Lakeridge wins art honor

Lakeridge High School student artists learned this week that they had netted a national honor.

Lakeridge art teacher Shannon McBride announced on Tuesday that the school is one of five finalists in the national Vans Custom Culture contest, a competition involving an artistic transformation of Vans shoes.

The Lakeridge art department won $4,000. Twenty Pacers and a few chaperones this June will fly to New York, during which they will learn whether they scored the $50,000 first prize for their art program. Lakeridge’s shoes will be on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, McBride said. The winner’s shoes could potentially be produced and sold in retail stores.

The community catapulted Lakeridge into the finals by voting for it online more than the communities of the 10 other semi-finalists in the Northwest region.

“The Pacer family rallied around this endeavor and really provided the foundation of our success,” McBride said.

Each participating school was asked to design Vans sneakers in the categories of art, music, action sports and local flavor. The 20 students involved in the Vans art project are: Kate Kamerman, Kevin Mertz, Noelle Foden-Vencil, Stacey Strovink, Haley Bowman, Molly Zaninovich, Karalyn Gee, Keaton Weil, Leah Shearer, Elizabeth Hill, Vincent Chia, Orian Raviv, Alexx O’Boyle, Bridget Delaney, Janie Rotticci, Nicole Humphreys, McKenna Moore, Megan Johansen, Justin Goerges and Kelsey Walker. 

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Big-time trumpeter performing with local bands

The original lead trumpet player with rhythm and blues band Tower of Power will perform with area high school bands this Friday in Lake Oswego.

Mic Gillette will take part in a concert with the Lakeridge High, Lake Oswego High and Oregon City High jazz bands.

The free concert starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Road.

Lakeridge student wins scholarship

A Lakeridge student was awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship.

Julia Sophie Seydel is one of 50 high school students from the United States who received the honor and will study in Germany for the 2013-14 school year. While Seydel and others are living in Germany, a group of German students will be studying in the United States.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, which announced Seydel’s win last week, sponsors the scholarship. ASSE is a nonprofit organization that is a federally designated exchange visitor program.

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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.

Teacher sweepstakes continues

Teachers still have a chance to win something special for their students.

Portland-based nonprofit Schoolhouse Supplies and PEMCO Insurance, which serves the Northwest, are celebrating local educators with the Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes.

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.

Remaining drawings will be on Friday and May 24 and 31.

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


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