Trojans start fast: Baseball, softball teams also battling weather

April 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Trojans start fast: Baseball, softball teams also battling weather

The Kennedy baseball team is off to a 9-1 start and is 3-0 in Special District 2 play. The Trojans, who won three of four games in a tournament in Redding, California, are ranked No. 4 in Class 2A-1A by the ...

Making a safe space: Giving teens skills to combat anxiety, suicide

April 2019 Posted in School, Your Health | Comments Off on Making a safe space: Giving teens skills to combat anxiety, suicide

By Melissa Wagoner Suicide is an often dreaded – and therefore avoided – conversation, but it is also one that is important for parents to have with their children, according to Psychiatrist Audry Van Houweling, who said there has been a sharp ...

A tasty decision: Milk dispensers improve schools’ environmental efforts

April 2019 Posted in Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on A tasty decision: Milk dispensers improve schools’ environmental efforts

[caption id="attachment_9126" align="alignleft" width="261"] The new milk dispenser in action at Butte Creek Elementary. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When a student throws away a partially-full milk carton, what has the biggest environmental impact? Surprisingly it isn’t the carton but rather ...

Spring standouts: Kennedy, Silverton boast top track and field talent

April 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Spring standouts: Kennedy, Silverton boast top track and field talent

The Kennedy High girls track and field squad has finished in the top 10 at state for the past eight seasons. This year’s squad looks primed to keep the streak alive. “We have potential state champions, great experience with seven four-year ...

In these halls: Students become ambassadors to State Capital

April 2019 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on In these halls: Students become ambassadors to State Capital

By Melissa Wagoner The students in the Community Roots School’s Adolescent Program got a behind-the-scenes look at the Oregon State Capital when they visited on Feb. 25 as Ambassadors for Oregon Montessori Education Day. “Not every kid gets to go to the ...

Hoops wrap-up: area squads shine at state tournaments

March 2019 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Hoops wrap-up: area squads shine at state tournaments

It was another banner year for basketball at Silverton and Kennedy. All four teams made it to state and three of the four squads brought home a trophy. Here’s how it looked: The Silverton boys took third in the Class 5A event ...

Action-adventure: SHS Thespians set sail with Peter Pan prequel

February 2019 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Action-adventure: SHS Thespians set sail with Peter Pan prequel

[caption id="attachment_8997" align="alignright" width="300"] The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher rehearsing on the Silverton High stage. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “We don’t do good shows, we do great shows,” is the motto of the Silverton High School Theater Department. “The reputation ...

I, robotics: Students earn awards

January 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on I, robotics: Students earn awards

[caption id="attachment_8942" align="alignright" width="300"] Mt. Angel Middle School VEX IQ Robotics at the recent competition. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Robotics isn’t just a fun, extracurricular activity for kids; it also prepares them for a career in the growing tech industry, according ...

Swimmers dive in: Aqua Foxes look to build on successes

January 2019 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Swimmers dive in: Aqua Foxes look to build on successes

The Silverton High swim program, 85 athletes strong, is off to another strong start. Both squads are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Mid-Willamette Conference encounters. “Overall I am happy with how we are doing,” said coach Lucky Rogers. “We returned a ...

Hoops update: Silverton, Kennedy hoping for basketball glory

December 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Hoops update: Silverton, Kennedy hoping for basketball glory

The Silverton and Kennedy basketball programs are coming off sterling seasons. The girls and boys programs at both schools finished in the top four in the state, with the Trojans’ girls squad taking home their second Class 2A title in ...

A question of balance: Budget appointments draw challenges

December 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on A question of balance: Budget appointments draw challenges

By Teresa Williams Jackson The Silver Falls School Board appointed three members to the district budget committee at its Nov. 5 meeting. Despite having three women among its seven applicants, two of whom have never served on the committee, the board elected ...

State champions: Kennedy turns tables on Santiam for 2A title

December 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on State champions: Kennedy turns tables on Santiam for 2A title

There is a sign on North Main Street in Mount Angel that needs an addition. The sign, planted just before the turn on East Marquam to Kennedy High, celebrates recent state titles for the Trojans. Now, it’s the football team’s turn. ...

Lopez wins state title: Kennedy football in semifinals

November 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Lopez wins state title: Kennedy football in semifinals

[caption id="attachment_8781" align="alignright" width="150"] Alejandra Lopez[/caption] Alejandra Lopez of Kennedy closed her senior cross country season in style, winning the Class 3A-2A-1A state championship Nov. 3 at Lane Community College. Lopez ran 19:02 on the 5,000-meter course to edge runner-up McKenzi Hoyt of ...

