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2013's top education stories

The Review highlights the 12 biggest local stories involving K-12 and beyond


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: KRISTIAN FODEN-VENCIL - Ben Case won the Music Teachers National Associations state woodwind competition.Examining the Education section in 52 issues, the Review has compiled a month-by-month list of the past year's top stories that spotlighted the accomplishments of dozens of Lake Oswego area students, school employees and community members.

Selections were based on a story’s impact on the community, its uniqueness and how many people read it online.

January

The Review in January offered a glimpse into the life of Lakeridge High School saxophone player Ben Case, who won the Music Teachers National Association’s state and regional woodwind competitions. Case, a senior this school year, also was a contender for the Review’s October best of 2013 Education section story. In October, he learned he was one of 80 students to snag a Nordstrom college scholarship out of 11,700 applicants this year. He received $10,000 and a MacBook Air computer worth about $1,000.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: MITCH BERNARDS - In January 2013, Adam Goeken and Annie Wells were crowned as Lake Oswego High Schools winter formal king and queen.

February

Adam Goeken, now a Lake Oswego High School graduate, was a senior in January 2013, when he was crowned king at the winter formal. Goeken, who experiences cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was featured in an article in February about how it improved his life to visit the McKenzie Teen Lounge, which offers local teens activities and field trips.

He made headlines again in May after being unable to get into his school's prom because the event venue lacked wheelchair access to the second floor. The story ran on the front page.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The community celebrated the success of the Lakeridge High School Sparrow Project during a school assembly. In the front row were: Emily Pearson, Rachael Hengesh, Ryder Watts, Jimmy Watts, Tyler Moncrieff, Marcy Watts, Parker Watts, Brady Watts, Lizzie Aronson and Abby Ernst. Standing in the back row were: Jennifer Schiele, Kelly ONeill, Michelle Bunke, Mike Sheldon, Bryce Anderson, Mac Mullen, Mason Intlekofer, Camilla Merlo-Flores, Jini Stupak, Allie Bartlett and Alexa Stirek.

March

Jimmy and Marcy Watts have supported the Lakeside community for years — and students and parents honored their contributions. Jimmy, a longtime Lakeridge High School teacher and coach, and Marcy, a Lakeridge Junior High School counselor, needed help paying for medical care for their 3-year-old son, Parker, who has cerebral palsy. The community stepped in last spring, aiming to raise $5,000 for the family. Sparrow Clubs support children who need aid with medical care, and Parker’s new club raised $22,681 for him and his family, according to the website sparrowclubs.org/sparrows/parker-watts.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The late Lee Sorrelhorse supported his son at athletic events.

April

A longtime supporter of the Lake Oswego Junior High School athletics department died earlier in the year, and the community rallied around his widow and stepson.

Jake and Alissa Mahar founded The Lee Sorrelhorse Memorial Fund at OnPoint Community Credit Union to honor the 56-year-old and support his wife, Angelina Sorrelhorse, and her son, Martin Lopez. Last school year Martin was an eighth-grader at Lake Oswego Junior High as well as a running and defensive back in football and a guard in basketball. Jake Mahar coached Martin in football and basketball, and Mahar said Sorrelhorse was theby: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Marjorie Reay, the most-senior teacher until she retired, helps Eliza Buchanan and Ben Burk with their school work in 2013. financial and emotional anchor of his wife and son.

May

Marjorie Reay was the most-senior teacher in the Lake Oswego School District and, after 42 years, was just four years shy of the district record when she retired in the 2012-13 school year. More than four decades is long enough to have touched hundreds of families in the community.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Lakeridge High School band earned accolades at the Starlight Parade.

June

Local students did the Lake Oswego community proud during the Portland Rose Festival, arguably the biggest annual event in the metro area. Local bands were among the many community representatives in the multiweek festival.

At the Starlight Parade on June 1 in the Rose City, Lake Oswego High won first place in the In-State Open category for marching bands with 100 or more members. Lakeridge High earned second place in the In-State A category, representing groups with 99 or fewer members.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Lake Oswego High School band was honored at the Starlight Parade.

July

Brian Toye saved the Hallinan Unicycle Club for his sons and all the children who love rolling on one wheel. Elementary school teachers once volunteered to run the club, but with budget cuts, staff had less time. All but the Hallinan Unicycle Club disappeared. Toye, the club’s coach, kept it afloat.

by: REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Brian Toye helps Pauline board her 4-foot-tall giraffe.

August

Marylhurst University celebrated its 120th year in August, marking the time the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary received a state charter to grant degrees at their school in downtown Portland. It wasn’t until 1930 that they relocated what would be called Marylhurst University to the current site between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sister Carole Strawn discussed the history of the B.P. John Administration Building.

September

With more hits on the Review’s website than just about any other story in the Education section in 2013, coverage of the first day of school at Portland Community College’s Sylvania campus intrigued the community. The story detailed the renovation of the Amo DeBernardis College Center and included an interview with PCC President Jeremy Brown, of Lake Oswego. Brown took the helm at PCC July 1.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - Many Portland Community College students at the Sylvania campus begin their first day of school in the book store.

October

Another story that piqued the community’s interest was a piece on Lake Oswego High School band teacher Dave Matthys, whose retirement was effective in October. The Lake Oswego resident will remain on temporary contract through the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. A teacher for 35 years, Matthys is in his 11th year at LOHS.

by:  REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - This was the last school year at Lake Oswego High School for band teacher Dave Matthys.

November

Students at Lake Grove Elementary School participated in an effort to best the Guinness World Record for the most people sport stacking cups at multiple locations in one day. On Nov. 14, participants included the Lake Grove kids along with people at 32 locations in Oregon and at hundreds of sites throughout the United States, one of 35 countries involved in the effort, according to the World Sport Stacking Association. The goal was 500,000 schools and organizations and above all to beat the previous year’s count of 483,658 participating groups. There were 555,932 groups.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lake Grove third-grader Blake Hilliker shows a fellow cup stacker, third-grader Albert Yan, his time.

December

A story described Jamie Chapman’s Essential Life Skills class in December. After some training in the first weeks of school, students operate a coffee cart every Wednesday, starting this year in mid-November. Chapman’s students have disabilities, and she teaches them functional, academic and interpersonal skills such as how to bake, make coffee, count change, buy food at the grocery store, interact with customers and learn to read new words.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Lake Oswego Junior High sixth-grader Keaton Jones, left, and eighth-grader Irvin Herrera make their rounds on coffee cart day Nov. 20.

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.



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