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New ESD Board Member, Cara Broeckel
New ESD Board Member, Cara Broeckel
Cara Broeckel Appointed Newest Board Member to ESD 123 - 04/01/21

PASCO, WA – Educational Service District 123 board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Cara Broeckel as the agency’s newest member during a special meeting on March 31, 2021. Ms. Broeckel is filling the vacancy for District #4, which includes all of Columbia and Touchet school districts, as well as parts of Pasco.

Ms. Broeckel currently serves as the Program Operations Director at Pinnacle Peak Administrators in Richland, where she specializes in strategic planning, operational leadership, and project improvements. As the child of a retired educator, a parent of two young boys, and an active community member, Ms. Broeckel says that she was attracted to the ESD’s open board position because of the ESD’s focus on educational support services and administration.

“My husband and I moved to Pasco in 2015,” says Ms. Broeckel. “Our oldest son is a third grader, and our younger son will start kindergarten in September.  I’m thrilled to work with the ESD 123 board members and staff.”

At the regular board meeting on April 29th, the ESD 123 board of directors will officially swear in Ms. Broeckel. For more information, contact ESD 123 Director of Communications Molly Curtiss at tiss@esd123.org">mcurtiss@esd123.org or 509.544.5787.

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About ESD 123:  Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

Judge's Choice Award:
Judge's Choice Award:
Regional Art Show Award Recipients Announced: A Celebration of Student Creativity (Photo) - 03/29/21

PASCO, WA – Educational Service District 123 recognizes the 2020-2021 school year has presented numerous challenges to students and their families. In that spirit, we wish to express our special appreciation and admiration of the many talented students in our region who persevered, continued to create, and produced incredible art this year. We encourage everyone to view the 2021 Virtual Art Exhibit Gallery to celebrate our regional high school student artists – and this year’s award-winning submissions.

This year, a new award category was created, called the People’s Choice award, selected by the public though an online survey! The standard Judge’s Choice awards were selected based on achievement creativity, composition, and technique per Washington State Arts K-12 Learning Standards. Artwork selected for the Judge’s Choice awards will move on to the state competition in May, which is led by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Congratulations to the 2021 ESD 123 People’s Choice Award Winner, Margot Massey! Margot, a student at Kamiakin High School in the Kennewick School District, is receiving the People’s Choice award for her piece titled “Conscience.”

In addition to the People’s Choice Award, this year’s 2021 Judge’s Choice Winners include:

  • "Eye of the Cat" by Maria Gardner, Hanford High School
  • "Conscience" by Margot Massey, Kamiakin High School
  • "Dr. Strange" by Morgan Madder, Kamiakin High School
  • "Retro Buildings" by Peyton Purvis, Chiawana High School

Faculty at Central Washington University also awarded scholarships of $2,000 to the following six students:

  • Maria Gardner, Hanford High School
  • Morgan Madder, Kamiakin High School
  • Kaylee Memmott, Kamiakin High School
  • Grady Lemma, Walla Walla High School
  • Peyton Purvis, Chiawana High School
  • Aiyana Tajeda, Kamiakin High School

A huge thank you to the students, staff, and community members who participated and made this year’s Virtual Regional Art Show possible. We are looking forward to next year’s show already. For more information, contact ESD Art Show Coordinator Lori Ballard at allard@esd123.org">lballard@esd123.org or 509-851-5216.

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About ESD 123:  Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.