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LOHS teen honored in writing contest

A senior at Lake Oswego High School is being honored this week for her writing.

Natalie Skowlund’s story, “Let Peace Begin with You,” landed second place in Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility’s 2014 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship. Skowland and two other winners will be honored at a ceremony Friday in Portland. Students submitted essays, poems or stories addressing the question, “What can young people do to create a more healthy, just and peaceful world?” The top three winners earned a cash prize: $1,000, $750 or $500.

Rotary scholarships available

Rotary Club of Lake Oswego is offering scholarships to four area high school seniors. Two students at Lake Oswego High School and two students at Lakeridge High School each will receive college scholarships. One student per school will earn the distinction of receiving the Rotary Merit Scholarship, aimed at encouraging academic excellence and valued at $2,000.

The other honor is the Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship, which is given to students who best demonstrate Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” and it is valued at $2,500.

Students who wish to apply can contact their school’s counseling department.

Lake Oswego Rotary Club President Malcolm Mathes will announce the scholarship recipients at each high school’s annual awards ceremony. Applications are due by Friday at Lakeridge High and by May 2 at Lake Oswego High.

River Grove auction on the horizon

River Grove Elementary School’s auction is coming up next month in Aurora.

The event features an auction of big-ticket items such as Timbers tickets, a private plane ride and a three-day weekend in Bend. Tickets are $45 per person and include a barbecue dinner, dessert, beer and wine — there’s also a no-host bar.

The event, which calls for casual attire, kicks off at 5:30 p.m. May 10 at Langdon Farms Golf Club, 24377 NE Airport Road, Aurora. For more information, visit https://rgpto.ejoinme.org/rivergroveauction2014.