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Crest Drive student will attend Michigan arts camp

Leila Weatherly, a third-grader at Crest Drive Elementary School, has been chosen to attend an arts camp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Mich., this summer. The center accepts students in grades 3 to 12 from around the world to participate in music, theater, dance, creative writing, motion picture arts and visual arts summer programs.

Weatherly has appeared in two productions with the Oregon Festival of American Music, "South Pacific" and "The Wizard of Oz," and in the Rose Children's Theatre production of "Honk." She studies piano with Mary Sullivan. She'll study music and drama at the camp, whose alumni include singers Norah Jones and Jessye Norman, actor Anthony Rapp and cartoonist Cathy Guisewite.

Cottage Grove school gets `green school' certification

COTTAGE GROVE - Kennedy Alternative High School has become the first school in Cottage Grove to achieve Oregon Green School certification, thanks to its efforts and achievements related to recycling and waste prevention.

The school, one of 22 Green Schools in Lane County, received a $300 incentive grant check at a ceremony April 16. Kennedy Alternative started recycling several years ago with paper, cans and plastics recycling. Recognizing the curriculum value of environmental activities, the school also has begun to compost.

Its efforts include setting up hot compost piles as well as a vermi-composting system for cafeteria food waste; increasing the availability of basic recycling bins in all areas of the school; using more durable dishes in the cafeteria; developing a slide presentation for school-wide training; and developing curriculum for a reused art class.

The Oregon Green Schools Association offers certification to provide technical assistance, awards and recognition to schools that conserve resources.

Home-schooled students excel in national Latin test

Several students at HomeSource, a resource center for home-schooling families, excelled on the National Latin Exam in March, competing with 135,000 students in 50 states and 11 other countries.

More than half of the participating students won awards. Carl Benson, an eighth-grader, won a certificate of achievement at the Introduction to Latin level; Peter Coury, a sophomore, won a gold medal in Latin I; Simon Batenhorst, an eighth-grader, and Luke Coury, a sixth-grader, won silver medals in Latin I; Madeleine Zeller, a seventh-grader, won Cum Laude recognition on the Latin III exam; Gaia Brusasco, a senior, won a gold medal in Latin V; and Winter Young, a freshman, won a silver medal in Latin V.

The HomeSource Latin teacher is Karen Zeller.

Springfield volunteers get recognition at reception

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield School District honored 31 of its volunteers at a school board reception April 27. Each volunteer was introduced by his or her school's principal and presented with a certificate of recognition and a small gift of appreciation.

They are Rita Vait, the Academy of Arts and Academics; Arthur Golden, the Administration Building; Jacqueline Hagen, Agnes Stewart Middle School; Barbara Fogelman, Brattain Elementary School; Verna Kocken, Briggs Middle School; Virginia Piepgrass, Camp Creek Elementary; Sandra Boyst, Centennial Elementary; Andrea Pierron, Douglas Gardens Elementary; Jeannie Shelby, Goshen School; Mischell Glenz, Guy Lee Elementary; James Eckerdt, Hamlin Middle School; Jessica Martinez, Maple Elementary; Judy Harold, Moffitt Elementary; Jennifer Green, Mohawk Elementary; Tina Sheetz, Mount Vernon Elementary; Shelli Wolford, Page Elementary; Sharon DeMarce, Ridgeview Elementary; Marilee Woodrow, Barbara Helmstreet and Kathy Rife, Riverbend Elementary; Laura Cunningham, Springfield High School; Scot Williams, Springfield Middle School; Melanie Allen, Thurston Elementary; Joshua Taylor, Thurston Middle School; Laura Pazourek, Thurston High; Fawn McClung, Walterville School; and Emerald Crafton, Yolanda Elementary. Also honored were Start Making a Reader Today volunteers Laura Jessen and Susie Lichtenwalter.

Eugene education group co-president wins award

Merri Steele, the co- president of the Eugene Education Association, has received the Oregon Education Association's Robert G. Crumpton Organizational Excellence Award for promoting organizational excellence through service to OEA. She was one of 10 OEA members honored with awards at an awards banquet on April 25.

The OEA represents 48,000 public school employees throughout the state and is an affiliate of the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.

Springfield's best spellers compete in district contest

SPRINGFIELD - Top spellers from Springfield public schools competed in the district's spelling contest last week. The winners will compete in the Lane County contest on May 20. The contest is conducted as a written test, with students in each division being read the same word and asked to spell it on paper.

The winners were fifth-grader Alexander Van Dorn, Mount Vernon Elementary, elementary division; seventh-grader Taylor LaPrairie, Hamlin Middle School, middle school division; and sophomore Jazlyn Taylor, Thurston High School, high school division.

Community foundation awards three scholarships

The Eugene High School/South Eugene High School Alumni Scholarship Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships each to South Eugene seniors Heidi Ma and Mariam Wahed and a $500 scholarship to senior Chantelle Mapfumo.

The scholarships are based on academics, extracurricular activities and need, and are funded by contributions from alumni of Eugene High School and its successor South Eugene.

Ma's college choice is pending. Wahed plans to attend Mount Holyoke College, and Mapfumo plans to attend Lane Community College.

Bohemia students earn college scholarship money

COTTAGE GROVE - Five students from Bohemia Elementary School have earned college scholarship money for participating in a program that teaches financial responsibility.

Second-graders Destiny Somerville, Juden Cook and George Cervantes and fifth-grader Jasmine Lopez each received $500 by winning a drawing through the Oregon State Treasurer's Reading is an Investment program.

Children are encouraged to read a certain number of hours from a specific list of books that teach basic financial concepts. Almost 2,600 children participated, the most since the program started three years ago.

The funds will be deposited on students' behalf in the Oregon College Savings Plan, a sponsor of the outreach effort.
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