PHS track: Mitchell Thomas

Here's Mitchell Thomas back when he was a senior at Philomath High and competing in the 800-meter run at state in Eugene. He's now going to school at the U-of-O and got a nice surprise recently with a $6,000 increase on his Harrington scholarship.


A couple of days ago while I was very busy with interviews and assignments, I received a voicemail directing me to KGW's website for a very cool story about the Harrington Family Foundation.

Our regular readers may recall a story I wrote in June 2015 about Philomath's own Mitchell Thomas receiving Joey Harrington's Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship, an award that paid out $2,500 each year for four years and included the services of a mentor to build important relationships.

Thomas originally went to Portland State University and later transferred to the University of Oregon, where he is now majoring in journalism and media studies.

Anyway, the KGW story reported on Safeway's Huddle Up for Education program. Through that effort, shoppers can donate at the check stand to help provide scholarships for those students.

"Today they shared the success of the Huddle Up program and showed their commitment to our community by presenting each of the students with a $6,000 increase in their scholarship," KGW reported.

Thomas was among the group of students who were surprised with the scholarship increase while gathered at a restaurant.


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