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March 8, 2011
Just for the fun of it

MIDDLE AND high school students wanting to learn new leadership skills are invited by the OSU Wasco County Extension Service to sign up now for the Superheroes camp March 27-29. The three-day event at Camp Morrow in Wamic is offered for seventh through 12th grade students and offers a variety of activities, including first-aid, self-defense, goal setting, cooking for health, group games, campfire activities and more. The cost is $50 and the registration form can be obtained online at www.extension. or by calling the extension service office at (541) 296-5494. Registration and fees are due by Monday, March 14, and space is limited so interested individuals are urged to sign up quickly. Pictured having fun at last year’s leadership camp are: Shelby Kaseberg, left, Carly Lowe, Miranda Hughes, Shelby vonBorstel, Nolan Smith, Nathan Earl and Maddie Belshe. Contributed photo

Student artists win awards

     More than 200 students participated in a local 2011 art competition and 11 middle and high school youth earned awards.
The event was sponsored by Ernie’s Locks and Keys and the Kiwanis Club, both of The Dalles.
     The exhibit took place at The Dalles Art Center and the media submitted by the students ranged from pottery to acrylic paintings and charcoal drawings.
Special recognition was given to these participants from Hood River and Wasco counties at a Feb. 26 reception:
     April Child of The Dalles Middle School for her “African Summer” watercolor and Peyton Wojtecki of Covenant Christian Academy in The Dalles for his “Cherrys” acrylic painting. The People’s Choice honor went to Isaac Pickette of Covenant Christian Academy for his “Dragon” fiber art.
     Courtney Fix of Hood River Valley High School earned the Best of Show award for her “Free Spirited” white pencil drawing. Cohen Olmstead, also from Hood River, had his “Blues” acrylic/sharpie painting recognized as Gallery Ready.
Also earning awards were: Jihelah Greenwald of HRVHS for her “Self-Reflection” charcoal drawing; Wesley Mitchell with “The Mountain Man” of mixed media from The Dalles Wahtonka High School; Dylan Smith of Horizon Christian School in Hood River with a “Caribou” acrylic painting; Sage Barnard-Davidson of TDWHS for his “Bird” twine creation Michelle Merson of HRVHS with her “Curious” clay sculpture; and, Abby Timmons of TDWHS with “The Veo Box” acrylic work.

Schacher earns high honor

     Shanna J. Schacher, a senior at The Dalles Wahtonka High School, has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars for academic excellence.
     The announcement that she had been recognized as a top scholar was made recently by Claes Nobel, founder and chairman of the society and a senior member of the family that established the Novel Prizes.
     “On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Shanna has demonstrated to achieve this level of academic excellence,” he said.
     Membership in the society entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, online forums, personalized recognition items and publicity honors.
     “Our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources and opportunities,” said James Lewis, president of the society.
     “We aim to help students like Shanna build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community.”
     Formed in 2002, the National Society of High School Scholars recognizes high academic achievement at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply their talents, vision and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world
     Currently, there are more than 530,000 society members in over 160 countries.
     For more information about the organization, visit the website


     Sonrise Academy of The Dalles will have Chaplain Neil Porter lead chapel on Wednesday and early release on Friday.
     The school board of directors meets Monday. March 14, at the school, 333 E. 12th Street.
     The Dalles Wahtonka High School Drama Club presents Willy Wonka on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A matinee showing also takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
     Performances will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday, March 17-19, with a 2 p.m. presentation on March 19.
     Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under the age of 12. Concessions will be served at all performances.
     Parents of high school students are urged to mark their calendars and plan to attend Monday meetings from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library. Important information will be shared about new grading initiatives at TDWHS.
     Mosier Community School will hold its annual visitiation day that begins in the library at 8:30 a.m. on March 17 for parents who want to learn what the school has to offer.
     An informational meeting for parents of prospective fall kindergarten students will be 6 p.m. on March 16 in the school library. This event is for parents who have a student currently on the waiting list.
Colonel Wright
     Students at Colonel Wright Elementary School in The Dalles are urged to show their school spirit by wearing red, white and gray every Friday.
     The Dalles Middle School Band will perform at 7 p.m. on March 15 in the commons, 11 E. 12th Street, and community members are welcome.

Weather Alerts

    This winter, parents can receive text messages on their cell phone about school closures or delays by registering on the D21 website at Notifications will also be posted on the website, aired on local radio and television stations, and given as an informational message on main office phones.

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