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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.

Bikeshare program provides rides

From July to October 2017, the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments spearheaded a bilingual bikeshare outreach program focused on the Garfield area of North Corvallis.

The campaign promoted Pedal Corvallis to Medicaid members and other neighbors via group rides, direct mail and door-to-door canvassing at more than 100 households. The program was a collaboration between the Council of Governments and local partners.

During the campaign, 229 people joined Pedal Corvallis, and members took 1,242 bikeshare trips. More than 450 community members were engaged at events, and 1,142 direct-mail postcards were sent to residents of the Garfield neighborhood.

Pedal Corvallis launched in 2016 and includes 41 bicycles, two adult tricycles and eight bikeshare stations, two of which are in the neighborhood targeted by this campaign. Pedal Corvallis is available to anyone age 18 or over. An annual pass is $25, a one-month pass $10, and a three-day pass $5. Pass holders can use their cellphones to unlock the bikes; rides of less than two hours are free at each pass level.

To learn more about Pedal Corvallis, call 541-924-8480 or visit www.OCWCOG.org/Pedal.

OSU students win scholarships

The Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Fund and Advanced American Construction, Inc. of Portland recently selected 10 students to receive $46,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year.

Six of those selected are students at Oregon State University. They include the following:

• Christopher Roach of Damascus received $7,000. He is a junior pursuing a degree in construction management and engineering.

• Ben Hatfield of Beaverton received $7,000. He is a junior pursuing a degree in construction engineering management.

• Kacy Childress of Gresham received $4,000. She is a first-year student with junior standing, pursuing a degree in chemical engineering.

• Nick Hossley of North Bend received $4,000. He is a senior pursuing a degree in civil engineering with a minor in business and entrepreneurship.

• Alexandrea Miller of Yucaipa, California, received $4,000. She is a junior pursuing a degree in civil engineering with a minor in humanitarian engineering.

• Niklas Tostar of West Linn received $4,000. He is a junior pursuing a degree in construction engineering management.

PHS student awarded scholarship

Konoha Tomono-Duval of Philomath has been awarded a scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year.

Konoha will join a group of 50 American high school students sponsored by ASSE International Student Exchange Programs who will live with a host family and attend high school in Germany for one academic year.

Since 1983, the United States Department of State and the German government have co-sponsored the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship Program to help prepare young people for a global future. The program has enabled more than 23,000 students to expand their global perspectives and make new friends. Congress-Bundestag students are youth ambassadors of the United States, sharing their life and culture with their German hosts and building greater understanding of the United States and its diversity.

Residents inducted into honor society

Two local residents were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Christine Hill of Albany and Teresa Wydronek of Corvallis were initiated at Western Oregon University.

Corvallis student joins dean's list

Ezler Jandrasi of Corvallis, a senior at Northland College, was named to the winter term dean's list for outstanding academic performance.

To qualify for the list, full-time students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale with no grade less than a C.

Cheldelin math team places second

The Cheldelin Pentagames Math Team finished second out of nine Corvallis- and Salem-area schools at the regional competition held May 4 at Straub Middle School in Salem.

Team members were Fiona Condon, Vivian Quick, Tara Sarbacker, Brendan Kesterson, Kylie Vega, Kelly Gardner, Trevor Reese, Yahaira Suarez and Alex Nyers. The full Cheldelin team took second place in the relay. The Open team of Fiona, Tara and Vivian took first place overall, with Tara placing second and Fiona placing fourth individually. The seventh-grade team of Alex, Trevor and Yahaira took third place overall, with Alex placing first individually.

Pentagames is an Oregon-based math competition held at multiple sites around the state each spring. This year marked the 35th anniversary of this individual and team problem-solving math contest.

Local student named Merit Scholar

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners.

Mona Y. Wong of Albany was named a scholar. She is a student at Corvallis High School, and plans to study medicine.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

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