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Personality features and graduate listings for Douglas County high schools
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Roseburg High School graduate Steven Strickland has been accepted at Harvard University. He credits his parents and several Roseburg High School teachers with helping him to achieve success.
Academic goals achieved
Senior Steve Strickland, one of several RHS valedictorians, ready for move to Harvard
DD BIXBY The News-Review n the fall of 2007, then 16-year-old Steven Strickland was interviewed for a standout soccer game with the Roseburg High School Indians. Steven told a News-Review sports reporter his college hopes were to attend the U.S. Military Academy, the University of North Carolina or Harvard University. At the time, his dad, Curt Strickland, remembers he and his wife, Elizabeth, thinking their son was wrapped up with youthful optimism. “We kind of thought he was reaching
a bit, so to speak,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s lieutenant said. Come this fall, just two years later, the Stricklands’ 18-year-old son will step onto the revered ivy-league school campus, capturing his goal. As allowed in a Harvard education, Steven won’t have to declare a field of study until his sophomore year. He’s looking forward to exploring his options with highly acclaimed professors and instructors and possibly redshirting onto the soccer team spring term if he’s not chosen at fall tryouts. RHS Career Center Director Jim Early said getting into Harvard was quite the feat since typically the college
only admits 10 percent of the roughly 30,000 who apply each year. Curt Strickland said this year was more competitive since Harvard aimed to net more students who normally can’t afford that caliber of education, so more Harvard hopefuls applied. Because of the sliding tuition costs based on family income and several other scholarships, grants and work study Steven received, the standard $50,000 a year tuition will be adjusted to about $7,000 for the Roseburg grad, making it cheaper than attending a state university in Oregon. Early said Steven’s outstanding characteristics come across well on paper
and even better in person, making it easy for the college counselor to understand Harvard’s choice. “Steven has a presence about him that’s overall commendable and real honorable,” he said. “Getting grades is not his goal, he’s just a curious young man — his intellectual curiosity is what drives him.” Neither son nor father was willing to give the 4.0-earning student all the credit, but rather deferred to all the people who helped Steven reach his goals. “What I am is what other people put Turn to STRICKLAND, page 12
CAMAS VALLEY HIGH’S LISA FERRARA
YONCALLA HIGH’S HEATHER MCDONALD
Ahead of the pack
DD BIXBY The News-Review AMAS VALLEY — After the recent Oregon School Activities Association state track meet — her fourth consecutive year competing at that level — one Camas Valley High School trackster had some time to catch her breath. But just a bit. For 18-year-old Lisa Ferrara, who has attended school in Camas Valley since kindergarten, running from one activity to the next is simply par for the course. In addition to playing on three varsity squads for volleyball, basketball and track, the teen has spent half her days attending high school and afternoons taking college credit classes this year. At the beginning of her senior year, Ferrara, who is Camas Valley Community Charter School’s 2009 valedictorian, found out she only had two classes left to complete her high school education.
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Camas Valley valedictorian Lisa Ferrara, who has been on varsity squads for volleyball, basketball and track, will begin a second year of classes this fall at Umpqua Community College and will later transfer to Western Oregon University. Instead of kicking back and taking an easy year, the motivated teen decided to use the time to earn college credit on the state’s dime and took classes at Umpqua Community College. “I got the whole nervousness of classes and everything out of the way,” she said of Turn to FERRARA, page 2
ONCALLA — Seventeen-year-old Heather McDonald lives about a block away from Yoncalla High School. For the past 13 years, that North County school district has been the senior’s pivot point. On June 7, she and her 32 classmates will graduate, making the first break away from that axis. With 10 days of high school left, McDonald wasn’t ready to say goodbye on May 19 and couldn’t choose what she would miss the most. “Everything — (I’ll miss) friends, sports, homecoming week, prom...,” she said. “Just being around friends, having something to do all the time.” The feeling is mutual for Yoncalla community members. “I just love Heather — she’s a wonderful young lady,” said Carl Van Loon, McDonald’s basketball coach for three years.
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Salutatorian Heather McDonald, a self-described sports nut, is poised to graduate from Yoncalla High School with a 3.475 GPA. She plans to attend Umpqua Community College and later transfer to a dental hygienist program at Lane Community College. A self-professed sports nut, McDonald has been an exceptional athlete at YHS, competing on the varsity volleyball, basketball and softball teams all four years. This year, both the volleyball and basketball teams won the Mountain View Conference league championships and played at the state level, too — experiences McDonald counts as highlights of her high school career. Turn to McDONALD, page 2
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Matthew Austin plans to attend Oregon State University in the fall. He aims to be certified as a grief counselor and funeral home director.
Ashley King, who is about to graduate from Glendale High School, expects to enter the nursing program at Umpqua Community College next year.
GLENDALE HIGH’S MATTHEW AUSTIN & ASHLEY KING
Grads set to take on their dreams
DD BIXBY The News-Review LENDALE – Like many soon-to-be graduates, Glendale’s 2009 seniors are about to part ways, some for the first time since kindergarten. Classmates since day one, good friends Matthew Austin and Ashley King, along with 30 other Glendale High School graduates, will begin pursuing their dreams. Each of the 18-year-olds is headed into a career that helps others navigate through life’s biggest transitions – birth and death. For both teens, the motive is to give back for all that parents, family and community gave to them. Inspired by her grandmother and father’s civil service and her own premature birth, King wants to continue the family tradition and become a birthing and delivery nurse. The death of Austin’s father from a massive heart attack in 2007 motivated the young man to choose a profession in which he can help
others traverse their grief, as a funeral home director. “Matt and Ashley are not the kids getting up-front attention, but they’re really the ones who have made the class what it is,” said GHS Principal Patty Fleming. She said the two, who aren’t necessarily the most charismatic or well known in their class, “fill in the gaps to make the class feel cohesive and close.” More than just goals, Austin and King have both spent considerable time volunteering and studying for their chosen career paths. By graduation, King will have her first responder emergency medical technician certification, and she already spends a lot of time volunteering at Grants Pass’ Three Rivers Hospital in the birthing and delivery department. “Volunteering shows both sides – in the room and all the paperwork outside of the room,” she said. The energetic teen isn’t spooked by the piles of paperwork. And she said the more visceral parts of nursing don’t faze her from the joy of
helping families welcome the next generation into the world. Already on task, last week she was the first to respond to a school hallway tussle that resulted in a displaced knee cap. King kept the boy as comfortable as possible until EMTs arrived. “I just like that rush, that ‘go-gogo’ thing,” she said. Fleming said the teen will be missed next year. “Ashley is one of those kids who doesn’t look for a lot of attention or a lot of glory, but she’s always the backbone of whatever she’s involved in,” Fleming said. After high school, King will continue to volunteer at the hospital and may put her EMT training to use for the local Glendale ambulance service or the rural volunteer fire department. She will attend Umpqua Community College before transferring to another institution. As for King’s friend, Austin, it was the gut-wrenching loss of a parent in 2007 that shaped and directed him to a career path. His
own journey through grief influenced him to try to help others get the comfort and support that was so essential to him. As a senior project, Austin spent 30 hours and 45 minutes throughout the year shadowing at the same funeral home that had cared for his father’s funeral arrangements. “Through my job shadow with Hull & Hull (Funeral Directors) and experiences I had with my grief counseling, I realized my ultimate goal was to help people through the most difficult time in life, which is the death of a loved one,” he said. “I never ever imagined myself wanting to become a funeral home director, but here I am.” Austin plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and get certified as a grief counselor and funeral director. He said although embalming is an aspect of funeral home work, he will not study to become an embalmer, choosing instead to work with the surviving family and friends. He plans to attend Oregon State University this fall.
An ultimate goal for him is to study thanatology, the study of death from a psychological perspective, but he is remaining realistic about that goal, given that only one university in the nation offers course work in that science. Austin participated in the job shadow to make sure he could deal with the more “gruesome” details of working with the dead. He found that death didn’t disturb him as it might others, and that he could assist family members as they part ways with the deceased. Fleming and her staff at the high school are amazed with Austin’s strength. “How many young people go looking for people in grief to help them?” she said. Both students said they would miss the close-knit nature of the school, but were excited to move onto the next steps in their education. • You can reach reporter DD Bixby at 957-4211 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Ferrara: Seeking career in elementary education
Continued from page 1 attending UCC, adding that next year her biggest concern will be affording college on her own. This fall term, the soon-tobe graduate will begin her second year at UCC before transferring on to Western Oregon University to pursue a career in elementary education. At Camas Valley, she’s already been testing out the waters of elementary education as a teacher’s aide in the kindergarten and first-grade class. “Lisa is a very compassionate person,” said Jessica Grant, Camas Valley kindergarten/ first-grade teacher. “She really understands where the kids come from and wants to make an impact in their life.” Ferrara has assisted Grant for two years, so both the children and their teacher are in for a big transition next year. “The kids love her; they’re going to be very sad when she leaves,” Grant said in midMay, choking up. “There are only 10 days to graduation, and me and the kids are trying to gear up to say goodbye.” After classes, practice and homework was set aside, Ferrara still had time to work at Curry Manor as a caregiver for Alzheimer and dementia patients. Ferrara said she would continue working at Curry Manor until she transfers as the 24hour care facility has been helpful in working around her schedule. Grant said the teen’s experiences with both the young and the old have imbued her with maturity beyond her years. “She knows the way of the world and makes good choices,” she said. “Working with the elderly and the kids definitely has given her some life experiences.” The next new life experience Ferrara will embark on will be moving off on her own and away from her close-knit Camas Valley. “It’ll be a big change,” she said. “Roseburg isn’t too big, but there are still more people. I’m a little nervous about that.” • You can reach reporter DD Bixby at 957-4211 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McDonald: She’s called a ‘natural-born leader’
Continued from page 1 Her class is the first one that Van Loon spent a lot of time coaching, for two years as head coach and this year as assistant coach to his nephew, Bid Van Loon, who also coaches the school softball team. Van Loon said that athlete in McDonald was exceptional enough, but the girl herself — who always represented the school well on and off court and was willing to sacrifice her own stats for the team without complaining —was an wonderful, well-rounded kid. “She’s that rare athlete that doesn’t come along all the time,” he said. “She’s a natural-born leader.” Those leadership and teamwork skills will continue to serve her well as she moves on, Van Loon said. McDonald, who is YHS’s salutatorian this year with a 3.475 grade point average, will attend Umpqua Community College before transferring to Lane Community College’s dental hygienist program. • You can reach reporter DD Bixby at 957-4211 or by email at email@example.com.
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Camas Valley Community Charter School
Camas Valley Community Charter School will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. June 5 in the school’s Spencer Gymnasium at 197 Main Camas Road, Camas Valley. The guest speaker will be Wendy Roque. Also speaking will be Christian Bringhurst. Lisa Fer- Ferrara rara is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.89. She is the daughter of Joseph and Anita Ferrara. Her activities and honors include four years of volleyball, four years of basketball, four years of track and the honor roll. Her postgraduation plans are to continue taking classes at Umpqua Community College and work full-time at Roseburg’s Curry Manor, then transfer to Western Oregon University to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with minors in early childhood education and math.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Michael Barraza, Ben Carter, Kurt Dever, Lisa Ferrara, Cierra Gibson, Melia Mitchell, Danielle Townsend, Nicole Townsend, Amber Wafer, Howard Wood.
Days Creek High School
Days Creek High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. May 29 in the Days Creek School gymnasium. The special speaker will be Scott Hampton, Ramos Days Creek science teacher. The baccalaureate service will be at 7 p.m. May 27 at the South Fuller Umpqua Community Church, 27160 Tiller Trail Highway, Tiller. K’Dean Ramos is the valedictorian, Kovachy with a cumulative grade point average of 3.93. She is the daughter of Tony James Ramos, deceased, and Rebecca Lynne Ramos of Canyonville. Her activities and honors include volleyball, basketball, softball, student council and National Honor Society. Her post-graduation plans are to go to Oregon State University and major in pharmacy. There are two co-salutatorians, both with cumulative grade-point averages of 3.87. Travis Fuller is the son of Rex and Debbie Fuller of Days Creek. His activities and honors include 19 varsity letters in sports, FFA officer (competed at the national level in forestry and the state level in preliminary procedure), male athlete of the year, National Honor Society treasurer and Lettermen’s Club president. His post-graduation plans are to attend college, location undecided. Isaiyah Kovachy is the son of Sigmund and Joyce Kovachy of Canyonville. His activities and honors include National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America (treasurer), track and field (110-meter hurdler) basketball and football. His post-graduation plans are to attend Southern Oregon University and become a physician.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Michelle Bartholomew, Eric R. Borg, Robert W. Brumfield, Andrew R. Coleman, Dan S. Fleming, Joseph E. Freeman, Travis M. Fuller, Kristina N. Hale, Tyler J. Hays, Cody A. Hayter, Caleb E. Hicks, Kyle R. Hopkins, Brittney R. (Acevedo) Hunt, Candice M. Kopp, Isaiyah E. Kovachy, Daniel G. Lewis, Alicia M. Mack, Chelce K. Marlow, Alanna D. Moore, Sarah L. Noonan, Tanner I. Ormond, Bronson R. Owens, K’Dean L. Ramos, Jasmine J. Richards, Cody C. (O'Sullivan) Ronan, Scott A. Sheraden, Jessica J. Stanfill, Abiyah A. Watkins, Teresa N. Wilkerson, Bryar M. Zimmerman.
