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*Donkey basketball coming to FCHS*MES gearing up for Science Night*Talent show fundraiser set at KVCS*CCC-Dallas registration on horizon*Perrydale FFA plans music festival*Polk students make grade at WOU*Monmouth female is on dean's list*Villanova recognizes Rickreall man*Dallas woman garners honor at PCC*Local student studies in Costa Rica

March 05, 2013

Donkey basketball coming to FCHS

FALLS CITY -- The students of Falls City High School are hosting a night of family fun, entertainment, thrills, spills and lots of laughs as they hold a donkey basketball game fundraiser Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Falls City High School gym.

Eight teams of six riders each will be playing four games and one playoff game. Kings Valley Charter School students, parents and staff have been invited to join the teams.

Advanced tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students (grades 7-12), and $5 for children (grades K-6). Tickets at the gate cost $1 additional.

Tickets can be purchased at FCHS Monday through Thursday until 4:30 p.m. All proceeds earned will go to finance student activities.

For tickets or more information: Paulette Carey, 503-787-3251, ext. 309.

MES gearing up for Science Night

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth Elementary School will host its annual Science Night on March 7.

Coordinated by the MES Parent Teacher Association, the popular event provides students and their families hands-on activities focused on biology, astronomy, physics, electricity and other subjects.

Pipe Dreams Aviary will bring a variety of birds, reptiles, insects and arachnids for the public to view. Other presenters include Evergreen Aviation Museum, which will run a flight simulator, and Oregon State University's DaVinci Days program. As always, the PTA will show students how to make their own soft-serve ice cream.

Science Night is free and will run from 7 to 8 p.m. in the MES gym.

For more information: 503-838-1433.

Talent show fundraiser set at KVCS

KINGS VALLEY -- Kings Valley Charter School will host the Kings Valley's Got Talent show and dinner fundraiser Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 per person or two for $25 and includes dinner and the performance. Baby-sitting is available.

Individuals interested in performing are still being recruited.

Proceeds from the event benefit the KVCS building fund.

For more information or to RSVP: 541-929-2134; email to

CCC Dallas registration on horizon

DALLAS -- Chemeketa Community College spring term will begin April 1. Continuing student registration begins Tuesday and new student registration begins March 19.

Spring term schedules are available and include information for new courses in health careers, criminal justice, and business management and technology.

Students new to Chemeketa need to apply online at and then contact the Dallas Center to sign up for placement testing, advising and a "Getting Started" workshop, which helps prepare new students for college life.

The Chemeketa-Dallas Center is located at 1340 SE Holman Ave., next to Dallas High School.

For more information: 503-623-5567.

Perrydale FFA plans music festival

PERRYDALE -- Tickets are now on sale for Perrydale FFA Chapter's second annual Country Music Festival, scheduled March 16 at Perrydale Farms.

The event, which runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will include an evening of country music featuring a performance by Joe Shinkle and 99 West as well as an assortment of desserts.

Tickets are $8 per person or $25 per family, and space is limited.

For more information: Ashley Richards, Perrydale School, 503-623-2040.


Polk students make grade at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University has announced those students who have qualified for the school's honor roll for fall term 2012-13.

To qualify, students must earn a grade-point average of 3.50 to 3.99.

Among the local students recognized are:

From Dallas -- Stephanie Lynn Albrecht, Jenni Lynn Anderson, Derrick Marshall Angelus, Annalissa Joy Bittner, Bethany Blancher, Tyler Theodore Brumfield, Adriana Carrillo-Garcia, Darcie Lynn Chin, Katherine Anne Dick, Allason Adele Fewx, Roberto Gil-Cortes, Merryn Michelle Givens, Jacob Charles Godeaux, Rachel Gordon-Urbina, Ryan Christopher Hansen, James Travis Keating, McKenzie Nicole Lovell, Kristin Nicole Mahoney, Anna Christine Markee, Megan Raschel Reynolds, Krista Lea Rich, Amy Jane Rizo, Kylie Mae Roth, Sarah Solvedt, Ronnell Jean Staudinger, Shawn Michael Thornhill, and Brandon Michael Updike.

From Falls City -- Tristan Thomas Olsen and Jacob Robert Schmidt.

From Independence -- Isaac Cory Golden, Samuel Jacob Henshaw, John William Oberst Cairns, Maria Fabiola Torres and Jimmy Antoine Wilder.

From Monmouth -- Sandra Dewitt Biester, Richard James Brown, Cody Thomas Bunse, Genevie Coryn Camario, Aaron Adaly Carmona, Michael James Crowder, Sara E. DeMoss, Peter Thomas Finnegan, Elizabeth Anne Giles, Vanessa Hinojosa, LaTasha Leshay Horton, Kevin James Hutt, Darcy Sonda Maguire, Korenet Michelle McKinney, Sarah Marie Murphy, Jacob Matthew Peterson, Ty Mamoru Phillips, Travis Walter Tallan, and Harvey Sanders Taylor.

Monmouth female is on dean's list

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Amy Duesterhoeft of Monmouth has qualified for inclusion on the 2012-13 fall semester dean's list at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. To qualify for the dean's list, a student must take at least 12 credits and earn a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher.

Villanova recognizes Rickreall man

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Samuel Olson of Rickreall has been named to the dean's list at Villanova University for the fall 2012 semester. Olson is pursuing a bachelor's degree in the College of Engineering. To qualify for the dean's list, one must be a matriculated full-time student and earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.5.

Dallas woman garners honor at PCC

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Sarah Marie Burke of Dallas has been named to the dean's list at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Fla., for the 2012 fall semester. To qualify for the dean's list, students must earn a B average or higher. Burke is a freshman majoring in English education.

Local student studies in Costa Rica

McMINNVILLE -- Sarah Ritacco of Monmouth spent January studying in Costa Rica through a special program at Linfield College.

Ritacco, a senior majoring in health education, took the class Environmental Health Issues in Costa Rica. Students were introduced to the crucial interdependence between humans and their environment in Costa Rica. They examined the effect human activity has on the country's environmental stability. Students also took part in several service learning projects that focused on protecting and sustaining Costa Rica's natural biodiversity.

Ritacco was among 90 students participating in on-site study programs through Linfield College's January Term, a four-week period of concentrated study in which students and faculty focus their time and attention on a single course. The program is designed to help develop global awareness and insight into major issues of the times as well as broaden understanding of American society.

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