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National Merit Scholarships awarded

A Lake Oswego High School student has received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Dev Bhargava plans to do the pre-medical program at Stanford University, which his older brother attends.

Bhargava plays French horn in the Portland Youth Philharmonic and enjoys flag football.

He is one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees plucked from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists.

Bhargava also is one of 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program through the 2011 PSAT/Nzational Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

A committee of college admissions officers and high school councilors select the scholars based on academic record, standardized testing scores, contributions and leadership activities, an essay and a high school official’s written recommendation.

Artists seeking community's backing

Lakeridge High School artists are looking for some community support.

Lakeridge has made the top 10 in the Northwest region for the Vans Custom Culture competition. Contestants such as 20 Lakeridge students customized Vans shoes in the categories of art, music, action sports and local flavor.

To win a region, a school must get the most votes. A person can only vote once from a given Internet protocol address, a number assigned to devices within the same computer network. Voting is open to May 13. To vote, visit www.vans.com/customculture/vote. Regional winners get $4,000 and a trip to New York, and the winning art department scores $50,000.

Teacher sweepstakes on hand this month

Teachers have a chance to win something extra for their classroom.

Portland-based non-profit Schoolhouse Supplies and PEMCO Insurance, which serves the Northwest, are celebrating local educators with the Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month.

Educators from Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Portland and other area school districts can enter once a day through May 31 for a shot at a weekly drawing of a $500 credit at Schoolhouse Supplies.

Drawings will be on May 10, 17, 24, and 31.

PEMCO is donating $5 to Schoolhouse Supplies for every entry, up to $5,000 total.

For more information, visit shsteacherappreciation.com.

WCHS project moving forward

Westside Christian High School broke ground on its new Tigard facility on Monday.

The Lake Oswego private school will relocate this fall to the City Bible Church building. The plan is to expand the building and to add two science labs, a gym, a fitness center, locker rooms, and a library and technology center.

Founded in 1981 with the support of an M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant, the school has a strong focus on community service and hands on learning.

Mock Trial program needs volunteers

Lake Oswego High School Mock Interview Program organizers are seeking volunteers.

Volunteers will lead groups of four to five students in mock interviews this month to help them prepare for the job market. Practice days are this Tuesday and Wednesday, and interviews days are May 16 and 17.

Volunteers can sign up for one or more sessions, which last no more than an hour and 45 minutes.

For more information, visit lohsacsinterview.com.

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