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Camas, WA — Camas High School Athletic Director, Rory Oster, announced today that Papermaker sports events will resume Monday, February 22 after an 11-plus month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With sporting events/games starting on Monday, please be aware of the spectator guidelines with regards to each sport,” Oster said.

GSHL Spectator Update by Sport

Spectators that attend any GSHL event must wear a mask for the duration of their time on school facilities, indoors and outdoors. Spectators must also social distance with a minimum of six feet between individuals outside of their family.

Volleyball – Each athlete, manager and coach will be allotted TWO entrance tickets to their specific contest only. Doors will open for entrance ten minutes before the contest scheduled start time at the North Commons/Gym entrance only, and gyms will be immediately cleared at the conclusion of the contest.

Varsity games will begin at 7:00 pm with a 6:50 pm entrance.

JV games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

C games will begin at 7:00 pm with a 6:50 pm entrance.

4th team games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

Girls Soccer – Each athlete, manager and coach will be allotted TWO entrance tickets to their specific contest only. Main gate will open for entrance ten minutes before the contest scheduled start time, we ask that spectators of the game that has finished, immediately leave the facility.

Varsity games will begin at 7:00 pm

JV games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

C games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

Cross Country – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along the course and wear a mask at all times.

Boys Tennis – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along and wear a mask at all times.

Boys Golf – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along the course and wear a mask at all times.

Slow-pitch Softball – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced and wear a mask at all times. Spectators may need to bring chairs to set up along the outfield fence.

Football – No spectators are allowed at any football events at this time. This includes JV and C team games. We continue to advocate for changes to this rule with the Governor’s office and local department of health and we will immediately adjust if we are able to.

All contests held at Camas High School Gymnasium and Doc Harris Stadium will be live streamed athttps://www.nfhsnetwork.com/ subscriptions can be purchased which will give you access to all volleyball, girls soccer and football games played at Camas School District sites. Other GSHL schools will also be streaming their contests and we will update you with locations of those streams. If they use the NFHS network, your subscription will work for those games as well.

Link to Athletic Bulletin ~

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OyX5v4KhiJDlqVPXS4e468GnHl0gBpKc-IoVEUpRvyE/edit

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Camas Running Back Jacques Badolato-Birdsell.

Camas, WA — Beginning Friday, February 19, the Liberty Theatre will resume regular showings at their historic venue. This article contains all new show listings for week of February 19-25.

The main theatre will operate at 25% occupancy, which is 75 seats per showing and the Granada Studio will operate with only 7 persons per show. This allows for social distancing in compliance with Phase 2 guidelines. Online ticket reservations are strongly encouraged, tickets are available at the box office subject to availability. Their COVID-19 policies are here https://www.camasliberty.com/page/14740/Covid-19-Message

The theatre box office opens at least 30 minutes before each show; we encourage patrons to come early as the safety precautions we are taking requires additional time in seating patrons. No seating after the lights go down.  

Visit www.camasliberty.com to buy tickets.

New shows starting this week:

News of the World (PG-13) Main Theatre $6.50
Fri: 7:00 PM
Sat: 7:30 PM
Sun: 12:406:00
Wed & Thu: 7:00 PM

News of the World (PG-13) Granada Studio, $6.50
Sat: 12:503:40
Wed & Thu: 3:30 PM

The Croods: A New Age (PG) Main Theatre $5.50
Fri: 4:15 PM
Sat: 1:30 PM
Sun: 3:30 PM
Wed & Thu: 4:15 PM

Vertigo (1958) (PG) Main Theatre, $5
Sat: 4:15 PM

Vertigo (1958) (PG) Granada Studio, $5
Fri & Sat: 6:20 PM
Sun: 1:454:45
Wed & Thu: 6:20 PM

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Liberty Theatre.

Camas, WA — After six weeks of successful testing, the brand-new Camas App is now available to the public.

What started as a local business directory and news aggregator, evolved to focus on connecting residents and visitors with local businesses and events. Its designers call it “collaborative commerce.”

