Education Extra Achievements.
THURSTON FBLA: Members of the Thurston High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America recently took some top honors at the 2002 FBLA State Leadership Conference held in Portland. Top competitors included Keelan Kindt, who took first place for technology concepts; Danielle Anderson and Jaime Lambert, who placed fourth in desktop publishing; Kyle Pack, who placed fourth in marketing; and Daniel Bantz, who placed fourth in networking concepts. Danielle Anderson was named a finalist in Who's Who in FBLA, and the Thurston chapter took a seventh-place award for its annual business report and a Gold Seal Chapter award of merit for outstanding overall performance. The chapter placed third overall as 4-A FBLA Chapter of the Year.
YOUNG WRITERS: Ty Boespflug, Karisa You and Krissy Selven of Eugene won awards earlier this month in the Oregon Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, sponsored by Oregon Public Broadcasting and the television program "Reading Rainbow." Krissy took third place overall in the first-grade category; Ty won an honorable mention for storytelling in the kindergarten category; and Karisa won an honorable mention for art in the kindergarten category. Winners received their awards in a ceremony April 4. The contest drew more than 600 entries from kindergarten- through third-grade children in the OPB viewing area.
STUDENT LEADER: Jenna Swearingen, a senior at Elkton High School, has been selected to participate in the 11-day National Student Leadership Conference on International Diplomacy this summer in Washington, D.C., and New York City. She's among 2,000 high school students from across the nation and from 45 countries attending. She'll attend special workshops and take part in a Model United Nations Simulation. Guest speakers will include former Attorney General Janet Reno, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. Swearingen plans to attend Linfield College in the fall, where she hopes to study political science and communication.
TOP-NOTCH COUNCILS: Shasta Middle School, Pleasant Hill High School and Pleasant Hill Junior High School were among 29 Oregon middle and high schools to receive recognition this month for high achieving student councils by the Oregon Association of Student Councils. To earn the honor, councils must set ambitious goals in the fall, and stay involved in school and community service, school promotion, student and staff recognition and leadership training throughout the year. The schools will be recognized at the annual spring conference next month.
HIGH ACHIEVERS: The U.S. Achievement Academy recently announced awards for several local students. Preston Langeliers, a junior at Pleasant Hill High School, was named a U.S. National Award winner for leadership and service. Megan Pishioneri, an eighth-grader at Thurston Middle School, was named a U.S. National Award winner for mathematics, and Kyle Haaby, a junior at Springfield High School, was named an All-American Scholar, an honor reserved for students who earn a 3.3 or higher grade point average. The academy selects winners from recommendations by teachers, coaches, counselors and other qualified sponsors. Criteria include academics, performance, interest and aptitude and leadership qualities.