Student Spotlight – Chief Umtuch Middle School students in the news!

We’re proud of the accomplishments of our Wolverines! Below you’ll find links to some of the most recent coverage of our students.

Chief Umtuch students plant tulips at Central Park


Chief’s DREAM Team worked with the Battle Ground Prevention Alliance and Lewis River Rotary Club to plant tulips for the Red Ribbon campaign.  200 tulips were planted at Battle Ground High School and at Central Park.

Read the full Reflector article to find out more!

DREAM Team featured on KGW News

KGW Video of Chief's DREAM TeamThe Chief Umtuch DREAM team was highlighted by KGW News for their efforts in creating an emoji-themed campaign designed to support the social-emotional health of their peers. Eighth graders Hyouju Smith, Bridget Hopper and Adisyn Heller were interviewed and did a fantastic job! Watch the video segment and read the story here.

Because of their work on the DREAM team, Hyouju Smith and Addisyn Heller have both been accepted into County-level leadership groups. Both have been accepted into STASHA (Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse) and Hyouju is also now a member of the Clark County Youth Commission.

Our Dream Team has many more activities that are currently being worked on to support our school and community. Students also will be attending state and national leadership trainings. Students in the DREAM team are not only learning about leadership, but putting it into action!

Chief Students perform “Annie Jr.”

Chief Umtuch Middle School was pleased to present four performances of the renowned musical “Annie Jr.” Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

You can catch a video recording of the performance at the top of this section.

Chief student wins at state History Day, heads to nationals

Ellie Durgarian and Beth Doughty

After taking first place in the state History Day competition at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., Chief Umtuch Middle School eighth grader Ellie Durgarian is headed to the national finals. Only the top two finishers in each category advance to the national finals. By placing first, Ellie will compete at the University of Maryland in College Park, just outside of Washington, D.C., June 9-13.

National History Day is a dynamic program that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Students select a topic related to an annual national theme and work individually or in groups to conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources. This year’s theme is “Tragedy and Triumph Throughout History.” Based on this theme, students developed projects such as research papers, performances, documentaries, websites, and more.

Durgarian’s winning project was a website titled “The Glowing Dark History of the Hanford Nuclear Site.” Her thesis is that due to the pressures from both WWII and the Cold War, the proper handling and disposal of nuclear waste was not a priority. Consequently, the triumph of ending the war with nuclear power brought with it human and environmental tragedies that still impact Washington today.


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