“The Camas App was built for, in, and by community members – designed to help regenerate our economy and make it more resilient. We want to make it easy for residents and visitors to learn about local businesses and discover new ones they may not be aware of,” said Joseph Graves, Co-creator of the Camas App.

The app was created locally and operated with a focus on supporting the Camas community without global tech companies filtering results or optimizing for their own financial interests.

To get the app, go to camas.info from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Background — How did this come about?

Graves and Lacamas Magazine shared several clients and were discussing ways to help more businesses when the idea for a Camas App came up in conversation.

“I had an idea for a cool local business directory app, and Joe said he was already working on it with Tyler Kaye,” said Ernie Geigenmiller, Editor & Publisher of Lacamas Magazine. “So, the three of us have been working like crazy to get it launched.”

“It’s a perfect fit for the Lacamas Magazine audience and a great way to strengthen our local economy” said Graves. “Buying from local businesses is the most powerful method I can think of to protect our community.”

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The Daily Deal in the Camas App.

“I have always wanted to find a way to connect a community to local businesses. In the ever-connected world of high speed connections, local businesses can still thrive with the right tools,” said Kaye. “The Camas App is a tool for the community as much as it is for the businesses in Camas.”

To make the app sustainable over the long term, there are several in app marketing opportunities including Premium listings, Daily Deals, Special Offers, Real Estate Listing, with more planned for the future. 

A portion of the revenue generated will be shared with three local nonprofits — The Camas-Washougal Community Chest, Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Camas Association.

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The Camas App has many categories.

Camas, WA — Lacamas Magazine asked several questions to Dr. Jeff Snell, Superintendent of Camas School District (CSD), and Doreen McKercher, the CSD Communications Director, about the upcoming levies, as well as some other topics.

Local residents have received special February election ballots for two levies as the current Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy and the Technology capital levy will both expire in 2021. CSD is asking voters to consider approval of two replacement levies (an EP&O and Technology, Health, and Safety capital levy) that will allow CSD to continue the same level of service students, teachers and families have enjoyed for decades. 

Questions: What are these replacement levies for? And how often does this come to a vote? Does it require 60% voter approval?

Answer: EP&O funds and accomplishes several things: 1) Extracurricular activity funding; 2) Programming that CSD enriches beyond the state, such as our nursing programming; CSD provides nine nursing staff, which is more than the state-funded 1.2 nurses; also smaller class sizes; 3) Gaps, such as special services that the state requires school districts to deliver, but does not fund (also referred to as unfunded mandates); and 4) Transportation and food services. The state doesn’t give the district enough money to meet those state requirements, so we enrich with a levy. Over time we’ve created a transportation model the public likes. The state has a 1 mile walking distance from schools, and we improve upon that.

There are three ways that we raise funds, and one of them is the bond, which requires 60 percent voter approval. The other two require 50 percent plus one, which are the EP&O and Technology and Capital levy. These three always combine to form our local tax rate. The last bond was approved in 2016, which helps to build new schools.

Question: What percentage of the Camas annual budget comes from levy funds?

Answer: The Camas community has supported schools through local levies for more than 40 years. Initially, levies provided money for things that cannot be funded by state, or basic education, dollars like extra-curricular activities. Over time, state funding did not keep pace with actual costs, and lawmakers pushed the burden on local communities to fill the gap with levy dollars. 

Our levies make up to about 20% of our budget.  If we were to align our budget to State and Federal funding, we would not be able to continue extra-curricular activities. Classroom sizes, breakfast and lunch prices, and the length of time students spend on the bus would all increase. Additionally, many employees would lose their jobs. The amount of money we would have to maintain or replace computers, roofs, and HVAC systems would be almost non-existent. 

Most of our parents cite Camas Schools as the reason they moved to Camas. It is our community support that makes our schools strong and vibrant.

Extracurricular activities are: all sports programs, all club activities, academic teams, to pay for coaching assignments, and pay for the costs of running the activities, which includes concerts and activities outside the school day. These activities have really become a part of  our culture, it’s who we are.

