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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.

Students initiated into Honor Society

The following local residents recently were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

All were initiated at Oregon State University, and all are Corvallis residents, except where noted: Audrey MacLennan, Kasey Babcock, Marley Bennett, Daniel Breysse, Emma Christian, Ryan DeCastilhos, Kennedy Hedges, Sydney Hellman, Thang Hoang, Xueli Hu, Indra Frohring, Youngjoo Lee, Zongyi Lin, Tiffany McFee, Joshua Pauls, Duy Phan, Brinn Rich, Hannah Triplett, Mara Weeks of West Linn, and Kirstin Yeomans.

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty members, professional staff members and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty members, professional staff members and alumni.

CVHS student wins state chess title

Michael Moore, a senior at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, last month attained the title of Oregon K-12 chess champion and nominee to represent Oregon in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions to be held in Florida this August.

In order to achieve this title, Moore had to defeat a field of elite players statewide who literally play at the professional level.

Local students part of science team

The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s youth team, Nerdi Nautili, placed sixth at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl last month in Washington, D.C.

The team is comprised of Genevieve Coblentz-Strong of Sunset High School, Abbey DuBois of Newport High School, Noah Goodwin-Rice of Newport High School, Noah King-Groh of Kings Valley Charter School, and Jeremy Schaffer of Philomath High School.

The aquarium team earned the chance to compete against 24 teams from across the country after placing first at the regional Salmon Bowl for the second year in a row in February.

Harrisburg student earns scholarship

The Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Fund and Advanced American Construction of Portland recently selected 11 students to receive $54,000 in scholarships for the 2019-20 school year.

Travis Waggener of Harrisburg, a sophomore at Oregon State University, is one of the awardees. He received the scholarship at the 20th Annual Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Awards and Celebration held May 18th at Advanced American Construction’s industrial site in Portland.

Waggener is pursuing a degree in construction engineering management. He is a member of the Oregon State University AGC chapter, volunteers as pole vault coach for the Harrisburg High School track team, and his hobbies include fishing, kayaking, snowboarding and raising livestock. Waggener always has found the construction industry fascinating and hopes to use his education to help build a smarter, safer world.

Thrift shop awards $35,000 in grants

The OSU Thrift Shop recently awarded $35,000 in grants to the following organizations:

Alsea Community Effort, $1,172; Alsea Valley Gleaners, $2,000; Benton County Historical Society, $2,000; Benton County Skateboarding Alliance, $1,700; Community Outreach, Inc., $2,000; Corvallis Bicycle Collective, $750; Corvallis Community Band, $675; Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, $350; Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society, $1,000; Corvallis Youth Symphony Association, $1,186; Furniture Share, $2,000; Friends of Corvallis Parks and Recreation, $1,000; Grace Center for Adult Day Services, $1,150; Kings Valley Charter School, $600; Lincoln Elementary School, $948;

Marys Peak Search and Rescue, $564; Marys River Gleaners, $2,000; Marys River Quilt Guild, $725; Old Mill Center for Children and Families, $1,500; Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments Senior Meals on Wheels, $1,750; Philomath Community Services, $500; Quilts from Caring Hands, $1,000; Sharing Gardens, $772; South Benton Nutrition Program, $728; South Corvallis Food Bank, $2,000; We Care, $2,000; Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, $930; Willamette Valley Gleaners, $2,000.

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