Bulldog Bites

Nampa High School Newsletter, April 2019


Friday, March 15, was a very positive day for Nampa High’s Team+S (Science & Engineering Team)! Four of five presentations placed, with most being awarded second or first in their category:

  • Addison Burkett – 2nd in Biological Sciences
  • Angelica Dockery – 2nd in Biological Sciences
  • Bryanna Correa and Gavin Bulifant – 2nd in Scientific Study & Engineering
  • Kimberly Barron and Jacob Kratz – 1st in Scientific Study & Engineering, 1st in Group Engineering, and 2nd in State of Idaho and Idaho Science Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Both Kimberly and Jacob gained a fully-funded trip to the International Intel Science & Engineering Fair competition in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 12-17, where they will compete with 77 other countries, Regions and Territories. They will be accompanied by their instructor and advisor, Mr. Chris Anderson.

We are proud of our Team+S students who all had very professional and admirable sets of presentations for the distinguished judges and public, and we wish Kimberly and Jacob the best at the international competition in May.

Coming Up:


15 - Spring Bulldog Play School begins (ends May 24)

15-16 – DIII Large Group Choral Festival (Middleton High School)

18 - ASB Election Packets Due

21 – Easter

22-26 – Elections Week

23 – 9th Grade Speeches Assembly (9:10-9:35 am) & lunch voting

25 – 10th Grade Speeches Assembly (9:10-9:35 am) & lunch voting

26 – 11th Grade Speeches Assembly (9:10-9:35 am) & lunch voting

30 – Herff-Jones Cap & Gown Distribution (cafeteria during lunch)


2 – Senior Class Meeting (Little Theater, 9:10 am)

3 – Cultural Celebration Day (during lunch)

4 – IMEA State Solo/Ensemble Festival (Pocatello, ID)

6-10 – School Nutrition Employee Week

6-10 – National Teacher Appreciation Week

6-17 – AP Exams (for those who ordered in February)

8 - National School Nurses Day

8 - Spring Choir Concert/Senior Awards (Little Theater, 7:00 pm)

8-12 – National BPA Competition (Anaheim, CA)

9 – Drama Awards Presentation (Little Theater, 5:00 pm)

9 – District Combined Orchestra Concert (NNU Brandt Center, 7:00 pm)

11 – Jazz Band Play-a-Thon (Downtown Nampa, 8:00-2:00)

11 - Aloha Luau Dinner-Auction (Gym, 6:00 pm)

14 – Baccalaureate (NNU Brandt Center, 7:00 pm)

14-17 – Senior Final Exams

15 – Tribute to Seniors Band Concert (Columbia High Auditorium, 7:00 pm)


Congratulations to the following Nampa High School Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students who received medals at the State FCCLA competition held in Boise on Thursday and Friday, April 4-5:

Chloe Sprik – Bronze in Career Investigation

McKennin Garrison – Bronze in Career Investigation

Luis Vazquez – Bronze in Career Investigation

Jasmine Ondesko & Annastasia Jones – Silver in Environmental Ambassadors

Justin Little – Bronze in Focus on the Children

Yajira Lemus – Gold in Hospitality & Tourism Guidebook

Isabelle Estrada & Yasmine Tovar – Silver in Illustrated Talk

Alexus Heridia – Silver in Job Interview

Kendall Smith – Silver in Leadership

Mary Knopp – Gold in Toys that Teach

Chloe Sprik, Jasmine Ondesko, Annastasia Jones, and Alexus Heridia all qualified for Nationals which will be held in Anaheim, California on June 30-July 4.

SkillsUSA Competition

The State SkillsUSA Competition was held at various locations across the Treasure Valley and the State of Idaho on April 4-5. Our students did a tremendous job of representing our schools and demonstrating high levels of knowledge and workmanship. Congratulations to Skylar Wemhoff who received a bronze medal in Small Engines and to Christian Palomo who received a silver medal in State Welding Fabrication. Megan Galbraith, a senior and 3rd-year Automotive Technology student, received a gold medal for her 1st place finish in Job Skill Demonstration. Megan performed a valve lash adjustment on a Subaru cylinder head as well as explained why the job is done, how it is done, the labor time associated with the job, and problems that can occur with the engine if it is not done as part of the vehicle’s maintenance schedule. One of the judges was so impressed with her performance that he offered for her to use him as a reference if she was interested in a job with Lithia Ford of Boise and gave her the service manager’s contact information. Megan will now go on to represent Nampa School District and Idaho at the SkillsUSA National competition this summer in Louisville, Kentucky on June 24-28.

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Also, our cosmetology students were excited to compete in the first ever state high school SkillsUSA Cosmetology Competition in Idaho. Five of our girls competed and were graded to a standard, and all five did amazing. Medal winners were: Abby Seable (Gold), Claire Garner (Silver), and Marcelina Ojeda (Bronze). In addition, Abby Seable took the Silver medal in the State Leadership Competition for Job Interview.

NASKCOrpion Rocks Regional Competitions

The NASKCO robotics team is composed of members from all three of the district’s high schools, Nampa, Skyview, and Columbia. The team is congratulated on a job well done this season in two regional competitions. They competed in Canadian Pacific Regional in Victoria, BC, Canada, as well as the Idaho Regional in Nampa, Idaho. The team won the Spirit Award in Canada along with being chosen on an alliance. In Idaho, the team stepped it up and finished 8 out of 27 teams and was the captain for alliance 5. They won the Gracious Professionalism Award in Idaho as well. Nampa High team members include Jaiden Prather, Logan Schoencker, and Nick Majors. Their team advisor is Kim Adcock at Columbia High School.

Governor Little Signs NHS Student's Bill

NHS senior, Sebastian Griffin, was at the Idaho Statehouse on April 4th while Governor Brad Little signed Senate Bill 1060. Sebastian served as a senate page this past season and co-authored this bill, along with Senator Steven Thayn from Emmett, which allows high school students to graduate early or take a flexible schedule if they meet certain Idaho State Board of Education requirements. Sebastian’s goal was to show students throughout Idaho they can get involved in things they are passionate and care about and not jeopardize their graduation status.

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NHS Grad Earns Top Spot in National Debate Competition

2016 Nampa High School graduate, Samantha Hendricks, is a junior at Utah State University (USU) and one of the nine members on their debate team. The team recently competed, along with 77 other colleges and universities, in the country’s largest Speech and Debate Tournament held in Long Island, NY, at Hofstra University. Samantha earned first place in Open Division debate as well as placed in the top 10 in persuasive speaking and the top 20% in after dinner speaking. Her persuasive speech was selected to showcase at the tournament.