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Education Extra Achievements.

Byline: The Register-Guard

WINNING WORDS: The Young Writers Association recently announced winners in its Wishes and Dreams 2002 writing contest. Winners in the ages 5 to 8 category were Xochilt Diz of Eugene's Magnet Arts Elementary, first place; Hannah Russell of Eugene's Harris Elementary, second; Emma Mayer-Radke of Eugene's Edgewood Elementary, third; and Sarah Libby of Harris, honorable mention.

In ages 9 to 10, first place went to Blake Ritz of Westridge Middle School in Oakridge; second to Sierra Morrison of Eugene's Fox Hollow French Immersion school; third to Maria Maita-Keppeler of Eugene's Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion school; and honorable mention to Jamie Donner, who is home-schooled.

Winners in the ages 11 to 13 category were Chau Nguyen of Springfield's Hamlin Middle School, first; Bekah Graham, who is home-schooled, second; Sarah Sullivan of Hamlin, third; and Jamie Rowlett of Hamlin, honorable mention.

In ages 14 to 18, first place went to Sabrina Ruth Black of Oaklea Middle School in Junction City; second place went to Carrie Croson of Triangle Lake High School; third went to Samantha Elkins of Triangle Lake High; and honorable mention went to Erika Hoagland of Cottage Grove High School.

VICTORY DANCE: Led by coach Rhonda Loomer, the Sheldon High School Dance Team won the state drill/dance championship in the 4A small division last month, and one of its members - senior Billy Nelson, the team's only boy - was named an all-state dancer. Seventy-nine high schools competed in six different divisions. Thurston High School's dance team earned fifth place in the 4A large division, and Marist High School's team took second place in the 3A small division. Dance teams perform at sporting events and assemblies.

SPELLING IT RIGHT: Three Springfield students will compete this May in the Lane County spelling bee after winning their divisions in a district spelling bee, the first such competition the district has held in recent years. Winners were Halcyon Binder of Guy Lee Elementary School, Ryan Gregg of Springfield Middle School and Caitlin King of Springfield High School. Words included "diminutive" and "laconic" in Division 1, "cistern" and "whetted" in Division 2 and "pytalin" and "graminivorous" in Division 3.

STUDENT LEADERS: Duncan Frost, a sophomore at Sheldon High School, and Karen Shaw, a sophomore at Springfield High School, recently joined 150 other young leaders at the Oregon Youth Leadership's Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in Portland. The seminar brings together youths to interact with distinguished leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss and present various issues. Participants are challenged to perform 100 hours of service in their communities within a year.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 8, 2002
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