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College Possible wins Light a Fire Award

A nonprofit organization that serves students in East Multnomah County has received Portland Monthly's Light a Fire Award for Best New Nonprofit.

The award honors both the organization and the students it serves.

"I think College Possible is important in aligning with the state's 40-40-20 goals as it really benefits three groups: students from low-income families, universities and the greater economy," said board chairman Ken Thrasher, who helped bring the program to Portland.

Launched in 2012 in Portland, College Possible aims to make college graduation possible for low-income students, with the program offering coaching sessions on financial literacy, ACT test preparation and pre-college application support. The organization follows students into college with budgeting skills, financial aid support, good study habits and other personalized help.

Centennial High presents a mystery-thriller

A comedic mystery-thriller is coming to Gresham, with Centennial High School performing “Bone-Chiller!” by Monk Ferris.

The play opens Thursday, Nov. 6 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Centennial High School Auditorium, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave., Gresham (no Friday performances).

Thirteen people gather on Friday the 13th at the Travers’ mansion in New York for the reading of Josiah Travers’ will.

Join the audience in trying to untangle the puzzle faster than the hapless characters. By the final act, revelations are exploding as surprise layers upon surprise and gasps alternate with howls of laughter.

For Centennial High School’s production, Kellie McCarty directs a 13-member cast. Shows take place at 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 6 and 13 and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 15.

Tickets prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. They are only available only at the door the night of the show.

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