Question: What do you say to taxpayers that say this is appalling that you’re asking for more money when you can’t even get your teachers into the classroom to instruct? To them, it’s about value for their hard-earned dollar.

Answer: We’re not asking for more money, we are asking for less than last time. It’s about 80 cents less than our 2020 local school tax rate. In 2020, Camas residents all paid $5.56/$1,000 of our assessed valuation (AV), and in 2021, it is projected to be $4.77. If voters approve both levies, tax rates are projected to stay the same: $4.77/$1,000 AV. We are asking for sustained commitment to the district. We realize in the past 40 years of this continued support there has not been a pandemic. Each family situation is very unique. I don’t pretend to say “we’ve delivered for you.” It’s hard to deliver under these circumstances. This is for 2022, 2023 and 2024 — going into the future. The programming people want is dependent on this revenue. I tell residents to be mad at me, don’t be mad at the teachers or other staff.  People are doing the best they can to navigate this pandemic. 

This community has built amazing things! The tax rate on this levy is lower than ballot measures past, but we know this pandemic is tough on everybody. 

If this fails, we can do it in April, but we have to set the 2022 budget in May, and it puts people in a lot of worry about jobs. We would run it again. 

We also want taxpayers to know we don’t do any of the levy campaigning. All these signs, websites are all private donations. On the flip side, the Vote NO is private money, as well. We just provide information and we are required to pay for the ballots, which costs $75,000. That’s the cost of running an election in February 2021.

We’ve been doing really well with our limited in-classroom sessions this year with only one COVID transmission.  We are excited to welcome more students back to on campus learning in the coming weeks.

Question: What do you say to critics who say you’re misleading taxpayers because you went from $2.15 to $2.50 per $1,000? It’s said this is an increase over the existing levy.

Answer: We’ve been transparent throughout the process. We used those three tools (bond, EP&O levy, and capital levy) to get to the overall local school tax rate. We looked at the bond, and it dropped, which gave us more capacity to ask. I look at the overall tax rate for schools. We’ve always communicated our overall tax rate, because that is what the taxpayer will feel for their bill.  Again, the board dropped the rate from 2020 and is staying consistent in the collection years, 2022-2024, of these measures.  

Question: What is the short and long-term fallout if the levy fails?

Answer: Well 20% of a budget is the equivalent of one out of every five days being cut. Obviously, we just can’t cut one day per week, so it would result in loss of extracurricular activities, programming, and additional staff support. It would make Camas look dramatically different as these activities outside the school day would no longer have a funding source. It could be up to a 10-15 percent staff reduction. 

Question: Is the school district saving money during the lockdown?

Answer: Yes, and we are also losing revenue due to decreased enrollment.  As of January 2021, enrollment is down 6.4 percent, which is 464 students. Factoring in the expected revenue losses and forecasting expenditures, our district is on-trend to end the year with a $2-3 million deficit.  Several factors over the remaining months of the year could increase or decrease the anticipated deficit of $2-3 million.

With our levy in place we can get through that. We could get additional help from state and federal relief funding, but we don’t get too much from the federal government.

Question: What do you say to people who can’t afford more taxes?

Answer: I understand and appreciate that any tax is difficult even if it is a renewal like this.  The good news is that when taxpayers get their tax statement this year, they will see a drop in local school tax rates. In 2020, Camas residents all paid $5.56/$1,000 of our assessed valuation (AV), and in 2021, it is projected to be $4.77. If voters approve both levies, tax rates are projected to stay the same: $4.77/$1,000 AV. 

Regarding how much money we get, per-pupil spending is a more accurate indicator since districts with higher poverty qualify for more funding in general.  

Per Pupil Spending (Source: OSPI):

  • Washougal:  $14,285
  • Evergreen:  $13,849
  • Vancouver:  $13,747
  • Battle Ground:  $13,236
  • Camas:  $12,842

The school board has presented a local school tax package that allows us to continue existing programming, support technology needs and manage resource maintenance, all for less than was collected in 2020.  It’s a combination of these two renewal levies and our existing bond payments that gives the combined local school tax rate. 

