by: REVIEW PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Historic preservation essayists honored were, from left, Leah Shearer, Madison Cho-Richmond, Rebekah Jameson, Ryan Stadnik and Sina Holwerda. Not pictured is first place winner Ilia Savin.Six Lake Oswego high school students have given historic preservation a big boost in Lake Oswego.

They wrote essays for the Lake Oswego Preservation Society’s first historic preservation essay contest, and they were honored and awarded prizes at a special event held at The Bank of Oswego last Thursday.

“I think that the participants truly grasped the intent of the contest and wrote eloquently about their chosen subjects,” said LOPS founder and president Marylou Colver. “By this measure, our first contest was a great success.”

“You guys got it,” said event emcee Jack Walsdorf. “You showed why these buildings should be saved.”

Those honored were:

First place — Ilia Savin, junior at Lake Oswego High School, “Inside the Walls: Preserving the Charles S. Brown Boathouse,” $500 first prize.

Second place — Sina Holwerda, LOHS sophomore, “My Gingerbread House” about the Mulder-Lake House, $250 second prize.

Third place — Rebekah Jameson, Lakeridge High School senior, essay on the Lakewood Center for the Arts, $125 third prize.

Scholarships were funded by The Bank of Oswego.

Runner-up — Madison Cho-Richmond, LOHS sophomore, essay on the Carman House.

Runner-up — Ryan Stadnik, LOHS senior, essay on the Lakewood Center.

Runner-up — Leah Shearer, Lakeridge junior, essay on Luscher Farm.

Runners-up received $25 gift certificates from Graham’s Book & Stationery.

Contest judges were Bill Baars, Lake Oswego Public Library director; Bridget Smith, vice president of marketing and administration for The Bank of Oswego; Kent Studebaker, mayor of Lake Oswego; Brian Doyle, author of “Mink River;” and Ricky Korach, retired LOSD English teacher.

Essay contest advisory board members were Walsdorf, Bonnie Kroft and Celine Mattersdorf.

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