Columbia High School WildPride dance team

The Columbia High School WildPride Dance Team celebrates its new national champion title in the kick division.

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The Columbia High School WildPride Dance Team has claimed the title of National Champion in the Kick Division, thanks to standout performances at the Miss Dance Drill Team International Dance Competition.

The team took five routines to the Irvine, California, competition on March 22, and it placed in all five: first place in Kick, second in Large Military, third in Large Dance and fourth in Large Hip Hop and Small Dance Lyrical.

Also competing were 5A schools from the Treasure Valley, California and Utah, among other places (according to the email we received, one team was even from Japan).

Congratulations to the girls and their coaches, Jacci Markham and Andrea Markham!

NNU’s AMA chapter receives award at conference

Northwest Nazarene University’s American Marketing Association chapter received the Exemplary Collegiate Chapter Performance award for outstanding chapter planning at the association’s International Collegiate Conference! My congratulations to all members of the chapter.

Co-presidents Genesis Amador, of Nampa; Cali Carpenter, of Nampa; and Lexi Tubbs, of Turlock, California, went to the conference along with Konya Weber, the dean of the School of Business and the chapter’s faculty adviser. Hope it was a fun trip!

Caldwell given grant to attend Community Schools conference

The National League of Cities has awarded a technical assistance grant to the city of Caldwell (in partnership with the Caldwell school district and United Way of Treasure Valley). The grant is meant to help mayors and community leaders participate in a Mayors’ Institute in Pennsylvania in early May.

At the Institute, people meet to discuss how to best influence students’ health through the Community Schools Strategy program, of which Sacajawea Elementary is newly a part.

I suppose we’ll hear later how it went! Best of luck to Sacajawea’s faculty and staff with the change to being a community school.

Be the Parents media campaign seeks decrease in youth drinking

Lifeways has begun a Be the Parents media campaign with funding from the Idaho Office of Drug Policy and help from Vallivue High School and the Treasure Valley YMCA. The hope is to increase awareness of the risks of underage drinking and to encourage parents to get involved in preventing, or at least reducing, underage drinking.

The press release I received quoted the 2015 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey as reporting that 28 percent of high school students have had at least one drink of alcohol during the past 30 days and about one in six Idaho students went on a drinking binge during that time.

I have to wonder how many minors who drink are aware that their brains are still developing and that alcohol negatively affects that development. Your brain could become impaired.

The good news, according to the press release, is that if parents openly disapprove of their kids drinking alcohol, it helps to prevent or reduce their likelihood of doing it.

For information about how to encourage youth to avoid alcohol, visit