Logos supporters celebrate new K-12 campus, seek construction funds

‘Geronimo, Amen’ prayer created Logos

Daily News, September 26, 2016

By Shannon Quinn, Daily News Staff Writer

Upwards of 700 people wandered a recently harvested 30-acre wheat field adjacent to Mountain View Park on Saturday afternoon, which will, as time and money allow, become Logos School’s new campus.

Babes in arms, elders with canes and all ages in between tramped over the stubbly field. Some played Frisbee, some volleyball and others examined the hills and dales of the property, marked to indicate where buildings, playfields and drives will spring up in coming years.

“This is a combination of vision and gratitude,” Doug Wilson, Christ Church pastor and Logos cofounder, said. “After 35 years of God blessing us I’m looking forward to this being the next big step up.”

For years, Logos has had a goal of expanding its ever growing school, in what previously was a roller skating rink to a campus with all of the academic, spiritual and athletic amenities for its K-12 students. Once, its creators questioned whether it would make it through its first year in a church basement with fewer than 20 students.

The past three and a half decades have seen annual growth that necessitated expansion, Wilson said.

It’s a reality that was not even imagined during the early years, which began with a quiet family conversation, he said.

“God loves that great two word prayer, ‘Geronimo, amen,’ ” Wilson said. “The creation of Logos school was along those lines.”

In telling of the school’s origins, he strove to identify where key players in the story were sitting – particularly his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Becca.

“The germ of all of this came about in our living room when Becca, who was a toddler, was toddling around,” he said. “Nancy said to me, ‘Doug, I can’t imaging handing her over to someone that we don’t know, saying here she is, teach her about everything.’ I didn’t know anything about Christian education – zero – but I knew I agreed with that.”

What began as a minute Christian academy has grown to more than 100 students.

The plot of land was dotted with signs of various colors, each noting where another campus feature will lie.

“All of the blue flags represent buildings, green represents competition fields, red the main drive,” said Gene Liechty, Logos’ development director. “We’re trying to give people an idea of what they’re walking on.”

Liechty, who first announced the property’s purchase earlier this spring, said he hopes people will get excited about the project.

“We’re trying to get people fired up,” he said.” It’s one thing to get on it, it’s another to get everything built.”

Liechty said as soon as the school has access to the property, work can truly begin, but a bridge over the creek running through it is the first order of business.

That is no small project, but Liechty said the school plans to begin work on it in the spring.

“The kids can use the property as soon as we can get the bridge in and the field in,” he said. “Phase one is just getting all the infrastructure in. It’ll be an entire year just getting the bridge and the playing fields in.”

The project has no timeline for completion, officials noted, and is dependent for the time being on the success of fundraising programs.

While funds are of importance, Wilson pointed out, it’s the people involved in the process who will make it a success.

“God does not generally act with invisible rays from the sky. He works through intermediaries, he works through his people, he works through the gifts he assigns to his people,” he said. “Isn’t God good?”

Shanon Quinn can be reached at (208) 883-4636 or by email to squinn@dnews.com.

Logos School Purchases 30 Acres For Move In Moscow

By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff writer
Logos School has purchased 30 acres on the northeast side of Moscow where school officials plan to construct a new campus. Gene Liechty, the school’s development director, said the sale closed Feb. 26.
The plan of expanding the school’s campus — which is currently on 2 acres on Baker Street — has been in the works for some time. “The school has been here for 35 years,” incoming Logos Superintendent Larry Stephenson said. “Logos has been looking for property for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Praise God this piece has come about.” Moscow Community Development Director Bill Belknap said the property is just east of Mountain View Park and has been examined for the purpose of a possible school site in the past. “It’s a location that was previously considered for the new Moscow High School, so it’s been under consideration for building a school in past years,” Belknap said. Although there are currently no renderings of what the school will look like, Liechty knows one thing for sure. “It will be a beautiful brick-columned campus,” he said. Logos is currently working with DesignWest Architects of Pullman in creating a plan for the campus and buildings, Liechty said, and he believes the school’s neighbors-to-be will be pleased with the outcome. “Some of the folks will be sad that development is finally occurring here,” he said. “What I think they’ll be happy about it that we’re building a beautiful school that faces the street and that there’s lots of green space.It doesn’t obstruct views in any way, and we’re putting in tree-lined streets so it’s going to be a beautiful entrance. It’s going to be the nicest looking school in the county.” Changes to the parcel won’t be evident for some time, as the school is still working to raise money for architectural designs and construction. “Buying a piece of land and building a new building, that takes money and that’s going to take time,” Stephenson said. “Being a private school, we have a very few people we pull from and we can’t just raise the tax base for everybody and get money.” Liechty said school officials have been encouraged by the donors they have met with so far. “We need to raise several million over the coming months so we can hopefully start getting sewer lines run, water lines run,” he said. Stephenson said the school has also received help from the 30 churches associated with it. “Our churches have always been supportive financially, as well as in prayer, and we’re thankful. God has allowed Logos to be able to serve and support here,” he said.