Canyonville Christian Academy
Canyonville Christian Academy will hold graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. May 30 in the Robert Shaffer Gymnasium. The guest speaker will be Sherman Unkefer of XanGo Corp. Each senior will write a letter to a parent or staff member and will give a rose to that person at the Shih ceremony. The baccalaureate service will be at 11 a.m. May 24 at the academy chapel. The special speaker Moon will be Cathy Lovato, the academy headmaster. Harrison Shih is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.93. He is the son of I-Fong Shih and Shu-Chin Tseng of Taipei, Taiwan. His activities and honors include varsity basketball, principal’s list honor roll junior and senior years and scoring a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT. His postgraduation plans are to attend the University of Pennsylvania to major in architecture. Se-Jin Moon is the salutatorian, with a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.9. She is the daughter of Dae Hee Moon and Hye Ju Kim of Jeon Ju, South Korea. Her activities and honors include Canyonville Christian Academy Worship Team and orchestra. Her post-graduation plans are to attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison and major in psychology.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Arthur Yuhi Abia, Jenae Augsburger, Sarah Bates,YuHsiang (Eric) Chan, Leah M Daniels, Mackenzie R Dennis, Artem Drozhzhin, Damian Dzam-Hilton, China (Tina) Hashimoto, Tuan Hoang, Joung Kyu (Paul) Hong, Cheng-Ying (Charlie) Hsieh, Leah R Huling, Hae Won (Hannah) Kang, Wen-Duor (Eric) Kao, Han-Yul Kim, Sun Ah Kim, Tsz Hin (Calvin) Lam, Chae Woo Lee, Che-Fu (Jeffery) Liang, Dae Woong (Eugene) Lim, Yu-Chen (Ian) Lin, Dilshod Madiev, Jessica Miller, Se-Jin Moon, SuRa Nam, Khanh Nguyen, Tuan Nguyen, Huyen Mong Phan, Lisa Maria Phelps, Christina Pyle, Hung-Hsin (Harrison) Shih, Kimberly M Stalford, Xiao Xiao (Utah) Wang, Yu-Ching (Kelvin) Yang, Jing (Sabrina) Zhang, Yang (Joy) Zhou, Zhongyan (Ann) Zhuang.
will be later that evening from 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. at the Central Douglas County YMCA. David Yecha is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He is the son of Duane and Suzy Yecha of Roseburg. His activities and honors include more than 300 community service hours, twotime Associated Student Body President, freshman track & field 3,000- Yecha meter record, placed three times in state wrestling and placed seventh at 2009 state wrestling Senn tournament. His post-graduation plans are to study exercise science and wrestle at Pacific University. Jordyn Senn is the salutatorian, with a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.98. She is the daughter of Jeff and Mindy Senn of Winston. Her activities and honors include president of National Honor Society, editor-in-chief of the Troy Times, second base varsity softball, Douglas High School equestrian team co-captain, February student of the month. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Oregon State University in the fall to study animal sciences.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Mason Dale Albertus, Jasmine Rae Anderson, Brooklyn Ginia Barclay, Tyler James Barker, Kathleen May Beach, Timothy Kyle Bellando, Stacia Mae Blankenship, Janae Kristine Boyter, Dylan Michael Brenner, Alan Patrick Brock, April Rose Brown, Courtney Ann Bush, Daniel Keith Challand, Chad Eugene Collins, Adam Wayne Currington, Matthew Paul Davenport, Sarah Mae Davenport, Gabriel Randall Demasters, Christopher Ryan Eichner, Rachel Christine Erickson, Jennifer Lynn Fife, Alaina Janell Findlay, Kisha Leigh Harp, Mackenzie Leann Harris, Brittany Lynne Hermes, Amanda Marie Howell, Katelyn Patricia Hoyt, Kyra Danyel Johnson, Sayer James Johnston, Shane Alan Joner, Danielle Alene Kane, Andrea Margaret Kehoe, Tyler James Knutson, Dalton Jackson Lee, David Jacob Lee, Corey James Mandril, Chace Allen Marlow, Chelsea Lynn Martin, Kyle Lee Meals, Johnathon Earle Miller, Kristen Leann Miller, Shady Richard Moore, Ruth Elaine Mountainspring, Jacob Douglas Neilsen, Cody Weston Norris, Bryson Lee Norton, Anna Elizabeth Pleich, Katelyn Rae Pope, Ethan Clay Powell, Megan Virginia Pulley, Rick Ernest Riggan, Tyler James Risley, Jacob Ryan Robertson, Katrina Nicole Rosemire, Michael Thomas Ruppert, Whitney Liane Schelin, Jordyn Leona Senn, Dylan Dwight Smith, Shaylene Rose Smith, Cortney Bre’ann Speake, Brett Lynn Stallings, Ashley Briana Stanchfield, Samantha Lynn Starns, Jonathan Walker Talbert, Jacon Aaron Tingle, Shivaun Monteyene Trimnell, Billie Jean Turner, Timothy Alan Urista, Jordan Matthew Vian, Tyler William Vian, Aaron Alexander Ward, Keigan Dillan Warren, Darrel Lee Watson, Derek Keith Watson, Kendall Allison Weber, Daniel Issac Wells, Rachelle Nicole Wiler, Mary Elizabeth Willis, Aza Christine Wolleat, Kimberly Zoe Woodrich, David Allen Yecha.
Elkton High School
Elkton High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. June 5 in Carl Grimsrud Memorial Gymnasium. The guest speaker will be RegisterGuard columnist Bob Welch. Matthew Eberhardt (Maté) is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He is the son of Gus and Barbara Eberhardt of Elkton. His activities and Eberhardt honors include (Mate) football, baseball, track, FFA and Youth Advisory Team for the Department of Education. His postgraduation Smith plans are to attend the University of Portland, majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in math. Mackenzie Smith is the salutatorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.69. He is the son of Jody and Donna Smith of Elkton. His activities and honors include football, baseball, track, class officer for four years (was student body vice-president his senior year) and a volunteer after-school tutor for elementary school students. His postgraduation plans are to attend Oregon Institute of Technology and earn a bachelor’s degree in civil or renewable energy engineering.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Derek Anderson, Mario Celis, Matthew Eberhardt, Stephanie McMillan, Thaddeus Miller, Richard Sanchez, Mackenzie Smith, Robin Whipple.
Society, (2008-09), softball scorekeeper, (2005-09) and piano student through Shepard Music Studio. His post-graduation plans are to attend Oregon State University and major in psychology, minoring in business.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Matthew William Austin, Marcus Allen Brenden, Bethani Marie Brown, Nathaniel Lewis Cagle, Coleen Lea Clark, Cody Evan Curry, Janaka Jacyntha Davis, Alexander Lee Paul Devish, Shane Michael Diubaldi, Maritza Flores, Steven Walter Hallock, Jenna Jae Henry, Keith Allen Jackson, Ashley Brookay King, Paul William Lovelady, Rori Rae Lovemark, Shane Scott Moritz, James Manuel Mozingo, Nicholas Tylar Pedersen, Jon Kyle Reha, Tory Dawn Remsh, Kyle Randolph (DuBoise)Slocum, Cameron Allan Smith, Austin James Snelling, Eric Alexander Steele, Stephanie Dawn Wenner, Jacob Ryan Whitaker, Madalene Rose Wolfe, Phillip Robert Wolters, LeAnna Marie Woodley.
Rachel Engle, Jamiee Fuller, Shae Gilbreath, Clara Gilman, Sharleen Gould, Glen Hall, William Hissong, Danielle Honse, Jesse Hopkins, Cody Kame, Devin Lamp, Lindsey Mann, Jonathan Marical, Jonathan Maurer, Marshall McCrosky, Kathleen Menard, Natalie Menard, Jessica Merker, Christie Miller, Michael Moore, Tavin Morgan, Melanie Nash, Nicole Nix, Alyssa Parker, Jordan Pynch, Sarah Richards, Steven Rios, Zennie Rodriguez, Joshua Rose, Kayla Schiermeister, Fjola Sigurdardottir, James Smith, Emily Standish, Dakota Titus, Chelea Undlin, Cole Walker, Josh Wyscaver.
Milo Adventist Academy
Milo Adventist Academy will hold graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. May 31 at the Milo Adventist Academy Oval, weather permitting, or the academy gymnasium, if raining. The speaker will be Steve Rae, the academy’s former marketing/admissions director. The baccalaureate service was at 11 a.m. May 30 at the academy church. The speaker will be Ed Nelson, Milam ii assistant youth pastor at the Grants Pass Adventist Church. Other events and ceremonies were consecration, 8 Wagner p.m. May 29 in the church, with a Passing the Flame ceremony; tribute to parents, 4 p.m. May 30 at the church; class night, 9 p.m. May 30 in the academy gymnasium. Milo Adventist Academy no longer names valedictorians or salutatorians, but will award gold cords to six students for academic achievement. The two top students are: Dale Eric Milam II, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.12. He is the son of Dale E. and Darla Milam of Days Creek. His activities and honors include Student Association executive vice-president, senior year; peer counselor, senior year; class president, junior year; team captain for both varsity basketball and football and earned an enriched diploma in Advanced Placement, science and math. His post-graduation plans are to attend Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., to major in pre-physical therapy. Eric Wagner, with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.02. He is the son of Edward and Linda Wagner of Rogue River. His activities and honors include Student Association spiritual vice-president, senior year; student chaplain, senior year; class spiritual vice-president, junior year; band and choir member Turn to GRADS, page 4
Glide High School
Glide High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 1 p.m. June 7 in Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College. The speaker will be Glide High School graduate Nick Graham, a practicing attorney in Nevada. Project Grad will take place at 7 p.m. at the Central Douglas County YMCA. Rachel Engle is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Mark and Pam Engle of Engle Roseburg. Her activities and honors include band, choir, drama, STARS and Youth Group. Her post- Bellior graduation plans are to attend Oregon State University, majoring in English/education and minoring in Spanish or music. Brandon Belloir is the salutatorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.979. He is the son of Ross and Jalene Belloir of Roseburg. His activities and honors include baseball, football, KPIC Student Athlete of the Week, President’s Award for Educational Achievement and Exceptional Student Performance of the Year award. His post-graduation plans are to attend Western Oregon University or Umpqua Community College.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Megan Alverts, Carrissa Baer, Kaled Basney, Brandon Belloir, Cassondra Blair, Robin Bollinger, Danielle Butler, Jacob Chandler, Megan Chasteen, Amber Cook, Sarah Cyphert, Panda Daily, Dorien DeGroote, Ryan Dickenson,
Glendale High School
Glendale High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 8 p.m. June 6 at the Glendale High School football field. Maritza Flores is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.979. She is the daughter of Hector and Olivia Flores of Glendale. Her activities and honors include basketball, softball, volleyball, and Flores designing and making clothes in Advanced Clothing. Her postgraduation plans are to attend Umpqua Communi- Austin ty College and another college to earn a degree in a foreign language and to pursue a career as a foreign language teacher. Matthew Austin is the salutatorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.94. He is the son of Glenn Austin Jr., deceased, and Janice Kay Austin of Glendale. His activities and honors include 2008 Performing Arts Scholar of the Year, Yearbook editor-in-chief (2007-09), National Honor
Douglas High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. June 6 in Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College. A grad night party
Douglas High School
A word from our Seniors on what Phoenix School means to them...
• Thank you for offering a Culinary Arts program. I am planning a future career in this ﬁeld. • Thank you to the teachers who took the extra time to help me learn. • Thank you for taking me to art exhibits, volunteer opportunities, and local businesses to learn more about my community. • Thank you for providing me the tools I need to be successful after I graduate. • Thank you for making me a part of my own solution. • Thank you for developing an education plan that was speciﬁcally designed to meet my learning style. • Thank you for believing in me even when I didn’t. • Thank you for my future!
All of your hard work has finally paid off. May you continue to achieve great success in everything you choose to undertake.
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Continued from page 3 throughout high school and earned an enriched diploma in Advanced Placement, math and science. His post-graduation plans are to attend Walla Walla University in College Place, Wash., and to major in electrical engineering.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Madeline Anderson, Lauren Baker, Douglas Barahona, Bradlee Benton, Nichole Briones, Cherina Cordell, Arielle Dahl, Daniel Dahlman, Peter DeWeber, Matthew Fillman, Latosha Haskin, Jaymann Henry, Kody Hines, GeeWha Hong, Steven Ingabo, JaeSung Jang, Jaewoo Jang, Jonathan Johnson, KiHyun Kim, Samuel Koolhoven, Madeline Ledezma, JungSoo Lee, Junyong Lee, Yating Lin, Dale E. Milam II, Andrew Miller, Maria Montes, Teresa Montes, Pedro Moreno, Emily Nelapudi, James O’Reilly, Rachel Rode, SungWon Seo, Charlie Sheese, Rodney Smith, Gladys Solorio, Nichole Stephenson, Brianna Sumerlin, Fernando Urrutia, Eric Wagner.
