Student makes math team
Eric Larson, a sophomore at South Eugene High School, has been named one of six students who will represent the United States in the International Mathematics Olympiad, being held this summer in Hanoi, Vietnam. He was one of the top 12 qualifiers who then competed for a spot on the U.S. team, and the first from Oregon. The team will first visit China for 10 days to acclimate and train further.
Larson has been training at the University of Oregon with Arkady Vaintrob, a math professor and father of Dmitry "Mitka" Vaintrob, whose math prowess has earned him top honors in several prestigious national competitions and $200,000 in scholarships.
Spellers win district bee
Ganesh Chelluboyina, a third-grader at Guy Lee Elementary School in Springfield, took first place in the elementary division of the Lane Education Service District Spelling Contest held May 24 at the Lane ESD office. Coming in second was Sungwoo Kay, a fifth-grader at Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Alternative School in Eugene. In the middle school division, Tyler Metteer, a seventh-grader at Cascade Middle School in the Bethel district, took first place and Christine Leon, an eighth-grader at Oaklea Middle School in Junction City, placed second.
Nicholas Hovet, a junior at Springfield High School, placed first in the high school division, and Trudala Cooks, a junior at Willamette High School, placed second.
The contest drew 18 contenders from Lane County school districts, nine of them from elementary schools.
The Springfield Chamber of Commerce has awarded scholarships to 10 local seniors. Adam Koekkoek, Gabriela Morey-Castro, Damaris Rivera and Sean Castro from Springfield High School and Lance Heisler, Anne Ward and Demic Tipitino of Thurston High School were each awarded $1,000 to attend the University of Oregon.
Shyla Huber of Springfield High School and Viviana Zapien-Flores and Casey Scroggins of Thurston High School received $1,000 to attend Lane Community College.
This was the first year the chamber has awarded $10,000; it has given more than $60,000 over the past 13 years.
Five earn scholarships
The Eugene Education Association will award scholarships to five seniors at a ceremony today.
The recipients, chosen on the basis of outstanding scholarly ability and the desire to pursue a career in education, were Taylor Woods and Corey Driscoll of South Eugene High School; Jessica Rowberry of Willamette High School; Alyssa Cagle of North Eugene High School; and Cassandra Sturgill of Sheldon High School.
Student wins word contest
Paige DePaepe, a sixth-grader at Eugene Christian School, is one of only 49 sixth-graders in the nation to earn a perfect score in the Spring WordMasters competition, held in April. She competed in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge.
ECS fifth-grader Cory Park received recognition for outstanding achievement in the national language arts competition, which boasts 225,000 participants each year.
The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words that are much more difficult than grade level. Then it challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.
District awards students
The Springfield School District recently announced the recipients of scholarships awarded through four district-related programs. The Oregon School Employees Association scholarships went to Megan Woodie and Gabriela Morey-Castro, while the Springfield Education Association award recipients were Adam Koekkoek, Anne Ward, Kirsten Cardwell, Katelin Daletas and Brice Plouse.
Alejandra Martinez, Gabriela Morey-Castro, Anne Ward and Viviana Zapien-Flores were the recipients of the Bill & Faith Kinkel scholarships.
Adam Koekkoek and Janelle Mudder won the Student Academic Advisement Center scholarships.
Council selects recipient
Annie McKay, a senior at McKenzie River Christian High School, has been recognized for her outstanding achievement in the study of mathematics. She will receive a certificate of merit issued by the Oregon Council of Mathematics and the Oregon Department of Education in a program honoring students' accomplishments.
McKay was selected for the award by her school's mathematics department on the basis of diligence, creativity, growth and effort.