Logos School Mock Trial Team Participates in National Competition

Logos School’s Mock Trial team has a tradition of excellence and perseverance. Coached by long time veteran Dr. Chris Schlect, Logos School has won the state Mock Trial competition for Idaho sixteen times and is tied for most appearances at the national tournament. This year’s team of dedicated student attorneys and witnesses did not disappoint, taking 7th place of 46 teams at the National Mock Trial competition in Boise the weekend of May 14.

The path to this impressive top-10 finish, however, was not without pain and hardship. After losing the closely contested state championship to Ambrose High School in April, the Knights had two weeks where they prepared for the national competition without knowing if they had qualified to compete. Each state sends just one team to the national competition, but since Idaho was hosting the event, a second team would be needed if there weren’t an even number of competing teams. But Coach Schlect pointed out that since the final bracket wouldn’t be settled right away, the team “had to go all in and prepare as if they knew they would be competing.”-even when it could all be for nothing. They held official practices three days a week, but preparations did not stop there: students practiced on their own or in groups six days a week on the national case, a (fictional) civil suit between a sheepherder and The Flying B Cattle Ranch involving the suspicious infection and death of a flock of sheep in Idaho. Of course, the good news finally came, and Logos students knew they would get to take their hard work to Boise.

The week prior to national competition, the Logos Mock Trial Team scrimmaged themselves (A Mock Trial team prepares both a prosecution and a defense for each case.), and they got some unique assistance. The University of Idaho graciously opened up the courtroom at the Law Building, and local dignitaries Mayor Bill Lambert, Richard Walser, Latah County Commissioner, Kara Besst, CEO of Gritman Medical Center, and radio personality Evan Ellis selflessly volunteered to serve as jurors. After the scrimmage, jurors gave insight and advice that was “essential to our success in Boise,” according to veteran witness Luke Mason, a junior. Mason’s teammates this year wereDanny Bradley (sr), Sonya Isenberg (sr), Sofia Minudri (sr), Preston Evans (jr), Ethan Howell (jr), Luke Mason (jr), Regan Meyer (jr), and Emma Story (jr).

At national competition in Boise, the team performed outstandingly. In four rounds, they were beaten only by the eventual national champions, Iowa. Logos senior Sofia Minudri was named one of only ten Outstanding Attorneys out of 500 participants total. Sunday morning after attending church the team drove home to a town they made proud through their hard work and dedication.

IHSAA Announces Schools of Excellence Recipients

The Idaho High School Activities Association announced the 2015-16 winners of the Schools of Excellence program earlier today.

For the third year in a row, Logos School has been awarded 3rd place in our division – 1ADII. Congratulations Knights!

The Schools of Excellence program is a yearlong, voluntary initiative where schools earn points in three areas: athletics, academics and citizenship. The citizenship component consists of a self-evaluation conducted by the school. The Schools of Excellence program is the most prestigious award a school can receive as it combines all aspects of our core mission for education-based participation.

The 2015-16 Schools of Excellence recipients are being honored at the IHSAA Annual Meeting on August 3 at the Boise Centre.

