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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

Albany students receive scholarships

The OSCPA Educational Foundation, in affiliation with the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, recently announced its scholarship awards for the 2018-19 academic year.

Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, for a total of $101,925, were awarded to 48 students based on their academic performance and their intent to pursue a CPA career and work in Oregon.

Tyler Kelsch of Albany received the Geffen Mesher & Co. Scholarship to Linfield College. Austin G. Culver, also of Albany, received the Moss Adams LLP Scholarship to Oregon State University.

Greenhouse gas report shows progress

Greenhouse gas emissions by the city of Corvallis have decreased by about 2.7 percent annually since 2013, according to the results of an organizational greenhouse gas inventory released in June.

The survey represents the first organizational inventory to be conducted since the city of Corvallis adopted its Climate Action Plan in late 2016. The report builds on baseline emissions data gathered in 2013. The information in the report is intended to help city leaders understand trends and manage specific emissions sources and activities related to operational activities.

From 2013 to 2016, the report found that emissions by the city dropped by 8.1 percent compared to 2013 baseline data. The reduction represents an average 2.7 percent per year — close to the city’s target in the new Climate Action Plan, which calls for a 3.2 percent annual decrease.

Emissions generated by the city of Corvallis include a variety of sources, such as traditional fleet emissions and electricity use, and emissions related to the operation of buildings and facilities such as the library or the Aquatic Center.

Grants awarded for historic properties 

Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, recently awarded 13 grants totaling $206,000 for historic properties and archaeology projects.

One of the five grants awarded in the Diamonds in the Rough category went to Lebanon. This grant funds façade enhancements that restore the historic character of a property.

One of the eight grants awarded in the Preserving Oregon category went to Linn County for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Albany women receive scholarships

P.E.O. scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded to Anakaren Puentes of South Albany High School and Kennedy Guilliot of West Albany High School at their school awards assemblies on May 18 and June 4, respectively.

Puentes will attend Western Oregon University this fall as a bilingual scholar to study education. Guilliot will begin her studies at Linn-Benton Community College and has a goal of teaching severely disabled children.

P.E.O. is a national, philanthropic organization that provides scholarships and low interest loans to support education for women.

OSU student wins Fulbright Award

Traben Pleasant, a former U.S. Marine and current doctoral candidate in Oregon State University’s Department of Applied Anthropology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Panama from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Pleasant will work with a nongovernmental organization, Give and Surf, and the Panamanian government as part of a project that examines how the development of computer centers in rural areas affects barriers to education.

Pleasant is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Albany students among spring graduates

Jenna George and Ashton Siegner, both of Albany, were among the 1,561 Montana State University undergraduates who received diplomas during MSU’s spring commencement ceremony held May 5 in Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

Siegner graduated with highest honors.

Bill Pullman, a renowned Hollywood actor who started his career at MSU, received an honorary doctorate in arts and delivered the charge to the graduates at the morning ceremony. And Martin Goldsmith, a classical music radio announcer whose voice has graced Montana’s and the nation’s airwaves for decades, received an honorary doctorate in arts and delivered the charge to the graduates at the afternoon ceremony.

Corvallis man finishes certificate program

Ziad Rizk of Corvallis has completed a Certificate in Educational Technology at the College of St. Scholastica.

Albany student earns distinction

Wichita State University has announced the names of more than 2,750 students who were on the spring dean’s honor roll.

Brandon J. Cowling of Albany appeared on the list.

To be included on the honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Philomath woman graduates with degree

Natasha Johnson of Philomath graduated with a Master of Music degree from East Carolina University during spring commencement exercises on May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Monroe youth elected director

Samantha Pratt of Monroe has been elected as a 2018-19 American Quarter Horse Youth Association Regional Director.

Association Executive Committee members and regional directors play a major role in the youth association by planning events, participating in community service projects and spreading the word about American Quarter Horses, youth activities and the association.

Executive Committee members and regional directors were elected by their peers at the 2018 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar June 28-30 in Bryan-College Station, Texas. Candidates elected for the association's Executive Committee and regional director positions are serving from July through June.

Each of the association's 11 regions can elect three directors. From those directors, five national officers are elected by delegates from each state.

Corvallis man graduates from college

Caleb A. McMurphy of Corvallis received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and social sciences at Lyndon State College’s 106th commencement ceremony on May 20.

The ceremony was the last graduation for the campus under the name Lyndon State College. Lyndon State officially joined with Johnson State College on July 1 to become Northern Vermont University.

Corvallis students named to dean’s list

Two Corvallis students were named to the St. Olaf College spring semester dean’s list.

Andrew Atwood is a music education major. He is a Corvallis High School alumnus, and is the son of John and Christine Atwood. Elizabeth Stang is majoring in Norwegian. She is a Crescent Valley High School alumna, and is the daughter of Jack and Bernadette Stang.

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

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