

Marilyn Lerandeau and her daughter Emily. Marilyn was named "Mother of the Year" at the Prairie League Mother's Tea this past week. See story at left for Emily's winning essay.

Bryson Higgins with his first kill. He received his hunting license this  year. Bryson is 13 years old and was hunting with a good friend from Lewiston, Dan (Boone) Forge.

Shown are the Monastery of St. Gertrude in 1910 and today. The Monastery is holding a year-long celebration of their 100th year in Idaho. See story above left.

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