TAG will support Oregon Spellers

The Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted - which advocates for the needs of talented and gifted children - will sponsor Oregon Spellers in the running of the state spelling championship.

Oregon Spellers is an all-volunteer group formed in 2009, by Kaynor and Nick Heineck, when the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) discontinued running the state spelling contest due to budget cuts.

The spelling contests at local and county levels leading up to the state spelling championship continue to be sponsored by the ODE.

'This relationship will help Oregon Spellers expand the support base for the contest as well as help us spread the word to more school districts about the opportunities for their students to participate,' Oregon Spellers' Chairperson Kaynor Heineck said.

The state championship is open to any student who wins his/her ODE-sponsored county spelling contest in Oregon at the elementary, middle or high school level. Students do not have to be identified as talented and gifted to participate.

This year's championship will be held at the Oregon State Fair in Salem on Saturday, Sept. 3.

For more information about Oregon Spellers and the state spelling championship, visit

For more information about the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted, visit

Reynolds High to host bottle drive

Reynolds High School, 1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale, will host a bottle/can drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Proceeds benefit the class of 2011's drug- and alcohol-free Senior All Night Party, to be held June 13 at Big Al's in Vancouver.

For more information, call Dawnn Novinger at 503-257-3358 or email [email protected]

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