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JFK’s Kristine Osuna named Gates Scholar

Kennedy High School senior Kristine Osuna was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholar. She competed against more than 20,500 applicants and only 1,000 students were chosen to receive scholarships. She plans to attend La Sierra University in Riverside, Cal., with a career interest in medicine. This program is for outstanding minority students and requires applicants to write essays outlining their leadership […]

Webb helps Eugene Field students create mural

Lori Webb, a local artist and muralist, made sure every student at Eugene Field Elementary School contributed to creating a five-panel mural for the school’s gym. Webb said the mural begins with a girl tumbling in a field of sunflowers, followed by a boy and girl sitting on a bench with the boy reading a book and the girl holding […]

Difficult decisions: School board considers closing school, new boundaries

Editor’s Note: Due to a reporting error a quote was misattributed to Jonathan Edmonds. The correct speaker was Lacey Allen. We regret the error. This web version has been corrected June 11, 2009. By Kristine Thomas The news the Silver Falls School Board is considering closing Monitor Elementary School and transferring those students to Scotts Mills and Butte Creek Elementary […]

May Madness: Alumni basketball

Kevin Palmer, Scott Gragg, Mary Purdy and Mary Steers are a handful of the athletes participating in the Silverton Rotary Club’s May Madness Alumni Basketball Extravaganza. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at the Silverton High School Schlador Street Campus. Tickets are $5. The event is a fundraiser for the Silverton Rotary. The club provides scholarships to graduating […]

Alex Courand wins Masonic speech contest

Mark Twain Middle School eighth-grade student Alex Couraud won first-place in the Masonic Speech Contest, Riley Johnston of Pratum took second-place and Josh Anderson of Scotts Mills earned third-place. Eighth-grade students – one student from each outlying school and three students from Mark Twain – gave a speech on how does being a volunteer benefit the student and their community. […]

SHS speech team repeats as state champion

By Cambria Roth The Silverton High School Speech and Debate team won its second consecutive state championship with an outstanding performance at the OSAA 5A Speech State Championship. Senior Diana Cater and sophomore Haley Karlson will compete at the National Forensic League Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. Cater was the state champion in both Oratory and Expository speaking and quarter finalist […]

Friendly rival: State meet next

By Kristine Thomas The stage was set for a showdown between two of the top female discus throwers in the Tri-River Conference. All spring, the two throwers went back and forth – one winning one week, the other the next. They shared the same quest – to win first-place at the district meet in the discus and then take first […]

Silverton students win essay contest

By Cambria Roth Five of Silverton High School’s English Language Learners and Migrant Education students earned recognition at the 19th annual Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference in Portland this spring. The students spent a week exploring the legacy of Cesar Chavez, the son of a migrant farm worker who founded the union of farm workers. Along with learning of his dedication […]

Facing cuts: Tuition hike proposed

Doom and gloom over the state’s proposed 3 percent drop in funding to colleges and universities has spawned a few rumors about possible impacts on Chemeketa Community College.

Trojan cross country teams move up a notch in state finals

Kennedy High School girls cross country team placed ninth and the boys team took 10th at the 1A/2A/3A Oregon State Meet Nov. 1 at Lane Community College in Eugene. Improving on last year’s 10th place finish, the Kennedy girls scored 210 points. JFK beat league rival East Linn Christian (11th, 225 points) and Regis (14th, 300 points). St. Mary’s of […]

Put Me in, Coach: Kennedy, Silverton high schools add athletic staff

John F. Kennedy and Silverton High Schools are running at full speed now that the new school year has started and coaching positions have been filled.

Kevin Moffatt, the athletic director at Kennedy is excited about the volleyball year with the hiring of Sarah Sprauer as head coach.

She is joined by assistants Jessica Bottaro and Erin Jasper. Sprauer is also a Mt. Angel Middle School social studies teacher, and Bottaro teaches the same subject at the high school.

Peer Court: Youth invited to join

Thirty two youth from the four local Peer Courts, including Silverton, will experience the highs and lows of achievement by taking part in the Salem Ropes Course.