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LOHS students qualify for major tournament

Two Lake Oswego High School students were plucked from a pool of 120,000 applicants to compete in an international debate tournament in Birmingham, Ala. — and one Laker pocketed a trophy.

Chris Beltrone and Joel Kwartler faced off against 3,000 high schoolers in the Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament, a press release said. In the individual event, the Extemporaneous Debate, out of a field of 950 students, Kwartler took third place. Kwartler, a columnist for the Review, and Beltrone are incoming LOHS seniors.

Beltrone and Kwartler also teamed up in the Duo Interpretation event, performing a 10-minute interpretation of a piece of writing.

Fifty-five other Oregon students also participated in the tournament.

Local student wins national scholarship

A Lake Oswego resident has won the National Merit Citizen Eco-Drive Scholarship.

Fiona Noonan, a graduate of Catlin Gabel School in Portland, plans to be an entrepreneur.

There were 8,000 National Merit Scholarships this year, and companies, foundations and other business organizations finance about 1,000 of the awards, including Noonan’s. More than 1.5 million students enter the scholarship competition.

Her scholarship’s sponsor is Citizen Watch Company of America Inc., with time-keepers featuring Eco-Drive, a technology that makes batteries unnecessary, employing natural or artificial light to absorb power.

Avian fundraiser on tap for Lakeridge

Lake Oswego residents who help the Pacer Dance Team should expect some avian visitors.

Donors can order flocks of faux flamingos to grace their front yards. The long-necked, pink, plastic birds are adorned in hats, boas, stars and leis in Lakeridge High School colors.

The lawn guests take flight after a couple of days, touching down in the grass of another Lakeridge fan.

Funds help dancers pay for a private, team-exclusive camp, where they will focus on body conditioning, dance technique and contemporary choreography, said Brooke Mattern, head coach of the Pacer Dancer Program. The camp is $200 per member with a team choreography fee of $300.

The deadline to give is Aug. 30, and donations are tax deductible.

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