Corvallis teen earns Eagle Scout award

Toshio Alan Hiratsuka, 17, was recognized at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Dec. 14 at Zion Lutheran School. The award was presented by Gordon Duckworth, district advancement chairman. Hiratsuka’s Eagle Scout project involved removing overgrown shrubs, installing two picnic tables and a bench, and spreading bark in the side yard of Heartland Humane Society. He and his 18 helpers worked a total of 101 and a half hours on the project. During Hiratsuka’s nine years in Scouting, he has earned 36 merit badges, and attended several Scout camps. He has been assistant senior patrol leader and patrol leader. He earned a first aid/CPR certification. He is a member of Troop No. 258, sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church. Hiratsuka is in 11th grade at Corvallis High School. He is the son of Yuji and Priscilla Hiratsuka of Corvallis.

Music students selected to perform

Forty-one music students in Corvallis School District secondary schools were selected to perform at the 2010 Oregon Music Educators Association conference held Jan. 15 through 17 in Eugene. The performers were chosen from thousands of students from throughout the state who sent in audition recordings. The musicians attended rehearsals in conjunction with the conference. At the close of the conference, high school ensembles performed in an All-State Gala Concert. The Middle School Honors Groups performed Jan. 15. The following students are the honored musicians:

All-State High School Choir from Crescent Valley High School: Caitlin Gunn, Soprano 1; Kim Snider, Alto 1; Garrett Egan, Tenor 1; Nathan Klammer, Tenor 1; Josh Harrison, Tenor 2; Alex Simon, Tenor 2; Ian Morrell, Bass 1; Jimmy Weber, Bass 1.

From Corvallis High School: Rosalind Phelps, Soprano 2; Hattie Woods, Soprano 2; Heidi Anderson, Alto 2; Daniel Cespedes, Bass 1; Kipp Godfrey, Bass 1; Michael Grant, Bass 2; Anthony Rinaldi, Tenor 1; Kyle Swartzlender, Tenor 2; James Moursund, Bass 1.

All-State High School Symphonic Band from Crescent Valley: Camille Walker, oboe; Molly Turner, tuba.

From Corvallis High: Joseph Kleinhenz, clarinet.

All-State High School Wind Ensemble from CVHS: Stephen Marshall, trumpet; Gavin Milligan, tuba.

From CHS: Stephanie Hao, clarinet; Jenny Flannery, oboe.

All-State High School Orchestra from CVHS and CHS: Kayla Reiman, violin; Rebecca Lomnicky, violin; Brian Lach, violin; Angela Ahn, violin; Claire Park, violin; Julie Rorrer, viola; Taz Thenell, viola; Carmella Dunn-Hartman, viola; Evan Wu, cello; Nina Sobotka, cello.

All-State Middle School Choir from Cheldelin Middle School: Celeste Gaiera, soprano; Nolan Lunsford, tenor, Jacob Kindsvogal, tenor.

All-State Middle School Band from Cheldelin: Alex Elliott, percussion; Eric Qian, clarinet.

From Linus Pauling Middle School: Ali Hentzel, flute; Kelsey Bemoll, baritone.

Man receives Catholic Scouting emblem

Alexander Pepin of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Corvallis received the Light of Christ Catholic Scouting emblem on Jan. 31. Archbishop John G. Vlazny and the Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting presented emblems to 103 young men and women from across Western Oregon and Clark County, Wash., at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Portland. Tiger Cubs and Wolf Cubs up through the second grade received the Light of Christ award.

Corvallis residents make U of P dean’s list

The following students from the Corvallis area were listed on the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Portland: Jamie Squires, sophomore, business; Jacob Weber, freshman, business; Mark Epstein, senior, chemistry; Elizabeth Nousen, sophomore, life science; Rebecca Bailey, junior, nursing; Sarah Batten, freshman, nursing; Isaac Otto, senior, political science; Charles Hinckle, junior, social work; and Rebecca Otto, sophomore, undeclared. Students need at least a 3.5 grade-point average to be eligible for the dean’s list.

Wells listed on Wyoming honor roll

Caroline V. Wells was listed on the fall semester President’s Honor Roll at the University of Wyoming. The honor roll consists of undergraduates who earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

Lee earns 4.0 at University of North Dakota

Rachel Lee of Corvallis was named to the fall semester President’s Honor Roll and Business School Dean’s List for earning a 4.0 grade-point average. Lee is a business and pre-physical therapy major, and a member of Mortar Board and the Women’s Swimming Team. She graduated from Crescent Valley High School in 2007.

Franklin student wins school competition

Pragyna Naik, a fourth-grade student at Franklin K-8 School of Choice, won the school’s National Geographic Bee on Jan. 15. Naik’s victory came during the championship round in front of a school audience with her competitor and runner-up, Manju Bangalore. Naik correctly answered that Greece is Europe’s largest exporter of cotton, thus winning the contest. She has qualified to take the written test that will determine the top 100 competitors for Oregon’s geography bee on April 9.

Corvallis residents make WSU honor roll

Washington State University named several Corvallis students to its fall semester President’s Honor Roll. To be eligible, undergraduate students must earn a grade-point average of 3.75. The following students were named to the list: Claire Terese Froelich, Leah Ann Lindblom, Lisa Jane Stone, Payden Curry Waldo and Megan Kathleen Welsch.

OSU student receives scholarship

Monmouth resident Michael Dossett, a 27-year-old student at Oregon State University, is one of 10 students to receive a scholarship to attend the North American Nature Photography Association’s Annual Summit, to be held this month in Reno, Nev.

OSU student, faculty honored for work

Three members of the Oregon State University community were honored last month at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Breakfast in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Deanna Kingston, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, received the Phyllis S. Lee Award for her work, including her dedication to documenting the lives of King Islanders. The award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of King. Juan Antonio Trujillo, an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received the Frances Dancy Hooks Coalition Builders Award for his dedication to service, and business administration student Hunnan Pope received the same award for his cross-cultural work. The award honors Frances Dancy Hooks, whose work has centered on building coalitions among groups and individuals. Trujillo has been at OSU for 12 years, and has volunteered to sit on 15 department committees, 25 committees at the university and 29 different committees in Oregon since 1997. Pope, who is of Chinese and Alaskan native heritage, has worked to learn about and participate in groups serving Latinos on campus.

Corvallis robot teams receive awards

Four Corvallis teams were awarded for their ingenuity at the Intel Oregon First Lego League 2009 Championship Tournaments, held Jan. 16 and 17 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Third place in the Intel Champion’s Award, the most prestigious award of the competition, went to Program Crackers from Franklin K-8 School. This award goes to the teams who are strongest in four categories: robot design, robot performance, the research project and teamwork. Two neighborhood teams received category awards, with the Crash Test Dummies from Franklin taking second place in Robot Design, and the Purple Nerdy Leprechauns from Jupiter from northwest Corvallis taking fourth place in Teamwork. A team from Garfield Elementary School and Linus Pauling Middle School, the Fabulous Flying Flamingos from Finland, received fourth place in Robot Performance.

Kuhns makes ASU dean’s list

Peter Kuhns, Corvallis High School Class of 2008, made the Dean’s List for fall semester at Arizona State University. Kuhns attends Barrett Honor College at ASU, majoring in history. He is the son of Don and Sandy Kuhns of Corvallis.

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