Local youths among top volunteers in nation
Lake Oswego Junior High School eighth-grader Michael Murray has been named one of Oregons top two youth volunteers of 2016 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Murray was nominated for the honor by LOJ staff for his work launching the Hunger Fighters Oregon Club at his school two years ago when he was in sixth grade. He came up with the idea of creating the club himself, arranged for coverage of his new group in The Review, delivered PowerPoint speeches at assemblies and sold T-shirts. The club has collected enough food and money to provide an estimated 10,000 meals to hungry people. All donations go to the Oregon Food Bank, which redistributes them to people in need statewide. Murray founded the club with the support of LOJ Principal Robert Caplinger and teachers including Karen Feuer.
For his efforts, Murray will receive an engraved silver medallion, $1,000 and an all-expenses paid trip in May to Washington, D.C., where he will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named Americas top youth volunteers of 2016.
The other Oregon winner is Alisha Zhao, a junior at Lincoln High School who founded a nonprofit organization to support homeless youth called Kids First Project. Among the four distinguished finalists was another Lake Oswegan, Kate Fayloga, a member of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington and a Lake Oswego High School junior. She created a program at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Discovering the Park through Science, which featured earth science stations throughout the park.
An opportunity to give blood
The Lake Oswego Student and Community Blood Drive is coming up Feb. 19 at Lake Oswego High School.
Community members and students are welcome to give blood, though donors must be at least 16 years old. The event will be held noon-5 p.m. at the school, 2501 Country Club Road.
Give a cheer
Lake Oswego High School is holding a junior cheer clinic next week at the school. The event, for grades K-8, is scheduled from 5:45-7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the school cafeteria, 2501 Country Club Road.
Participants will perform at the Lakers Feb. 16 basketball game against Tualatin and also will receive a T-shirt. Cost is $35. Checks, payable to LOHS Cheer, should be sent in care of Lake Oswego High School to P.O. Box 310, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.
For a registration form, visit edline.net/pages/Lake_Oswego_Senior_High_School and click on Cheer Youth Clinic under News. Preregistration helps ensure the right T-shirt size for a participant. For more information, call LOHS at 503-534-2313.
LOJ is getting Seussical
Lake Oswego Junior High will present Seussical Jr. next week. The abbreviated version of Seussical the Musical is based on characters in books by the renowned childrens author Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. Showings will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18, 19 and 20, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 20. The school is located at 2500 Country Club Road.
Tickets cost $10 each. For advance tickets, visit