Portland Lutheran charters Key Club

Portland Lutheran High School, 740 S.E. 182nd, has chartered its first Key Club, a student service organization sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rockwood.

Student officers and general members of the new Key Club were installed Tuesday, March 5, during one of the school’s twice-weekly chapel services. Members of the Rockwood Kiwanis Club sponsoring the high school students presented Olivia Nyberg, president, with a certificate honoring the new charter.

“(Kiwanis) truly believes that the youth of the world are our future,” Bill Ragsdale, the club’s Kiwanis advisor,” said. “Key Club gives those youth the opportunity to develop leadership skills and then learn the importance of service to others.”

Mt. Hood student earns Women’s Opportunity award

Soroptimist of Portland has awarded Tamara Young, a student in Mt. Hood Community College’s Mental Health and Human Service program, a $5,000 first-place award in its annual Women’s Opportunity Program.  

Eligible applicants must be the primary financial support for their families and pursuing undergraduate education. Winners also have the chance to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards. 

“(She) is an inspiration to all those who meet her,” Leslie Allen, director of the Mental Health and Human Service program. “She has a special drive and resilience that has allowed her to overcome incredible personal challenges.” 

Young will graduate from Mt. Hood in June and plans to transfer to Portland State University to study social work. She is completing her internship at Fir Ridge alternative school where she supports at-risk students in achieving their goals of graduating from high school.


CAL student wins state poetry contest

Rosie Reyes, a Troutdale resident and student at Gresham’s Center for Advanced Learning, will represent Oregon in the National Poetry Out Loud competitions April 29-30, in Washington D.C.

At the national competition, Reyes will compete for more than $35,000 in scholarships. As the state winner, her school will be awarded $500 to purchase poetry books and a $200 cash prize.

For more information on Poetry Out Loud, call the Oregon Arts Commission at 503-986-0082 or visit the national website at

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