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Forty FGHS students named AP scholars, High schoolers fundraise for field trips

Forty FGHS students named AP scholars

Forty Forest Grove High School students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement on advanced placement exams taken during the 2010-11 academic year.

Nine FGHS students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3.0 or higher on five or more exams: Class of 2011 seniors Michael Dawson, Keaton Kell, Ian Knowles, Melanie Lemmert, James Myers and Tyler Pitt and current seniors Kira Hall, Josh Schneider and Liza Wyckoff-White.

Eight students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3.0 or higher on four or more exams: Class of 2011 seniors Nick Bristow, Angelica Brown, Emily Hepler, Arina Hunter and Alexandria Long and current seniors Anders Mason, Jessica Randall and Tacey Smith.

Twenty-three students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3.0 or higher: Class of 2011 seniors Ryan Bolzle, Megan Clark, Kendra Duyck, Jorge Guzman, Melissa Hoskins, Nate Jones, Jami Kenny, Leah Larson, Melissa Lepschat, Sandra Lopez, Jordan Meyers, Lauren Wilbur and Max Wilson-Fey; current seniors Dominek Barajas, Kyle Brown, Brett Bryson, Graham Connell, Jarrod Cook, James McCahon, Redford New and Jessyca Polich; and current juniors Peter Lommen and Rosie Steinbach.

High schoolers fundraise for field trips

Students in the Forest Grove High School Student Empowerment Center (SEC) are participating in a letter writing campaign to local businesses this fall to raise money for field trips.

The SEC is a supportive environment for students who qualify for special education services because of emotional or behavioral concerns that impede their learning.

For the past several years, the SEC has maintained a connection with Adventures Without Limits. AWL is a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor learning trips for people of all abilities. Its aim is to build confidence and help individuals learn new skills.

Students have typically participated in two to three AWL trips per year. Examples include rock-climbing, ropes courses and rafting.

This year the SEC and AWL 'lost the funding historically provided by grants and contributions from the district' due to budget cuts, said Amanda Morris, a psychologist with the Forest Grove School District. 'In addition to staff pursuing grants to keep the program running, students were inspired to fundraise for donations from local businesses.'

About 20 students participated in the letter writing, Morris noted. They began writing the letters at the end of September, and letters were mailed Oct. 7. 'We may send out another round but are hoping to see [responses] from the first 20 letters to businesses,' she said.

For details, call Morris at Forest Grove High School, 503-359-2432, Ext. 3752.