Quiltto go for a good cause

Published on Thu, Feb 9, 2006 by ack Kintner

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Quilt to go for a good cause

By Jack Kintner

Blaine high school student Kendra Rushing-Kuntz’s senior project is a large quilt that took her between 40 and 50 hours to build and sew. She plans to auction the quilt off at this weekend’s Arts and Jazz fundraiser for Blaine’s music and arts programs.

Rushing-Kuntz is a drum major for the Blaine high school marching band and is on Blaine’s knowledge bowl team that took second (out of nine) AA schools at a competition held Monday in Blaine.

The tall and cheerful senior, who moved to Blaine from Anchorage four years ago, said that next year she’ll be either at Gonzaga or at Washington State University, having been accepted by both. “I asked Mrs. Bleecker and she said she went to both of them and had fun and got a good education at both places, so she was no help,” Rushing-Kuntz laughed.

The quilt is made of rayon to resemble silk and has an Asian theme with duplicated panels of Japanese characters and drawings.

The ninth annual Arts & Jazz Festival is set for Saturday, February 11, 2006, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The theme, “A Centennial School Celebration,” honors Blaine high school’s 100th graduating class. The evening benefit auction and dance helps raise money for art, drama, choir and band students in grades 7 through 12.

Some of the supported projects include the Blaine choir’s trip to the Whistler Choral Festival in May and the band’s invitation to the Portland Rose Festival in June. The band will also be returning to Funibashi Music Festival in Japan during June of 2007.