At Our best (April 8)

2013-04-08T11:00:00Z At Our best (April 8) Corvallis Gazette Times
April 08, 2013 11:00 am

CHS alum earns 4.0 GPA at West Virginia

Sloan Storie is one of three with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average to be named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Swimming and Diving Teams.

Storie is a student at West Virginia University. She is a 2009 graduate of Corvallis High School.

Cheldelin places at competition

Cheldelin Middle School took fourth place at the state Mathcounts competition held last month.

Ten teams and 68 students from around the state participated at the event, held at Oregon State University.

Benton County students win art awards

Three Benton County students have won national awards for their artwork through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The winners are:

• Alyssa Rolen, a 12th-grader at Corvallis High School, for “Dress the Stars,” a painting that won the following awards: Regional Gold Key and National American Visions Medal, and a nomination for Regional American Visions. Her teacher is Julia Lont.

• Shannon Bell, an 11th-grader at Crescent Valley High School, for “The Companion,” a painting that won the following awards: Regional Gold Key and National Silver Medal, and a nomination for Regional American Visions. Her teacher is Victoria Eastwood.

• Tyler Davis, a 12th-grader at Philomath High School, whose art portfolio won the Regional Gold Key and National Silver Medal awards. His teacher is Rachel Kirby.

The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the awards, will honor national winners at a ceremony on May 31 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Willamette Valley sponsors include the Oregon Art Education Association and the Benton County Historical Society.

CHS alum graduates from medicine school

U.S. Navy Hospitalman Recruit Christian J. Miller, a 2003 graduate of Corvallis High School, recently graduated from Aerospace Medicine School.

During the course at Naval Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla., students are taught the procedures used to assist doctors with examinations of naval aviators and flight crew members.

Studies also include anatomy, physiology in the aviation environment, psychological testing, medical aspects of acceleration, aviation safety, and the maintenance of aviation health records.

Miller joined the Navy last June.

Corvallis woman named to dean’s list

Emily Simmons of Corvallis was named to the dean’s list for fall semester at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

Simmons is a junior majoring in dance and psychology.

The dean’s list recognizes students who have achieved a grade-point average of at least 11 (A-) in four letter-graded courses in one semester.

Local students place in chess championship

The 46th annual State Chess Championship took place March 15 and 16 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

A total of 587 of students from every county in Oregon participated in both team and individual competition.

Cheldelin Middle School’s sixth-grade team tied for second place. Leonardo Sun of Hoover Elementary School took second in the fifth-grade category. Neal Ornes of Mountain View Elementary School tied for third in the fifth-grade category. John Ornes of Cheldelin tied for first in the seventh-grade category.

The State Chess Championship is the largest, longest-running scholastic chess tournament in Oregon. To qualify, students had to compete at one of 24 regional tournaments held in January and February.

Corvallis man named to dean’s list

Andrew Conniff of Corvallis was among 778 students named to the fall semester dean’s list at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade-point average or above.

Local woman earns Toastmasters award

The Toast of Corvallis Toastmasters club has announced that member Bettina Schempf recently earned Toastmasters’ highest honor, the Distinguished Toastmaster award.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Schempf had to complete more than 40 project speeches from Toastmaster training manuals and participate in several club roles, including a term as Toastmasters area governor of the mid-Willamette Valley, to be eligible for this award. She also entered and won several speech contests as part of her journey to DTM.

Schempf said she has learned to enjoy public speaking and honing her leadership skills. Her participation in Toastmasters has taught her how to speak effectively to persuade, motivate and inspire others in her community roles, including her present position as director of Benton Habitat for Humanity. The most rewarding part of achieving her DTM was learning to coach others to achieve their goals and watching the transformation as they developed confidence in their speaking skills.

SC alum graduates from basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Jerome S. Connor recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Connor is the son of Lucinda and Jerome Connor of Dallas. He is a 2011 graduate of Santiam Christian School in Adair Village.

Local residents named to dean’s list

Kai Hovland and Carson Rennekamp, both of of Corvallis, have been named to the fall quarter dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list.

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