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Lakeridge students make national list

Local students got high marks on The Washington Post’s annual America’s Most Challenging High Schools list.

Several Oregon schools landed spots on the list, including Lakeridge High School, which ranked sixth in the state.

Schools are ranked by dividing the number of college-level tests a school offers by the number of graduates in a given year. With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had as many tests in 2012 as they had graduates, were put on the national list: washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge.

Lakeridge’s index score was 1.406. West Linn was fifth in the state with an index score of 1.926, and Wilsonville High School was fourth in the state with a score of 2.039.

Notably, Corbett Charter School in east Multnomah County received an index score of 17.000, good for first in the state and fourth in the country, while Corbett High School was ninth nationally with an index score of 13.591, landing it the second spot in the state.

Charter school offering free info sessions

College programs are now on Oregon Connections Academy’s curriculum next school year and locals have a chance to learn about it.

The academy — a virtual, tuition-free K-12 charter school — will be hosting free information sessions in Lake Oswego during the next couple of weeks. One is 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way; and one is 6:30 p.m. May 7 at Starbucks, 8 Centerpointe Drive.

For more information, visit www.connectionsacademy.com/oregon-school/events.aspx.

Lake Oswego High student honored

A Lake Oswego High school student is among the first group of winners in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation this week released the names of awardees including Lake Oswego High senior Phillip Kerns. Kerns has received the national Merit Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Henry Taub Memorial Scholarship. The young man plans to study computer engineering.

About 1,000 high school seniors landed a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship from one of about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Winners were chosen from those who made the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition — and met scholarship criteria. For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

Local girl’s art gets noticed

A girl from Lake Oswego got first place in her grade level for a poster she created for Oregon Humane Society 64th annual Poster and Story Contest.

Lakeridge Junior High eighth-grader Arden Smith, school not listed, was among dozens of artists honored during the A’Cat’Emy Awards held April 21 at Oregon Human Society in Portland.

There were more than 2,000 entries from throughout the state for the animal shelter and medical center’s contest. Twelfth grader Annie Parham of Portland got the grand prize in the poster category, and eighth grader Claire Edington of Hillsboro, received the grand prize in the story category.