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Local students bring in scholarship awards

NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Jamie Borchers received her scholarship award last week from Banks Chamber of Commerce President Ray Deeth. It’s graduation season, and luckily for several local high school seniors, it’s also scholarship season.

The Banks Chamber of Commerce awarded Jamie Borchers and Twister McComas each $1,000 scholarships last week.

Borchers plans to study marketing in the fall at the University of Oregon. During her time at Banks High School, she’s participated in the Associated Student Body, National Honor Society, yearbook, cross country, track and basketball.

McComas plans to attend Western Oregon University in the fall, where he will play football and study marketing. During his time at Banks High, he was on the football and wrestling teams, was part of the school’s leadership team and National Honor Society, helped with the yearbook and was a youth mentor.

The National Future Farmers of America Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships from Doherty Ford to Ericka Lepschat of the Banks FFA chapter and Tiana Rudolf of the Forest Grove chapter. This scholarship is one of 1,791 awarded through the National FFA scholarship program.Twister McComas received $1,000 from the Banks Chamber of Commerce to help fund his studies at Western Oregon University in the fall.

Forest Grove High School student Abigail Aguirre and Gaston High School student Ian Mann both received $1,000 from the Comcast Foundation Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The scholarships recognize high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

The Oregon Farm Bureau for Education awarded $1,000 to Joelle Hepler of Cornelius, who plans to study fisheries and wildlife biology at Oregon State University. The Washington County Farm Bureau sponsored the scholarship.

The Forest Grove Rotary Club awarded more than $25,000 to local high school students headed to college. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 and are funded by the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance car show. This year’s recipients are: Abigail Aguirre, McKenzie Calvert, Elizabeth Hertel, Murimi Nyamu, Edgar Sanchez Fausto, Hannah Schields and Ronald Thompson of Forest Grove High School; Aubrey Kimmel, Jaron Malcom, Lane Meeuwsen, Ariel Slifka and Cassilyn Streblow of Banks High School; and Carmen Aranda-Garcia, Ian Mann, Connor Matrisciano and Harrison Morgan of Gaston High School.