EAST WENATCHEE — Residents of North Central Washington have been packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries, who suffer from natural disasters, war, terrorism, disease, famine, poverty and neglect.
In the course of just three years, Wenatchee High School students, faculty and administration have been rocked on the waves of two life-altering events. The death of Antonio Reyes brought about not only student grief and community suffering but loud repercussions as well; former PE teacher Ed Knaggs was put on administrative leave in 2011, fired in April 2012, and after two years only recently reached a settlement putting him on paid administrative leave until 2016.
The Wenatchee High School Golden Apple Marching Band performed in its last competition of the season in Auburn last weekend at the 28th Annual Veterans Day Marching Competition, as well as participating in Auburn’s 49th Annual Veterans Day Parade. The band placed first in the parade against high school marching bands from throughout the Pacific Northwest in the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi.
Jake Gates is greeted by Onaka, a Friesian filly born this spring to her dam, Duchess. Jake is the son of Matt and Kerri Gates of Wenatchee. Kerri is a horse trainer. She and Matt have two sons, Jake and Samuel, who have grown to love the large horses. The photo was taken by a friend at the Gates’ family ranch on Squilchuck.