The Class of 2017: Area schools prepare to say farewell to graduates

June 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on The Class of 2017: Area schools prepare to say farewell to graduates

By Mary Owen Local graduates are getting ready to step into the next phases of their lives. Stayton High School Stayton High will have 125 graduates receiving diplomas at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 9 at the Salem Armory. The Class of 2017 valedictorians ...

Highlights #1: Stayton High dance team wins 13th state title

April 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Highlights #1: Stayton High dance team wins 13th state title

By James Day The Stayton Highlights dance team finished second to Valley Catholic of Beaverton at the past two state championships. This year’s squad was determined not to let that happen again. “This team is driven beyond words,” longtime coach Robin Meier told ...

Educational priorities: School board candidates share their thoughts

April 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Educational priorities: School board candidates share their thoughts

Editor’s note: Election preview of additional races will be included in the May 1 edition of Our Town. By Mary Owen Candidates have filed for the school board seats that will be decided with the May 17 ballot. While many seats on ...

New coach: Stayton’s Nyquist took West Albany to three state titles

April 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on New coach: Stayton’s Nyquist took West Albany to three state titles

Randy Nyquist wanted to come home, and Stayton had a place for him. Sometimes life is that simple. Nyquist, who won 119 games and three Class 5A state championships in 15 years at West Albany and fielded three Class 6A playoff ...

Educating for the future: North Santiam School District honored

February 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Educating for the future: North Santiam School District honored

By Mary Owen For continuing to be a cornerstone of the community, the North Santiam School District receives the 2016 Large Business excellence award from the Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented to a business with more than 15 ...

Future First Citizens: Work ethic, drive for excellence, helpfulness praised

February 2017 Posted in Community, Other, People, School | Comments Off on Future First Citizens: Work ethic, drive for excellence, helpfulness praised

By Mary Owen Two high school students with an appreciation for their families, schools and communities are eager to continue volunteering after high school when they attend college. For all they have done to help others, Stayton High School senior Kalie Harper ...

College update: Farr brothers shine for Corban soccer

January 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on College update: Farr brothers shine for Corban soccer

Corban University turned in the best men’s soccer performance in school history this season with a ton of help from a pair of brothers from Cascade High. The Warriors finished with a  20-3 record, won the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament ...

The team that would not be denied: Regis takes state 2A football title

January 2017 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on The team that would not be denied: Regis takes state 2A football title

By James Day Four games into the season the Regis High football team was 2-2. That was the bad news. The good news was that the Rams were being tested by excellent competition, with the losses to Class 3A power Dayton ...

Student elections: Online students form government for virtual school

December 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Student elections: Online students form government for virtual school

By Mary Owen Newly elected student body officers are proud to serve on the first-ever virtual school government at Oregon Connections Academy. “Being part of a student government give students an opportunity for them to be a voice, or representative, of their ...

Financial literacy: Public welcome to program on student access to resources

December 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Financial literacy: Public welcome to program on student access to resources

By Mary Owen College-bound students and community members interested in learning about changes to financing opportunities are welcome to attend Regis High School ASPIRE’s upcoming Community Financial Literacy night. “Several changes have occurred in the area of post-secondary financing that speeded up ...