North Douglas High School
North Douglas High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 4 p.m. June 6 in the North Douglas High School gymnasium. Elyssa Emel is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Russ and Keethia Emel of Drain. Her activities and honors include 4.0 scholar athlete,
National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Associated Student Body Emel secretary. Her postgraduation plans are to attend George Fox University to earn a masters degree in elementary education. Hescock Rochelle Hescock is co-valedictorian, with a cumu-
lative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Ron and Brenda Hescock of Drain. Her Morris activities and honors include 4.0 scholar athlete, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America vice-president and Associated Student Body president. Her post-graduation plans are to attend the University of Oregon to earn a bachelors degree in human physiology and then transfer to Pacific University to earn a degree in physical therapy.
Rio Morris is salutatorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.978. She is the daughter of George and Leah Morris of Curtin. Her activities and honors include National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Power 2 Club and the high school cheerleading squad. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Umpqua Community College.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Mary Bagnall-Tarpley, Kaitlin Berg, Tasha Blair, Tilar Blair, Cameron Derrick, James Dillard, Elyssa Emel, Rochelle Hescock, Will Hollamon, Crystal Huckins, Ayla Kelley, Sierra Marshall, Rio Morris, Shay-Lee Morris, Tyler Newman, Jake Rice, Rebekah Sartin, Jordan St. Clair, Brandon Swearingen.
Oakland High School
Oakland High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 1 p.m. June 6 in Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College. The guest speaker will be Don Cleveland. Clinton Brown is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He is the son of Charles and Kara Brown of Oakland. His activities and honors include varsity track and field, varsity crosscountry, MVC Scholar/Athlete, National Honor Society and Academic Challenge contestant. His post-graduation plans are to attend Umpqua Community College for a year, Turn to GRADS, page 5
Umpqua Valley Christian Schools
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Kyle James Lewis
Years at UVCS: 7 Grade Point Average: 4.0 Parents Names: Terry Lewis & Brenda Lewis Honors & Activities: National Merit Scholarship-Commended Student, VA Volunteer, Pianist at Tolly’s Restaurant, Honor Roll from 2005-2009, Student Body Vice President from 2007-2008 Future Plans: Attend UCC for 2 years, then transfer to OSU to get a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.
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Ashley Nicole-Rose Pittam
Years at UVCS: 8 Grade Point Average: 3.875 Parents Names: Sheila Danek-Pittam & Monty Pittam Honors & Activities: Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Basketball, Sophomore Class Treasurer, Senior Class Secretary, Mercy Medical Center Volunteer, Christmas for Kids of Douglas County Volunteer Future Plans: College - UCC and Oregon Health and Science University to become Obstetrician; PhD
Michael French Graham
Years at UVCS: 13 College Plans: Either attend Linn-Benton for 2 years & transfer to OSU or go to OSU immediately. Seeking an Athletic Training Degree. Scholarships/Grants: $1500 Diversity Scholar Award to OSU Honors & Activities: 4 years Varsity Athlete for Basketball, Soccer & Baseball, District 3 Soccer Player of the Year, Homecoming Prince, Homecoming King.
Years at UVCS: 13 College Plans: Attend UCC 2 Years, Transfer to 4 year school, pursue elementary education degree Scholarships/Grants: Outstanding Honors & Activities: 2 years Student Council, 2 years Basketball, 1 year Softball, 2 years Band, 1 year Worship Team, Honor Roll
Years at UVCS: 13 College Plans: Attend Western Oregon University to study Homeland Security Scholarships/Grants: Pending Honors & Activities: 3 years Varsity Soccer, 3 years Varsity Basketball, Honorable Mention Varsity Soccer, Honorable Mention Varsity Basketball 2nd team Varsity Basketball, Most Inspirational Varsity Basket Ball, Junior Class Treasurer, Student Body President, 2 years Homecoming Prince, 4 years on Honor Roll, Leadership, Worship Team
Elizabeth Amber Carswell
Years at UVCS: 4 College Plans: Attend UCC for 2 years, transfer to OSU to pursue a degree in Psychology or Journalism Honors & Activities: Student Council Secretary, Yearbook Coeditor, Junior Varsity Volleyball, Junior Varsity Volleyball Captain, Junior Varsity Volleyball Most Improved, Yearbook Class, Honor Roll
Casey Alexander Hill
Years at UVCS: 9 College Plans: UCC for 2 years, pursue a business management degree. Then open up a music shop by age 25. Honors & Activities: 4 years Basketball, 2 years Baseball, 1 year Class President, 1 year Class Vice President.
Years at UVCS: 6 College Plans: OIT in Klamath Falls to pursue Nursing Honors & Activities: 3 years Varsity Volleyball, 1 year Junior Varsity Volleyball, 1 year Varsity Softball, 4 years Honor Roll, 1 year Yearbook
Years at UVCS: 6 College Plans: Currently considering taking a year off then maybe OSU or Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Plan to obtain MBA and after college go in to Real Estate. Scholarships/Grants: $8000 in Federal Grants from OSU Honors & Activities: 2 years Basketball, 1 year Golf, 1 year Class Treasurer, 4 years Honor Roll
Years at UVCS: 12 College Plans: Attend UCC for 1 year, transfer to a university to pursue an elementary education degree. Honors & Activities: 2 years Student Government, Senior Class President, 4 years Varsity Volleyball, 3 years All League Volleyball Honors, 2 years Varsity Basketball, 1 year All League Basketball Honors, Homecoming Princess Freshmen, Sophomore & Junior Year, Homecoming Queen Senior Year, Honor Roll
Ryan J. Graf
Years at UVCS: 9 College Plans: Attend UCC 2 years then transfer to OSU Honors & Activities: 4 years Varsity Basketball, 4 years Varsity Baseball, 1st Team All League Basketball Junior & Senior Year, Player of the Year League Baseball Junior Year, 1st Team All State Baseball Junior Year, Honor Roll
Years at UVCS: 10 College Plans: Attend UCC for 2 years & enter nursing program then transfer to Oregon Health & Science or OSU to get B.A. in Nursing Honors & Activities: 1 year Student Council, 4 years Varsity Basketball & Soccer, MVP of Skyline League 2007-2008, 4 years Honor Roll
Years at UVCS: 12 College Plans: Attend UCC 2 years then transfer to a 4 year college & pursue a Bachelors degree majoring in either Art or Music Scholarships/Grants: Pending Honors & Activities: 1 year Homecoming Princess, 1 year Volleyball, 1 year Student Council, 3 years Student Government, Honor Roll, Piano, Art Instruction School
Years at UVCS: 3 College Plans: Attend Boise Bible College for a one year Bible certificate. The rest is up to God. Scholarships/Grants: Pending Honors & Activities: Senior Class Officer-Treasurer, Honor Roll
Sara Jean Harding
Years at UVCS: 13 College Plans: Attend UCC for 1 year then transfer to Oregon State to pursue a degree in pharmacy Scholarships/Grants: Scholarships pending Honors & Activities: 4 years of Varsity Basketball, 3 years of Varsity Soccer, 4 years on Honor Roll, 2 years 1st Team All League Basketball, 1 year Honorable Mention Basketball, 1 year Honorable Mention Soccer.
Years at UVCS: 7 College Plans: Most likely going to Western Oregon University and playing Baseball Scholarships/Grants: Unsure but enough Honors & Activities: 3 years Varsity Football at South Umpqua, 4 years Wrestling at South Umpqua, 4 years Varsity Baseball, 2nd place Wrestling State Tournament 2 times, 1st place Wrestling State Tournament 1 time, All State in Baseball every year so far.
Kameo Kay Claughton
Years at UVCS: 9 College Plans: Attend UCC for 1 year to get prerequisites for nursing program then attend the college where I get in. Honors & Activities: 2 years Varsity Volleyball, 1 year Varsity Soccer, 2 years Choir, 1 year Worship Team, High School Equestrian team, Honor Roll, 1 year Track, CNA degree
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Continued from page 4 and then transfer to Oregon State University to study computer engineering. Anh Marrs is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Gary and Kham Marrs of Oakland. Her activities and honors include attending a National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine at Stanford University, Future Business Leaders of Brown America (cabinet and treasury), Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership delegate, National Honor Society treasurer and Ecolo- Marrs gy Club. Her postgraduation plans are to attend Pacific University to earn a degree in pharmacy. Chet Miller Miller is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He is the son of Kyle and Carol Miller of Oakland. Spencer His activities and honors include Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout), varsity baseball All League, student Weaver government, church youth group and Oakland High School most outstanding student in 13 classes Dage over a three-year period. His post-graduation plans are to attend Oregon State University on an AFROTC scholarship or to attend Montana Tech to major in geophysical engineering. Sierra Spencer is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Delwin and Michelle Spencer of Oakland. Her activities and honors include Associated Student Body president, National Honor Society president, Future Business Leaders of America vice-president, varsity volleyball and varsity basketball. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Umpqua Community College, then transfer to George Fox University and major in education. Matthew Weaver is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He is the son of Bob and Meredith Weaver of Oakland. His activities and honors include varsity football, varsity track, Rotary Club Camp Royal, varsity basketball and National Honor Society. His post-graduation plans are to attend Umpqua Community College or Pacific University to earn a degree in business management and to take culinary courses. He would like one day to own a restaurant. Kelsey Dage is the salutatorian, with a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.96. She is the daughter of Gordon and Karla Dage of Sutherlin. Her activities and honors include FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, annual editor, Mountain View Conference Scholar Athlete and ecology club. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Northwest Nazarene University to pursue a degree in elementary education. She then plans to earn a master’s degree and become an elementary school teacher.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Nathaniel Phillip Adams, Dustin Jacob Deen Andrews, Courtney Wayne Arts, Coleton James Baker, Ethan Alexander Banducci, Kathryn Kaylee Beckstead, Michael Rhys Bennett, Clinton Callahan Brown, Brandon James Bumgardner, Nikki June Carney, Christopher Michael Champion, Shaina Leann Christensen, Monte Dale Cox, Larla Cranley, Kelsey Marie Dage, Jason Wayne Derby, David B. Dikkers Jr., Cameron Xavier Dolan, Danielle Leann Doran, Dakota Ann Dove, Molly Ann Earls, Alicia Emily Eggers, Cailen Engelhart, Lucas Tyler Flint, Jessica Marie Fraccica, Matthew Sean Francis, Tyler Mitchell Fugate, Hailee Dezerae Gardner, Gregeory Michael Harding, Nichole Cayleen Henkel, Elizabeth Noelle Hoggatt, Dallis Aurora Ingvalson, Nicklas S.D.W. Kirby, Derrick Forrest Malcom, Anh Phi Marrs, Marie Elizabeth Marx, Willow Faye McCain-Pablico, Chet Patrick Miller, Jessica Ray Myers, Tyler Nelson, Joseph Spiva Parker, Heather Nicole Rau, Joshua Eron Reber, Ryan Reeb, Alexandra Jade Southern, Sierra Nicole Spencer, Simon Nicholas Stacey, Dillon Michael Stromberg, Ethan Carl Sweeden, William Patrick Tenbrook, Ayla Helen Terrell, Cory Don Vallotton, Matthew James Weaver, Erin Elizabeth Wilds, Cassandra Rose Woodward, Brandon David Zimmerman.
dent, National Honor Society vice-president, Future Business Leaders of America, Mr. RHS 2009, 2007 Golf State qualifier and the 2008 Golf Sunset Conference in which he took 2nd Team All League. His post-graduation plans are to attend the University of Oregon.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Kimberly Rae Church, Jessica Marie Cooper, Johnathan Michael Covey, Windey Gale Dorsey, John M. Drozek, Jillana Louise Ellis, Amanda Sue Fitzlaff, Casey Nicole Fraley, Lori Anne Fraser, Cory James Gibbens, Alan David Griggs, Brittany Rayann Guyette, Stephany Mellisa Guyette, Shane Loren Henderson, Chelsea Jane Hitchcock, Logan Keith Hodges, Sean Wayne Horton, Lace McKena Caitlyn Kelly, Charlotte Maria Krafft, Travis Earl Leach, GaHee Katrina Lee, Cesar Edwardo Lira, Jason Scott Lyons, Kayla Marie Miles, Tailor Ann Nunn, Jessica Mae Parker, Robert Jon Olson, Clarissa Ann Rickels, HannaMaria Riesner, Steven Arthur Roye, Cody John Savey, Katherine Suzanne Schriver, Tia LeAnn Smart, Jillian Brittiany Smith, Amanda Marie Caruth, Bebette Solorzano, Karen Monique Swift, Camille Anne Tisler, Sierra Lyn Wells, Ashley Kaylen White, Meagan Nicole Widdifield, Shelby Alta Wiggans, Tonni Lee Willis, Jeffrey David Wilmarth, Brice Young.
to Brown University or Boston University to earn a doctorate in archaeology. Ruth Merrill is the salutatorian, with a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.96. She is the daughter of Ward and Marilyn Merrill. Her activities and honors include honor roll, varsity volleyball, Most Outstanding Female Track Member and playing with the band at Carnegie Hall. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Umpqua Community College for two years, then transfer to a Portland college for two more years. She then plans to attend a medical school, with the goal of becoming a pediatric cardiologist.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Benedikt Bornemann, Brenna Butler, Brittney Chambers, Samantha Cushing, Tony Davis, Chelsea Evans, Karla Farley, Brock Goldbeck, Brodie Goldbeck, Storm Gunn, Stevie Hooley, Disa Jensen, Rebekka Killcy, Lacee Martin, Megan Matthews, Ruth Merrill, Chase Moran, Francolin Moreno, Savannah Morgan, Jordan Nelson, Ryan Norton, Jordan Osborn, Chase Pappas, Joshua Pollinger, Asia Ramsey, Carli Schofield, Francisco Serda, Mary Vargas, Alisha Wilsey, Alyssa Zuiderwijk.