Question: Former President Trump, President Biden and the CDC have been saying for several months, and now they’ve done it officially, that schools should re-open. Why isn’t Camas following CDC guidelines on this issue?

Answer: We are. The Department of Health has taken that guidance and spelled out recommendations for high and moderate COVID levels, which is why we keep rolling out grade levels. We have established a timeline to get all grades back in the classroom in small groups by March 1 even in the high COVID level.  If we’re able to move to a consistent moderated COVID level we can accelerate that timeline.

The capacity for small groups  is 15 students or less and it’s not a full day like from 8 am – 1:30 pm. Small groups are really an intermediate step before moving to hybrid and aligns to the Department of Health guidance.

There are a lot of different perspectives about the timeline for returning to in-person learning.  This is the same for staff.  We have had some staff serving students in-person since July and others have only been serving students remotely.  We have families in very different situations as well with some not able to have their students served in person and others feeling like we should be opening up.   The board has been very consistent with public health guidance. We’ve been diligent with face coverings and distancing. It’s tough. We have to keep moving in a safe, thoughtful way.

Question: How do we manage teachers who don’t want to be in the classroom? 

Answer: We have been trying to provide choices for staff.  So as we’ve added grade levels back in small groups some staff continue to serve students who need remote learning. At some point there will be a discrepancy and staff who aren’t able to work on campus will be needed.  In that situation we work with them through the leave process.

Question: Is Dr. Snell seeking the Vancouver Superintendent job? 

Answer: I am not seeking it, but I have been asked about it. I worked there for 15 years and know they are looking for a new superintendent.  Right now I’m just concentrated on managing the pandemic and trying to support the board and staff to provide students with the best possible rest of this school year. 

Camas, WA — A single-vehicle rollover crash on state Highway 14 claimed the life of a 65-year-old Camas woman Friday afternoon.

According to a Washington State Patrol crash memo, the victim is identified as Mary A. Levey. The memo said firefighters and law enforcement were dispatched at about 12:30 pm to Milepost 12.

The crash memo says Levey was westbound on the highway when she drifted to the right shoulder of the highway, overcorrected and crossed the lanes. 

According to State Trooper Will Finn, Levey crashed into a jersey barrier and rolled her SUV several times which blocked all westbound lands for close to 3.5 hours. 

Drivers were asked to use alternate routes, which caused massive traffic jams, as investigators reviewed the crash scene. Eastbound traffic also backed up.

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The Camas-Washougal Community Chest is pleased to announce the early award of emergency grants to two local non-profit organizations delivering essential services to homeless families in Camas and Washougal.

ReFuel Washougal operates a severe weather shelter in the Washougal Senior Center whenever the local overnight temperature drops below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. They provide a dinner, overnight sleeping cots and breakfast. They also offer free meals on Friday to the homeless and low income households. Because of COVID-19 restrictions they have not been allowed to use the senior center’s kitchen. The grant will allow them to buy a microwave, ice machine, food processer, serving supplies and food for their meals and emergency food pantry.

St Anne’s Episcopal Church at 2350 Main Street in Washougal offers an overnight Safe Stay Program in their parking lot to homeless families sleeping in their vehicle. In 2017 the Community Chest helped St Anne’s install a shower for the use by the homeless using their Safe Stay Program. This grant will allow St. Anne’s to install a washer and dryer for use by the families to wash and dry clothes and bedding.

The CWCC is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization for federal charitable tax deduction purposes. CWCC raises money and awards grants to help local non-profits thrive. CWCC is evaluating another 29 grants and will be issuing more grants in early March 2021. More information and donation forms can be found on the CWCC’s website at www.CamasWashougalCommunityChest.org. Please donate if you can, to help those in need in these challenging times.

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Camas, WA — The January 12th fundraiser for Camas resident Mariah Corbin, who is fighting a rare form of brain cancer, brought in $1,040, which represented 20 percent of Champ Pizza’s Tuesday’s sales.

