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*DHS Science Bowl team to compete*Donations sought for FFA benefit*Robotic club to host tournament*Rosenbalm wins LaCreole Geo Bee

January 28, 2014

DHS Science Bowl team to compete

DALLAS — A team from Dallas High School is among those scheduled to compete in the Bonneville Power Administration's annual BPA Regional Science Bowl on Saturday at the University of Portland.

Dallas' Science Bowl team is comprised of Logan Beck, Thomas Braun, Asheley Crabtree, Krystal Micek and Michael Osborn. Travis Godkin is the team's adviser.

The top team will travel all-expenses paid to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl April 24-28.

Scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division will also be awarded. In all, 18 colleges and universities in the Northwest are offering $85,000 in scholarships to members of the top teams.

The science bowl is designed to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields.

Donations sought for FFA benefit

INDEPENDENCE — Donations are being accepted for Central FFA Alumni's upcoming benefit dinner and auction, scheduled Feb. 22 at Central High School.

Money raised through the event will provide scholarships for Central High FFA students and help sponsor other FFA activities and projects.

The Feb. 22 fundraiser includes a silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m., dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and an oral auction starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and children under 6 are admitted free.

For more information or to make a donation: Frances Buckovic, 503-838-2035.

Robotic club to host tournament

DALLAS — The Dallas High School robotics club will host an Oregon VEX Robotics Tournament Saturday at the high school, 1250 SE Holman Ave.

Matches take place in the school forum next to the main entrance on Holman Avenue. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The public is welcome to watch more than 30 teams from across the state square off in the final tournament before the state competition.

For more information: 503-623-8336; email Lee Jones at Lee.Jones@dsd2.org.

Rosenbalm wins LaCreole Geo Bee

DALLAS — The Taklimakan Desert, home to the Uyghur people, is located north of the Kunlun Mountains in which Asian country?

The answer: China.

Cole Rosenbalm, center, an eighth-grader at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas defended his title at the 26th annual National Geographic Bee held at LaCreole. He is pictured with former Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield (left) this year

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Cole Rosenbalm, center, an eighth-grader at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas defended his title at the 26th annual National Geographic Bee held at LaCreole. He is pictured with former Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield (left) this year's guest moderator.

This is the question Cole Rosenbalm, an eighth-grader at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas, answered correctly to defend his title at the 26th annual National Geographic Bee and keep alive his chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

The Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Google, was organized at LaCreole Middle School by eighth-grade social studies teacher Jared Tesch.

First runner-up in this year’s LaCreole competition was sixth-grader Ryan Jones. Third-place honors went to eighth-grader Elijah Koons.

Former Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield was this year's guest moderator.

The school winners take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee this spring. Oregon's Bee is hosted locally at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. Winners of each state competition then go on to compete in Washington, D.C., at a National Bee.