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TOYOTA SCHOLAR: Kyle Weza, a senior at Marist High School, was one of only 12 seniors nationwide to be named a "national" Toyota Community Scholar. More than 11,000 seniors from across the country were nominated by their schools. The Scholars program honors the top 100 students in the country who are proven leaders, both in the classroom and in their communities. Weza won a scholarship of $20,000 for college. The committee was particularly impressed with Weza's work through Key Club and Holt International Children's Services aiding orphaned children in Third World countries. Weza received his award at a banquet in Louisville, Ky.

BAND CHAMPS: Logos Academy in Springfield, a school that offers classes to students who are primarily home-schooled, took the state championship in the 1A/2A division at the OSAA Oregon State Band & Orchestra Competition on May 11 in Corvallis. Logos' 25-student band was the only high school band from the Eugene/Springfield area selected to perform at any level in the championships. Thurston High School met state qualifying standards for the 4A division, but it was not selected to perform.

STUDENT LEADERS: Amber Reed, a Marshfield High School junior, and Zair Burris, a North Bend High School junior, were selected to represent their schools at the Council for Opportunity in Education National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C., next month. The students are participants in Educational Talent Search, or ETS, a federally funded program sponsored by Southwestern Oregon Community College. The pair were nominated by ETS for their outstanding community involvement, excellent academics and strong interest in U.S. government. The students will attend various workshops on community service, diversity and political awareness.

SPANISH AWARDS: Students from Churchill High School were among 161 students from five Oregon high schools who competed in the Jalapeno Noroeste 2002 Spanish Language competition held May 11 in Portland. The Churchill team took eight gold medals, four silver and one bronze. Team members were David Buchanan, Geoff Manton, Holly Benedict, Kolleen Whitley, Beth Parker, Rachael Gray, Alison Smith and Sarah Yeiter.

OUTSTANDING MATHEMATICIANS: Seven Sheldon High School students scored high enough on the American Math Competition in February to advance to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. They were Jacob Alderson, Jean-Paul Bergeron, Carly Bodnar, Erin Kersten, Nathaniel Spinney, Rachel Strasshofer and Emily Ventura. All were awarded Certificates of Distinction. Sheldon's team placed sixth in the state. Other individual students honored were Jean-Paul Bergeron, who placed second in the state on the 12th-grade-level exam; and Aelin Kim, who tied for first on the 10th-grade-level exam, advancing to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. Jennifer Elder and Robert Wolfer were awarded Certificates of Merit.

Three Springfield High School students also scored high enough on the 12th-grade-level exam to advance. They were Kevin Lee, Erick Bergland and Robert Russell. The Springfield team received its first ever certificate of merit. Sophomore Peter Marical earned the top score in the school and a spot on the state honor roll for his performance on the 10th-grade-level exam.

The American Mathematics Exam is given annually to encourage and honor students who excel.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Students in Cathy McMurray's newspaper class at Churchill High School were recently recognized in the Northwest Scholastic Press' 21st annual Publications Olympics for high quality work published in the school newspaper, The Laureate. Among those recognized were Kevin Bryan, who took Best of Category for inside page layout and an "excellent" award for page one layout; Kelly O'Brien, who took the "superior" award for human interest; Zach Saltz, who won an "excellent" for review writing; and Andrea Damewood, who won two "excellent" awards for straight news and another for byline column. The Laureate also took two "excellent" awards for single issue.
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Date:May 27, 2002
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