Logos Students Feed the Need

Written by Shanon Quinn, Daily News Staff Writer, Friday, October 16, 2015
The Multi-purpose room at Logos school was buzzing with activity Thursday as students from all grades worked in shifts to mix and package 15,000 meals for donation to area fool banks for the annual Feed the Need project.
The event began last year when Logos partnered with Homestead Ministries to help stock food pantries for the cold months ahead.
Music played and children laughed and visited cheerfully while they turned measured bulk legumes, grains and spices into plastic packaging at an accelerated pace in order to meet an ambitious goal.
“I’m getting the system down,” high school junior Boden Lloyd said between measuring ingredients and directing younger children to the spices. “We’re trying to make 15,000. We’re trying to beat our goal by 5,000 since last year.”
“At the food banks we hardly ever get meal items, so it’s great to get one thing that’s a complete meal,” said Paige Collins, executive director from the Council on Aging and Human Services. “This is especially awesome. We may get tons of other donations but this is more important than most of them because it has all of the pieces of a whole meal.”
Linda Nickels said the Latah County Food bank also did well donation wise this year, with an abundance of produce from Backyard Harvest as well as individuals sharing from their own gardens. “Now most people are pulling their gardens up, so it’s mainly apples and squash,” she said.
“The numbers of people using has really climbed the last couple of years,” she said, but for now the numbers are steadying.
But with winter right around the corner, both women expect an influx of families. Between the holiday season, high electric bills and lay-off time for seasonal workers, many need an extra hand.
Collins said the Logos and Homestead Ministries donation helps to fill in the gap before Thanksgiving, “When everyone and their mother wants to donate,” she said. “And the kids are so excited about it, it just makes me happy in my heart.”
To donate to the Moscow Food Bank, visit their location at 110 North Polk St in Moscow.

An Intramural Scrimmage

Logos Mock Trial Team Practices for Nationals

Moscow Pullman Daily News, Friday, May 8, 2015
By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff unnamed

A Moscow jury decided late Thursday that Detail Security Incorporated was responsible for damages incurred after one of its employees allegedly used a Taser on a young woman he perceived as a threat.

Both sides were represented by the Logos School Mock Trial Team – Idaho’s mock trial state champions.

The team debated the real case of Andy Archer v. Detail Security nearly a year after the encounter left 19-year-old Archer – a college student on a full track scholarship – with a complex compound fracture to her femur when she was immobilized while racing up a flight of stone steps in the North Carolina state capitol.

“What these young people have done represents a whole lot of work,” their coach, Chris Schlect, said. “We were in Boise in March where we wound up … arguing in front of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Randy Smith, who was presiding judge – which was one step away from the Supreme Court. And we prevailed.”

The team, which consists of Logos School students Summer Stokes, Preston Evans, Sofia Minudri, Lizzie Schlect, Jameson Evans, Danny Bradley, Luke Mason and Sonya Isenberg, will compete for the national title Thursday through May 16 in Raleigh, N.C.

In order to make their practice run as true to life as possible, the team had the assistance of numerous Moscow residents, including as jurors Lt. Tim Besst with the Latah County Sheriff’s Department, Grace Burnett of New Saint Andrews College, Pastor Douglas Busby of the Evangelical Free Church of the Palouse, News Director Evan Ellis of KQQQ Radio, Moscow City Councilman Wayne Krauss and Mayor Bill Lambert.

Presiding over the case was Judge John C. Judge.

In dark suits and with a professional bearing, the students argued their case for more than two hours before the jury deliberated – and avoided breaking into laughter even when the rest of the very full courtroom did.

At the end of the session, Judge – although he had laughed along with the rest at the students’ need to continually switch characters – commended the team for their hard work, professionalism and knowledge of the case they only had access to for four weeks.

“I don’t see law students performing as well as you have,” Judge said. “You are champions.”

Logos Headed to First Ever State Tournament

Knights begin title hunt Thursday in Boise
Moscow Pullman Daily News, Tuesday, March 3

Logos boys basketball coach Matt Whitling doesn’t have a special formula for how prepare his team for its first state tournament appearance in school history.

It’s his first time, too.

“Us focusing on practicing hard over the next couple of days and playing the way we’ve played all season long is what we’re going to do,” said Whitling, who is in his tenth (non-consecutive) year with the team. “We’re going to focus on one possession at a time and getting good defensive stops and having fun working hard on offense. It’s a ‘one possession at a time’ goal for us. Part of it will be the fun of learning what it’s like to be in Boise and play in the state tournament.”

