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Gaston pupils named Rotary youth citizens

Dawson Oliver, Cassie Cutright honored for citizenship, service

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - (L-R): Cassie Cutright; Dawson Oliver; Gaston Junior/Senior High School Principal Christine Collins; Gaston Superintendent (and Rotarian) Suzy McKenzie; and Rotary Youth Funding Committee Chairman David Beasley.Tenth-grader Dawson Oliver and eighth-grader Cassie Cutright, both of Gaston Junior/Senior High School, were selected as the Rotary Club of Forest Grove’s Youth Citizens of the Month for December 2014, according to Blake Timm, the club’s director of membership.

The two students were honored at the club’s regular meeting on Dec. 17 at Pacific University. They were nominated by the faculty at their respective schools and selected by the schools’ administration. Students are selected based on high standards of personal behavior and good citizenship, exemplifying the ideals of Rotary and the ability to follow school rules and teacher expectations.

Oliver, the son of Martha and Bill Oliver, was singled out for the time he gives in service to others, oftentimes volunteering to help teachers and fellow classmates both in the classroom, outside and even on the bus. Oliver was involved in the Gaston Christmas production of “Scrooged!” and is an active member of Boy Scout Troop 213, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club.

“Dawson is the most delightful student in the world,” said teacher Christina Schultz. “He has excellent insights which are both mature and thoughtful. He is conscientious towards other students and is always trying to help the school out in any way possible.”

Cutright, the daughter of John and Renee Cutright, is an active volunteer at the school and an avid soccer and volleyball player. She was described by one teacher as “a caring student who is always there to step up whenever there is a need.”

Cutright was instrumental in bringing together a school project to provide wooden marble runs built by students for the KGW Great Toy Drive.

Recipients of the Rotary Youth Citizen of the Month receive a certificate and a $25 gift certificate to Frye’s Action Athletics in downtown Forest Grove. The recipients are selected by school administrators and are rotated between Banks, Forest Grove and Gaston high schools.

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