Tyson Cook, Champ Pizza’s managing partner, presented the check, along with some pizza and breadsticks, Thursday night to Mariah’s father, Derrill.

“We just received another bill today and so these funds already have a place to go! THANK YOU,” Derrill said. “Mariah is in a reprieve right now, not in a lot of pain, but she is having some vision issues. We were able to have an enjoyable Christmas.”

Mariah’s health issues surfaced last summer and in September she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer that’s only affected 35 people in the United States. Derrill said 34 of those 35 people have died.

“The community has been amazing,” Derrill said. “We are so grateful for the love and support you’ve shown us.”

Derrill said each day is challenging as new issues arise, and as bills mount. He said one of the latest treatment options has a $5,000 copay.

Cook saw the previous fundraisers by Grains of Wrath and Natalia’s and decided to step in. 

“We are happy to help,” Cook said. “And, we want the community to know we can do other fundraisers when the need arises.”

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Camas, WA — To assist longtime Camas resident, Mariah Corbin, who is fighting a rare form of brain cancer, locally owned and operated Champ Pizza is donating 20 percent of their sales on Tuesday, January 12.

“We will donate 20 percent of all revenue on January 12 at all three of our locations — Camas, East Vancouver, and Salmon Creek,” said Champ Pizza’s managing partner, Tyson Cook. “We hope everyone orders a pizza, some wings, and desserts so we can raise as much money as possible for this Mariah and her family.”

You can order by phone (see the list of phone numbers) or at www.champpizza.com

Champ Pizza phone numbers:

  • Camas: 360.210.5262
  • East Vancouver: 360.828.7029
  • Salmon Creek: 360.573.8569

Update on Mariah

“Mariah has been recovering super well from her second brain surgery which took place just over 3 weeks ago,” said her father, Derrill. “She’s more tired than she was in her recovery from the first surgery. However, with all she’s been through over these months, it’s completely understandable.”

“She’s been relatively pain-free for more than 2 weeks, only needing Tylenol, which is nothing short of miraculous! One significant point to note is that this last surgery caused a permanent field cut in her right eye. This means that she lost a major part of her sight on the right side. And while we knew it was probable, it is disappointing and something we’re praying for recovery from.”

Champ Pizza West

(Serving NW Vancouver/Salmon Creek) 

13317 NE 12th Ave Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 573-8569


Champ Pizza East

(Serving East Vancouver)

1900 NE 162nd Ave Vancouver

(360) 828-7029

Champ Pizza Camas/Washougal

3252 NE 3rd Ave

Camas WA 98607

(360) 210-5262 

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Camas, WA – The City of Camas has selected two new department heads: former City of Boulder Deputy Communications Director Bryan Rachal will become Camas’ first-ever director of communications and current University of Portland Associate Vice President for Land Use and Planning Trang Lam will become the director of Parks and Recreation.

“Today I am pleased to announce two wonderful additions to our City of Camas staff,” said City Administrator Jamal Fox. “I am certain they will not only carry on a legacy of excellence within the organization but also bring new ideas for enhancing our commitment and connections to Land, People and Honesty throughout the community.”

Director of Communications: Bryan Rachal

“Bryan’s energy, positivity and overall experience in communications make him the perfect choice for our first director of communications. He is excited to bring his family to Camas and make it their home,” said Camas Mayor Barry McDonnell.

Rachal (pronounced ra-SHALL) has over 12 years of experience and earned his accreditation in public relations (APR) in 2016. As deputy director of communications for the city of Boulder, Colorado, Rachal served as a spokesperson and worked closely with city leaders on cohesive communications strategies.

Prior to joining the Boulder team, Rachal served as the director of university communications for the University of North Alabama. There he managed a team of award-winning professionals in the Office of Communications and Marketing, helping to rebrand the institution. During his time in Alabama, Rachal was a member of Rotary International and served as a board member for Downtown Florence Unlimited.

