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Each week “At Our Best” highlights the achievements of those in our community. It includes honors, awards and other recognition that is being earned by local residents. Please send or deliver such information, along with pictures of those honored, to the newspaper in care of news clerk Jane Stoltz, 1837 N.W. Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97333 or

Corvallis residents teach about justice

Corvallis residents Alessandra McCann and Gareth Jones were part of an effort to expand civil rights education in local schools through Whitman Teaches the Movement, a partnership between Whitman College, Walla Walla Public Schools and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project.

Founded in 2011, the program sends student volunteers from Whitman College to lead conversations about civil rights and social justice to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year, 85 volunteers taught about 1,200 students in K-12 classrooms after attending training sessions to prepare for their roles as educators. This year’s curriculum included lessons about Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson, the Greensboro Sit-Ins, immigration and MLK’s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

Lebanon man named to dean’s list

Nicolaus Walther of Lebanon was named to the fall semester dean’s list/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Walther, a freshman PGA golf management major, was named to the dean’s list for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for earning a grade-point average of at least 3.75 on a 4.00 scale.

More than 5,300 students at Nebraska were named to the list.

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