The Knights enter the Division IA District 2 State Tournament with a 17-6 overall record, after punching their ticket with a convincing 80-50 victory over Cascade on Saturday in a play-in contest. Logos will begin its state title journey against MacKay at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at Caldwell High School.

“We really have two objectives in that game: No. 1 is we want to work harder than them, and the second objective is we want to have more fun than they do on the court,” Whitling said. “We’re going to state with those two goals and one game in mind. If we’re successful against MacKay then we’ll bring those two goals to the next team we play. There’s a lot that we have to learn as we go and we’re excited to see what it’s like.”

The Knights are led by their trio of seniors – Levi Wintz, Jonny Handel and Paul Ryan – all of whom have been playing Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball together since the eighth grade and were key contributors on last year’s state championship track team.

Ryan is set to run cross country/track at Washington State next season, while Handel will head to Lewiston to run for Lewis-Clark State College. But in the meantime, they have a state title to contend for.
“It’s a great group of guys, Whitling said. “They’re not especially tall but they’re very fast and they work very hard.”
Wintz is still unsure of his collegiate destination for next year (he’s considering Idaho) but his play on the court has been nothing short of certain all season. The 6-foot-1 track star was recently named Whitepine Player of the Year and has had several games this season in which he surpassed the 20-point mark. He was joined by Ryan on the All-League First Team.
“Levi has been the recipient of a lot of great passes from his teammates this year,” Whitling said. “He’s a great player but he’s a part of the team. We’ve got guys who are getting good defensive stops and feeding him the ball and he has just done a great job of finishing.”
Whitling described the 5-7 Handel as the team’s workhorse, who frequently sacrifices his body, as he did in Saturday’s win over Cascade when dove into stands white attempting a steal.
“He has the scrapes and bruises on his knees and forearms that we want him to have,” Whitling said. “He’s an aggressive guy and he really makes up for his height in work ethic.”
It will take strong efforts from all three seniors, including the point guard play of the 6-1 Ryan, for Logos to continue to make history and bring the school a basketball state championship.
“The biggest thing that we focus on is defense,” Whitling said. “We tend to be shorter than our competition and usually lighter. We have to really get after it on the defensive end. A lot of hard work and moving our feet on defense, and hustle, is where we start.”
The Logos boys basketball team is traveling to the state tournament in Caldwell (just west of Boise). Their first game is at 5:15 PST tomorrow (Thursday). You can watch this and all subsequent games this weekend at http://www.idahosports.com/

GO KNIGHTS!

Artists & Poets Abound

The editorial staff at the Moscow Pullman Daily News was so impressed with the caliber of poetry and fine art pieces submitted by Logos students for their quarterly supplement, VOICE OF THE YOUTH, that they designated a full page to Logos School!

Check out page 4 in the February 25 issue!

Congratulations to our 6th grade poets whose work was selected: Alex Blum, Olivia Igielski, Hero Merkle, Naomi Michaels, Jared Stokes, Julia Urquidez, Abigail Visger, Mary Visger, and Lucia Wilson.

Congratulations to our fine arts students whose pieces are featured in this issue: Sarah Miller, Heather Perley, and Summer Stokes.

Way to go students! Praise God!

Determined and working hard Evans received a full scholarship to his dream college

MOSCOW, ID – KLEW cares about you and that’s why each week during the school year, we highlight an outstanding local high school student.

Jenee’ Ryan introduces us too Logos School Senior, Jameson Evans.

This Logos Knight is ready to take on the world. He’ll soon attend his dream school, the University of Alabama, where he’ll major in chemical engineering and because he maintains a 4.0 GPA , he’s received a full scholarship.

http://www.klewtv.com/features/Jameson-Evans-290993341.html

School puts down pencils to help feed thousands of local families in need

MOSCOW, Idaho – There was only one test at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, Thursday and it didn’t involve any pencils or books. Their goal was to see if the student body can fill 10,000 bags with food.

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Logos School partners with Homestead Ministries to feed the needy

MOSCOW, ID – Instead of selling candy bars or magazine subscriptions, leaders at Logos school in Moscow wanted to do something worthwhile and important to the community.

Thursday Logos students collected pledges for their time spent participating in Feed the Need .

Jenee’ Ryan was at Logos School Thursday morning and has more.

“It’s fun filling the bag with lentils,’ said Shannon Beauchamp, first grader at Logos School.

