School district honors Gladstone Fire Department; Memorial Day essay contest announced; County agency offers $3,000 scholarships; American Legion scholarships available; students perform dragon dance; Milwaukie school officer visit

The Gladstone School District awarded the Growing Great People Award to the Gladstone Fire PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Gladstone fire officials Izaak Thoman, Mike Funk and Kirk Stempel accepted an award from the Gladstone School Board for their fire department's service to the communitys children.Department in recognition of its many contributions to the school district and the community.

"Gladstone Fire not only provides CPR training to our middle school and high school students," said Gladstone High Principal Kevin Taylor. "In addition, they take a leadership role in our communitywide Adopt-a-Family Christmas giving project, raising funds for toys, helping with food boxes, and personally delivering gifts to local families."

PHOTO COURTESY: NCSD - Milwaukie Police Department's school resource officer Lindsey Nold recently spent time sharing her expertise and building relationships with students at Lot Whitcomb Elementary School.

Gladstone students perform dragon dance

Students from Gladstone High School's Confucius Classroom Mandarin language program performed a PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Gladstone High Chinese teacher Hao Li leads his students in a dragon dance performance in celebration of the Lunar New Year.traditional dragon dance at a recent Lunar New Year celebration in West Linn. A video of their performance is available at

"My students learned about Chinese culture and gained a lot of confidence from this performance," said teacher Hao Li. "Next we hope to plan for elementary and middle school students in Gladstone."

Memorial Day essay contest announced

Milwaukie Peake Funeral Chapel has opened its annual youth writing contest titled, "The True Meaning of Memorial Day."

The contest, open to all high school students in Clackamas County, was established in 2016 to create an educational awareness involving youth in area communities so they can learn more about the service and sacrifice of the nation's veterans.

Essay submissions of 500 to 525 words are due by April 30. Mail them to: Peake Funeral Chapel, Attn: Steve Grabinski, 1925 S.E. Scott St., Milwaukie, OR 97222.

Finalists will be announced 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, during a ceremony at the funeral home; $500 will be awarded to one first-place winner; $200 will be awarded to one first-place runner-up and $100 will be awarded to one second-place runner-up.

"The writing contest provides an important opportunity to inspire area youth to remember those who served and sacrificed to protect our freedoms," said Peake Funeral Chapel Manager Mike Salazar. "Peake Funeral Chapel is committed to showing dedication and appreciation to veterans and members of the military."

For more information, call 503-654-7755 or visit

County agency offers $3,000 scholarships

Applications are being accepted for two $3,000 scholarships offered by the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for the 2018-19 school year.

The goal of the scholarships is to assist college students majoring in the fields of agriculture (including horticulture), natural resource science or a related discipline. Over the past six years, the district has offered nearly $30,000 in scholarships to local students. Previous recipients have used the money to pursue studies in engineering, veterinary medicine and agriculture.

Applicants must be a graduate of a Clackamas County high school or a current resident of Clackamas County. In addition, they must be at the sophomore level or above and working full-time toward an associate, bachelor or graduate degree, with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

To apply, go to Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. April 6.

American Legion scholarships available

Milwaukie American Legion Post 180 is actively seeking motivated Clackamas County high school junior boys to attend a leadership-development academy June 17-23 at Western Oregon University.

Camp activities in Monmouth include competitions, field trips, a flag retirement ceremony, operation of a simulated Oregon state government, athletic events, social activities and more.

The camp aims to prepare young men in their junior year of high school for the challenges of adulthood by teaching leadership, civics and governance in a nonpartisan manner.

Those selected can apply for full and partial scholarships to have their camp tuition for this seven-day leadership camp paid for by Post 180. Space for this leadership development camp is limited, so it is important that applicants apply early to maximize their selection opportunity.

Application materials can be found at For more information, contact Michael Wilson at 503-659-1149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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