Schools in Brief - June 11
Four at Veritas qualify for National Merit Scholar program
Four members of th Class of 2015 at Veritas School have qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program. April Eakin, Kyle Hansen and Kaed Wilcox of Newberg and Joshua Ice of Dundee are among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants of the 1.5 million who took the PSAT exam.
Students will receive word in September as to whether they will move on as semifinalists. Veritas has had 13 students recognized by the program in the past three years and 28 since 2006.
School district will hire a full-time orchestra teacher
Following the retirement of long-time middle and high school orchestra teacher Gwen Gilbertson, the Newberg School District originally posted a part-time (0.5 full-time equivalent) position at the middle school level on the employment page of its website.
According to district spokeswoman Claudia Stewart, the position will continue to be full-time and include duties at Newberg High School and both district middle schools, just as Gilbertsons did.
Three named to deans list at Warner Pacific
Kaui Arnold and Aaron Peck, both of Newberg, as well as St. Pauls Dana Nault were named to the deans list at Warner Pacific College for the spring term.
To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time and achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average. Both Arnold and Peck earned perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Taran Schwartz wins theology award at University of Dallas
Taran Schwartz, of Newberg, received the Outstanding Theology Student Award from the Theology Department during the University of Dallas Senior Convocation May 8.
Thirty seniors received departmental honors and awards at the annual celebration that recognizes the academic achievements of the graduating class.
NonPareil Institute launches crowd-sourcing effort
The nonPareil Institute, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that trains and employs adults on the autism spectrum in computer programming, has launched a crowd-sourcing fundraiser to open a branch at George Fox University.
The campaign has already raised $2,825 of its $10,000 goal at www.indie gogo.com. The campaign was launched June 2 and will conclude July 14. To donate, visit the website and search Programming Hope Portland.
30-year NHS class reunion set
The Newberg High School Class of 1984 will hold its class reunion July 25-27 in conjunction with the Old Fashioned Festival. For details, visit the Newberg High School Class of 1984 Facebook page.
High school transfer deadline Friday
Due to changes in state law, the period in which high school students can request a traditional transfer has been extended until June 13.
Parents are now required to fill out requests with both the originating and receiving school districts, but the amount of information both districts are allowed to consider in approving or denying the request is considerably less than before the law was changed.