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*Talmadge Middle School to host Holocaust event*Central High senior places at state soprano solo event*Limited openings available at LVCS for 2012-13 year*High school students sought for airplane buil


Talmadge Middle School

to host Holocaust event

INDEPENDENCE -- Talmadge Middle School eighth-graders have been studying the Holocaust through literature, art, nonfiction and many activities.

The class will cap its study by hosting a Holocaust Night of Remembrance, open to the school district and the community, Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the school's lower gym, 510 16th St., Independence.

The event will include a Holocaust survivor speaker and showcase some of what the eighth-graders have learned. The evening will also include art, music, recitations and presentations.

For more information: Marcella Stepp Swartzendruber, 503-606-2252; e-mail to

Central High senior places

at state soprano solo event

INDEPENDENCE -- Grace Peets, a senior and singer at Central High School, placed fourth for soprano voice at the Oregon School Activities Association's State Solo Contest April 28 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

To participate at the state competition, musicians generally must place first in the Oregon Music Educators Association's district contests -- which Peets did in March.

Peets plans to attend Southern Oregon University in Ashland to study voice and musical theater. She has received a SOU scholarship and was also recently awarded a scholarship from the Albert L. and Ivy B. Thomas Educational Fund.

Limited openings available

at LVCS for 2012-13 year

DALLAS -- Luckiamute Valley Charter School has four openings available in its afternoon kindergarten class and a few spots open for grades 5-8 for the 2012-13 school year.

Kindergarten class size is limited to 13 students; all other classes are limited to 25 students.

Applications are accepted from all school districts. Tuition is free and busing is available.

For more information: Tammy Pryce, LVCS, 503-623-4837.

High school students sought

for airplane building project

INDEPENDENCE -- The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 292 in Independence is sponsoring the construction of an airplane to be built by area high school students.

Construction will begin in the fall of 2012.

Students interested in learning more about the project or seeking an application should contact Bob Schwarzler at 503-838-1395.


WOU recognizes classroom leaders

MONMOUTH -- A number of students from Polk County are among those who have qualified for inclusion on Western Oregon University's honor roll list for winter term 2012.

To qualify for the recognition students must post a term grade-point average of between 3.5 and 3.9.

Among those receiving recognition are:

* From Dallas -- Jenni Lynn Anderson, Carlos Juan Barrientos, Bethany Blancher, Michael Anthony Boggess, Eryka Whitney Brill, Tyler Theodore Brumfield, Hailey Melisa Burbank, Adriana Carrillo-Garcia, Diedra Kimae Cates, Darcie Lynn Chin, Alyssa Brooke Collins, Nancy Ann Doll, Allason Adele Fewx, Merryn Michelle Givens, Amanda Beth Hill, Terrana Joa Yu, Elizabeth Ann Kowash, Rachel Lynn Kroeker, Christopher Raymond McFetridge, Julie Ann Rigg, Ronald Richard Ryden, Kaitlyn Elaine Schultz, Janelle Marie Sutter, Steven Roy Thomson, Amy Jane Udell and Brandon Michael Updike.

* From Falls City -- Dana Christopher Bergman, Heather Honey Diehm, Roxanne Colleen Kempfer and Tristan Thomas Olsen.

* From Grand Ronde -- Ariel Elaine Bailey and Nicole Hadley.

* From Independence -- Fernando Arturo Cantu, Erika Melissa Azua Rodriguez, Katrien Cokeley, Michael A. Frerichs, Ignacio Mendez, Andrew David Moser, Laura Anne Olin, Bethany Anne Reams, Jessica Rodriguez, Hannah Rose Warner, and Rebekah Anne Warner.

* From Monmouth -- Sandra Dewitt Biester, Susan A. Brewster, Nathan Douglas Dethman, Stefan M. Feltmann, Shannon Taylor Grosse, Jordan Marie Huffman, Darcy Sonda Maguire, Korenet Michelle McKinney, Andrea Padilla Orozco, Ty Mamoru Phillips, Michael J. Russell, Jared Allan Sample, Daniel Wayne Smith, Daniel Trujillo-Martinez and Arrianne M. Wadsworth.

Five Polk students tabbed by EOU

LA GRANDE -- Five students who reside in Polk County have qualified for inclusion on the 2012 winter term dean's list at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. They are: John Cooper and David Leifheith of Dallas, Leigh MacCarthy of Monmouth, Amanda Stoltz of Falls City and Frank Nihei of West Salem. To qualify, students must achieve and maintain a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher while completing 12 or more graded course hours.

CHS student receives major honor

INDEPENDENCE -- Itsel Venegas of Independence, a graduating senior at Central High School, was recently named a recipient of the prestigious Gates Millenium Scholarship.

Venegas is one of only 1,000 forthcoming 2012 high school graduates in the United States to receive the award, which is funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, housing and other expenses at whatever college or university Venegas is enrolled at throughout her higher education career -- including graduate school.

Dallas woman named to honor roll

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Chauncey Baker of Dallas has earned honor roll status for the recently completed 2012 winter term at Washington and Lee University. Honor roll status at Washington and Lee represents a term grade-point average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Rickreall man earns dean's list nod

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Samuel Olson of Rickreall was named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Villanova University. To qualify, one must be a matriculated full-time student and earn a semester grade-point average of 3.5. Olson is enrolled in the university's College of Engineering.

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