Wizard of Oz open audition for elementary kids

If your elementary age child would like to be on stage, now is the time to try it out. Colton High School’s production of the Wizard of Oz is holding auditions on Wednesday, Feb 26, 3-4:15 p.m. in Colton Elementary School, 30437 S. Grays Hill Road.

“We’re looking for kids who can sing or dance and there are a number of speaking parts for some of the older kids,” coordinator Laura Knight said.

Parents will need to be in attendance with their children. People with questions are urged to call 503-824-6767.

Culinary championship

Colton’s cullinary team is going to the ProStart Culinary High School Championship, Sunday, March 2, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River / Portland, Jantzen Beach.

Coached by Mindi Shelton and Rich Gassner, the team members Anjuli Knight, Mikaela Shelton, Madison Davis, Jessica Parker, and Kailee White will demonstrate their mastery of culinary and teamwork skills in seven categories of fast-paced competition as they vie for their share of $180,000 in scholarships and prizes. Teams are evaluated on taste, presentation, knife skills, and teamwork, among other skills. The first-place team in each category will be crowned state champions and represent Oregon at the National ProStart Invitational, the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts, May 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn.

The championship event in Portland is free to the public, with heats starting at 9 a.m. running through 1 p.m. The winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

Shelton said that all her competing culinary students play on the state-bound girls basketball team.

“We’ll see how practice time goes or doesn’t go,” Shelton said, laughing.

Colton’s teams are renowned for finishing near the top, competing against larger schools with multiple professional chefs.

CHS January SOM

Colton High School announced their students of the month for January: Jacob Imdieke, government; Brandon Parker, chemistry; Dylan Martine, physics; Michaela Shumate, writing tutor; Vic Ferguson, art I; Caleigh Vickery, art II; McKayla Buchanan, art III; Kyndra Ham, world history; Kathy Sculthorp, algebra I; Faith Franz, exploring CTE; Kayla Van Dusen-McKinney, office aide; Brandon Parker, band; Cole Travis and Reed Neff, physical education; Catherine Alexander, biology; McKayla Buchanan; Jessica Laguardia and Nina Wise, journalism; Kassandra Lovenburg, Spanish I; Erika Wanmer, Spanish II; Lauren Costley, Spanish III; Dillon Andersen and Eddie Shoop, good student awards.

From a restaurant in Bordentown, N.J.

On the menu at Oliver-a Bistro, “This Burger is dedicated to Mike Lucas from Colton, Oregon. The Oregon Duck: Rogue Dead Guy Braised Duck, Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheese.”

Lucas is a graduate of Colton High School, and the University of Oregon. He is a former editor of the Molalla Pioneer and still contributes political cartoons to the Pamplin Media family of papers. Currently residing in New Jersey, Lucas has been an editor at The Wall Street Journal for 12 years. Now he has his very own Duck burger and Colton has made the menu with him.

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