A storyteller at heart, Rachal has also worked as a reporter for NPR affiliate KUAF in Northwest Arkansas, and as a reporter and news producer for ABC and NBC affiliates in Colorado and Arkansas. Rachal’s credentials include a B.A. in journalism from the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Rachal has been married to his high school sweetheart, Andrea, since 2006; they have two children, Alex (12) and Annabelle (9). The Rachal family is an outdoors family, enjoying hiking and evening walks with their two Brittany Spaniels, Lolli and Cocoa. They are also a foodie family and look forward to experiencing all the restaurants the area has to offer. Rachal is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing and skiing.

A graduate of the of the University of Arkansas, you can usually hear Rachal cheering on the Hogs most weekends in the fall. Rachal is a voracious reader of news and books alike and also a movie buff. He’s even named his cat Fredo in honor of his favorite movie of all time, The Godfather.

Director of Parks and Recreation: Trang Lam

“Trang has a true passion for parks,” said McDonnell. “Her leadership and experience combined with her energy will help us take our parks and recreation department into the future.”

Lam comes to the City of Camas with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles at the University of Portland, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Prosper Portland, and as an entrepreneur.

She has led high-performing teams focused on outcomes that promote people’s health and wellbeing through connection to nature and recreation; community development that centers on economic opportunity and prosperity for small business and underserved communities; and, at the University of Portland, the creation of campus spaces that foster a complete learning environment for future leaders, across academia.

Prior to her work as a civil servant and in higher education, she led her family’s fledgling food manufacturing company and grew the company to a traded sector business.

Lam immigrated to Portland when she was four, and her family has called the Pacific Northwest their home ever since. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. On her time off, you can find her and her husband in the great outdoors hiking and kayaking.

Timing and Selection

Rachal will begin his communications post Jan. 11. He was selected from a pool of 130 candidates from across the country.

Lam will fill the former role of Jerry Acheson, who retired October 31 after 30 years of service, starting Jan. 25. The city received 60 applications for the parks and recreation position from candidates nationwide.

Both positions were advertised on local, regional, national, and diversity job boards. Prior to selection, each candidate went through a multi-week process that involved input and involvement from all staff levels as well as an initial round of video interviews followed by multiple virtual interviews with a variety of panels.

Clark County, WA — As parents and students of the Class of 2021 in Clark County and throughout the region navigate a school year without in-class instruction and the normal activities that come with a senior year one Vancouver parent sprang into action and created a fun and innovative Facebook group called “Adopt a 2021 Senior Clark County, Wa”

“Essentially, this is a way to provide seniors with something special so they can have some positive memories,” said Dionna Hickox, of Vancouver. “It’s a way to make it special. It’s not an ideal year for them. It stinks they are missing out on their senior year, and a friend in the mid-West asked if our county has this adopt-a-senior program. They can be adopted and supported. My son (a senior at Skyview) just received two cards in the mail.” 

How does it work?

A parent, guardian, or even a senior will make a post on this Facebook group on what they’re like, what they want in the future. The original post will say “not adopted” and if a member of the group wants to adopt the child, and if you’re comfortable with the person you can give them your address to send cards or words of encouragement. Then once the senior is adopted, they will have a sponsor, and the post will change to “adopted.”

“I’m finding that people are getting adopted quickly, they’re finding a match to support,” said Hickox.

What are people doing?

“I just started it last week,” she said. “My son got a gas card, and a Subway gift card with words of encouragement. We’re in the infancy stage so it’s early to tell what will really happen.”

It’s a public group. The parent or student is the gatekeeper and they will be able to make decisions on who they communicate with. 

“I find a lot of Camas people enjoying the group, but there’s a lot of support at Skyview, as well,” she said. “We are encouraging the students to get the word out. I have another friend whose daughter attends Fort Vancouver, so we’re trying to expand.”

To participate, go to Facebook and search for ‘Adopt a Senior — Clark County, Wa’ to join. 

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Maddox Hickox, a Skyview senior.