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Mahlum graduates from training

U.S. Navy Seaman Apprentice Kevina M. Mahlum, daughter of Sherry L. Thompson of Vancouver, Wash., and Kevin M. Mahlum of Corvallis, recently was promoted to her current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Mahlum received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was placed on physical fitness.

Mahlum is a 2012 graduate of Columbia River High School in Vancouver.

Benton agencies receive tribal grants

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed a total of $114,230 to 39 organizations earlier this month.

Benton County recipients follow:

• The Corvallis High School FIRST Robotics Team, $2,000 for entry fees, a robot kit, tools and parts, and marketing and travel expenses for the 2013 season;

• The Oregon Sea Grant in Corvallis, $3,073 to print the fifth edition of “The Oregon Coast Quest;”

• The Coastal Range Food Bank Inc. in Blodgett, $3,000 for food; and

• Philomath Fire and Rescue, $4,600 for a live-fire extinguisher training system that provides for a green alternative to chemicals and residue.

The Siletz Tribe has made contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $7.8 million since its inception in 2001.

CV students win coding event

Early this month, five students from Crescent Valley High School, Aaron Celeste, Fauzi Kliman, Damian Kulp, Gabriel Kulp, and Towaki Takikawa, traveled to Portland for CodeDay Portland.

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The team was challenged to create great mobile phone applications in 25 hours (noon to noon). The Raiders teamed up with four Oregon State University students, Cezary Wojcik, Chance Zibolski, Hamzah Khan and Isaac Archer, and together the team won the Best Mobile App award. The end result is a game that can run in any web browser or on any smart phone browser.

The event was sponsored by StudentRND, a group in which high school students help develop ideas and incubate startups by other youth.

CV alum graduates from airborne training

U.S. Army Cadet William D. Anderson has graduated from the three-week airborne training course, also known as “jump school,” at the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

The airborne school allows Army ROTC cadets attending host colleges and universities to earn their jump wings. After completing the course as qualified paratroopers, cadets return to their college or university ROTC program to pursue a commission of second lieutenant in the Army.

During the first or ground week of training, students undergo a progressive physical training program and receive instruction in the theory of parachute jumping, safe landing falls, mock door exiting, and wearing a parachute harness and lateral drift apparatus. The second or tower week of training includes jumping from a 34-foot tower, practical use of the swing landing trainer, suspended harness apparatus, mock door mass exiting procedures, and the 250-foot free tower jump.

In the final or jump week, students complete five static-line parachute jumps, which include one day and one night jump off C-130 and C-141 transport aircraft.

Anderson is a student at Oregon State University. He is the son of Marshall and Karen Anderson of Corvallis. He graduated in 2004 from Crescent Valley High School.

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