Shannon, along with nearly 400 other Logos School students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, partnered with Homestead Ministries Thursday to assemble 10,000 meals to fight hunger on the Palouse.

“You put little peas in bags and you bring them over to this place where they seal them really set shut,” said Piper Beauchamp, first grader at Logos School.

All the recipient has to do is add water.

“We take local people and we take local product and we take local money and we go ahead and feed our local, our immediate people around us,” said Homestead Ministries Co-Founder, Tom Riedner.

“Over 15% of the Palouse has a hard time putting food on the table, which is a lot of people,” said Claire Ahmann, 11th grader at Logos School.

“If the people don’t have enough food, they’ll die,” said Beauchamp.

And the kids don’t want that to happen to anyone on the Palouse.

“Sometimes they need help and you don’t need help and you can help them,” said Jack Bakken, first grader at Logos School.

Not only is this a great project that helps out our community, but it’s also a great learning experience for the students.”

“You’re teaching those kids that they don’t have to just think about themselves, that there’s other people out there that can use some help.”

“You wanna grow a givers heart when they’re young and so introducing them to this kind of thing develops a certain type of person who’s a giver and who does it joyfully,” said Logos School Development Director, Gene Liechty.

Homestead Ministries will begin distributing the meals Logos students packaged to the hungry in Latah, Whitman and Nez Perce Counties as early as (Friday) tomorrow.

http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/Logos-school-feed-the-needy-and-learn-about-generousity-279574952.html

FEEDING THE NEED

feed the need daily news photoThe following article, written by Shanon Quinn, appeared on the cover of the Moscow Pullman Daily News Today!

  Logos Students Package 10,000 Meals for Local Food Banks

The sizable gymnasium at Logos School was alive with activity Thursday as groups of students worked with a cheerful readiness only youth are capable of, packaging and labeling 10,000 soup mixes for donation to food banks in Latah and Whitman counties and even as far north as Spokane.

The K-12 students, in matching T-shirts declaring the name of the day-long project, Feed the Need, measured, mixed and bagged their product at 14 tables equipped with funnels and measuring implements.

The event, sponsored by Family Promise of the Palouse and Mike Church at Key Properties, is the first of its kind at Logos, but the school’s director, Gene Liechty, said he hopes to make it an annual one.

The school partnered with Homestead Ministries, a nondenominational, faith-based volunteer organization that seeks to support local agriculture while finding solutions to reduce hunger locally and regionally. The ministry, based on the Palouse, was formed less than three months ago by Tom Reidner and Greg Nolan.

Reidner said the packaging event is the fourth of its kind they have done since the group’s inception.

“We’ve worked with a Catholic school in Colton, Boy Scouts in Genesee and students at Washington State University,” he said.

The ministry purchased 20 package sealers for the event, heavy plastic bags for packaging and supplied the peas, beans, lentils and spices the children used in packaging their soups.

“The peas and lentils are local,” said Reidner, who is a grain supplier. “But we had to order the beans from Wisconsin, because we don’t grow them around here.”

Between community volunteers – some of whom took vacation days from work in order to assist at the event – ministry volunteers, school faculty, staff and the student body, the group had packed more than 7,000 meals by the time they broke for lunch.

By 2 p.m., the scoreboard read 9,000.

And excitement didn’t wane among the students.”This has been exhilarating,” Danny Bradley, an 11th-grade student said. “It’s great to be giving back to the community.”

Liechty said events like Feed the Need are the reason Logos exists as a Christian school. “This gets to the heart of why we’re here,” he said. “We’re teaching them about need, then helping them meet the need. We’re not only working to educate the mind, but to grow the heart.”

Logos beats Moscow, advances to playoffs

The following article, written by Ben Handel, appeared in the Moscow Pullman Daily News on May 20, 2014…

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A decisive second quarter proved to be the difference as Logos toppled Moscow 11-6 Monday at the Idaho SprinTurf Practice Field, clinching the fourth and final spot in the upcoming Northern Idaho Lacrosse League playoffs.

The Knights scored twice in the first 30 seconds of the second period, helping spark a dominant 7-0 run that turned what had been a 2-2 contest midway through the first into a 10-3 Logos advantage at halftime.

