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Mon. 03/18/19
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office investigates suspicious death. CCSO case # A18-685
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/18/19 6:35 PM

At 7:21 AM on March 18th, 2019 Deputies of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office were dispatched along an EMS unit from Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District # 20 in Vader to the report of a person down in their residence just north of Ryderwood on State Route 506 in NW Cowlitz County. It was determined that the subject was deceased and that the death was suspicious in nature. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and the scene is being processed by the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team at this hour. Identity of the person and cause and manner of death will be pending further investigation by the Cowlitz County Coroner's Office. Detectives are asking anyone with information concerning the case contact the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at (360) 577-3092. Detectives would also like to be contacted by anyone who may have video of State Route 506 between I-5 and Ryderwood as well as any other connecting roads in the area. Case Detective is Lorenzo Gladson and Detective Sergeant is Troy Brightbill.

Annie Wright Schools Appoint Sandra Forero Bush to Assistant Head of Schools (Photo)
Annie Wright Schools - 03/18/19 4:34 PM
Sandra Forero Bush
Sandra Forero Bush

Tacoma, Wash. — Annie Wright Schools announced that Sandra Forero Bush has been appointed to Assistant Head of Schools beginning August 1, 2019. Bush will serve on the schools’ Senior Leadership Team and will be responsible for overseeing academic affairs and curriculum, professional development, accreditation, International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization, and Annie Wright’s strategic plan.


Sandra Forero Bush has been teaching IB business at Annie Wright for nine years. After earning her BA in international relations and Portuguese and Brazilian studies from Brown University and her MA in international management and public policy from the School of Global Policy & Strategy at University of California San Diego, she worked for a US/Latin America non-profit in Washington DC. She moved to Tacoma and worked for Russell Investments in various capacities for over 15 years. Sandra joined Annie Wright Schools in 2010 as a part-time business teacher while remaining engaged part-time with several projects at Russell. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the World Trade Center Tacoma. In 2012, Sandra co-launched Annie Wright’s global engagement activity. She later launched the girls’ business and entrepreneurship program in 2016.


“Sandra will bring an intense focus to Annie Wright Schools’ ongoing evaluation and improvement of curriculum and program, as well as continued focus on the strategic plan,” shared Christian G. Sullivan, Head of Annie Wright Schools. “Sandra’s business background and various experiences will add a unique dimension to the Senior Leadership Team at Annie Wright.”


Susan Bauska, currently serving as Assistant Head of Schools and Director of Annie Wright Upper School for Boys, will assume the role of Associate Head in addition to her continued oversight of the all-boys day and boarding school for Grades 9-12.


Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.

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Attached Media Files: PDF version of press release , Sandra Forero Bush

Thu. 03/14/19
Photo Op: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2019 Ceremony On March 16
Cornish College of the Arts - 03/14/19 11:36 AM

Seattle, WA -- Cornish College of the Arts announced the regional award recipients of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards today. Presented by the nonprofit organization the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the 96th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. This program year, Cornish received 894 pieces of work from 375 young artists and 483 selections of writing from 324 young writers.

Regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices nominations, were awarded to 225 visual works and 150 written entries. In celebration of this year’s regional recipients, an award ceremony will take place at Cornish College of the Arts on March 16, 2019, at the college’s Main Campus Center, 1000 Lenora Street, in Seattle. The presentation and award ceremony will begin at 3:00 pm. High school students, their families, and teachers from across the stage are expected to attend. A display of winning artworks will be visible in the President’s Gallery on the 7th floor of the center. Performance of writing works also will take place. More details, including complete lists of all honorees, can be found at cornish.edu/scholastic.

“We’re delighted to host this program annually,” said Director of Admission Sharron Starling. “The students and their work in writing and visual arts show that arts education in Washington State continues to flourish.”

Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens.

For Gold Key works of art and writing in the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, video game design, and more, the opportunities for recognition will continue when the works are adjudicated again on a national level by a panel of leading creative professionals. National Gold Medalists will be announced later in the spring and will be honored during a special awards ceremony in New York City in June. All National Medalists are eligible for a wealth of additional opportunities such as inclusion in the Art.Write.Now.Tour traveling exhibition and The Best Teen Writinganthology. National Medalist poets are considered for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.

A complete list of 2019 regional Gold Key Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients is available online at artandwriting.org.


Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent and is today's largest source of scholarships for creative teens.For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic News Room: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/artandwriting.


Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in the performing and visual arts and a Bachelor of Music degree, multiple public programs, and extension courses. The college’s distinguished alumni include designer Colleen Atwood, choreographer Merce Cunningham, actor Brendan Fraser, singer/activist Mary Lambert, Academy Award-winning actress Beatrice Straight, painter Anthony White, and artist Kumi Yamashita, among others.

The College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who have followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today.