At Our Best (Aug. 20)

2012-08-20T11:00:00Z At Our Best (Aug. 20) Corvallis Gazette Times
August 20, 2012 11:00 am

Corvallis girl chosen as finalist

Abigail J. Gallagher, 9, of Corvallis, daughter of Paige and Lance Gallagher, was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Oregon Pageant, held May 25 through 27 at the Portland Doubletree at Lloyd Center.

Gallagher’s activities include Girls on the Run, playing piano, exercising, drawing horses and doing crafts. She also enjoys American Girl dolls, reading, art,singing, speaking in front of an audience, laughing with friends and hiking with her father.

Folklife festival features OSU programs

The National Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., featured hands-on exhibits created by Oregon State University.

Oregon State is one of 28 land grant universities whose accomplishments were celebrated at the festival, held from June 27 to July 1 and July 4 to 8 on the National Mall.

Participants learned how OSU research has turned surimi seafood into a $2.1 billion industry. Students and 4-H faculty demonstrated robotics and information technologies through Tech Wizards, an after-school mentoring program. Festival-goers also tested their engineering skills against crashing ocean waves in a mini-flume designed by OSU’s Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.

These activities complemented gatherings among OSU alumni and faculty, U.S. senators and representatives, Capitol Hill staffers and representatives of the Smithsonian Institution, prime sponsor of the Folklife Festival. The OSU Alumni Association also hosted a gathering at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society, where two OSU graduates (Chris Johns, editor in chief, and Dennis Dimick, executive environment editor) hold leadership positions with the magazine.

On the Smithsonian University Stage, three OSU faculty members (Robin Rosetta, Sam Chan and Jae Park) gave repeated 15-minute presentations on integrated pest management, aquatic invasive species and seafood.

Corvallis resident graduates from Ithaca

Erika Lundahl, a resident of Corvallis, graduated in May with a major in writing from Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences.

Lundahl also was named to the spring semester dean’s list.

Corvallis woman makes president’s list

Sloan Storie, daughter of Judy Storie of Corvallis, was named to the West Virginia University president’s list for spring term.

To qualify for this honor, Storie had to complete 12 or more credit hours in graded classes, and have a perfect 4.0 grade-point average with no incompletes.

She recently completed her junior year at WVU, majoring in child development and family studies. She is a member of the West Virginia Varsity Swim Team, is a member of WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and is a Big East Academic All-Star.

Mallory receives Toastmasters’ award

Toast of Corvallis Toastmasters Club No. 7900 has announced that Harry Mallory recently earned the Toastmasters Competent Communicator Award.

To earn this award, Mallory had to deliver 10 speeches at Toastmasters meetings. Each speech had to be written to accomplish a different aspect of speech writing and purpose, including preparation, delivery, persuasion, motivational and inspirational. It takes more than a year of work to earn this award.

Corvallis woman receives degree

Caroline V. Wells of Corvallis received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wyoming at the completion of spring semester.

PHS alum graduates from Bastyr

Carole L. Freeman, a 1989 Philomath High School graduate, received a Master of Science degree in nutrition and clinical health psychology from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash., on June 18.

Corvallis resident wins scholarship

Bich Hoang, a Corvallis resident and pre-medicine major at Oregon State University, recently was awarded a $750 scholarship by SEIU Local 503.

Benton County students graduate

Dallas Heskett of Blodgett and Brianna Leckie of Philomath recently graduated from Oregon Connections Academy.

The tuition-free online public charter school held commencement ceremonies in June in Portland.

Corvallis woman’s poem greets hospital patients

Corvallis resident Jennifer Richter is one of seven Oregon poets whose works were chosen for permanent display at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro when it opens next year.

Richter wrote a poem exploring her daughter’s curiosity about a flower bud. The poem will be displayed on the hospital’s third floor, near the Labor & Delivery unit.

CHS alum graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman Micah A. Meyers recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Meyers completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Meyers is the son of Diane Meyers of Corvallis. He is a 2011 graduate of Corvallis High School.

