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Speech competitors score well

Forest Grove’s speech and debate team tied for fifth place at the 6A state championships, and several individuals earned top honors.

Senior Luke Berdahl is the state champion in both impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.

Berdahl and junior Ian Schlegel are state champions in parliamentary debate. The duo went undefeated during eight rounds of parliamentary debate.

Sophomore Jayde Hansen also participated but did not advance to elimination rounds.

Berdahl will compete at the National Forensics League Nationals June 15 to 22 in Birmingham, Ala.

The speech and debate team receives no school or district funding, although the district does cover bus transportation for some tournaments, according to coach Jennifer Conner. The students must fundraise for entry fees for the majority of the year (they sell lollipops). Donations are welcome.

For more information contact Conner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Foundation adds development coordinator

The Education Foundation of Forest Grove has named Dawn Smith as the new development coordinator. Smith will work closely with the foundation’s board of directors to initiate fundraising activities, spearhead marketing and community outreach strategies and activities, source grant opportunities and oversee the day-to-day activities of the foundation.

Committee passes school budget

The Forest Grove School District Budget Committee approved the proposed $54.1 million budget for 2013-14 on May 14. The budget includes funding for a full instructional year and $300,000 for a pilot program at Neil Armstrong Middle School to provide iPads for all seventh and eighth graders. The budget now goes to the school board for final approval on June 10.

Forest Hills adds preschool

Forest Hills Lutheran School has announced it will add a preschool program next school year.

Located three miles south of Cornelius on Golf Course Road, the school’s new addition comes in response to many parent inquiries and the availability of space on the 12-acre campus.

The three-hour morning program is open to 3- and 4-year-olds and will follow the same school calendar as the school’s K-8 program. Students will have access to the school’s gym, play areas, library, music room and cafeteria, along with being a part of other school activities offered throughout the year. The teacher will be credentialed.

For more information go to, FHLS.org or call the school at 503-359-4853.