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SCHOOL NOTES

Local students honored for posters

POLK COUNTY -- Three Polk County students were honored recently for their entries in the 2011 Oregon Association of Conservation Districts' state poster contest.

West Salem High School senior Jessica Casas, LaCreole Middle School seventh-grader Katie Richert of Dallas and fifth-grader Marco Galindo from Harritt Elementary School in West Salem were all named county and state-level winners and advanced to the National Association of Conservation Districts' contest.

Casas was recognized as an honorable mention in the national contest.

The theme for the 2011 contest was "Forests for People -- More Than You Can Imagine." This fall, students will participate in the 2012 contest titled "Soil to Spoon."

Polk ag group hosting essay contest

POLK COUNTY -- "How do you believe the founding fathers' agriculture backgrounds helped shape the Constitution?" That is the question Polk County Women for Agriculture are asking local high school students to answer for the group's second annual Constitutional Essay Contest.

Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. The contest is open to any high school student, or home-school equivalent, who either lives in Polk County or attends a Polk County school.

Essays should be no longer than 500 words and should be e-mailed to kovasha@gmail.com by July 4. Winners will be announced in September to coincide with Constitution Day. For complete entry details and more information: Carol Marx, 503-362-6225; or e-mail to camarx@aol.com.

WESD fills at-large board position

SALEM -- The Willamette Education Service District (WESD) has appointed Rick Kimball of Salem to fill the vacant At-Large position on the WESD Board of Directors.

Kimball, who provides private consulting services for the food industry, was sworn in at WESD's June 5 meeting.

Kimball is also a member of the Salem-Keizer School District Board of Directors and serves as its chairman.

ACADEMIC HONORS

Monmouth man earns bachelor's

LONGVIEW, Texas -- Isaac Sutter of Monmouth was among the students completing graduation requirements during spring term at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Sutter received his Bachelor of Science in aeronautical science.

Perrydale grad on HU dean's list

SEARCY, Ark. -- Carisse Brewer, a sophomore from Monmouth, is among more than 1,000 Harding University students included on the dean's list for grades achieved during the spring 2012 semester. The dean's list honors those students who carry 12 or more credit hours and earn a 3.65 or higher grade-point average. Brewer is a 2010 graduate of Perrydale High School.

Dallas student receives endowment

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Lance Briggs of Dallas received a $900 Faye J. Weir Nursing Scholarship Endowment from the University of North Dakota for the 2012-13 academic year. Briggs will begin his second semester of the nursing program this fall. In order to qualify for this scholarship the student must have a grade-point average of 3.0 and be at the junior or senior level.

WSHS trio scholarship recipients

WEST SALEM -- Three West Salem High School students were awarded the Jared Burchett Memorial Scholarship this year.

Grecia Garcia Perez, Kimberly Goertzen and Kyla Martichuski each received $500 scholarships. Perez is interested in being a math teacher and plans to attend Willamette University. Goertzen plans to study animal science at Oregon State University. And Martichuski plans to study biology at the University of Oregon.

The scholarship is awarded in memory of Jared Burchett, who was a student at West Salem High School when he passed away in 2003. High school seniors at West Salem High School and Perrydale High School are eligible for the award.

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