The Wenatchee World



The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast


Lo55° Mostly Cloudy


Hi72° Chance Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo55° Slight Chance Rain then Mostly Cloudy


Hi75° Partly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo55° Mostly Cloudy


Hi77° Partly Sunny

Friday Night

Lo55° Slight Chance Rain


Hi73° Chance Rain

Saturday Night

Lo54° Chance Rain


Hi69° Slight Chance Showers

Leaders by music

Send to Kindle
Print This

It was a joy to pick up the paper Friday and read that the Wenatchee School District’s mariachi program has received national recognition, again, this time in print. The story by Manuel Valdes of The Associated Press appeared in several newspapers, including USA Today. It was particularly good at emphasizing what we already know about the mariachi program — it builds character, it builds responsible citizens, it teaches what tests miss, it presents to students a world of possibilities that otherwise might be overlooked.

“Mariachi is a leadership class for our students because it teaches them self-discipline, teaches them to work hard, teaches them how to be on time, teaches them to speak in front of an audience,” said Wenatchee High School’s mariachi director, the ebullient Ramon Rivera. “These are skills that can’t be put down on a test.”

View my options or Sign in