LOJHS eighth-graders finish out 2013
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - LOJHS eighth graders, led by Principal Ann Gerson, participate in the annual Balloon Crossing.

Lake Oswego Junior High students participated in an end-of-the-year tradition and were honored this month.

During the annual Balloon Crossing, the principal leads students beneath an arch of balloons, walking from one side of Country Club Road, where the junior high is, to the other side, where Lake Oswego High School stands.

Principal Ann Gerson also announced the Principals Awards for eighth-graders who have shown an exceptional devotion to their school during the past two years.

Employees nominate them and then the whole staff votes on the winners. Criteria include a commitment to academics, a respectful attitude and citizenship.

Students of the Year also were lauded. These students evince strong academics and citizenship. Four students are selected from each grade level.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - LOJHS 2013 Students of the Year are, from left: Keon Feldsien, Emma DeVine, Jake Ferdig, Kaylee Nichol, Bailey Cheetham, Gillian Arthur, Julia Wolf, Ajay Pallekonda, Ryan Lew and Malaika Murphy. Not pictured are Adam Lininger-White and Andrew SUBMITTED PHOTO - This year's LOJHS Principals Awards winners are, from left: Back row: Ron Lee, Zander Work, Jackson Dyal, Kyle Padgett and Griffin Roach; and front Row: Maddie Aronson, Jillian Batiuk, Nora Kearns, Cheyenne Harrison and Eleanor Moreland

Local teens honored

The 2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program honored two local students.

The Comcast Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Comcast Corporation, honored 65 Oregon and Southwest Washington students with $73,000 in college scholarships, including Madison Egan from Lake Oswego High School and Matthew White from Lakeridge High School.

Egan and White received $1,000 scholarships. There were 32 scholarship recipients attending high schools in the Portland metro area.

Academy class a record-breaker

The Oregon Connections Academy held commencement ceremonies for its largest graduating class ever this month.

This year, 235 students received diplomas, wearing their caps and gowns on June 15 at a ceremony in Portland.

The school, which has many Lake Oswego students, is a virtual public charter school, and it was the fifth year that the school had graduation ceremonies.

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