“We didn’t really do anything differently in the second quarter than we did in the first,” Knights coach Ben Merkle said. “It was just everybody started to get into a groove, we started hitting our passes and making good decisions.”

Leading the charge for the Knights was senior attacker Trevor Morse, who scored six goals – including the first five of the night for his team – and tallied an assist in the final regular-season action of his varsity career. Teammate Sean Stanton racked up a trio of goals and an assist.

“Trevor and Sean, once they get their chemistry going, they started putting them in like crazy,” Merkle said. “They really took over for us.”

Morse and the Knights drew first blood, taking a pass from midfielder Jonny Handel on the left wing and putting it into the back of the net. The Bears, however, retaliated with a goal from Aaron Ivie to knot things up. The duo of Morse and Handel got Logos the lead on its next trip down the field, but again Moscow answered right back, this time with a goal from Hunter Klawitter to make it 2-2.

The Knights were able to stay on attack for the majority of the remainder of the game, finishing with a 35-17 advantage in shots attempted. A large part of the reason for that was the Knights’ ability to clear the ball on defense – something two Logos midfielders in particular excelled at.

“Levi (Wintz) and Jonny (Handel) have incredible wheels, and they’re coming off of taking a state title in track the day before,” Merkle said. “They’re really impressive and can clear the ball really fast, but they also have really good stick skills and know where to be to get that open.”

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With Wintz and Handel reversing the field nearly every time Moscow attacked Logos’ defense, the Knights went on a 7-0 run before Sam Odenberg took a pass from Xavier Murdoch and scored for the Bears before halftime.

After the break, however, it was a much more even contest. Neither team scored in the third and Moscow owned a 3-1 advantage in the fourth courtesy of a pair of goals from Matt Cornelison.

“We certainly picked it up in the second half compared to the first half,” Bears coach Jay Johnson said. “I was disappointed with the result, especially the way things fell apart in the first half.”

Defensively, senior goalie Quintin Akers led Moscow with 21 saves while Logos’ Luke Mason tallied seven.

“We started playing Luke in the goal very recently – this is only his fourth game in goal – and he’s been getting a lot better,” Merkle said. “He’s getting smarter about when he should come out of the cage and making stops on those one-on-one dodges. The other thing is both (Shane) Stokes and (Sam) Skiles are getting good at working their positions on defense and Gavin Dooley made nice plays for us tonight, too.”

With the win, Logos improved to 2-8 overall and 2-6 in league, with both wins coming against Moscow. The Knights will visit top-seeded Coeur d’Alene at 6 p.m. tonight in the first round of the playoffs. The Bears finished the spring 0-8 in NILL play.

“I told the players that I was always pleased with their effort,” Johnson said. “We always gave 100 percent and worked hard, even if we didn’t always get the results we wanted.”

Logos School Graduate In The News!

The following article, written by Sunny Browning, appeared in the Moscow/Pullman Daily News on May 14, 2014.

Autumn Pratt, a freshman at the University of Idaho, has spent most of her life on the Palouse. But this summer she will be spending a month of her vacation overseas in northeast England at an archaeological project studying the northern edges of the Roman Empire.

Pratt, a mechanical engineering student, will be one of seven American students attending the Fulbright Summer Institute at Durham University in Durham. She was selected for a full-ride scholarship for her good grades and her extracurricular and community activities.

Autumn Pratt

“In my sophomore and junior years I should probably do engineering internships, but as a freshman there wasn’t really much I could do, so it seemed like a good summer to do something enjoyable,” Pratt said.

She is set to leave just after the Fourth of July and head to the United Kingdom – her first experience traveling internationally.

Pratt has grown up in the Moscow area, being home-schooled throughout elementary and attending Logos High School.

Her essay application outlined her involvement with cross-country, track, basketball, drama and knowledge bowl at Logos. She was also a camp counselor and is a member of the UI engineering scholars club.

She said she has always enjoyed reading and writing, two things she will be doing while in England.

“When we studied (British literature) at Logos we went into a little history about when the Romans were there, and I thought that was pretty cool,” Pratt said. “We talked about the really old history of England so it appealed to me when I looked into (Durham). And I get to do some hands-on stuff, so I am excited.”

