Bee project leads to national award for Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley Torch Club is the national winner of the Staples Foundation for Learning National Service Project Award competition.
The Eugene club was recognized for an environmental service project called "BEE Great. Pollinate." Through the project, club members raised funds to build nesting boxes for bees and learned about the role of bees in the environment.
Their findings were presented in a video documentary. The project was one of five national finalists. As the grand prize winner, the club will receive a $2,500 cash award.
Emerald Empire Kiwanis Club honors outstanding seniors
The Emerald Empire Kiwanis Club recognized seven high school seniors at its April 22 Youth Recognition Banquet.
The students are involved in activities such as school clubs, Scouts, church and musical groups, and all have volunteered in the community. Each student received a certificate and a $500 award.
They are Margaret Rose Batenhorst of Churchill High School; Hayley Stewart of Marist High; Sarai Barrera of North Eugene High; Samira Lobby of Sheldon High; Ryan Marshall of South Eugene High; Janae Harrison of Springfield High; and Keely Bertak of Willamette High.
Marist senior receives Merit Scholarship
Alexandra Sibole, a senior at Marist High School, is the winner of a corporate- sponsored Merit Scholarship to pursue studies in engineering.
She won the George Glass Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by North Carolina-based GlaxoSmithKline. Sibole is among the first group of winners in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
South Eugene, Marist top schools in LCC Math Fair
South Eugene High School placed first and Marist High School second out of nine schools participating in the Lane Community College Math Fair on April 14.
Springfield's Brain Bowl champions crowned
SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield School District crowned champions last week at the 16th annual Brain Bowl Tournament.
Teams from five middle schools competed, buzzing in to answer trivia questions in 20-minute rounds.
The winners were Briggs Middle School, sixth grade; Agnes Stewart Middle School, seventh grade; and Thurston Middle School, eighth grade.
Competing at the Lane County Brain Bowl Tournament next month will be teams from Thurston, Hamlin, Agnes Stewart and Briggs middle schools.
Emerald All-Star team wins cheer and dance contest
A cheer team from Lane County placed first in the Senior Coed Level 3 division and third overall in Level 3 in the Sea to Sky International Cheer and Dance competition held earlier this month in Vancouver, B.C. The team was up against 22 others in its level.
The Emerald All-Star cheer team includes boys and girls ages 10 to 19 from the Eugene/Springfield area. They performed a three-minute routine consisting of dancing, tumbling (gymnastics) and cheer. Their coach is Tiffany Dawson.
Shedd instructor wins Portland competition
Allison Sanders, a faculty member with the Shedd Institute for the Arts, was named the National Association of Teachers of Singing Career Path I competition winner in Portland earlier this month.
In winning the category, Sanders sang two art songs (poetry set to music) and two arias (pieces from opera or oratory). Sanders joined The Shedd Institute as a voice and piano instructor in September.
Willamette qualifies health students for nationals
The Willamette High School Health Occupations Students of America team helped host the HOSA state leadership conference and qualified several students for a national competition in Orlando, Fla., in June.
They are Keely Bertak, first place in nutrition, first in physical therapy, third in medical terminology; Alex Ruegger, first in biotechnology, first in medical assisting; Israel Rivas, first in dental assisting, first in dental spelling, second in dental terminology; Jazlyn Geraths, second in medical terminology; Jessica Hunt, third in pathophysiology, third in extemporaneous health poster, fourth in human growth and development; Roari Melville, first in sports medicine, second in human growth and development, second in extemporaneous health poster; Mandy Newman, third in sports medicine, fourth in concepts of health care, fourth in medical assisting; Hiren Patel, first in extemporaneous writing, second in extemporaneous speaking, fourth in medical spelling, fourth in medical math; and Caiti Tramel, first in nursing assistant, first in medical spelling.