Phoenix School will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. June 9 in Jacoby Auditorium, Umpqua Community College. A reception will follow.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: William Aguayo, Alec Benz, Marco Bernardo,Tiffany Boggs, Brian Bonner, Christopher Boyle, Susie Breier, Ashley Burdett, Olivia Cain, Jamie Carroll, Sarina Noelle Chavarria, Cindy Clark, Jennifer Coggswell, Christopher Counts, Danielle Dial, Brent Durand, Lawrence Harper, Victoria Harris, Kelsie Hefley, Travis Hodges, Jason Hogeland, Scott Jeffredo, Ken Kelley, Alyssa Lochner, Brittany Lusk, Wesley Morey, Jennifer Oots,Trevin Payne, Ryan Piazza, Aaron Price, Kory Ramsay, Daniel Reich, Alicia Robinson, Nichelle Rogers, Mary Schaedler, Gabe Schissler, Meranda Seeber, Cheyenne Smith, Nathan Stuart, Brandi Stubbs, Matt Tester, Megan Tollefson, Jamie Tyler, Kelsee Underwood, Justin Vancill, Timothy Wear, Allyce Wilson, Melissa Wright.
Roseburg High School
Roseburg High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. June 7 at Finlay Field. The guest speaker will be math teacher Joe Richards. Student speakers will be Brian O’Neil and Thomas Whiteside. The baccalaureate service will be at 7 p.m. June 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Bailey Church. Student status is subject to change, pending final grades. Shelby Bailey is co-valedictorian, with a cumula- Bambino tive grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Blair and Kathy Bailey of Winchester. Her activities and Bartosz honors include National Honor Society vicepresident, ASTRA Service Club president, leadership, girls’ tennis team and link crew. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Willamette University. Dylan Bambino is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He is the son of Mike and Tami Bambino of Melrose. His activities and honors include National Honor Society, Key Club, Math Team, Ultimate
Riddle Education Center
Riddle Education Center will hold graduation ceremonies at 6 p.m. June 3 in the Riddle Elementary School Gymnasium, 463 Park St., Riddle. The guest speaker will be teacher Dennis Wilcox. The class speaker will be Chad Myers.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Alyssa Brown, Taylor Bryant, Kristina Harris, Corttney Johnson, Jade Kennedy, Dustin Maurer, Missy Miller, Chad Myers, Andrew Pritchett, Eron Roark, Joshua Setiawan, Jalana Thomas.
Riddle High School
Riddle High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. June 6 in the Riddle High School gym. Karla Farley is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.98. Farley She is the daughter of Gary and Johna Farley. Her activities and honors include drama club, honor society, school newspaper Merrill and playing with the band at Carnegie Hall. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Portland State University for four years, then transfer
Reedsport Junior/Senior High School
Reedsport Junior/Senior High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 2 p.m. June 7 at the school, at 2260 Longwood Drive, Reedsport. The guest speaker will be Lynn Fulps. The baccalaureate service will be at 7 p.m. June 3 at Highland BapTisler tist Church, 2500 Longwood Drive, Reedsport (next to the high school). Senior Academic Awards Night is 7 Savey p.m. May 26; Senior Sports Awards Night is 7 p.m. May 28. Both events take place in the high school auditorium. Camille Tisler is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.98. She is the daughter of David and Valerie Tisler. Her activities and honors include senior class president, Reedsport School Board representative, vice-president of Future Business Leaders of America, secretary of the National Honor Society, Mr. RHS coordinator/choreographer, varsity track and varsity basketball. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Boise State University and earn a degree in history. Cody Savey is the salutatorian, with a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.90. He is the son of Joe and Cathy Savey. His activities and honors include student body presi-
Frisbee Club and fine arts. His postgraduation plans are to attend the University of California, BerkeMiller ley. Kristen Bartosz is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Nancy and B. O’Neil Robert Bartosz of Roseburg. Her activities and honors include participating in four state competitions with the Royce varsity math team, marching band, volunteering at Mercy Medical Center, St. Joseph Catholic Church choir and Strickland orchestra member for community musicals. Her postgraduation plans are to attend either the University of Portland or Oregon Stubblefield State University and major in mathematics. Ashley Miller is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point aver- Alliman age of 4.0. She is the daughter of Rusty and Sue Miller of Roseburg. Her activities and honors include Wellspring Bible Fel- Whiteside lowship Youth Group, National Honor Society, clinic assistant at Douglas Medical Clinic, four-time award-win- Wilson ner at Evening of Excellence and Breakfast of Champions award-winner. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Umpqua Community College for a year and to transfer to
Corban College. Brian O’Neil is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. Whisenhunt He is the son of Michael O’Neil and Patty O’Neil of Roseburg. His activities and honors include National D. O’Neill Jr. Merit Scholarship finalist, swimming for high school varsity and Roseburg Swim Team, Ultimate Frisbee Club, National Honor Society and Skills USA. His post-graduation plans are to attend University of California, Los Angeles and to major in mechanical engineering. Anna Royce is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of John and Judy Royce of Roseburg. Her activities and honors include National Honor Society officer, Skills USA, Math Team, soccer and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her postgraduation plans are to attend Honor’s College at Oregon State University to study mechanical engineering. Steven Strickland is co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He is the son of Curtis and Elizabeth Strickland of Roseburg. His activities and honors include Leadership, soccer, National Honor Society, LifeTeen Catholic Youth Group and Link Crew. His post-graduation plans are to attend Harvard University. Molly Stubblefield is covaledictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Daryl and Janet Stubblefield of Roseburg. Her activities and honors include Oregon High School Rodeo Association, Ford Family Foundation Scholarship recipient, National Honor Society chapter treasurer, Future First Citizen finalist and Oregon High School Equestrian Team. Her postgraduation plans are to attend Western Oregon University, majoring in math and Spanish, and to pursue a master’s degree in education. Amber Whisenhunt is covaledictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Rodney and Lilly Whisenhunt. Her activities and honors include National Honor Society, Key Club, R.A.Y.S. Youth Court and Music on the Half Shell. Her post-graduation plans are to attend college. Daniel O’Neil Jr. is co-salutatorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9. He is the son of Dan and Yvonne O’Neil of Roseburg. His activities and honors include National Honor Society, Key Club, German American Partnership Program, Math Club and Ultimate Turn to GRADS, page 6
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Continued from page 5 Frisbee Club. His post-graduation plans are to attend the University of Oregon. Leah Alliman is co-salutatorian, with a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.9. She is the daughter of Julie and Randy Alliman of Roseburg. Her activities and honors include varsity tennis, piano teacher/student and Sunday school teacher. Her post-graduation plans are to enroll in Umpqua Community College’s nursing program. Thomas Whiteside is cosalutatorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9. He is the son of Tom Whiteside of Roseburg and Shannon Connolly of Green. His activities and honors include marching band drum line section leader, National Honor Society, German American Partnership Program, Mr. RHS winner and member of the local band Afternoon. His post-graduation plans are to attend Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle to study music composition. Zoe Wilson is co-salutatorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9. She is the daughter of Tim and Julie Wilson of Roseburg. Her activities and honors include section leader of the RHS marching band, president and section leader of the RHS Ambiance Choir, Link Crew leader, STARS teen leader and National Honor Society. Her post-graduation plans are to attend the University of Minnesota, majoring in theater and minoring in vocal music; her goal is to be a professional actress in New York City.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Christopher Abrao, Breanna Adkins, Adam Alexander, Leah Alliman, Mark Alonzo, Jesus Alvarado, Julio Anaya, Ariel Anderson, Kellie Anderson, Miranda Anderson, Jennifer Andrews, Brittany Arnold, Katelyn Ary, Drew Atkins, Jacqueline Audiss, Anne Austin, Lindsey Backman, Shuray Bagley, Shelby Bailey, Korrie Baker, Marah Baker, Kelsey Bales, Dylan Bambino, Justin Bannister, Austin Baranko, Jared Barnett, Kristen Bartosz, Nicole Bassett, Katrina Basso, Taylor Basson, Emily Batdorf, Travis Bateson, Coeli BautistaO'Reilly, Anthony Bayliss, William Bayliss, Sarah Belloir, Cassidy Benedict, Gillian Bentley, Chyanne Berry, Tiffany Beteta, Donald Bettencourt, Kevin Bever, Timothy Bidwell, Shasteal Bogdanoff, Anthony Bovee, Kenneth Bowman, Sarah Brady, Anantnoor Brar, Chanel Brazil, Robert Briggs III, Ryan Bright, Brittney Brock, Chaney Bruton, Caleb Bryant, Megan Buckley, Jannick Budahn, Christina Buehner, Tyler Bullock, Zachary Burnett, Gregory Burns, Devon Burson, Cody Camden, Jessie Campbell, Jamie Campos, Mary Carlson, Evan Carroll, Teleah Carroll, Christopher Case, Dakota Cavens, Steven Cerbone, Daniel Chandler, Cameron Chappell, Nathan Cheney, Dustin Churchill, Ashley Clarke, Sean Cleveland, Seth Clinkenbeard, Ashley Cluver, Brian Cook, Garrett Cook, Kyle Cooper, Stephanie Cope, John Cota, Kelsey Cullett, Kristine Cunningham, Larisa Czernowski, Christopher Dahl, Alex Daniels, Ashton Darland, Cierra Davidson, Brian Davis, Charles Davis, Deanna Davis, Joshua Davis, Susanna DeBell, Reston Debs, Brittany Deedon, Cory DeLatte, Kellie DeMers, Stephen DeNino, Britney Dense, Melaeni DePriest, Lauren Dimock, Victoria Dodson, Kiefer Dow, Nicole Earwood, Richard Eaton, Zachary Eck, Lane Eggers, Erin Epley, Brett Epperly, Christine Erbe, Francine Erdell, Jasper Erickson Trent Estes, Steven Evans, Joshua Evarts, Christina Exparza, Marjan Ezzati, Moriah Faas, Khaley Fain, Matthew Feldkamp, Tauni-Kay Felgentrager, Melissa Ferguson, Mateus Fernandes, Adam Flagor, April Flamion, Danielle Fox, Kasey Fox, Jaime Fraley, Kimberly Frerichs, Jennifer Frier, Taylor Fugate, Samantha Fummerton, Robert Funderburk, Nicole Galster, Brandon Galvez, Jenessa Gambill, Bradlee Garza, Brooklynne Garza, Joseph Gerbel, Eric Gholson, Brandon Gilbert, McKayla Gilbert, Timothy Gilbert II, Chase Gilley, Alicia Gillham, Richelle Gix, Charles Goebel, Maria de La Paz Gonzalez Rodriguez, Jody Grant, Austin Gregg, Toni Gregory, Jordan Guthrie, Tyler Guthrie, Curtis Guyer, Mark Hahn, Kayla Hall, Matthew Hamlin, Kaitlyn Hane, Andrew Harris, Corey Hart, Keith Hart, Jessica Hawelu, Stephanie Hector, Michael Heichel, Taylor