Arlene Kovash

Several local students graduated from high school this year and are excited about moving on. Brandon Simons, son of Rich and Tess Simons, who graduated from Philomath High School last Thursday, is one of Pedee’s outstanding students. He is an avid baseball player and consequently received the Coach’s Award for his all-around performance as an outstanding player, excellent student, and good sport. He also received the athlete scholar award with his 3.67 grade-point average and was named the all-conference second team first baseman for the Oregon West Conference. He will be going to WOU, possibly in criminal justice.

Paige Cochrane, daughter of Mick and Debbie Cochrane, graduated from Dallas High School and as a National Honor Society member gave the welcoming speech at Dallas High School’s graduation Saturday afternoon. She will be attending Willamette University in Salem and considering pre-law.

Philip North, son of Chip and Linda North, also graduated from Dallas High and will be going to Chemeketa. Arlin Schwanke, son of Eric Schwanke of Pedee and Jennifer Schwanke of Monmouth, graduated from Falls City High School and will be interning with John Deere as a diesel mechanic. After completing the two-year program, he will be a certified diesel mechanic with John Deere. He will be farming this summer on the family farm on Maple Grove Road.

Saturday, May 30, nine girls from Kings Valley Charter School participated in the Girls on the Run Celebration 5K at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. This was the culmination of practices begun in March where girls in grades third through sixth grade go through a curriculum addressed for that age group, including time spent jogging together. The team was coached by Laura Hauck and Heidi Russell. Participating girls included Jenica Baker, McKenzie Hauck, Cameyna Gilson, Natalie Stauffer, Allana Russell, Gracie Lehrmann, Paige Belyeu, Rebecca Lorain, and Eva Alvarez. Running buddies included parents, relatives and friends of these girls: Sherri Kramer, Jon Hovet, Tera Lehrmann, Ryan Belyeu, Jill Stauffer, Jannet White, Erica Tarvin, and Amy Gilson. Congratulations to all the finishers for a job well done!

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