National Merit Scholarship semifinalists announced

About 1.5 million high school juniors entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, and several local students were among 16,000 semifinalists.

Students threw their hats in the ring by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. Each student selected an area of interest or “undecided” when taking the test, according to a press release from the nonprofit scholarship program.

Lakeridge High School semifinalists are:

Andrea Bisbjerg, undecided; Sean Kelly, engineering; Stephanie Lippincott, nursing; Sophia Peters, environmental engineering/environmental health engineering; Nadjalisse Reynolds-Lallement, undecided; and Amber Tang, premedicine/premedical studies.Lake Oswego High School semifinalists are: Christopher Beltrone, personal and culinary services; Patrick Butenhoff, actuarial science; Amy Chen, undecided; Daniel Hong, premedicine/premedical studies; Joel Kwartler, undecided; Abigail Lyons, undecided; Amy Sohlberg, theology and religious vocations; Haejung Yoon, physical sciences; and Collin Yu, undecided.

St. Mary’s Academy student Julia McCarthy, of Lake Oswego, also is a semifinalist. She is interested in studying biochemistry.

There will be 8,000 National Merit Scholarships to the tune of $35 million total awarded in the spring. Finalists are selected based on skills, accomplishments and potential for success in “rigorous college studies,” according to the press release.

School’s rummage sale coming soon

Oswego Playschool’s annual rummage sale is on tap this week, featuring items such as a washer and dryer, a couch, an antique sewing machine and many children’s items.

The 60-year-old Lake Oswego preschool is holding its sale, a fundraiser, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school, 516 Eighth St.

Oswego Playschool is accepting donations for its sale from 12:30 to about 6 p.m. Friday. Desired donations include anything in good condition, such as toys, furniture, household items and clothes.

For more information, email Genet Friess at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the school at 503-636-1345.

Golfers teeing up to aid Park Academy next week

The third annual golf tournament, scheduled for Oct. 5, will raise dollars for the Park Academy Scholarship Fund.

Park Academy is a private school for fourth- to 12th-graders with dyslexia and other language-learning differences. Administrators plan to relocate the school, currently in Marylhurst, to the Lake Oswego Armory next year.

At 8:30 a.m., a shotgun start will kick off the tournament, to be held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, 12930 NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Road, North Plains.

The cost is $150 per player or $600 per foursome. Businesses also can sponsor a golf hole.

For more information on registration, donations or golf hole sponsorships, visit or contact Molly Baer Kramer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-697-6213.

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