Henderson, Joseph Hennricks, Chenoa Hilde, Staci Hohstadt, Madison Horst, Brittany Justice, Samantha Howard, Stuart Ivie, Cameron Jarvis, Tanaira Jelley, Myah Jennings, Christopher Jewell, Annalise Johnson, Brittany Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Stevie Jonava, Jacob Jones, Joshua Jones, Nation Jones, Patrick Jones, Jared Jorgensen, Matthew Keller, Brenda Khang, Corinne Kievit, Zachary Kilby, William King, Cadee Kinne, Carrington Kinney, Justin Kinney, Paige Kischel, Jessica Kooken, Nicole LaBeck, Rylee LaFreniere, Haley Lamphere, Tyler Lander, Brianna Lanyon, Stephanie Larson, Charles Lavington, Brittany Ledbetter, Emily Lee, Rebecca Lee, Nanci Leichner, Katheryn Leon, Courtney Lewis, Tyler Lincecum, Erika Linden, Ariel Lindquist, Mary Ling, Joseph Liscia, Christian Lucas, Gina Lusher, Bradly Mabie, Kelsie Madison, John Robert Magcawas, April Magee, Stephanie Magee, Lacey Major, Matthew Makinson, Brittany Mandera, Shauna Manning, Trevor Marlar, Samantha Martin, Samantha Martin, Brandon Matijkowicz, Benjamin Matthews, Chase May, Nikayla McBride, Brandon McConnell, Crystalise McDowell, Cynthia McElmurry, Nolan McGinnis, Alicia McGregor, Amanda McHargue, Kevin McKnight, Kirk McMahan, Taylor Mead, Brady Mefferd, Lars Mehlum, Amanda Meinke, Seth Melvin, AnnaMaria Mencarelli, Emmanuel Mendoza, July Metcalf, Dancille Miles, Gabriel Miles, Ashley Miller, Brandon Miller, Elaine Miller, Kory Miller, Kimberly Mintz, Kristin Mitchell, Cannon Mock, Fernando Monteiro, Austin Montgomery, Kyle Montgomery, Brianna Moore, Michelle Moore, Sarah Moore, Mateus Moron, Michelle Mousseau, Emily Murdock, Jordan Murtha, Brian Neely Jr., Megan Neff. Dallas Nicholson, Miranda Nickols, Stefan Nielsen, Stephani Nielsen, Norjir Nishida, Tristina Nyberg, Shannon O’Connell, Justin O’Gorman, Brian O’Neil, Daniel O’Neil Jr., James O’Neill, Chloé Olander, John Olson, Coy Opland, Aaron Oppeltz, Dmytro Orel, Olivia Osborn, Andrew Osburn, Timothy Owens, Corey Pacheco, Stephanie Painter, Dean Parrott, Amanda Payne, Moises Paz Jr., Nicholas Perry, Erik Petersen, Lee Peterson, Samantha Pettibone, Toby Phillips, Stephen Poole, Katelin Potter, Katelyn Powers, Ashlee Price, Jordan Pritchett, Kimberly Pritchett, Jordan Quist, Nykolus Radcliffe, Cole Radford, Tyler Rahn, Emma Reed, Aaron Resco, Garrett Rice, Kathryn Richardson, Kolleen Rigney, Stacey Roberts, Chelsea Robertson, Michael Rodriguez, Tyler Roerish, Blake Rogers, Brianna Rogers, Brandon Romano, Amanda Rose, Zachary Rose-Adkins, Tyler Rountree, Tyler Rowland, Anna Royce, Marcie Russell, William Russell, Alysa Saldua, Skyler Sanborn, Clinton Savage, Brady Schroder, Kirby Schussel, Gatlin Schwin, Jordan Scoles, Ronald Scott, Wade Sedawie, Tessa Sevdy, Karin Sewall, Brittney Shaw, Lucas Short, Courtney Smith, Jared Smith, Kyler Smith, William Snyder, Molly Soder, Skyla Solomon, Geoffrey Somnitz, Lucas Soto, Dalen Spencer, Alisha Sprague, Erica Steingrobe, Michael Stewart, David Stribling III, Steven Strickland, Brad Stricklin, Ariel Strunk, Molly Stubblefield, Kaila Stutzman, Kevin Sumerlin, Rachel Svendsen, Scott Swanson, Erin Tarvin, Kyle Taylor, Margaret Taylor, Zackery Taylor, Lauren Terry, Danessa Theall, Michelle Thompson, Matthew Thomson, Matthew Timm, Kasey Trotter, Kayla Tuttle, Kyle Upright, Robert Vaillancourt Jr., Kurtis Van Cleave, Jasmin Vargas, Diana Vela Mendoza, Nicholas Von Seggern, Virgil WallsElliott, Christopher Warren, Travis Watkins, Olla Watts, Trevor Waugh, Nicole Wear, Alexandria Wellington, Shea Wetherell, Amber Whisenhunt, Ryland White, Thomas Whiteside IV, Stephanie Wilber, Zoe Wilson, Austin Willetts, Evan Wimberly, Ian Winter, Shawna Wittrock, Breanna Wofford, Athlyn Wooton, Jonathan Wriston, John Zhu.
Creek. Her activities and honors include varsity golf, National Honor Society president, Johnson Leadership/Link Crew, math C.O.S.A. award as a sophomore, Associated Student Body research Church and awareness agent. Her postgraduation plans are to attend Oregon State University and major in exercise science, to pursue a Moan doctorate in physical therapy and ultimately to be a physical therapist at Shriners Hospital. Kenzie Church is co-salutatorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Cliff and Kelly Church of Myrtle Creek. Her activities and honors include volleyball, basketball, softball, National Honor Society and Leadership/Link Crew. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Oregon State University to major in business administration, with an emphasis on human resources. Brett Moan is co-salutatorian, with a cumulative gradepoint average of 3.92. He is the son of Russell and Evelyn Moan of Myrtle Creek. His activities and honors include Associated Student Body copresident, Boy Scouts of America, C.O.S.A. award in fine arts, member of the drama club and member of the varsity bowling team. His postgraduation plans are to major in nursing at Umpqua Community College.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Jamie Lee Amaral Mell, Nicholas Lynn Anderson, Ada Mae Ball, Johnathan Walter Barrows, McKenna Kay Bice, Kevin Alan Bigler, Sean Michael Bland, Melodie Joanne Bliven, Brandon Allen Bowers, Brian Allen Bowers, Tiffany Michelle Brewer, Ryan Andrew Brown, Kristine Lauren Brownell, Jeremy Michael Changala, Kenzie Hope Church, Erica Rae Clack, Schyler Mary Francis Cobb, Joseph Dellas Coffey, Alexander Dain Collins, Stephanie Rashell Collins, Teresa Kayla Cox, Triton Zacharian Crane, Bryar Cole Hardy Dean,Tina Michelle Dewberry, Matthew Scott Fairchild, Spenser Lee Fletcher, Damion James Flores, Matthew David Gaston, Erik Daniel Gaylor, Jelyn Gazo, Scott William Gibson, Nicole Rhea Giles, Reese Charles Glasscock, Steven Joseph Glasscock, Lindsey Marie Goodson, Karlie Leone Griffith Solinger, Keith Edward Hammond, Angelica Dawn Hanks, Merissa Ann Harvey, Melissa Nicole Hegney, James William Hewitt, Thomas Andrew Hum-
bert, Marcus Anthony Hunt, Breanne Michelle Hurd, Vannessa Nichole Jackson Foshaug, Victoria Kirsten Jackson Foshaug, Annie Louise Johnson, Nathan Lee Johnson, Kaysea Lee Koncur, Stephanie Nichole Kuhre, Christopher Ryan Kukuk, Melissa Mechelle Lampton, Elizabeth Ann Lansberry, Matthew David Larson, Kylissa Faye Leming, Clayton Charles Lent, Michael Dean Long, Alexander Phillip Martin, Joshua James Matthews, Victoria Paige McFarland, Zachary Caleb McGahuey, Justin Patrick McGauley, Heather Ann Melton, Isaac Leigh Joseph Miller, Brett Justin Moan, Cody Lee Monahan, LaDonna Rose Munion, Christopher James Murphy, Andrew Paul Nale, Denver Mitchell Nay, Joshua Levi Norton, Aleesha Pachmayr, Jessica Lee Ann Page, Teak Andrew Page, Iesha Mae Parker, Joshua Allen Perkins, Brennan James Pettibone, Samual Elliot Pingle, Hailey Nichole Pitts, Stephanie Joy Poisson, William McGary Querini III, Jordan Lee Racicot, Sterling James Robertson, Jessica Deann Rogers, Ky Dean Schoonhoven, Mark Edward Selzler, Anthony Jon Shellard, Lauren Andrea Shellard, Ryan Anthony Smedley, Calla Mae Lynn Telford, Bobbie Ann Tharp, Kimberly Ann Thayer, Christina Ann Thompsen, Joshua Ryan VanHeck, Mariah Jean Vincent, David Allen Weathers, Ashley Nikole Webber, Benjamin Harold Wheeler, Taylor Marie Whitmore, Anthony Joseph Whitson, Mikael Radley Wilkerson, Trent Allen Williams, Mark Timothy Wilson II.
choir (SL13 Ensemble and Code Blue), Umpqua Chamber Orchestra and track. Her postgraduation Tucker plans are to attend Lewis and Clark College with a double major in music education and music performance (bassoon). She would like to become a band and choir teacher and to play professionally in an orchestra. Bryan Tucker is a co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. He is the son of Rick and Patricia Tucker of Sutherlin. His activities and honors include Future Business Leaders of America, four-year Academic All Star, soccer and wrestling. His post-graduation plans are to attend Umpqua Community College or Eastern Oregon University.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Andreina Anderson-Marquez, Joseph Atterbury, Robert Atterbury, Blake Ballew, James Ballos, Matthew Bay, Dillon Becker, Kayla Beers, Tess Bennett, Vincent Bombara, Kiera Bradley, Karmon Bryant, Brian Burke Jr., Amanda Catania, Brittni Clark, Cody Clark, Maegen Clark, Samuel Corsaro, Timothy Cote’, Destiny Cowan, Jessica Cunningham, Michael Dake, Loren Davis, Elizabeth Denny, Thomas Dimock, Astashia Edwards, Cintia Esparza-Davis, Kayla Evans, James Felber, Andrew Fields, Danielle Flores, Kayla Flores, Jacob Franke, Nikole Fugate, Ryan Fullerton, Ashley Galvez, Breanna Garcia Jarrett Garcia, Jacob Gilman, Jaqui Gilman, Nathan Gordon, Jacob Guffie, Shyann Gugerty, Taylor Harwood, Sabrina Heaven, Zackary Holm, Khirstina Hoppe, Amanda Hutchings, Nikki Hyland, Jordan Johnson, Jennifer Jolley, Mark Kemmerer, Erica Knotts, Cody Lancaster, Bryson Lee, Jillian Lee, Jake Loos, Andy Mann, Stephanie McCombs, Mitch McLain, Brian McLean, Mariah Millan, Tessa Miller, Greggory Mock, Philip Moody, Karissa Needham, Ciarra Nelson, Nicholas Oberman, Tyler Oliver, Krystal Osborne, Tonya Peterson, Kayla Powell, Kyle Reber, Joshua Reed, Joseph Roach, Steven Robinson, Michael Rogers, Savannah Sanders, Steven Saracco, Kelly Schricker, Stephanie Schultz, Joseph Shelton, Stacia Sifers, Jeremy Simms, Thomas Singler, Joshua Smith, Megan Solesbee, Kyle Summers, Trint Taylor, Sierra TerrelPerez, Erika Thorsen, Bryan Tucker, Jessica Valenzuela, Valerie Warren, Heather Weber, Timothy Whited, Alicia Woodward.
Sutherlin High School
Sutherlin High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 2 p.m. June 7 in the Sutherlin High School gym, 500 E. Fourth St. The baccalaureate service is at 7 p.m. June 5 at Sutherlin Family Church, 878 W. Sixth Avenue. Stephanie McCombs is a covaledictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Tamara McCombs of Sutherlin and Richard McCombs of Hermiston. Her activities and honors include National McCombs Honor Society, four-year Academic All Star and leadership class. Her postgraduation plans are to attend the University of Oregon, Thorsen majoring in multimedia productions and computer science. She would like to become a sound technician/recording engineer. Erika Thorsen is a co-valedictorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Kent and Ellen Thorsen of Sutherlin. Her activities and honors include Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society, fouryear Academic All Star, band,
National Merit Scholarship/commended student, VA volunteer, pianist at Tolley’s restaurant, Lewis honor roll 2005-09 and student body vice-president 200708. His post-graduation plans are to attend Pittam Umpqua Community College for two years, then transfer to Oregon State University to get a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Ashley Pittam is the salutatorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.875. She is the daughter of Monty Pittam and Sheila Danek-Pittam of Winston. Her activities and honors include varsity volleyball, varsity basketball, sophomore class treasurer, senior class secretary, Mercy Medical Center volunteer, Christmas for Kids of Douglas County volunteer. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Umpqua Community College and Oregon Health Sciences University, earn a Ph.D. and become an obstetrician.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Charles Aitken, Elizabeth Carswell, Kameo Claughton, Danelle Dickson, Ryan Graf, Michael Graham, Sara Harding, Casey Hill, Taylor Howard, Kyle Lewis, Kyle Monteith, Mindy Paris, Ashley Pittam, Allyssa Robinson, Karly Welch, Bo Younker, Jorden Zerbach.
