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SAHS students win scholarships for WOU College of Education

Posted on: May 7, 2018

Five South Albany High School seniors were recently awarded scholarships to study education at Western Oregon University.

The future teaching students toured the school and met College of Education Dean Dr. Mark Girod.

The students won a Bilingual Teachers Scholars program scholarship, also know as the “grow your own” program, which will cover more than half of the university tuition costs for five years and grant them other privileges during school and after graduation.

The students awarded the scholarship are:

Marco Reyes (not pictured)
Alexia Anaya (not pictured)
Esmeralda Aviles
Itzel Alvarez
Anakaren Puentes

Six other students ((pictured) also attended and are interested in becoming teachers. They will apply for the scholarship next year.

Estudiantes de SAHS ganan becas para el Facultad de Educación de WOU

Cinco estudiantes del ultimo año de la preparatoria de South Albany High School, fueron
recientemente premiados con becas para estudiar educación en la universidad Western
Oregon University- WOU.

Los futuros estudiantes para maestros, visitaron la escuela y conocieron al Rector Dr.
Mark Girod de la Facultad de Educación.

Los estudiantes ganaron una beca para el programa Bilingual Teachers Scholars
program (Maestros Bilingües), también conocido como el programa “grow your own”, el
cual cubre más de la mitad de los costos de matrícula de la universidad por cinco años y
les otorga otros beneficios durante la escuela y después de la graduación.

Los estudiantes premiados con la beca son:

Marco Reyes (no está en la foto)
Alexia Anaya (no está en la foto)
Esmeralda Aviles
Itzel Alvarez
Anakaren Puentes

Otras seis estudiantes (en la fotografía) también asistieron y están interesadas en
convertirse en maestras. Ellas solicitaran la beca el próximo año.

WAHS senior wins honorable mention in personal finance essay contest

Posted on: May 4, 2018

Congratulations to Casey Brooks from West Albany High School for earning honorable mention in the inaugural Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) PAYBACK Challenge essay contest.

The award comes with a $500 scholarship prize. Casey was one of three honorable mention award winners from Oregon and was selected from 500 submissions.

For more information, read the press release:

PALO ALTO, California, April 26, 2018- Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is pleased to announce three students from Oregon have received an Honorable Mention Award in their inaugural PAYBACK Challenge. Congratulations to Casey Brooks from West Albany High School(Albany), Kaitlyn Wornath from Tigard High (Tigard), and David Hoang from Franklin High School (Portland ).

This essay contest attracted over 500 submissions from students in all fifty states. After playing the game, students wrote a 250-word essay with the following prompt:

“How could you use the online game, PAYBACK, to have a conversation with your parent/guardian about paying for college?”

Teachers from over 500 classrooms nominated the best student essay. NGPF staff then reviewed these essays, judging them based on the following criteria:

  • Indicates an understanding of key concepts learned by playing the game PAYBACK.
  • Addresses concerns their parents/guardians may have about this sensitive topic.
  • Takes a creative approach to engaging parents/guardians in a conversation about

Each of the 150 Honorable Mention winners will receive a $500 award from NGPF to be used for educational purposes.

West Albany student musicians win awards at state contest

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Over the weekend, West Albany music students competed in the Oregon Music Education Association State Chamber Ensemble and Oregon Student Activities Association State Solo Contests at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

The following students earned awards for their performances:

Chamber Ensembles

Women’s Large Ensemble – 4th Place

Gemma Williams, Jessy Birruete, Anna Soot, Rhianna Miller, Elizabeth Lake, Mackenzie Duda, Sylvia Harrington

Men’s Large Ensemble – 3rd Place

Sam Rossback, Charlie DeRose, Cole Stenger, Tanner Wind, Will Radtke

Percussion Ensemble – 2nd Place

Curtis Allen, Jessica Bradley, Jasiah Brown, LJ Carmichael, Chase Clure, Cameron Crites, Elizabeth Frenzel, Kyle Jensen, Emily Lyon, Zachary Manning, Alexander Miller, Ryan Nelson, Benjamin Norman, Lauren Rose, Paul Sprague, Tanner Wind

Woodwind Trio – 1st Place

Ryan Nelson, Brandon Dodd, Zoe Ames


Paul Sprague – 2nd Place – Euphonium
Colton Byers – 3rd Place – Trumpet
Amanda Givens – 5th Place – Oboe
Ryan Nelson – 6th Place Bassoon

Waverly preschool celebrates two years of early childhood learning

Posted on: May 2, 2018

At the April 23 School Board meeting, Waverly Principal Anne Griffith, preschool teacher Katy Allaback and preschool assistant Carlos Sanchez shared information about the Waverly Child Development Center.

Now in it’s second year, the preschool serves about 35 students within the Waverly attendance boundaries. The preschool started with grant funding with a goal of giving young children an boost for school readiness.

According to Allaback, “The program provides a level playing field and expands opportunities for students success.”

Watch the video for more information about this successful program.