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Great ShakeOut educates hundreds

More than 390,000 Oregonians took part in a drop, cover and hold on exercise at 10:16 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, as part of The Great ShakeOut worldwide earthquake drill aimed at helping individuals prepare for an earthquake.

K-12 schools and districts as well as local governments, state governments, federal government including military, healthcare, colleges and universities, and many more in Oregon participated.

Oregon is located along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600-mile fault line stretching from British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike the state within the next 50 years.

“This is a start to a great partnership we want to have with business partners in the event of a Cascadia earthquake so we can recover from the disaster together,” said Director Dave Stuckey of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Portland Lutheran students earn academic distinction

Principal Kara Kaufman of Portland Lutheran School recently announced that Daniel Barnes and Ian Lortz have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from Portland Lutheran School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these seniors.

Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

MHCC dean wins poetry award

A poem by Mt. Hood Community College dean of humanities, Sara Rivara, has won the prestigious Lake Prize for its depiction of the Midwest.

Rivara’s “Animal Bride” caught the attention of the Midwestern Gothic, a literary journal that rewards those who depict the beauty of the Midwest in their work.

“In moments both tender and ravenous, ‘Animal Bride’ enters a dialogue with nature, turning its entire tableau into an hourglass where sands migrate and rise like floodwaters,” said poetry judge Mary Biddinger.

“This poet allows place to serve as a character in the poem, and at the same time transcends place, with a nod to seasonal shifts, encroaching time and primitive desires.”

Rivara holds a master of fine arts degree from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary magazines including Blackbird, The Portland Review, Cream City Review and LiteraryMama. Her debut collection, “Lake Effect,” was published by Aldrich Press in 2013.

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