Yoncalla High School
Yoncalla High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 1 p.m. June 7 in the Yoncalla High School gymnasium. Heather Lanza is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.979. She is the daughter of Amy Grabinski of Yoncalla and David Lanza of Ridgecrest, Calif. Her activities and honors include principal’s honor roll Lanza for every semester from the 9th through 12th grade, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, student government, cheerleading, STARS and drama. Her post-graduation plans are to attend either Oregon State University or Pacific University and study conservation biology or something in the field of sciences. Heather McDonald is a coTurn to GRADS, page 8
Umpqua Valley Christian School
Umpqua Valley Christian School will hold graduation ceremonies at 3 p.m. May 30 in Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College. The guest speaker will be Carl Yates. Kyle Lewis is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He is the son of Terry and Brenda Lewis of Rice Hill. His activities and honors include
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South Umpqua High School
South Umpqua High School will hold graduation ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. June 5 at the high school’s Loghry Field. The speaker will be Mary Kuk. The baccalaureate service will be at 7 p.m. June 4 at Tri City Church of Christ, 180 Briggs Drive, Myrtle Creek. Speakers will be Kevin Matthews and Kristy Westbrooks. Hosted by the South Umpqua Ministerial Fellowship, the service will be followed by refreshments. Annie Johnson is the valedictorian, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is the daughter of Keith and Claire Johnson of Myrtle
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Senior year highlights
County students reflect on the positive events and activities of 2008-09
Continued from page 6 salutatorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.478. She is the daughter of Tom McDonald of Drain and Sandra Wells of Yoncalla. Her activities and honors include volleyball, basketball, softball, numerous all-league awards McDonald and National Guard Scholar Athlete from Yoncalla. Her postgraduation plans are to Pollock attend Umpqua Community College and work toward a degree in dental hygiene. Tauri Pollock is a co-salutatorian, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.455. She is the daughter of Steve and Tammy Pollock of Yoncalla. Her activities and honors include principal’s honor roll, track, volleyball, Future Business Leaders of America, volunteering for Eagle Pride Day and STARS. Her postgraduation plans are to attend Southern Oregon University and pursue a degree in business administration. She would like to work for a Fortune 500 company.
THE 2009 GRADUATES ARE: Hope Ahlvers, Heath Anson, Amanda Barcus, Alexa Blanchfill, Amanda Bowden, James Dockery, Evan du Bellier, Janessa England, Grady Falco, Harold Gilpin, Harvey Hampton, Curtis Jones, Heather Lanza, Steven Lowe, Rebecca Lyons, Troy Lyons, Heather McDonald, Sabrina Parscal, Biren Patel, Julio Paz, Adam Peterson, Tauri Pollock, Blake Randall, Derek Reece, Shawn Rodrigue, Kylar Ruiz, Kamie Short, Amanda Thorp, Kalah Villarreal, Romana Vroman, Tony Walls Jr., Kayla Weaver, Selina Wiersma, Aurora Wilson.
Photo courtesy of Yoncalla High School
Members of the Yoncalla High Class of 2009 took part in Yoncalla Pride Day, which included a town cleanup on May 14. These students replanted the flower beds in front of the high school.
Senior Class. May God richly bless your lives. DAYS CREEK HIGH SCHOOL The Days Creek Senior Class of 2009 is like a box of chocolates. We form a diverse group of individuals who have excelled in athletics, academics, leadership, community service and so much more. Each of us is an individual and yet, we are the same, rich in texture. Growing up together since elementary school, we are strong and united, yet unique in every aspect. We are the Days Creek Wolves
tudents and advisors involved with the Classes of 2009 at Douglas County high schools were asked to summarize characteristics of their classes or activities that the classes enjoyed during the school year. We asked them to tell us what was positive about the class and what made it stand out. Here is what they had to say. Entries have been edited for space and clarity.
CAMAS VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOL Camas Valley Charter School is a small, rural school in the heart of Camas Valley. The 10 seniors who are graduating this year have spent nearly all of their 12 years of schooling together in Camas Valley. They form a close group whose members treat each other more like family than classmates. On June 5, the members of the Class of 2009 will receive their high school diplomas and embark on new adventures. The seniors of Camas Valley High School plan on becoming teachers, mason/cement workers, and soldiers. Whether members of the Class of 2009 decide to stay in Camas Valley or move far away, these seniors will never forget the sense of community and support they received in our small school in Camas Valley.
even more important — as being part of the class with the highest percentage in the school’s history of seniors going on to further their educations. ELKTON HIGH SCHOOL The highlight of our senior year was our class trip to San Francisco, Calif., April 16 through 21. We stayed in Vallejo, Calif., the first night and went to Six Flags. Then we headed down to San Francisco for the next three nights. We went to Alcatraz, The San Francisco Zoo and the Jelly Candy Company.
For the past year or so, the senior class has been working toward raising enough money to go on a yearend trip to Walt Disney World in beautiful Orlando, Fla. We have done several fundraisers as a class including bake sales, yard sales, community bunko nights and several other miscellaneous “fun-raisers” in order to get to go on a magical vacation to the happiest place on earth. Through these fundraisers we have had the help of our beloved match teacher Mrs. Victoria Hokanson, and her husband, who is a whiz in the kitchen and goes by the name of John “Betty Cracker” Hokanson. We also had the help of our shop teacher Mr. William “the Red Baron of the Kitchen” Vincent. The senior class can hardly wait for its magical destination at the happiest place on earth, Disney World. We have many characters in our class. We’re like a late-night sitcom. Some say our senior class is a lot like the Fox hit show “Cheers.” Everybody knows your name, but we don’t drink beer.
State to change dropout tracking
BEND (AP) — State education officials plan to change the way they report on Oregon’s high school drop out rate this coming school year by releasing data based on how many students graduated within four years. The new measurement system will also begin to categorize students who earn GEDs instead of high school diplomas as dropouts. “It will count against school districts if they have a high number of GEDs,” said Susan Smith, spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Education. State education officials have long calculated the dropout rate by schools and districts and followed students over a one-year period, not four-years as they are about to start doing. Vicki Van Buren, Bend-La Pine Schools’ chief academic officer for high school education, said the new tracking method will allow districts to better understand which students are leaving. She also said the data under the new system should help school districts support struggling students better. In June, school districts will receive a preview of what their numbers will look like using the new measurement. In April 2010, the state will release the percentage of students who should have graduated with the class of 2009 but who dropped out instead. For the 2007-2008 academic year, the state has released one-year dropout numbers, which indicate the number of high school students who registered in the fall but quit before school ended in June. The numbers showed an alltime low dropout rate of 3.66 percent for Oregon. Because the state will begin to look at a class and track students over a four-year period, Smith said, the results will likely show as much as a 10 percent increase in the dropout rate statewide.
GLIDE HIGH SCHOOL The 2009 graduating class of Glide High School has done very well coping with all the changes its school has gone through this past year. The senior class is full of unique and very original individuals. We are of independent spirits, and when plans are made we are sure to see them through. Our class loves to snack and we love to throw amazing classroom parties. Photo courtesy of Milo Adventist Academy Through hard times Nichole Briones, left, Latosha Haskin, Madeline Ledezma and Nichole Stephenson look we put on brave faces up for a photo while waiting for lunch prepared by Cherina Cordell. The Milo Adventist Academy students participated in a week of Senior Survival at the beginning of this school and keep our attitudes very positive. We are year. effervescent dancing fools. As a class we are very close and Seven kids went on the trip (our — the leaders of the pack! CANYONVILLE we all get along. We have a bright whole graduating class). Our prinCHRISTIAN ACADEMY outlook on the future of tomorrow. cipal, Mr. Hughes, was a chaperCCA’s graduating class of 2009 DOUGLAS We live for the sweet sensation of one, along with Stephanie McMilis a diverse group of 38 students HIGH SCHOOL seeing someone smile! lan’s mom. It was a really good The students of Douglas High from 11 different countries. Over As we wrap up this wonderful ending together to our senior year. School consider themselves to be the course of their last year in high year, we reflect back on all of the humorous and to have perfected the school, they were in charge of runawesome memories that we have art of procrastination. ning “The Pilot’s Cove,” a concesGLENDALE shared. We wish one another lots of The seniors will most likely be sion stand that was open during our HIGH SCHOOL luck for the future! The year is 2009. So what is so remembered for their incredible volleyball and basketball seasons, important? 2009 is the year Barack homecoming skits and their work in order to raise money for their Obama is sworn into office, 2009 is to start Big Man on Campus. They senior trip. MILO ADVENTIST were the first class to have violence the year European countries AlbaWith the money raised from the ACADEMY The Class of 2009 endured as the main part of their skits. Fight nia and Croatia join NATO, 2009 is stand, some of the seniors Senior Survival at the beginning of scenes were choreographed to have also the year that Glendale’s senembarked on a three-day trip to iors embark on their journey of life. the school year, and now those stuSanta Cruz, Calif. While in Califor- a single student beat up several dents have confidence as they leave We have made many memories, other students. nia, they visited the boardwalk and high school. we have done fundraisers, we have The seniors of Douglas High went to Great America. For the second week of school, lived life and we have lived life In April, the Junior class honored helped start the first Big Man on well. Instead of boring the reader to the seniors and some staff ventured Campus competition, a male beauthe seniors by hosting a into the woods to camp, make their death with an eternal rant about ty pageant that many teachers Junior/Senior Banquet. They own shelters, fix their own meals, how fantastically great the senior rounded off the event with karaoke claim to be the single greatest event leadership has put together in class is, we’ll elaborate on the and a movie before heading home. memories that we have made and its history. But perhaps the seniors Canyonville Christian Academy Turn to HIGHLIGHTS, page 9 will make together. will be remembered for something wishes to congratulate its 2009
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GRADUATION 2009 Highlights
Continued from page 8 learn survival techniques, learn about edible plants, and participate in team building and spiritual activities. The students and staff survived the six days and five nights out. Later during the school year, most of the seniors participated in a Bible conference held in central Oregon. That event drew about 12 other schools. The boys basketball team was not only proud of its 15-5 record, but also of its 3.625 overall grade point average. During the recent Senior Recognition Weekend’s Saturday evening dinner, all 40 of Mill’s seniors participated as cooks, waiters and in cleanup, and then most also participated in the talent show, performing for many of their parents. The senior class capped its school year with a trip to Disneyland and California Adventures in Southern California. Thirty-nine of the 40 seniors were able to make that trip. All 40 are on track to graduate and the school is proud that 90 percent of them are planning to attend college in the fall. NORTH DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL The North Douglas Class of 2009 is going on a drug- and alcohol-free senior trip to California. On the trip, the seniors will be staying in Windsor and taking day trips to Vallejo and San Francisco. They have done multiple activities to fund raise for the trip, including dodgeball tournaments, car washes, three-point shooting contests, pie auctions and a dance. Their most beneficial fundraisers have been the dodgeball tournaments. Seniors went to businesses and asked for sponsorships. Each sponsor got its business name put on shirts worn by the participants. The dodgeball tournaments were so successful that some of the seniors even earned their money for the entire trip. The senior class has worked very hard to earn money for an exciting trip to California. OAKLAND HIGH SCHOOL The 2009 senior class of Oakland High School is a group worth remembering. Despite its large size, our class is still a fun and unified bunch. More than a third of the students have been here since kindergarten, and with new people over the years, we are graduating with a total of 57 Oakers. Our seniors are known for being loud and proud; whether it’s winning Homecoming in both our junior and senior year, performing well on the court and field, or having David Dikkers rile up the crowd with his signature “Oak What?!” cheer — you know we have spirit. We’ve grown up together, seeing each other through every trial and tribulation. Even with the biggest losses our class has stayed strong and found a way to grow even closer. This year we graduate and start our new lives, but the Senior class of 2009 will forever be connected. We are Oakers, we are leaders, we are friends, we are seniors. PHOENIX SCHOOL The face of a Phoenix Student What does my face look like? I am a student. I am a musician. I am a gardener. I am a crew member. I am a worker. I am a learner. I am a survivor. I am an athlete. I am an artist. I am a caregiver. I am a volunteer. I am a parent. I am a chef. I am a scientist. I am homeless. I am a conservationist. I am a photographer. I am a college student. I am a provider for my family. I am a peer mentor. I am a community partner. I am a champion. I am a leader. I am hopeful. I am a recovering addict. I am happy. I am a friend. I am involved. I am intelligent. I am caring. I am committed. I am productive. I am ready for my future. I am a graduate. REEDSPORT HIGH SCHOOL The Reedsport Junior/Senior High School graduating class of 2009 is one with character and energy, according to advisor Keith Tymchuk. Senior Bebette Solorzano remembers her class as one with “the ability to accept one another and truly act like a family.” Amanda Solomon, new to the school this year, writes that she remembers on her first day in RHS seeing another senior singing, “Don’t worry, be happy.” This set the stage for a great senior year with a wonderful class. Jessica Parker feels the highlight of the year was the great feeling of closeness among the class members. Senior Cody Savey says he will miss a class with unlimited potential, where “the sky is the limit!” RIDDLE EDUCATION CENTER The 12 graduating seniors worked at the “Save Our School” Sawdust Jubilee, Yard Sale and Masquerade Ball to earn the remaining $25,000 to finish paying back the debt to the Riddle School District. We are the largest graduating class of Riddle Education Center. We all have a strong bond with the community through our community service and working with town members to make Riddle a nicer place to live. We established a Community Garden on 5th Street in Riddle. The garden will be shared with community members, Riddle Elementary School and probably will not be a class that will change the world, but one that participates in their chosen communities, adding a degree of flair not always seen these days. They are a class of kinship and laughter, as only a family can be, and that is not such a bad way to be. ROSEBURG HIGH SCHOOL A collection of artists, intellectuals and athletes, the Roseburg High School Class of 2009 is a group destined to form a generation that goes far beyond the past definitions of success. While this year’s seniors display similar awards and talents of former classes, it is a fact that the Class of 2009 is guided by an empathetic heart that gives its achievements a fuller meaning. In essence, for Roseburg’s seniors it is not about mere accomplishments, but about taking the right path to them that is so significant. Getting things done is meaningless to the ’09 seniors unless everyone is included and everyone is having fun. Specifically, the Class of 2009 is noted for its universal friendliness and connection between its very diverse groups. Perhaps it is the case with which ’09 students have conquered Advance Placement classes, state championships and art contests that makes it about so much more than just awards. Unselfish volunteers like Erika Linden, unparalleled artists like Kristen Mitchell, undaunted athletes like Matt Thompson and unsung scholars like Steven Strickland, all represent the multi-faceted personality of the Roseburg High School Class of 2009. These seniors make up a community that is fun-loving, Turn to HIGHLIGHTS, page 10
Photo courtesy of Elkton High School
Members of the Elkton High School Class of 2009 include Thaddeus Miller, (from left) Stephanie McMillan, Derek Anderson, Richard Sanchez, Mackenzie Smith, Robin Whipple and Mate’ Eberhardt. The seniors stopped for a photo at the California state line during their senior trip to Disneyland. Riddle Education Center. We worked with the community at the Harvest Festival. We participated in all the activities with at least two students working at each station to help younger children make scarecrows, carve and/or paint a pumpkin, bake sale, decorate a popcorn ball, bouncy house and fishing booth. All donations went to the S.O.S. Committee. We weeded and planted flowers around the Riddle Community Center. We are a small school with a big heart, like a family, and have learned that through giving back to the community, we have earned a positive reputation, one that we are proud to have. If any organization in Riddle needs help they can call our school office and we are happy to help with anything that needs to be done. We are the Riddle Education Center Dragons, and through an ever-changing world, our school provides an opportunity for any student to succeed. Our Graduating Class of 2009 will be remembered as the class with the most unique group of seniors. RIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL The Class of 2009 is all that characterizes a small school; they are a family. They have the ability to get on each other’s nerves, matched only by their ability to truly enjoy each others accomplishments, to celebrate as only family can. They have navigated some rough waters together, but have always managed to emerge together; stronger than before. In a class of 32, five will be entering the service, and most of the rest are pursuing higher education of some sort. Theirs
Congratulations, Class of 2009
Each spring, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians presents a scholarship to a graduating senior from each Douglas County high school. These $1500 scholarships are awarded to seniors who plan to attend Umpqua Community College and who have shown both civic-mindedness and academic performance during their high school years. Staff at each high school make the decision on the recipient for the scholarship.
