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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lilyanna (Audrey Easley), faces off with Don Pedro (Larek Wing), while Hero (Claire Williams) and Claudio (Jack Dickinson) look on.

Lakeridge’s Shakespearean play opens today

Lakeridge High School students will stage William Shakespeare’s comedic classic “Much Ado About Nothing” in a series of performances this week. The play was modernized with an Emma Thompson-Denzel Washington film rendition in the 1990s.

In the play, a nobleman’s daughter named Hero (Claire Williams) and one of the Prince of Medina’s (Larek Wing) noblemen, Claudio (Jack Dickinson), are soon to be married. The couple seeks to set up the quick-witted Beatrice (Gabby Socolofsky), daughter of the lady Lilyanna (Audrey Easley), with nobleman Benedick (Nate Berl). Royal misunderstandings lead to high jinks and heartache.

The play will be performed at 7 p.m. today through Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Performances will be in the Lakeridge High auditorium at 1235 Overlook Drive. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors 55 and older. Purchase advance tickets at http://www.lrhs.tix.com.

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Park Academy’s Head of School retiring

The Park Academy Board of Directors announced Tuesday that Head of School Paula Kinney will be leaving June 30.

“For the past nine years, she has guided the school through growth and change, always advocating for students with learning differences,” Park Academy Development Director Elizabeth Dove wrote in an email. “Dr. Kinney came to Park Academy with a demonstrated and strong background as an effective educational leader, including spearheading two successful schools in Portland and Beaverton school districts.”

Kinney has been an educator for more than 35 years, in roles that have included teacher, principal, school district administrator Craigand college adjunct professor. She earned her bachelor’s from Yankton College, a master’s in psychology from Antioch University Seattle and a Doctor of Education at Lewis & Clark.

Kinney’s replacement will be Craig Lowery, currently the nonprofit private school’s associate director.

Lowery entered the field of education as a language arts teacher, also serving as a teacher and teacher trainer with the Peace Corps. He carries a master’s in school and clinical counseling and has worked in private school special education for a decade.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego High School robotics team Don't Panic and Always Carry a Towel includes: freshman Alex Kostenbauer, freshman Brody Sears, freshman Brendan Schaezler, team captain and junior Ethan Schaezler, freshman Divya Kumar, junior Zander Work, freshman James Liu, sophomore Marla DeVilla, freshman Anushka Nair. Not pictured are: coach Esther Schaezler and assistant coach David Schaezler.

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 both 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.

— The Review