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6/6 Academic Honors

*Burke receives OBU nursing honor*West Salem duo earn doctorates*Local pair graduate from Whitman*Four from Polk among Pacific grads*Rickreall woman receives masters*Dallas man recipient of scholarship*Monmouth duo make UP dean's list*Local residents complete degrees*Crown College honors WSHS grad*Polk student named Ford Scholar*M-I Rotary awards two scholarships*CHS senior earns FFA scholarship

June 05, 2012


Burke receives OBU nursing honor

SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Bethany Burke, a senior from Dallas, received the Outstanding Scholarship Award from Oklahoma Baptist University's College of Nursing during an awards banquet April 24.

Burke, a nursing major, graduated from OBU on May 11 with the scholastic predicate magna cum laude for maintaining at least a 3.70 grade point average on all work offered for the degree. Burke also was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

West Salem duo earn doctorates

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The University of Vermont recently conferred degrees upon two residents of West Salem. Martha A. Monson and Alyse N. Rymer each earned their doctor of medicine degrees from the school.

Local pair graduate from Whitman

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Two Polk County residents were among the students receiving 420 degrees during Whitman College's 126th commencement ceremony May 20. Sarah Elise Wright of Dallas received a Bachelor of Arts in theater and Mary Patzel of West Salem received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.

Four from Polk among Pacific grads

FOREST GROVE -- Four Polk County residents were among the spring term graduates at Pacific University. Receiving degrees were: Thomas Shinn, Dallas, master's degree in teaching/special education; Travis White, Dallas, bachelor's degree in mathematics; Geoffrey Knowles, Monmouth, bachelor's degree in visual science; and Grant Knowles, Monmouth, bachelor's degree in visual science.

Rickreall woman receives masters

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Cheeri Barnhart of Rickreall was recognized as a member of the 2012 graduating class of Eastern Mennonite University on April 28. Barnhart graduated with a master's degree in nursing.

Dallas man recipient of scholarship

CORVALLIS -- Mychal Westendorf of Dallas is among the undergraduates in the Oregon State University College of Forestry to receive scholarships totaling $516,500. Westendorf, a freshman majoring in forest engineering, received a $4,000 Oregon Forestry Industries Council scholarship.

Monmouth duo make UP dean's list

PORTLAND -- Two students from Monmouth have qualified for the 2012 spring semester dean's list at the University of Portland. They are: Ellen Holton, a sophomore majoring in biology, and Victoria Wellock, a freshman majoring in biology. Students need at least a 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for the dean's list.

Local residents complete degrees

PORTLAND -- Four Polk County residents were among those receiving degrees from the University of Phoenix Oregon Campus during a commencement ceremony May 12 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Local graduates included: Steven C. Rogers of Monmouth, graduate degree; Debra S. Culbertson of Dallas, undergraduate degree; George Reginald Sutton II of Dallas, undergraduate degree; and Catherine Ann Scott of Dallas, associate degree.

Crown College honors WSHS grad

SAINT BONIFACIUS, Minn. -- Thomas Clapper, a Biblical and theological studies major, was among more than 150 undergraduate students who qualified for the spring term dean's list at Crown College. To be eligible, students must have a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. Clapper is a graduate of West Salem High School.

Polk student named Ford Scholar

WILLAMINA -- Cody Coblentz, a Polk County resident attending Willamina High School, is one of 102 students in Oregon to receive a scholarship through the prestigious Ford Scholars Program.

The award is worth up to $25,000 annually during the next four years. The renewable scholarship covers 90 percent of each student's unmet financial need for college each academic year.

More than 5,400 students in the state applied for the Ford Scholars award, which is sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation.

M-I Rotary awards two scholarships

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Adrianna Gabrielle Gonzalez and Emma Jean Miller were presented $500 scholarships by the Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club at Central High School's annual Awards Night May 30.

The two were selected for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership and community service. The club's acting president, Peggy Mehl, presented the awards.

Gonzalez plans to study diagnostic medical sonography at Chemeketa Community College and later at Oregon Institute of Technology. Miller's intended field of study at Oregon State University will be animal science.

CHS senior earns FFA scholarship

INDEPENDENCE -- Emma Miller, a senior at Central High School and member of the school's FFA chapter, has been awarded a $400 Harold Davis Memorial Scholarship from the National FFA Organization. Miller plans to pursue a degree at Oregon State University. Engineered Storage Products Co., as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, sponsors the scholarship.

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