2009 Cow Creek Tribe Scholarship Recipients
Camas Valley Charter High School -- Cierra Gibson Days Creek Charter High School -- Teresa Wilkerson Douglas High School -- Stacia Blankenship Elkton High School -- Thaddeus Miller Glendale High School -- Ashley King Glide High School -- Brandon Belloir North Douglas High School -- Rio Morris Oakland High School -- Clinton Brown Phoenix High School -- Jennifer Oots Reedsport High School -- Katherine Schriver Riddle High School -- Jordan Osborne Roseburg High School -- Katilyn Hane South Umpqua High School -- Jessica Page Sutherlin High School -- Ryan Fullerton Yoncalla High School -- Amanda Thorp
Congratulations and best wishes to all of our area grads!
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Government Ofﬁce: 2371 N.E. Stephens, Roseburg, Oregon 97470 541.672.9405
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Credit card reform means new era for students
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s an end of an era for the thousands of college students who rely on MasterCard or Visa to get them through tight times. Under a new law that recently got President Barack Obama’s signature, credit card companies will be prohibited from giving cards to people under 21 unless they can prove they have the means to repay the debt or a parent or guardian co-signs for the loan. Congress passed the bill this week, and Obama was expected to sign it into law Friday. The changes will go into effect in nine months. “The hope is that when they spend, they’ll spend under better terms and there’ll be fewer traps for them,” said Pedro de la Torre, a spokesman for Campus Progress, a progressive group in Washington that tracks issues affecting young people. Congress is hoping to break a vicious cycle: A cardholder falls behind in paying the bill and watches helplessly as the interest rate spikes on the existing balance. Buried in higher rates and late fees, the cardholder spend less, which hurts local businesses. College students are particularly vulnerable. According to Campus Progress, aggressive marketing by the card companies and multimillion-dollar agreements with universities have presented young people with ample opportunities to borrow money they can’t repay. College seniors with credit cards are graduating with an average balance of $4,100, a 41 percent increase in the past five years, the group says. In addition to curbing the number of young people who can obtain a card, the legislation would set new limits on when and how banks charge fees. For example, a customer would have to be more than 60 days behind on a payment before seeing a rate increase on an existing balance. Even then, the lender would be required to restore the previous, lower rate if the cardholder pays the minimum balance on time for six months. Consumers also would have to receive 45 days’ notice and an explanation before their interest rate was increased. “This will allow consumers to make informed choices about how best, and whether, to use a credit card, or to shop around for better terms,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said after the House passed the bill Wednesday, 361-64. The Senate approved the bill , 90-5. The banking industry opposes the changes. “Less credit will be available generally, which means some consumers and small businesses will not be able to obtain credit cards at all, particularly younger people and startup small businesses,” said Edward Yingling, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. A spokeswoman for Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said the provision would not be retroactive. People under 21 who already have cards would be allowed to keep them, she said.
Determined grad ‘never had a childhood’
ROSSER, Wash. (AP) — Completing high school is hardly the usual rite of passage from childhood to young adult life for Gina Villegas. At age 18, she has survived the death of her mother and older brother in a car accident when she was 7, followed by the decline into dementia and death of the grandmother who reared her. While completing her studies with a 3.5 grade point average at Prosser High School, anticipating commencement next Sunday, Villegas helped care for Ivy, her 11-year-old sister. “You can’t always have what you want,” Villegas told the Yakima Herald-Republic. “Gina, honestly, has never had a childhood,” said Carol Rivera, an English teacher who became her confidant and advocate. “She has met these obstacles with way more maturity and grace than any adult.” Villegas visits her mother and brother’s grave at least once a week. She plans to enroll this fall at Yakima Valley Community College while continuing to see to Ivy’s welfare and hopes eventually to study law or criminal investigations at a four-year school. She’s looking for an apartment where she and her sister can spend the next year with
failing to brake at the stop sign and was ticketed for negligent driving, Benton County sheriff’s Lt. Brian White said. For about 10 years the two girls lived with their grandmother, Josefa Rodriguez. As age took its toll, Gina Villegas wound up helping her take medicine, eat and use the restroom until she died in November at age 75. “The sad thing is it made her grow up too fast,” her aunt, Elia Garcia, told the TriCity Herald. “She hasn’t been able to enjoy her high school years. This The Associated Press last prom was the Prosser High School graduate Gina Villegas poses at the grave of her mother and brother in Grand- first one she was view, Wash. Villegas was forced to grow up quickly when her mother and brother were killed in a 1998 car able to go to.” crash. Following that loss, Villegas lived with and cared for a grandmother who slipped into dementia The Villegases before dying in November, 2008. Also, she’s been caring for her younger sister. spent about two months with their Norma Villegas, 33, and her legal guardian of the fifth federal and church assistance, father, Ruperto Villegas, and grader, but Villegas is trying to 11-year-old son died at the as well as personal help in the his wife, then left because of scene. Gina and Ivy, then 9 assume custody. The family’s form of donated furniture and personality conflicts. months, were treated at Prosser life unraveled on June 17, appliances. “We have a good relationMemorial Hospital. 1998, when a tractor-trailer “We’re pretty much all we ship, but she has a problem Truck driver Douglas White, with my wife,” the father said. driver collided with the family have,” she said. car at an intersection in Prosser. of Bellevue, was accused of Their father remains the “I don’t know what’s wrong.” directed a play for public showings; ■ Erica Clack photographed several of her classmates for their senior pictures; ■ Jessie Page taught herself how to train horses and then worked to train them; ■ Mariah Vincent and Heather Melton worked together to organize a talent show with a cast of high school students, the show was then held during a school assembly for the students and at night for public viewing; ■ Kenzie Church organized a Cinderella Closet, gathering prom dresses and accessories from students and past proms and making the dresses available to this year’s students. Girls from South Umpqua, Riddle and Days Creek took advantage of the free dresses and accessories; ■ McKenna Bice, the recipient of two kidney transplants and hemodialysis, explained the process of hemodialysis (filtering of the blood). “It was an eye-opener for all of us,” said Robin McDowell, the senior seminar/careers teacher; ■ Josh Norton started a safe place for kids, writing the grants, getting the permits, doing hours of paperwork, for grade school kids; ■ Nicholas Andersen built a storage unit for equipment near baseball field, gathering volunteer labor and materials for the project; ■ Clay Lent visited several schools in the county, comparing school atmosphere and sports in a video he made. SUTHERLIN HIGH SCHOOL Sutherlin High School senior class has had numerous accomplishments throughout its four years. Through different clubs and activities, the Senior Class of 2009 has made its mark on the City of Sutherlin. We all participated in school beautification day our freshmen year; we did numerous types of activities such as painting the steps leading to our school and gym, scraping gum off bottoms of desks and painting different offices and rooms throughout the school. At Sutherlin High School there are many seniors involved in leadership. In leadership, every Thursday is cleanup day — we walk around our school and the neighboring streets, picking up trash and debris. All this so when people come to visit Sutherlin High School, our campus reflects our students, clean and put together. UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Six of the 17 members of the Class of 2009 have been together in school for the past 12 years. As sixthgraders, they went to a Mariners game in Seattle. This year has been full of volunteerism for the seniors. They volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and at Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center. Last year, the class volunteered at Hope Pregnancy Center, taking gift boxes and donations to the center and
The two girls now live with Noel and Rosa Munoz and their five children, whom they met when Rosa Munoz, a state-provided caregiver, helped Ivy recover from leg problems that may have been caused by birth defects or crash-related injuries. Villegas shares a room with her best friend, Rosie Munoz, also 18 and graduating Sunday. “It makes the family a little bigger, a little funner,” said Alma Munoz, 20, Rosie’s older sister. The fun took some time in coming. Struggling with anger, Villegas let her grades slip as a freshman. The next year she wound up in Rivera’s English class for students struggling to meet the reading and writing portions of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning. “I really didn’t care early on,” she said. “I really didn’t think life was worth it.” Rivera could relate, having grown up with a great-grandmother. She kept Villegas around as a teaching assistant. “I was a real angry kid, too,” the teacher said. “My teaching with Gina doesn’t end when she graduates,” she added. “To me this is a lifelong commitment. With Gina, I don’t see graduation as an end point.”
Continued from page 9 competitive and successful, but that always remembers its heart. SOUTH UMPQUA HIGH SCHOOL Senior students at South Umpqua have spent most of the school year working on individual projects that have turned out to be more memorable than class activities. For each project, the student had a mentor in the community who provided help. Following is a listing of several of the senior projects: ■ Brent Westrup worked at Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center in Winchester; ■ Nicole Giles wrote a book of poetry and is working to get it published; ■ Ada Ball and Sean Bland each
also doing some community. The UVC girls went to the second round of basketball state playoffs all four years. The boys went to the state soccer and baseball playoffs for four years and to the state basketball playoffs three years. YONCALLA HIGH SCHOOL The Yoncalla Senior Class of 2009 has participated in Yoncalla Pride Day for four years. As a class, we take pride in cleaning up the streets, the cemetery, and making our school look better. Over the years, the pride and respect of the students in the Senior Class has changed for the better. Because we participate in Yoncalla Pride Day, we are more reluctant to dirty what we just spent the day cleaning. We are proud to say that this is our school and our town. Participating in Yoncalla Pride Day also gives us a feeling of accomplishment, as we can drive by and say that we made Yoncalla a better place.
