Seven high school seniors from the Gresham area have earned college scholarships from the Gresham Elks Club.

The Gresham Elks received applications from 71 high school seniors (49 women and 22 men) for the Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student Scholarship competition. Applicants were scored on academic achievement, leadership and financial need.

The Gresham Elks will officially award the scholarships to the students at its awards banquet, scheduled for Saturday, March 10. For more information, visit or call 503-666-1805.

The winning students are as follows:

• Taylor Johnson of Gresham High School received the $1,500 MVS Scholarship Award. Taylor has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average throughout her high school years. She played Maria in Gresham High School's musical performance of 'The Sound of Music' and has received numerous awards for her musical talents. She attended the 2011 Youth Choral Academy at the Oregon Bach Festival. She enjoys dancing, singing or playing the piano at care centers. She plans to study vocal performance or musical theater on the East Coast.

• Peter Killgore of Corbett High School received the $1,500 MVS Scholarship Award and a $1,400 MVS Scholarship Award at the district level. Peter has a 4.32 GPA and plans to pursue a career in teaching math. He worked as an aide in a Slovenian English classroom, assisted as a translator for an orphanage in Mexico and helped with food pickup and sorting for Helping Hands. He also assisted in rebuilding office spaces for a seminary in Haiti after the earthquake.

• McKenzie Dale of Barlow High School received the $1,000 MVS Scholarship Award. McKenzie has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school years and has volunteered time at Zarephath Ministries, Multnomah County Library, SOLV, UNICEF and Kibo Group. She is a student leader in the Outdoor School program for sixth-grade students.

• Matt Clark of Barlow High received the $1,000 MVS Scholarship Award. Matt has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school years. He plans to achieve a degree in biomedical engineering. He is active in his church and hopes to go to Africa to assist hospitals with relief efforts.

• Brittney Guzzi of Centennial High School received the $500 MVS Scholarship Award. Brittney's ultimate goal is to work as a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders. She maintains a 4.14 GPA and has received recognition for her academic achievements in high school and at Mt. Hood Community College. She was a student ambassador for Japan-America Watershed Stewardship, where she studied the cultural and ecological relations between Japan and the United States and the newest innovations in conservation.

• Max Campbell of Centennial High received the $500 MVS Scholarship Award. Max is interested in the medical field and has a 4.17 GPA. He plays basketball and soccer and is a member of FBLA. Max also volunteers with the Centennial Educational Foundation

• Tabatha Kogle of Sandy High School received the $1,000 Sally Lamm Scholarship Award, which is awarded to a local high school senior who scores the highest in the areas of community service, leadership and financial need. Tabatha has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has devoted time to the SUN program, American Red Cross, Adopt-A-Family, Outdoor School, First Book, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Night Strike and a community clothing drive. She hopes to teach both general and special education at the elementary level.

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