Gable graduates from Harvey Mudd

Aaron Gable of Corvallis graduated from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., on May 13.

He received a bachelor of science degree in computer science and mathematics, graduating with Distinction. Gable attended Corvallis High School.

Local woman named to dean’s list

Laura Rentz of Corvallis was named to the the spring quarter dean’s list at Eastern Washington University.

Philomath woman makes dean’s list

Katherine Anne Phelps of Philomath was named to the University of Idaho dean’s list for spring semester.

To achieve this honor, undergraduate students achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a minimum of 10 graded credits.

Philomath club receives grants

The Philomath Youth Activities Club recently received three grants from the Benton County Foundation.

The foundation awarded $5,000 to help fund scholarships for youth unable to afford participation in PYAC activities, including athletics, STARS after-school childcare and the after-school Clubhouse Program. The second grant, in the amount of $1,400, was used to sponsor the Fun in the Sun Summer Day Camp’s field trip to the Wings and Waves Waterpark in McMinnville. The third grant, in the amount of $8,640, was awarded for a half time position to manage the club’s new Refuel and Get Physical program at its after-school clubhouse program.

Guillaumot graduates from Fairleigh Dickinson

Julien Guillaumot of Corvallis, a student on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J., graduated in May.

Local woman graduates from Cornell

Natasha Hjerrild of Corvallis graduated May 27 with a Bachelor of Science degree in materials science and engineering at commencement ceremonies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

CHS alum graduates college in Maine

Alice Anderson, daughter of David and Martha Anderson of Corvallis, graduated June 2 from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Anderson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in human ecology. Her senior project, “Coastal Culture: An Aesthetic Exploration of Maine’s Fisheries, Working Waterfront and Island Life,” incorporated her interdisciplinary studies and internships in marine biology, marine policy and law and the visual arts. She was one of 17 seniors invited to present their projects to the college’s board of trustees.

A 2008 graduate of Corvallis High School, Anderson is working as a research intern for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, located 12 miles off the coast of Maine.

Folk club names scholarship winners

The OSU Folk Club/Thrift Shop Foundation recently awarded a total of $55,200 in scholarships.

Twelve scholarships of $2,400 were awarded to Benton County high school students who will attend Oregon State University as freshmen in the fall. Eleven scholarships of $2,400 were awarded to older-than-average women from Benton County who also will attend OSU. Several of these awards are named for past thrift shop volunteers and present folk club officers. Funding of the scholarships is made possible by the work of the thrift shop, donations and endowments.

High school scholarship recipients are Ian Finn, Crescent Valley High School, Susie Nelson Scholarship; Brenden Frazer-Hevlin, Corvallis High School, Robert and Jackie Cain Memorial; Drummond Fudge, Crescent Valley, Lynda Hohenboken Scholarship; Michael Groom, CVHS, Carol Franklin Memorial; Jacob Heninger, Corvallis High, Jane Loomis Memorial; Sydney Juell, CHS, Leonora Kerr Memorial; Christopher Koenig, CVHS, June Rettig Memorial; Kathryn Richardson, CVHS, Lorraine Crowell Memorial; Isaac Shepard, CHS, Mariellen Harper Memorial; Leon Su, CVHS, Wylma Page Memorial;

Michele Turney, CVHS, Betty Slegel Memorial; and Meredith Wells, CVHS, Nola Campbell Memorial.

The older-than-average women scholarship winners are Ellen Beier, art history, Bobbie Glass Memorial; Michelle Corse, veterinary medicine, Dorothy Weswig Memorial; Signe Danler, horticulture, Helen Marks Memorial; Nova Elwood, nutrition, Mary Kay Gleicher Memorial; Katherine Halstead, forestry, Dorothy Hopkins Memorial; Sara Lynch, recreation resource management, Evelyn Landforce Memorial; Lauri Morris, new media communication, Mary Anne Apple Memorial; Victoria O’Nion, veterinary medicine, Doris Caldwell Memorial;

Melissa Sales, food science and technology, Fran Schultz Memorial; and Sarah Soric, psychology, Betty Birdsall Memorial.

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