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Sarah E. Gallup of Dallas, a master of arts student in English (rhetoric and writing) at Oregon State University, has received a 2008-09 U.S. Student Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award to France. Students use their awards to study and conduct research abroad. These merit-based fellowships are awarded annually to recent bachelor's graduates, master and doctoral students, young professionals, and artists. Gallup is one of six OSU students to receive a Fulbright award this year, a school record.


Emilie Richardson of Dallas recently graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law in Massachusetts. She is a 2001 graduate of Dallas High School and 2005 graduate of Bard College in New York. Richardson's plans include passing the bar in Ohio, where she intends to practice law.


Anthony Ray Kesler II of Dallas received his master's in business administration during Willamette University's June 14 commencement. Kesler, 21, was the youngest of Willamette's Class of 2008. He will spend 30 days this winter in Turkey as part of a Linfield College delegation on economic issues. Kesler was a valedictorian of Dallas High's Class of 2003.


Stephen John McFarland of Dallas recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minn. McFarland earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and Bible. He is a 2005 graduate of Alliance Academy International.


Linfield College honored several Polk County residents during its spring 2008 commencement exercises June 1 in the Oak Grove in McMinnville.

Local graduates included:

Buena Vista -- Katy Ren'e Swanson, bachelor of science, applied physics and mathematics (magna cum laude).

Dallas -- Jordan T. Boustead, bachelor of science, business (cum laude).

Independence -- Veronica Marie Blackwell, bachelor of science, accounting; Stephanie Jewell Fry, bachelor of science, biology (cum laude).

Monmouth -- Mary Ann Edsall, bachelor of science, social and behavioral sciences; Rebecca Kay Ross Holtsclaw, bachelor of arts, elementary education.

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