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Local National Merit winners announced

National Merit Scholarship Corporation have announced the winners of about 2,500 National Merit Scholarships.

The scholarships, which colleges and universities finance, went to some high school seniors from Lake Oswego: Andrea Bisbjerg of Lakeridge High School, career field undecided, National Merit Dickinson Scholarship, from Dickinson College; Julia McCarthy of St. Mary’s Academy, medicine, National Merit Claremont McKenna College Scholarship; Sophia Yuriko Peters of Lakeridge High School, electrical engineering, National Merit Washington State University Scholarship; Amy Sohlberg of Lake Oswego High School, religious service, National Merit Pepperdine University Scholarship, according to a press release.

College and university officials choose scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who intend to attend their educational institution. Awards run from $500 to $2,000, and 190 school are underwriting the scholarships this year with another group of awardees to be announced in July.

Local kids support Tanzanian students

Schools in Lake Oswego School District and the Red Sweater Project are partnering to support students at Mungere Secondary School in rural Tanzania in Africa.

From Monday to June 13, Lake Oswego High School members of the Women’s Outreach Worldwide Club at LOHS will collect new and gently used school supplies at LOHS, 2501 Country Club Road; Lakeridge High School, 1235 Overlook Drive; Lake Oswego Junior High School, 2500 Country Club Road; and at Forest Hills Elementary School, 1133 Andrews Road.

The Bank of Oswego, one of Red Sweater Project’s partners, also will participate, collecting school supplies at its main bank, 310 N State Street, Suite 218; and at its Lake Grove branch, 3970 SW Mercantile Drive, Suite 105.

The needed supplies for students are: pens, pencils, compasses (for geometry), protractors, rulers, pencil sharpeners, wire-bound notebooks, paint and art supplies, construction paper, markers, scissors, stickers and supply boxes and pouches. Also, teachers are seeking: dry erase markers and erasers, educational posters and reading and math flashcards.

The Red Sweater Project collaborates with developing communities to create affordable educational opportunities in rural Tanzania. The founder of the nonprofit organization is Lake Oswego resident Ashley Holmer.

For more information, go to redsweaterproject.org.

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