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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

Lebanon woman makes dean’s list

Madeline Elliott of Lebanon was placed on the fall semester dean’s list at Hawai’i Pacific University.

The list recognizes the academic achievements of undergraduate students who have earned grade-point averages of 3.5 or better.

Elliott is the daughter of Jeff and Marilyn Elliott.

PHS alum named to dean’s list

Bailey Speck, a senior majoring in psychology at the University of Rochester, was named to the fall semester dean’s list.

Speck, a resident of Philomath, is the child of Kecia Bolken Speck, and a graduate of Philomath High School.

Corvallis woman makes dean's list

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh officials have announced students who qualified for the fall dean's list across all three campuses (Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Fox Valley).

Christine Olsen of Corvallis, who attends UW Oshkosh, made the list.

To qualify for the dean's list on the Oshkosh campus, a student must take at least 12 credits and earn a grade-point average of at least 3.75 (out of a possible 4.0).

Local student selected to dean's list

Adrienne L. Spitzer of Corvallis was named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Spitzer is a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts.

To qualify for the list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 or better grade-point average.

Sweet Home woman makes dean's list

Emily Violet Marchbanks of Sweet Home, a mathematics/education major, was named to the fall semester dean's list at Newberry College.

Students receiving recognition on the list had to achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the semester. A total of 379 students earned honors for fall semester.

Corvallis receives tree grant

Oregon Community Trees is helping the city of Corvallis cap off its winter planting season with a grant to fund two tree-related celebrations in April that will recognize the Parks and Recreation Department’s volunteer corps of Neighborhood Tree Stewards.

Collectively the stewards will have planted a record-breaking 167 trees this season in Corvallis parks, open spaces and street-side rights of way.

The first celebration is planned for April 5 during Oregon Arbor Week, and the second on April 26, in honor of national Arbor Day.

In addition to food and beverages for volunteers, Oregon Community Trees’ grant will fund work gloves and safety vests to be used year after year, and signs and tree tags for newly planted trees.

Oregon Community Trees promotes healthy urban and community forests. This year eight cities in Oregon are receiving a combined total of more than $3,600 in grants from Oregon Community Trees. One criterion for receiving an Arbor Week grant is being a Tree City USA, a status Corvallis has held for 18 years.

CV alum named to dean's list

Elizabeth Stang of Corvalils was named to the St. Olaf College fall semester dean's list.

Stang is the daughter of Jack and Bernadette Stang. She is an alumnus of Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, and is majoring in Norwegian.

The dean's list recognizes students with a semester grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale.

Mill City student is poetry contestant

Regional Poetry Out Loud competitions held in Medford, Portland and Salem on March 2 identified the nine Oregon high school students who were invited to compete for the 2019 state title on March 9 in Salem.

Three finalists were selected from each regional competition.

Christina Brennan of Mill City, an Oregon Connections Academy student, was selected for the state competition. 

Poetry Out Loud is a national contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public performance skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

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