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More college graduates now joining Teach for America program
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a tight job market, a record number of college graduates are joining the ranks of Teach for America, the program that trains top students to teach in poor communities — more than the program can accept. When school starts next fall, Teach for America will send 4,100 new recruits into classrooms across the country. More than 35,000 graduating seniors applied, an increase of 42 percent over last year. At Ivy League schools, 11 percent of all seniors applied. The supply of potential teachers is outstripping demand. States and districts asked for a record number of teachers, yet for the first time, the organization turned down candidates who met all its rigorous criteria. “For the last nine years, really the only constraint on our growth has been recruits, just finding enough people who we really believe are ready for this,” said Wendy Kopp, the group’s founder and chief executive. “This is the first year when we’ve had to turn away people who would have met our admission bar in any previous year,” Kopp said. The constraint is the economy. Tighter budgets have forced some school districts to cut back on hiring, though overall 500 more spots for Teach for America are available this year. Also, those who give to nonprofits like Teach for America are either holding the line or cutting back on their charitable giving, which pays for training and professional development for the recruits. Despite the belt-tightening, some communities expect an influx of new Teach for America
Pauling building plans for OSU win no prize from history panel
CORVALLIS (AP) — Linus Pauling’s place in history is secure. A building named for him, however, has flunked with the Corvallis Historic Resources Commission. The Linus Pauling Science Center, named for the Oregon State University graduate who won Nobel prizes for chemistry in 1954 and peace in 1962, is the most expensive academic building ever planned for OSU. It would be located in the university’s historic district, which was created last summer, and is the first such district on any college campus in Oregon. In rejecting the plans, the commission said the structure would be incompatible with the design and materials in nearby historic buildings. Bruce Osen, the commission chairman, said the proposed building would be closer to the street than nearby structures, and its loading dock too prominent. Commission members also found fault with the main door, solar shades on the exterior of the building and a metal screen wall that hides laboratory mechanical systems. Some commissioners also said the building lacked architectural interest, Osen said. The City Council will decide June 1 whether to overturn the commission’s denial of the $62.5 million building. Bob Richardson, city of Corvallis associate planner, said the city’s historic standards are not clearly mapped out. “There’s a lot of discretion involved in deciding what’s compatible and what’s incompatible,” he said. The City Council held a public hearing on an appeal earlier this month, with the few who testified all in favor of overturning the commission. If the appeal is upheld June 1, the groundbreaking could be in mid-June, after graduation. Construction would take about two years. Vincent Martorello, the OSU facilities services director, said modern and sustainable building elements can work in the historic district, and he’s confident the council will side with the appeal. He said new plans have shortened the problematic loading dock and moved the building a little to the east. “I disagree (with the denial), but we’re still trying to respond to their concerns,” he told the GazetteTimes newspaper.
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A record number of college graduates is joining Teach for America, the program that trains top students to teach in poor communities. Here is a look at where the 4,100 new teachers are coming from: ■ Colleges most attended: University of Michigan University of Texas, Austin University of California, Cornell University University of Wisconsin, Madison Harvard University University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Yale University ■ Schools where Teach for America is the No. 1 employer of graduating seniors: Albion College Barnard College Brown University Emory University
Georgetown University Loyola of New Orleans Marquette University Mount Holyoke College Spelman College Trinity College, Connecticut Tulane University University of Chicago University of Connecticut University of San Diego Vanderbilt University ■ Schools with more than 5 percent of the senior class applying: Spelman, 25 percent Yale, 16 percent Princeton University and Wellesley College, 15 percent Brown, University of Chicago, Haverford College, 14 percent Harvard, Bowdoin College, 13 percent Columbia University, Cornell, Georgetown, Swarthmore College, Duke University, 11 percent University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Amherst College, William & Mary, Tulane, 10 percent University of Michigan, 8 percent
teachers, especially in rural areas. South Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta will have double the number of recruits this year. In Mississippi, state schools chief Hank Bounds asked Teach for America for at least 200 new teachers, the state’s largest corps. Bounds believes the program’s high-achieving graduates will play an important role in turning around his state’s struggling schools. Children suffer from poverty in Mississippi at a greater rate than the national average. And fourthgraders there trail the nation and region in reading and math, though they have made gains since 2003, according to the Southern Regional Education Board. The South holds particular inter-
est for some recruits. Yale graduate David DeAngelis asked specifically for assignment to the Delta, and he spent the past year teaching music in tiny Marianna, Ark., near the west bank of the Mississippi. “You become part of the community almost immediately, part of the lives of students, of students’ families,” DeAngelis said. “It’s a very rich and powerful experience, from the very beginning.” Urban schools are also asking for more. In Baltimore, school officials asked Teach for America to send 150 new teachers, twice the number of last year’s recruits. However, Teach for America still needs to raise $500,000 to pay for the increase. Interest in becoming a teacher
has soared amid the recession, especially in programs that get people there quickly. Teach for America, for example, provides five weeks of intensive summer training before the school year begins and requires a twoyear commitment from its recruits. Other programs help people switch permanently from other careers into teaching. One of the largest is the New Teacher Project, which has seen a surge in applications like that of Teach for America. Teach for America has endured its share of criticism. Recruits are less likely to stay in the classroom than those who come from traditional colleges of education, although opponents point out that the low-income schools where they work have much higher turnover anyway. Still, after their two-year commitment, two-thirds of Teach for America alumni are still working in education, according to the organization. About one-third are working as classroom teachers, and others are in administrative jobs such as principal or school superintendent. Opponents have also questioned the effectiveness of TFA teachers, although a growing body of research suggests there is little difference between their performance and that of teachers who followed more traditional routes to the classroom. A study commissioned by the Education Department and released in February reviewed all the available research, concluding that students did just as well whether their teachers came from alternate routes, such as Teach for America, or from traditional colleges of education.
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School of economic knocks await grads
WASHINGTON (AP) — Students scattering for the summer are worried they’ll be graduating from schools of higher learning only to find themselves snagged in the school of hard knocks. That’s what happened to Josh Donahue, 23, who went on food stamps two weeks after leaving Oregon State University with an economics degree that he hoped to use for a job as a financial analyst. He’s living with his aunt and uncle in Grants Pass and looking for even a menial job. “It feels like really, really bad, terrible timing,” he says. “A degree in economics doesn’t really prepare you to understand the economy very well.” Timing is much on the minds of students as they size up their opportunities in the worst economy their generation has known, an AP-mtvU poll at 40 college campuses finds. Young men and women are anxious not only about their finances and job prospects after graduation, but about the pressures facing parents, normally the rock of their existence. Nearly one in five polled students reported that at least one parent had lost a job in the past year. Many young people are taking refuge in graduate school, buying time until the economy improves even as they amass more debt from student loans. But others who hoped to go to grad school have had to defer it because of the expense. At George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., systems engineering junior Adrian Solomon, 21, of Virginia Beach, Va., said his mother, who is single and raising his 16-year-old sister as well as a foster child, is “trying to support me sometimes, when I need it.” At other times Mom has asked him for money, and “I would do what I can to help her out.” Jake Lear, 21, of Warrenton, Va., a digital arts major at George Mason, worked three jobs at a time through the past semester and is doing one of them full-time this summer — a resident adviser helping to look after freshmen in dorms — because he gets free housington outskirts, gave up his apartment and moved back home when the tips dropped off at the bar he tends. Studying nano-engineering, he’s confident the economy will rebound by the time he gets out of grad school. “It always does,” he said. “It’s nowhere near bad enough to think that the country’s going to explode and fail. The economy naturally cycles. I’ve studied enough economics to know that. It goes up, it goes back down.” In Grants Pass, Donahue wonders when it’s going to go up. He regrets stretching his bachelor of science in economics over five years, thinking he’d be in the financial sector by now if he’d finished school in four. Given the turmoil in that sector, however, it’s questionable whether an entry job would still be there. Sharing his $200 a month in food stamps with his aunt and uncle in lieu of rent, he’s applying for work as a delivery man, a hotel clerk, a bank teller and a white-collar job in the insurance industry. He’s planning on going to law school. “Having a college degree and having to ask other people for help is not a funny thing,” he said. “It’s a little demoralizing.” Still, faith persists in the value of an education as a career builder, and a temporary shelter from the outside world. Lear gets the occasional “panic-inducing thought” that capitalism itself is unraveling, a scary prospect with graduation ahead of him in December. “Right now, it’s the only thing to do,” he said of schooling. “There’s always grad school and I’m not afraid of more education.” Then there’s the laser focus of Robertson, on track to become a public advocacy lawyer. “I’ve made up my mind about what I’m going to do and so I’m going to do it,” he states. “If I have to endure some challenges and struggle a little bit, that’s fine. If it’s going to take me some extra time, I want those credentials, it’s really important, so I’m going to do it.”
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Oregon State University graduate Josh Donahue, 23, stands recently in Riverside Park in his hometown of Grants Pass, where he painted this playground equipment as his Eagle Scout project. Staying with an uncle and living on food stamps, Donahue is among the many students looking for a job in a nation that has lost more than 5.7 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. ing. His parents work for a federal contractor that shrank its work force and eliminated 401(k) matching contributions. The school is in suburban northern Virginia outside Washington. “I’m pretty much independent as far as school goes,” Lear said. “Where they would normally help me out with cash here and there they don’t so much any more, just because money’s so tight.” For all the apprehension, there’s also a lot of determination and spirit. Students don’t expect an easy ride through college and seem to believe their education will pay off — eventually. Buchi Akpati is a sleepdeprived but irrepressible 18year-old from Woodbridge, Va., who juggled three jobs at once through the past semester — one online, another at the gym and another as a beauty consultant. Her days have been unfolding like this, once she gets out of bed between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.: “I go to class, study in between class, go to work, study at work, go to my other job, Mary Kay, do some facials, sell some products, study in between, go back to my dorm, study and eat at the same time, work online at the same time, study afterward from like 2 to 6 a.m., then sleep, and then wake up and do the same thing.” She is majoring in “biology, pre-medicine, with a splash of Spanish” and adding two summer classes to her workload. “I never get any sleep,” she said brightly. “That’s the thing.” The poll explored matters of money and mind, surveying students on financial pressures, job possibilities, stress and depression. Among the findings on the economy: ■ 22 percent of students said they worry a lot about having enough cash to get through a typical week at school, and more — fully onethird — said they really worry about the finances of their parents. ■ Nearly one in five changed plans this year and decided to attend graduate or professional school after college because an undergraduate degree might not be enough to get them a job. ■ 11 percent of those whose parents lost a job veered away from grad school because they could not afford it. They were twice as likely to avoid grad school as those whose parents did not lose a job. Job loss in the family also made twice as many students consider dropping out — 27 percent. Overall, nearly one in five considered quitting school. ■ 32 percent said financial worries have a lot of impact on the stress they’re under, up from 27 percent last spring. Nervousness is apparent on campuses, even in the midst of post-exam relief. So, however, is resilience. Instead of being discouraged by the 29 applications for summer internships he sent off without response, Larry Robertson is pumped about the one that is landing him an interview. “I HAVE to get a job,” he said. Living at home in Washington, where he devotes Fridays and other times to looking after his grandmother, he’s been commuting up to four hours a day to George Mason and scrimping at every turn as he prepares for law school. He’ll graduate in December with a major in sociology and a minor in anthropology. “I don’t buy clothes,” Robertson said. “I don’t shop. I stay at home, I don’t go out. I have a very strict academic life. “I really try to prepare enough so that I’m not stressed out with money. That’s the last thing you need to be stressed out by when you’re in school.” Corwin Burton, a sophomore at the University of Maryland, also on the Wash-
Strickland: Being a Yankee fan, he’ll have to be careful while in Boston
Continued from page 1 into me. What I am is what I’ve earned from other people,” Steven said, listing his parents, Early and other teachers in the district. “Not living up to my potential is failing them.” Though enrolled in mostly advanced placement classes, Steven insists he’s not the smartest guy in the room nor the perfect kid. But he says he’s had the support, encouragement and opportunities to take those attractive higher-level courses, which he realizes aren’t accessible to everyone. “Some things come naturally, even easy to him, but he works real hard,” Curt Strickland said. In a trip to the college’s prefreshman orientation, the elder Strickland said his son’s excitement about the campus and all it had to offer shone through. “He was so excited,” he said. “It was pretty neat to be his dad at that point.” On the plane ride back, Steven met a medical student who had graduated from an Oregon university. The man told the Roseburg High School valedictorian that the name “Harvard” alone could catapult him toward the best in whichever direction or field he chose. “For once we’re not the outsiders,” Steven remembered saying to his dad, discussing the limitations of growing up far from a big city where opportunities in sports and academics are leaner. For the humble and diminutive graduate, that thought of being “in” was at once filled with jubilation and a sense of unfairness. Steven grew up speaking Spanish with his mother, who is Puerto Rican, and said that while that made for a rich upbringing, it didn’t always put him in sync with the mostly white population of Douglas County. It also left him out of Puerto Rican circles. Going back east to Harvard will put him in close proximity of an eclectic and diverse mix of people in a bigger city, and he’s looking forward to interacting with them and finding his niche, though that will mean leaving behind and missing his core group of friends who aren’t attending schools back East. “But sometimes the best thing to do to grow is to move on,” he said. Name recognition won’t affect just his future. Steven opined that acceptance into Harvard has stolen some of the spotlight from other equally deserving grads. He also said gaining admittance to the gold-standard school has many assuming he’s on easy street now, but that’s not the case. “People just forget about everything else,” he said. “I still have troubles getting prom dates. I’m still just a typical kid.” And like other typical kids, Steven says he’s not just a bookworm focused on school and living in the library. “I like going to baseball games, I don’t go home and watch C-SPAN,” he said, explaining Sports Center was the channel around which his current events evolved. He also is aware of one of the few unpleasant realities about moving into Boston Red Sox country. “And talk about harsh — being a Yankee fan in Boston...” • You can reach reporter DD Bixby at 957-4211 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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