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At Our Best (March 3)

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OSU student awarded scholarship

Nicole Durfee recently was awarded a $3,000 Grateful Nation scholarship from the Zonta Service Foundation of Corvallis.

The scholarship honors a female Oregon State University veteran based upon military experience and academic and career goals. Durfee is a doctoral candidate in water resource science at OSU. Her studies concentrate on impact of land use practices on ecosystems and water quality and quantity. Her research focuses on use of unmanned aerial vehicles for ecological monitoring and protection of water resources.

She completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and received a second bachelor’s degree in environmental science from OSU.

Durfee joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004 and underwent a course designed for new officers to develop a variety of skills. After completing flight school, she became a CH-53E helicopter pilot and was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

She also was an adjutant and administrative officer for the squadron. In 2011 she changed from aviation to ground supply. Since leaving active duty in 2014, she has remained in the reserves.

Corvallis women receive scholarships

Two incoming students at University of Puget Sound were awarded four-year college scholarships last August.

Bethany Llewellyn and Manya Mutschler-Aldine, both of Corvallis, received scholarships covering their tuition, fees and room and board for up to four years. The Lillis Scholarship, funded by a gift from Gwendolyn H. Lillis and Charles M. Lillis through The Lillis Foundation, is the national liberal arts college’s premier award for students who demonstrate promise in academics and scholarship.

Llewellyn and Mutschler-Aldine are members of Puget Sound’s Class of 2021 and part of a cohort of Lillis Scholars named since the program began making awards in 2008.

Llewellyn is studying biology and environmental science in hope of pursuing a career to bring balance into the coexistence of nature and society. Mutschler-Aldine is studying mathematics and physics, with a view to becoming an engineer.

CV graduate awarded scholarships

Paris Myers graduated last summer from Crescent Valley High School, at age 16.

She was awarded several scholarships from the School of Arts and Communication: Visual Arts at Oregon State University. These include the new Truckenbrod-Kimball Arts and Science award, the Ida M. Matsen Memorial Scholarship and the Fall Festival Award. She is attending the OSU Honors College as a double major in science and fine arts.

Nurse assisted health response to hurricane

A registered nurse from Albany, Roberta O’Connell, has returned home after helping those affected by Hurricane Irma as part of the National Disaster Medical System.

O’Connell is a member of an NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

The NDMS is a federal program that can support communities with medical care and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies at the request of states; NDMS is among the resources made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

As part of the response to Hurricane Irma, NDMS members operated a mobile medical unit in the Florida Keys, which was hard-hit by the storm, and supported temporary care sites in the state along with U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers. In addition, HHS medical teams provided care at a shelter in Puerto Rico and at an overwhelmed hospital emergency department in St. Thomas, and triaged evacuees from multiple islands as they reached Puerto Rico.

Commended students announced

Aaron McKee, principal of Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, recently announced several Commended Students named in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Those named include Spencer H. Boock, Cameron J. Cunningham, Samuel A. Elliott, Cora W. Kim, Emma L. Krivoshein, Sarah J. Liang, Nathan S. Liu, Zoe X. Moulton, Benjamin T. Nelson, Remy B. Noble and Eleanor Smith.

McKee presented the students with a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Livestock judging team has historic day

Linn-Benton Community College’s Livestock Judging Team won two contests in two different competitions on the same day, a first for the team.

The wins took place Oct. 21 at the Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, California, and the Colorado State Ram Classic in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

In Fresno, four LBCC freshman and one sophomore, led by team coach Clay Weber, took first place overall, and first place in the categories of beef, sheep, swine and reasons.

In Ft. Collins, eight sophomores, led by agriculture faculty member and team coach Rick Klampe, also took first place overall, and first place in beef, sheep and goats and swine. The team took second in reasons.

The team had another win Oct. 14 when it defeated Fresno State and Chico State university teams to win the Western Fall Classic in Medford.

Participants included Auguste Curtis, Cecily Coleman, Nathan Johnson, Bailey Samper, Madison Morgan, Brooke Hopfer, Shaelee Barnett, Emmitt White, Maddie Griffiths, Mikayla Duchi, Breanna King, Clark Jernstedt, Katie Duggan, Hailee Patterson, Kevin Snyder, Jared Wolf, Chris Ralston, Noa Taipin, Zach Wilson and Cole Anderson.


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