The program, “The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages,” will give students a chance to participate in an archaeological dig and explore the city’s history and culture from Hadrian’s Wall of Roman times to the medieval founding of modern Durham and into the Renaissance.

She will receive university credit for her time spent abroad.

Pratt will stay at Durham University throughout, and all expenses of the trip will be paid for by the program.

“I have read about England a lot because it comes up in school,” Pratt said. “It will be a completely different experience to actually go there myself.”

Pratt is interested in a career engineering prosthetics, something she read about in the National Geographic magazine many years ago that has stuck with her all this time.

She is interested in how different each prosthetic must be.

“It is always very individualized,” she said. “It would be nice to use the technology to help somebody so much.”

She said the Fulbright program has been keeping in touch with her via email, sending her some suggested reading materials and practical information about packing and pre-departure preparation.

“I really don’t know what to expect yet,” Pratt said. “I was starting to get nervous, but God always takes care of me.”

At Moscow School, Courtroom Legacies are a Serious Matter

The following article, written by Sunny Browning, appeared in the Moscow Pullman Daily News on February 25, 2014…

Logos School Mock Trial Team has represented Idaho since 2004. For most people, 6 a.m. on a Monday can be a little slow. For the Logos School Mock Trial Team, Monday mornings are spent in the Latah County Courthouse, debating and acting out case materials to prepare for competition. This particular mock trial program has a legacy to uphold, and it is apparent students want to keep it alive.

“It is very much engaging and interactive,” said head coach Chris Schlect, who has been coaching the team since 1996. “Students have to be poised, think on their feet and react quickly.”

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An A and a B team represent Logos. Between the two teams, the school has won the state competition yearly since 2004. “They get a fantastic experience and the great honor of representing Idaho going to nationals,” Schlect said. “When we compete at nationals we are not the Logos team, we are the Idaho Mock Trail Team.”

Hoping to continue the reign, the team has been preparing for the regional competition March 8 in Coeur d’Alene. As part of the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Law Related Education Program, the organization distributes case materials to teams in November, giving students time to emerge themselves into the fictional case. “There are over 100 pages of materials to wade through of fictitious scenarios and then we have a big fight about it in the courtroom,” Schlect said. “There are elements that resemble debate and drama. Some students are role-playing fictitious characters.” Schlect said the same packet of materials is provided to teams around Idaho and includes the same information an attorney would have to argue a case. The case is used in the regional and state competition. If the team moves on to nationals they are provided a different case to learn in the six weeks leading up to the competition.

Teams take turns representing the plaintiff side against another school representing the defense, switching roles in different rounds. “It teaches us how to think on the spot and work together as a team,” said sophomore Sofia Minudri. This is the second year Minudri has participated in mock trial. She said she doesn’t see herself being a lawyer in the future but she enjoys the speech and debate aspects of the program. “It teaches us how to be poised in awkward situations,” Minudri said.

On Saturday, the teams participated in a courtroom scrimmage against an opposing team consisting of alumni from the Logos program. Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson, also a team coach, stepped in to judge the case while parents and other teammates made up members of the jury and audience.

The Logos team ran as plaintiff – next Saturday they will be running defense against the alumni team to gear up for the upcoming competition.

The case they are arguing involves a fictionalized story about a riot that broke out in Twin Falls, Idaho, after a daredevil attempted to jump a motor rocket over the Snake River Canyon. After delaying the event for two hours, the daredevil failed to complete the jump. His emergency parachute deployed and he careened into the canyon, causing a growing, alcohol-infused crowd to become upset and destroy the event site. The city of Twin Falls was left to clean up the damages.

Junior Jameson Evans represented one of three members on the plaintiff side of the case, calling to the stand witnesses and providing paper work to be used as evidence. “My heart starts beating so fast,” Evans said. “Some rounds are way more intense than other rounds.” Evans has been on the Logos team for three years and said going to nationals was the best week of his life. “I love hanging out with the team,” he said. “We spend so much time together and have really good memories.”

Students have to try out for the extracurricular program, integrating debate, drama and law components. Schlect assigns students roles based on their strengths and talents. He said the team helps teach students deeply important life skills and he is incredibly proud of them each year. “Our program has developed momentum over the years,” Schlect said. “In some ways it might be the Logos School’s ‘Friday Night Lights.’ “