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Rachel Harry, right, stands with Hood River Valley High School Principal Rich Polkinghorn Wednesday afternoon during an assembly. Polkinghorn learned five minutes prior to bringing Harry on stage that she had won the Excellence in Theater Education Tony Award — news that sent the courtyard into an excited frenzy.

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Students join HRVHS teacher Rachel Harry in Tony Award surprise

‘She gives us the tools for creation’

Forget three times — the second time was the charm for Hood River Valley High School theater arts teacher Rachel Harry, who learned Wednesday that she had been awarded The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University “Teachers with the Excellence in Theater Education” Award.


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