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11/28 School Notes / Academic Honors

*CHS student attends 4-H Congress*Final 'Starving Artists' lunch slated*'Financial Aid Night' slated Dec. 8*Perrydale receives lawsuit details


CHS student attends 4-H Congress

INDEPENDENCE -- Central High student Shayne White of Monmouth was one of 17 high school students across Oregon selected to attend the recent National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.

A committee from the Oregon State University Extension Service's 4-H youth development program selected the delegates based on their overall achievement in 4-H projects, leadership and community service.

The congress ran from Friday through Tuesday. It included more than 1,300 4-H members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Final 'Starving Artists' lunch slated

MONMOUTH -- Alison Hallett and Erik Henriksen of The Portland Mercury will speak at Western Oregon University during for the last engagement of the Starving Artists' Brownbag Lunch Series on Thursday.

Hallett is the arts editor and Henriksen the senior editor of the alternative weekly. Both contribute to the Blogtown component of the Mercury's website, and have published on topics ranging from video games to films to otters. They also coordinate "Comics Underground" in Portland, a quarterly local comic book showcase.

Their presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Calapooia Room in the Werner University Center and is free and open to the public.

For more information: Maren Anderson via email to

'Financial Aid Night' slated Dec. 5

INDEPENDENCE -- Central High will hold a "Financial Aid Night" on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Donna Kirk, director of financial aid at Western Oregon University, will be the guest speaker in English and will provide a Spanish speaker for a presentation in Spanish. Each will address all aspects of financial aid, with special emphasis on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Completing the FAFSA is essential for all students, even those who don't qualify for federal assistance. Many, if not most, scholarship applications require that the FAFSA be submitted before students can apply, even if financial need is not a consideration for the scholarship. To be eligible for the maximum award, the FAFSA should be sent sometime in January. Tax information may be estimated and corrected later.

For more information: 503-606-2219.

Perrydale receives lawsuit details

PERRYDALE -- The Perrydale School District has officially been served in a sex abuse lawsuit involving a former volunteer basketball coach.

Jens Jensen, the Special Districts Association of Oregon property casualty manager, confirmed Monday that the district had received official notice it had been named in the lawsuit.

The deadline for the plaintiff to serve the two defendants named in the lawsuit -- Perrydale School District and Dufur School District -- was this week. The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 28.

Jensen said the district will be represented by an attorney as the case continues, but no court dates have been set.

The civil lawsuit alleges a former volunteer girls basketball coach, Angela Lindell, was rumored to have had an inappropriate relationship with a minor male student at Perrydale in 2008-09 that was not reported.

She was later convicted of having sexual relationships with three boys who were attending Dufur High School, where she worked as an assistant coach between 2009 and 2011. The plaintiff in the case is seeking $1.8 million each from both districts.


Local receives OSU ag scholarship

CORVALLIS -- Emma Miller of Independence has been awarded two scholarships by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences for the 2012-2013 school year.

Miller, a freshman majoring in animal sciences, received the $1,000 John W. DeMuth Jr. Agricultural Sciences Scholarship and the $1,000 Paul & Frances Montecucco Beginning Venture Scholarship.

Gifts to the college make the scholarships possible.

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