German-American Society donates $20,000 to Wilson

HILLSDALE - The German-American Society of Portland has donated $20,000 to Wilson High School to maintain its German language program.

This donation has allowed Wilson to add back German 1 and 2, an elimination that was a direct result of the staffing reductions the school made this year because of budget cuts.

The school also received a separate anonymous donation of $10,000, which it will use to support its English department and its course offerings to students.

Wilson senior elected as student representative on PPS board

HILLSDALE - As everyone was busy with finals last spring, Henry Li from the Wilson Class of 2012 was starting on a new journey. Li was elected as the student representative on the Portland Public Schools Board in May 2011. His term runs July 2011 through June 2012.

In addition to attending board meetings, Li coordinates the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee (Super-SAC) once every two weeks to gather students' input and reflection concerning their PPS experience.

Li said he is thrilled about this opportunity to represent his fellow students across Portland.

Li and his fellow students on the council have lots of plans and hope to connect students and district administration, get students' voices heard and give back to the community.

Li's parents, Hongzeng Li and Wei Jiang, said they are proud of their son and understand that there are many who have influenced him along the way.

'We are very grateful to have such a charitable and loving community as Wilson. Henry has been nurtured by the dedication of his teachers and the things he's learned,' they said.

To reach Li, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Donate purses and support the arts

HILLSDALE - Drop off your new and gently used purses, handbags and messenger bags at the following donation sites:

-Switch Shoes and Clothing, 7871 S.W. Capitol Hwy.;

-Paloma Clothing, 6315 S.W. Capitol Hwy.;

-Sip D'Vine, 7829 S.W. Capitol Hwy.;

-O'Connors Restaurant, 7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy.;

-Haircolor Salon Dirk, 1517 S.W. Sunset Blvd.;

-Wilson High School, 1151 S.W. Vermont Street;

-Key Bank, 6335 S.W. Capitol Hwy;

-and Anne Bocci Boutique, 7824 SW Capitol Hwy.

Your purse or bag will help to raise funds for arts education at Wilson High School. For many of Wilson's students, playing their clarinet, drawing or painting, acting in the school musical or singing in the choir are the only reasons for coming to school each morning. With continued budget cuts, these purses create more opportunities for our young students to stay in school, graduate and find their way.

Once all the purses are collected, the Wilson Area Arts Council will hold a pop-up purse sale on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at O'Connors @ Th e Vault. All proceeds benefit choir, drama, band, orchestra and the visual arts at Wilson High School.

For more information, contact Linda Doyle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-539-7240.

Wilson students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

HILLSDALE - Three Wilson seniors are one step closer to earning money toward their college educations, as they were named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Sept. 12 in its annual scholarship competition.

Henry Li, Will Palmer and Isabella Smythe made the list of

about 16,000 high school seniors nationwide who made the latest cut. These students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. Th e semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student's essay and information about the semifinalist's participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced

in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

Booster Club Fundraising Run/Walk

HILLSDALE - Sign up today for the Wilson High School Booster Club Fundraising Run/Walk, scheduled for Oct. 15 at Mount Tabor Park. Participate in 10K, 5K or 1K events. For more information and to register, visit

Apply for youth leadership in service-learning award

PORTLAND - Applications are now being accepted for the Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award. The National Youth Leadership Council's Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award is designed to recognize K-12 service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership. The award focuses on projects that uniquely demonstrate youth leadership for service-learning excellence and have a sustainable impact on the participants and the broader community.

Youth teams representing K-12 service-learning programs in which the service-learning is tied to the school curricula may apply. Although the word 'program' is used, applications will be accepted for a particular project as long as it has a long-term impact. Preference will be given to ongoing programs and projects. Applications will be accepted from all states, but only one award will be presented. The youth involved in the program must write the application. In cases where youth are unable to write the application because of age or disability, a teacher or service-learning coordinator can assist with the application to the extent necessary.

One winner will be selected to receive the award at the National Service-Learning Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., April 11 to 14, 2012.The winner will receive $1,000 to support the program, along with travel, lodging and registration for the conference for two youth participants and one adult leader. Each youth involved in the winning program will receive an award certificate.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 21. Complete program information and the application are available at the

PPS Clothes Closet donations needed

PORTLAND - Portland Public Schools maintains a district-wide Clothing Center located in the Marshall Campus Building in Southeast Portland that serves all school-age students that need assistance. This year, the need for clothing has been so high; the center's supply is already running low. The center is asking for donations from the entire city to help meet this need.

To help, sort through your new or gently used clothing and choose items that do not have stains or tears and are appropriate for school-age children. Don't donate anything you wouldn't dress your own children in. The center also accepts donations of lunch boxes, backpacks, shoes, school supplies, pajamas, socks, underwear, swimsuits, hats, gloves, belts and more. For families from Robert Gray Middle School, package your donations in a bag or box labeled 'PPS Clothes Closet' and bring them to Robert Gray's main office, located at 5505 S.W. 23rd Ave.

If you or anyone you know needs clothing assistance, please contact Lisa Hyde, a guidance counselor at Robert Gray who can arrange for a pass to the Marshall Campus or lead you to Robert Gray's own clothes closet on site.

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