Test drive a Ford, help high schools

Gresham Ford, 1999 E. Powell Blvd., is partnering with Gresham High School and Barlow High School on Saturday, March 16, as part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program.

For every person who test-drives a new Ford vehicle at this one-day event, Ford Motor Company and Gresham Ford will donate $20, up to $6,000 total, to Gresham and Barlow high schools to the Gopher Spirit Club and varsity baseball team and Barlow High School’s wrestling team.

For more information, call 503-665-0101.

Spring choir concert set for March 20

The Gresham High School Choir is holding its spring concert festival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at East Hill Church.

The concert will feature several solos by students who placed in the recent district solo competition, some of whom are competing at the OSAA State Vocal Solo Championships on May 4.

The concert is free, but donations for the choir program will be accepted.

The following students placed at the District 2 Vocal Solo Competition. Those with an asterisk (*) beside their name will compete at the championships.

Soprano — *Dacey McCrae, third place; and Cajsa Strommer, fifth place (alternate to state).

Mezzo Soprano — *Gabi Alfonso, second place.

Alto — Claire Rehmke, third place (alternate to state); and Laurel Strobel, fifth place.

Tenor — *Dahlton Mahar, second place; Austin Joseph, third place (alternate to state); and Marquis Arango, fifth place.

Baritone — *Zach Wright, second place; and Kyle Mueller, third place (alternate to state).

Bass — *Josh Horine, second place; Ryan Leveque, third place (alternate to state); and Patrick Campbell, fourth place.

Troutdale student competes in poetry contest

Nine high school-age poetry champions from around Oregon will compete in the state Poetry Out Loud competition from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in Salem.

Among the poets is Troutdale resident Rosie Reyes, who studies at the Center for Advanced Learning. Reyes, 17, is a member of her junior class council and plans to become a physical therapist. She also plays the piano.

The state competition winner will represent Oregon in the national finals in Washington, D.C., April 29-30, winning an all-expense-paid trip, a $200 scholarship and $500 for the school library to purchase poetry books.

For more information on Poetry Out Loud, call the Oregon Arts Commission at 503-986-0082 or visit the national website at

Reynolds High welcomes Challenge Day

More than 100 community and business leaders and 360 Reynolds High School seniors will participate in a one-day training program called Challenge Day next week.

The day is intended to build empathy and promote positive changes in schools, expanding beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts.

Held over three days with three groups of participants, the program will run March, 18-20.

To become a sponsor or volunteer, call David Hopper, a Reynolds counselor and Challenge Day organizer, at 503-667-3186, ext. 1284 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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