The School Beat


Wilson Men's Golf wins PIL Championship second year running

HILLSDALE - The Wilson High School Men's Golf Team took first place in the Portland Interscholastic League for the second year in a row, this time with an undefeated record.

Junior Michael Reid finished second in the league's overall standings; Blake Hudson, a freshman, finished third.

In its final match, Wilson shot 329, defeating Cleveland High School's 353 and Franklin High School's 371. In that match, first place went to Carsten Concon from Cleveland, who shot 75, second place was awarded to Wilson's Reid, who shot 77, and third place went to Andrew Sanderson from Wilson, who shot 80.

Wilson's coach, Christopher Hudson, is in his third year the school, 'so I'd say we are progressing pretty well,' he said. 'I'm proud of how hard they work and how well they listen to instruction regarding swing changes. These swing changes have helped them improve to where they are now.'

Wilson's top golfers, in order of merit, include: Reid, Hudson, Sanderson, Dimitri Rodriguez, Asher Levine, Noah Ramey and Jake Kolin.

Wilson students earn top honors at Oregon Game Project Challenge

HILLSDALE - TechStart Education Foundation, along with sponsors ETIC and Branium, held the fifth annual Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC 5.0) April 28, where 49 teams and 275 students and coaches from around Oregon and Southern Washington competed in a statewide computer game development competition designed to educate and propose solutions to urban planning challenges. Wilson High School's 'Ballmer Peak' team won top honors with 'Best in Show' in the high school division.

Wilson's winning team included Zach Swafford, Duncan Millard, Teddy Duchow-Pressley, Jonah George and Aaron Schilling and their game, 'Chronopolis.' Judging criteria was based on awarding points to teams for completing public and hidden achievements, focused on specific points of emphasis and teams were rewarded by going above and beyond the learning goals of the challenge.

This is the fifth year the OGPC has been held, and the second year Wilson has competed, Wilson teacher and team coach Chris Bartlo said.

'This year four teams from Wilson competed, and all of our teams put out an amazing effort, designing some impressive games and represented our program well. It is the biggest programming event/competition in the state, so it was a pretty big deal for us and we hope to use this to grow interest in the program,' he said.

For more information about the Oregon Game Project Challenge, visit

Art student selected for national competition

HILLSDALE - Wilson's Harrison Wallace has been selected to represent the First Congressional District in the Congressional Art Competition. He was honored a reception for all the artists and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici on May 1. Wallace's work was be framed and sent to Washington, D.C., shortly thereafter where it is on display alongside other winners from around the country. Wallace also received two round-trip tickets to attend the competition's award ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 20.

Wilson student takes home win at PPS citywide Poetry Slam

HILLSDALE - Wilson High School student Gus Coats took fourth place at 'Verselandia,' Portland's first all-PPS Poetry Slam.

'He was an audience favorite out of the 30 slammers who participated in the event at the Mission Theater,' Linda Campillo, Wilson librarian, said. 'He not only went last (luck of the draw) during both of the rounds, but he also had the judges hold up a sign to ask fellow Wilson student Lauren Hestand to the prom (she and Gillian Bergmann also represented Wilson at the event). Gus' sense of humor and quick wit shined among a field of amazing high school poets, which drew a crowd of about 300 people.'

Winners for Verselandia included: Lauren Steele of Jefferson High School; Alex Dang of Cleveland High School; Micah Fletcher of Madison High School; Coats; and Desiree DuBois of Jefferson.

Lady Trojans Basketball Camp scheduled

HILLSDALE - The annual Lady Trojans Basketball Camp will be held June 18-22 for girls grades 3-9. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the game while focusing on offensive and defensive team play, with individual instruction in ball-handling, passing, shooting techniques and offensive and defensive footwork. All campers will receive a Wilson basketball T-shirt.

The camp's coaching staff includes Wilson Head Coach Mike Noland and assistant coaches John Dunn, Aaron Olsen and members of the Wilson varsity basketball team.

Grades 3-6 will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. each day, and the cost of participation is $90. Grades 7-9 will meet from 3 to 6 p.m., and the cost is $95.

For more information, email Nolan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register, download the form at

Wilson art teacher wins Miller Award

HILLSDALE - Marie Pearson, art teacher at Wilson High School, was awarded $5,000 for the 2012-2013 school year from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. This teaching award will pay for professional development, art supplies and equipment.

According to the Miller Foundation, a major problem facing public high schools is the large number of teachers who drop out of the profession during their first five years of teaching. In Oregon this attrition was 37 percent, according to a 2008 report by the Chalkboard Project. To encourage more teachers to stay in the profession and improve their skills, the Miller Foundation offers professional development awards annually to provide public high school teachers with opportunities for growth and development, with the goal of strengthening their commitment to, interest in and effectiveness in a long-term classroom teaching career. The ultimate goal is helping teachers pursue activities that will stimulate and nurture student achievement. The awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the nature of the individual projects.