Road trip: FFA brings home gold from Indianapolis

November 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Road trip: FFA brings home gold from Indianapolis

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"]By James Day FFA Advisor Scott Towery, left, with Kyle Drescher, Jerome Kuenzi, Byron Kuenzi and Collin Standley of the Silverton FFA program are shown at the national convention in Indianapolis Submitted photo[/caption] The Silverton High FFA program ...

‘Massegon’: Cross country runners build new bonds of cross-continental friendship

November 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on ‘Massegon’: Cross country runners build new bonds of cross-continental friendship

[caption id="attachment_8765" align="alignright" width="300"] JFK sisters, Alejandra and Whitney Lopez, with Massegon co-founder, Coach Steve McChesney. Steve Ritchie[/caption] By Steve Ritchie The Kennedy High School Cross Country Team has been known for incorporating opportunities for learning and new experiences when traveling to compete ...

Kuenzi to rescue: Deep Foxes keep up winning ways

October 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Kuenzi to rescue: Deep Foxes keep up winning ways

“I was just trying to fill in for Hayden Roth and do as good a job as he did,” Nathan Kuenzi said. “I really enjoyed it. That was the most fun game I’ve ever played.” The Silverton High running back was talking ...

Food for America: Silverton FFA shares ‘Ag’ lessons with youngsters

October 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Food for America: Silverton FFA shares ‘Ag’ lessons with youngsters

[caption id="attachment_8705" align="alignright" width="300"] Elementary students on a hay ride at the Food for America event at Silverton High School. Mellisa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Kili Kato remembers attending the Silverton High School FFA’s annual Food for America event when she was ...

Hot starts: Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

September 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Hot starts: Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

The local football squads have gotten off fast this fall. Silverton and Kennedy are both 2-0 and ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes. The Foxes are ranked No. 2 by the OSAA in Class 5A after opening with Special ...

Summer adventure: Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour

September 2018 Posted in People, School, Sports, Travel | Comments Off on Summer adventure: Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour

[caption id="attachment_8696" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton High brothers Riley Kramer, left, and brother Kyle, spent a week in the Dominican Republic last month, playing baseball, donating gear and participating in clinics. James Day [/caption] By James Day Riley and Kyle Kramer had a bit ...

Play and guidance: ASAP readies for community fundraising day Sept. 20

September 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Play and guidance: ASAP readies for community fundraising day Sept. 20

By Brenna Wiegand The kids pour in from school, grab snacks and do their homework. Then they congregate for dinner and announcements before splitting off to favorite activities – all before their parents get home. Five years ago, a band of Silverton ...

Cross country update: Trojans, Foxes both fielding strong squads

September 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Cross country update: Trojans, Foxes both fielding strong squads

The Kennedy and Silverton cross country teams have, like many of us in Oregon, been battling smoke and unhealthy air… in addition to the usual challenge for the high-schoolers of getting in shape for the season. Oregon School Activities Association rules ...

Football preview: Foxes, Trojans dive into fall camps

August 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Football preview: Foxes, Trojans dive into fall camps

Silverton football was 7-4 last season in its first year under coach Josh Craig, advancing to the state quarterfinals before falling to No. 1 Mountain View in a 46-42 shootout in Bend. This year the Foxes are in a reconfigured league, ...

Academic stars: Silverton, JFK athletes score well on state lists

August 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Academic stars: Silverton, JFK athletes score well on state lists

On the scoreboard that matters most athletes at Silverton and Kennedy turned into some superlative academic results for the 2018-19 school year. The Foxes featured 21 sports and activity teams that averaged a 3.2 grade point average or better. The top ...

Scholarship winners: Mt. Angel Community Foundation

August 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Scholarship winners: Mt. Angel Community Foundation

Mt. Angel Community Foundation The Mt. Angel Community Foundation selected five graduating seniors from Mt. Angel’s John F. Kennedy High School class of 2018 to redeive scholarships. Foundation scholarships award $1,500 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study ...

At the helm: Principals prepare for new school year

August 2018 Posted in School | Comments Off on At the helm: Principals prepare for new school year

[caption id="attachment_8562" align="alignleft" width="150"] Kennedy High principal Dale Pedersen.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8574" align="alignleft" width="150"] Silverton High principal Wade Lockett.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8563" align="alignright" width="150"] Mt. Angel Middle School principal Jared Tiecke.[/caption] By James Day School was out for the summer, the parking lot was empty, ...