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Locals to participate in Geography Bee

Several local students are participating in the National Geographic Society’s 28th National Geography Bee, competing to correctly answer the most questions about countries all over the world.

The Lake Oswego area’s school-level winners include Westridge Elementary fifth-grader Barrett Burnham, Lake Grove Elementary fifth-grader Seth Looney, Hallinan Elementary fifth-grader Arman Manternach, River Grove Elementary fifth-grader Maddox Philpott, Lakeridge Junior High eighth-grader Mathew Ragsdale, Lake Oswego Junior High sixth-grader Eric Seeley, Forest Hills Elementary fourth-grader Amar Tripuraneni and Oak Creek Elementary fourth-grader Alex Wang.

The locals are among the thousands of students in grades four through eight participating in the Bee throughout the nation, in the five U.S. territories and in Department of Defense Dependents Schools worldwide. To progress in the competition, students had to take a state qualifying test by Feb. 5; qualifiers will be announced by May 4.

The Oregon competition will be held on April 1 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. The national championship winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship during the national championship, to be held May 22-25 in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.

Student art to be showcased

Students from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools are being honored by having their work showcased at Oregon College of Art and Craft.

College officials picked 21 schools that they believe have the strongest art departments in Oregon and Southwest Washington. A juror visited each school and chose a few pieces to be put on display at a Juried High School Show held this month and in March. The juror chose many pieces from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools:

LOHS artists, 2-D: Laura Ayre, oil painting; Julia Bullard, oil painting; Jake Bishop, digital photography; Erika Wong, digital art; Sarah Wallin, digital art, painting; Zach Purtzer, chalk pastel; Charlie Yarborough, charcoal and mixed media; Lauren Frack, printmaking, linoleum.

LOHS artists, 3-D: Jeske Paanakker, horse hair raku; Jeske Paanakker, ceramic sculpture; Sophie Bauer, handbuilt ceramic vessel; Lottie Bauer, ceramic sculpture; Chris Barra, wheel-thrown pottery; Jack Evenson, handbuilt ceramic teapot.

Lakeridge artists, 2-D: Mackenzie Coder, sculpture; Brynne O’Shea, glass; Alena Berkman, altered book; Francesa Mroz, jewelry; Maren Daree, jewelry; Emily Klaebe, digital art; Owen Kessel, photography; Ann Karneus, photography; Audrey Olsen, collage; Maria Patari, collage; Sims Vincent, lino block print; Kyle Sosa, drawing; Beatrix Ngia, painting; Claire Williams, painting; Sara Shatsky, drawing; Dani Moromito, drawing, painting.

Lakeridge artists, 3-D: April James, sculpture; William Johnson, teapot set; Paul Sanchez, ceramic bottle set; Elijah Pilkington, ceramic sculpture and ceramic vases; Samantha Willis, teapot; April Chia, lighted sculpture; Padgett Gustavson, zipper vase; Annika Haug, ceramic sculpture; Gabriela Griffin, teapot; Richard Tuffs, vase; and Paul Sanchez, ceramic vase.

Don’t Panic continues to stay cool

Robotics team Don’t Panic and Always Carry a Towel continues to advance in the Lego FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge competition.

Don’t Panic took home the First Place Think Award and Third Place Inspire Award during the Super Qualifying Tournament on Saturday at Hillsboro High School, says team coach Esther Schaezler. The team, composed of Lake Oswego High School students, also was nominated for the Motivate Award and the Connect Award in the competition. The team will be moving on to the FIRST Tech Challenge state championship at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland on Feb 27-28.

Choir concert on tap next week

Catch a Lakeridge High School multi-choir concert on March 2. The free show, which will feature the award-winning A Cappella and Company choirs, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego. The event also will include a guest performance by the Lakeridge Junior High choir.

Lake Grove and LOJ students impress at math tourney

Lake Grove Elementary and Lake Oswego Junior High students pocketed some hardware — including a first place trophy — during the Perennial Math Tournament on Feb. 6 at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham.

The annual math competition for grades three-eight is operated by Perennial Math. The organization’s current CEO, educator Sylvia Dean, founded the company five years ago in Huntsville, Alabama, to make math fun for kids.

Individual awards went to these local Lake Grove and LOJ students, according to Sun Chi, who also goes by Coach Howard as a math team leader and member of the local Howard family: third-grader Kasen Shi, third place; fourth-grader Aidan Kwapisz, second place; fourth-grader Mark Williams, third place; and sixth-grader Praveer Sharan, second place.

Team awards for Lake Grove kids included first place for the third-grade team. The team included Jordan Devlin, Sofie Howard, Kasen Shi, Patrick Zhang and Noa Ziv.

An LOJ/Lake Grove blend received third place, competing in the sixth-grade category. The team included Aiden Bennett, Katelyn Howard, (the team’s fifth-grader) Kieran Parreno, Praveer Sharan and Kyle Zhang.

Students beat the odds in a large field of 417 competitors, including 47 third-graders, 69 fourth-graders, 103 fifth-graders, 76 sixth-graders, 52 seventh-graders and 61 eighth-graders.

Though not on the official list, the Lake Oswego parent team received first place in a parent event with a perfect score of 10 on the fifth-sixth-grade test.

“Team members Jinwen Chai, Sun Chi, Rachel Devlin, Jim Williams and Tal Ziv proved that, yes, collectively, we are as smart as fifth-graders!” Chi says. “And more importantly, we showed what amazing results can come from working together and having fun. And trust us, those math problems were fun!”

Oregon Humane Society honors young artists

Local students were among the honorees at the 67th annual Oregon Humane Society Be Kind to Animals Poster and Story contest.

The “A’Cat’Emy Awards” were held Jan. 31 at OHS, a Portland-based nonprofit that rescues dogs, cats, small pets and horses. The grand prize winner was Dylan Mean of Hillsboro, but there were several other categories where locals triumphed.

In the poster contest: Touchstone Elementary first-grader Aaron Jiang received third place in his grade level; Lake Oswego Junior High seventh-grader Anna Hovey received an honorable mention in her grade level; and LOJ eighth-graders Liam Kengla and Arianna Vest received third place and an honorable mention, respectively, in their grade level.

In the essay contest: LOJ seventh-grader Hannah Hsieh received first place, and LOJ eighth-grader Ellie DeVine took second in the category for grades seven and eight.

— The Review