ACE Academy to hold open house May 8

The ACE Academy (Architecture, Construction and Engineering), 4222 N.E. 158th Ave., Portland, will open this fall and is set to hold an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8.

ACE is a public charter school combining rigorous and practical technical and academic education for juniors and seniors. The school is a cooperative effort of Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds, Centennial and Parkrose districts.

The first year is open to 250 incoming juniors. In 2009 and beyond, ACE will be open to both juniors and seniors. Ask your counselor for details.

For more information, call Mike Taylor at 503-546-9928 or visit to download an application.

Gresham High School to present murder mystery

Gresham High School Theater Arts Department, 1200 N. Main Ave., will present a Murder Mystery Dessert Theater titled 'Murder Me Always, Desserts to Die For!' The school says it's a 'a scrumptious murder mystery served up HOT with a scoop of mayhem and frosted with a generous layer of delicious humor!'

The mystery will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the cafeteria.

Tickets cost $15 and cover dessert and beverages, and can be purchased by calling the will call line at 503-674-5516 or at the door each night starting 30 minutes before showtimes.

The school's main stage production this spring is 'Lend Me A Tenor.' Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 8-10 and May 15-17. Tickets are available at the high school and by calling 503-674-5516.

Two local students win poetry honors

The following Gresham students have won awards in the Oregon State Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Oregon State Poetry Association:

A.J. Qualls, an eighth grader at West Orient Middle School, has won an Honorable Mention for his poem, 'On This Vast Mountain.'

Brittney Fortune, a senior at Barlow High School, has won an Honorable Mention in her category for her poem, 'The Wind Doth in a Hurry Strive to Pass.'

More than 500 student poets from throughout the state of Oregon competed in four categories based on grade level: kindergarten to grade 2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.

Winners will receive certificates, medals and cash awards, and will read their poems at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Oregon State Poetry Association at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Clark Commons on the campus of Marylhurst University.

All winning poems will be published in the 2008 edition of Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Anthology.

Foundation holds Aspirations in Art contest

The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation has launched its second annual Aspirations in Art Contest. Students from Barlow, Gresham and Springwater Trail high schools are invited to submit 'family friendly' original artwork, in any medium, to the foundation office by 4 p.m. Friday, May 30.

Twenty-one winners will be selected with seven winners in each of three categories: 3D, flatwork and photography.

In addition, the art departments of the three high schools will receive a $500 grant. The artists' pieces will be auctioned off at the foundation's gala event Saturday, Oct. 18.

For more information, rules and judging criteria, call 503-766-0008.

Deadline approaches for GRAMMY Camp

The deadline to apply for the GRAMMY Foundation's Fourth annual GRAMMY Camp is Wednesday, April 30. GRAMMY Camp, which runs from July 12 to 26, provides an engaging, immersive experience across 15 music career tracks: audio engineering, DJ-remixing, film scoring, music journalism, music production, video game music and sound design, and performance tracks in keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, songwriting and concert promotion/production. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or showcase performances.

GRAMMY Camp will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.

GRAMMY Camp is open to all high school students and needs-based financial assistance is available. Applications are online at in the GRAMMY Camp section.

Teacher selected for Einstein Fellowship

Gresham High School science teacher Stephen Scannell has been selected to be an Einstein Fellow for the 2008-09 school year.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program offers teachers with a demonstrated record of excellence the opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. Scannell will spend next year working at the National Science Foundation.

The goal of the fellowship program is to bring to Congress and appropriate branches of the federal government the extensive knowledge and experience of classroom teachers. Teachers selected for the program provide practical insights and 'real world' perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs.

Fellows receive a stipend of $6,000 per month plus travel and moving expenses.

Scannell has taught physics and physical science at Gresham for 10 years, where he has implemented and led extra-curricular activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including serving as adviser for the Gresham High School Astronomy Club.

He has also led students in advanced projects including the creation and development of an invention funded through the Lemelson-MIT Foundation InvenTeams Program. This past year, Scannell led a team of students in designing and building a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Scannell serves as president of the Oregon section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and is a member of the National Physics Honor Society Development Committee. He is a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has participated in Project PhysLab, Teachers in the Woods, C3P, Quarknet and the Partners in Science Program where he researched eclipsing binary stars. He teaches astronomy at Lewis and Clark College each year.

Scannell will begin his 11-month fellowship in September.

WorldQuest Team Places eighth at Nationals

Last November, four freshmen from Corbett High School - Finn Thorsell, David Schroth, Daniel Handy and Cole Ceciliani - formed a WorldQuest team, which took second place at the sixth annual Academic WorldQuest at Lewis and Clark College on Feb. 23. The Corbett freshmen's hard work earned them a trip to the nation's capital where they competed in the World Affairs Council of America's Academic WorldQuest on Saturday, April 5.

The competition tested the students' knowledge of history, geography, culture, international affairs and current events.

The Corbett team met students from 41 other teams representing councils from Hawaii and Alaska to Maine and Florida. The competition, consisting of 100 questions, followed on Saturday, April 5. When all the scores were tallied, the Corbett team emerged in eighth place.

In addition to the competition, students had the opportunity to visit some Smithsonian museums and see a little bit of Washington, D.C. The competitors also heard from the American Academy of Diplomacy President Ambassador Ron Neumann about his career as a foreign service officer and his thoughts on the future of U.S. foreign policy.

Barlow to present an evening of theatrical shorts

Barlow High School, 5105 S.E. 302nd St., will present 'An Evening of Theatrical Shorts' at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

The event features the comic pieces 'The Real Inspector Hound,' 'The Idiot and the Oddity,' as well as student directed shorts and scenes and monologues.

Admission is $5.

Corbett Fire extends deadline

The volunteers of Corbett Fire District 14 have extended the deadline to Thursday, May 15, for students applying for fire science or paramedic scholarships.

The Ferd Riehl scholarship, named for a longtime department volunteer, is available to high school seniors who live within the boundaries of Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District No. 14, east of the Sandy River.

Students or families with questions may contact Dennis Bryson at 503-695-5540.

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