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ACHIEVEMENTS

National Head Start honors local woman

Carol Snead, the child development and disabilities coordinator for Head Start Lane County, has won the 2005 National Head Start Margaret Coughlin Memorial Award. Snead is described as a deeply committed employee who has collaborated with a number of agencies to bring outstanding disability services to children in Lane County. Snead first had to win at the state and regional level before being considered for the national honor.

Springfield, Reedsport graduates land scholarships

Recent graduates from Springfield and Reedsport high schools were among eight in the state to receive $2,000 DRIVE YOUR FUTURE scholarships from Mercedes-Benz USA. Katyna Omidfar-Tran of Springfield, who will attend Oregon State University, and Daniel Mast of Reedsport, bound for Linfield College, were selected on the basis of financial need and exceptional achievement, as well as for being the first in their families to attend college. They were among 500 recipients nationwide.

Pleasant Hill boy wins national essay contest

Derek Ball, who just finished the seventh grade at Pleasant Hill Middle School, won the national first-place award in the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay contest.

Four local teens receive technology scholarships

Four recent Eugene-Springfield area high school graduates are among 28 in the state who have received prestigious AeA Technology Scholarships, as well as professional training opportunities that accompany that prize, the Oregon University System announced this week. They are Ellen Ballantine of South Eugene High School, Kevin Lewis of Marist High School, Mary Vanlue of Sheldon High School and Kari Varin of Thurston High School. All four plan to attend Oregon State University to major in engineering. Award winners are eligible for renewable scholarships of up to $10,000 over four years. The program aims to help Oregon "grow its own" highly qualified engineers and computer scientists.

Eugene Christian student honored for his service

Matthew Busse, a student at Eugene Christian School, has received a President's Volunteer Service Award for exemplary volunteer service. The award was presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Sheldon junior selected for honor society

Kellan Davis, who will be a junior at Sheldon High School next year, has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars, which recognizes the top scholars in the nation. Davis also has been selected to participate in this week's National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., a leadership development program for students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. He'll be one of about 400 scholars attending.

College Board rewards Oakridge High's gains

Oakridge High School was one of four Oregon high schools to receive a $1,000 professional development award for significantly boosting the number of students taking advanced placement courses and PSAT tests. Provided by The College Board, the award recognizes schools that are part of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a statewide program serving 39 middle and high schools. Between 2003 and 2004, Oakridge High saw a 91 percent increase in a single year in the number of sophomores and juniors taking the PSAT exam.

Marshfield teen takes second in essay contest

Hank Fields, who just finished his sophomore year at Coos Bay's Marshfield High School, received a $500 second-place award in a financial literacy essay contest sponsored by the state Department of Consumer and Business Service. His essay was selected from among 52 submitted, addressing the question: Why is learning to invest safely important for young people today?

Three graduates receive monthly Rotary honors

Three recent graduates received Student of the Month awards for June from Springfield-Twin Rivers Rotary Club: Stephanie LeAnn Mitchell and Stacie Ann Bronson of Springfield High School and Tiffany Lee Cook of Thurston High School.

Marist student chosen for leaders' conference

Caroline Phillips, who just finished her freshman year at Marist High School, will join a select group of students representing their schools, communities and states at the People to People Future Leaders Summit on Law in Los Angeles, Calif., later this month. She had to meet rigorous academic and leadership requirements to be accepted. The conference will bring together outstanding students from around the world to focus on leadership, team building, community service, college admissions and professional aspirations.

Briggs students named All-American Scholars

Cody Helfrich and Larissa Mueller of Briggs Middle School have been named All-American Scholars by the United States Achievement Academy.

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