WCHS wins $10K grant

The Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust has awarded Westside Christian High School with a $10,000 grant.

Westside officials announced Nov. 6 that the school had received the grant from the charitable trust, which donates to communities in the Northwest. The funds will support the construction of Westside’s developing campus near the intersection of Highways 217 and 99 in Tigard. The private school’s Tigard location currently is under development.

School officials plan to begin the transition to the new site in January, and classes are being held this fall in the Westside school building in Lake Oswego.

The total cost for the first phase of the project is $12.2 million. Westside bought its new building from the City Bible Church, which will lease space at the site, and the building is being renovated to accommodate the school. School officials plan to add a library, a gym and fitness and technology centers to the campus.

Other grants to the school include a $1 million program-related investment from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. M.J. Murdock also issued a $250,000 challenge grant to Westside to build two science labs at the school’s future home.

Stevens scholarship awarded to local

A Lake Oswego High School graduate was among the 28 recipients of the Fall 2013 Harley & Mertie Stevens Scholarship.

Casey Dudek, LOHS class of 2012, also was among the scholarship’s recipients last year. Dudek is a student at George Fox University.

Scholarship recipients are from Clackamas County and are selected based on excellence in character, academics and community service.

Local wins map award

Three University of Wisconsin-Madison students won the Narrative Map competition at this year’s North American Cartographic Information Society conference in October in Greenville, S.C.

The students were Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel, Erin Hamilton and Rashauna Mead, and Mead is from Lake Oswego. The map was called 50 Years of Change and was about the increase in the quantity of state legislation regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. A narrative map provides information in a way that communicates a story, cause or message.

The project is available for viewing at

Study points to more online students

A recent report indicates there are more students pursuing online learning in Oregon.

The 10th annual Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report showed there were 6,637 students in Oregon in 12 fully online charter schools in the 2012-13 school year and about 310,000 students in such schools in 30 states. The Keeping Pace report is the work of multiple agencies and first was published in 2004 in response to a request from the Colorado Department of Education for information on online education.

Oregon Connections Academy is the largest tuition-free public charter school in the state and had about 3,400 students in grades kindergarten to 12th grade enrolled in the 2012-2013 school year. The school now has more than 3,500 students, according to a press release from Oregon Connections Academy.

Become a princess

The Rose Festival Court now is taking applications for 2014.

The scholarship program is for juniors and seniors from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

Court members perform months of community service and ride in the Portland Rose Festival parade. Princesses receive one-on-one mentorship from Pacific Power's senior management team, a $3,500 scholarship from The Randall Group and a wardrobe. A queen is chosen from the princesses and crowned during the Rose Festival.

Applications are due Jan. 8.

To apply, visit

PCC-Sylvania hosting renowned artist

Portland Community College’s 2013 Portland Women in Art Lecture Series will feature an artist whose work has been displayed in museum worldwide.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith is speaking 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Performing Arts Center at PCC’s Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith's work is held in museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Ethnological Museum in Berlin and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, according to a press release from PCC.

Scholarship program offers access to many opportunities

The Oregon Student Access Commission offers one online application for the more than 450 scholarship opportunities it administers.

OSAC-administered, privately funded scholarships totaled more than $16 million in the 2013-14 school year that supported more than 3,000 recipients in Oregon.

OSAC’s private scholarship programs cover a range of areas such as high school attended, residency, college major, career and special interests, and scholarship also are available to students who have special needs, are single parents, are college transfers or are the first in their family to attend college.

The application is due March 1, and students who submit an application before Feb. 15 may be eligible for a drawing for a $500 OSAC scholarship.

Applications are online at

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