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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 news@gtconnect.com.

CHS alum graduates cum laude

Gareth Jones participated in commencement proceedings May 19 at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

A graduate of Corvallis High School, Jones graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology-environmental studies and Spanish.

Albany woman earns master’s degree

Caitlyn Balding of Albany received a Master of Science degree in nursing on May 4 at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

The 2019 Commencement event honored the university’s 429 graduates, a group composed of 208 undergraduate degree recipients, 182 master’s degree recipients and 39 doctoral degree recipients.

Sweet Home student accepted to career camp

Katrina Reynolds, a student at Sweet Home High School, made the cut to be a camper in June at the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center’s MedQuest Health Career Exploration Camp.

This long-running health career exploration camp for high school students engages participants in a variety of medical experiences, including individually tailored job shadows, panel discussions with local providers, tours of medical facilities and more.

Corvallis man receives master’s degree

Guy Reynolds of Corvallis received a Master of Science degree in business from the University of Kansas at the commencement ceremony held May 19.

The university registrar announced nearly 5,000 candidates for degree from the university.

Philomath student named to dean’s list

Meaghan Alba, Class of 2022, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Vermont.

Alba, of Philomath, is majoring in professional nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

To be named to the list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Corvallis student named to dean’s list

Kathryn Bartlett of Corvallis, a senior in Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting, was named to the spring dean’s list at LeTourneau University.

The list recognizes students who have achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.

Benton County men receive scholarships

The Associated Oregon Loggers Scholarship Committee recently awarded $1,500 scholarships to Justin Doyle of Monroe and Riley Davis of Philomath.

Both awardees attend Oregon State University, and their studies are in the field of forestry or a forest resource production curriculum.

Education program receives grant

The Linn-Benton Community College Parenting Education Department has received a $110,000 expansion renewal grant from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative.

The grant is part of a multi-year initiative supporting expansion of high-quality parenting education programs and a more coordinated parenting education system statewide.

The collaborative, which started in 2010, is comprised of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation and Oregon State University.

LBCC was in the first group of six programs to participate in the initiative, which has grown to 15 programs. This will be the 10th year LBCC has participated, bringing the total funds awarded to $700,000.

LBCC’s project, named Parenting Success Network, supports parenting education classes throughout Linn and Benton counties, as well as numerous public awareness activities and efforts to build collaborative partnerships. The expansion will include adding Lincoln County to existing regional efforts starting this month.

Grant funds will be used to support classes, workshops, parent support activities and family activities in 2019-20.

Corvallis residents begin Peace Corps service

Michael and Michelle Giles of Corvallis departed for Ethiopia on June 14 to begin training as Peace Corps as education volunteers.

The couple will serve as English language teachers.

Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Michelle was a special education teacher for 11 years. Michael has held jobs as a secondary teacher, human resources administrator, massage therapist and health sciences instructor. Both have served in leadership roles for the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association.

During the first three months of their service, the Gileses will live with a host family in Ethiopia to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist their community, the Gileses will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Ethiopia, where they will live and work for two years with the local people.

Local students named to honor rolls

Several local students have been named to the spring semester undergraduate honor rolls at Montana State University.

Benjamin Nelson and Meilo Seiter, both of Corvallis, were named to the president’s list. To be eligible for the list, students must be enrolled in 12 college-level credits are earn a perfect grade-point average of 4.0.

Kylie Law of Albany and Olivia Anderson, Drew Ellingson, Jonathan Haberman and Jacob Hammack, all of Corvallis, were named to the dean’s list. This indicates that each earned a GPA of 3.5 or above.

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