Local student a Presidential Scholar semifinalist

The Presidential Scholar semifinalists have been announced, and one of them is a Lake Oswego High School student.

LOHS senior David Qin is one of six semifinalists in Oregon. There were several local candidates, who were announced earlier in the school year: Patrick Butenhoff, Lake Oswego High School; Amy Chen, Lake Oswego High School; Austin Goldsmith, Oregon Episcopal School; Abigail Lyons, Lake Oswego High School; Anna Meyer, Lake Oswego High School; Sophia Peters, Lakeridge High School; David Qin, Lake Oswego High School; Nadjalisse Reynolds-Lallem, Lakeridge High School; Amy Sohlberg, Lake Oswego High School; and Amber Tang, Lakeridge High School.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, founded in 1964, names up to 141 students each year as Presidential Scholars, among the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Local student wins honor

A Lake Oswego High School junior landed a $200 scholarship to help fund an educational visit to Paris this summer.

Melissa Liu is heading to France’s famous city for a homestay and language program and just received the scholarship from ANDEO International Homestays. Liu’s French teacher, Amy Watson, nominated her for the scholarship, and Liu will be creating a mixed-media collage of objects she finds during her stay.

School closures scheduled in May and June

Local schools will be closed for a couple of days in May — and then, of course, school doors will swing shut for the summer.

There’s no school for any Lake Oswego School District students May 23 for a furlough day and May 26 for Memorial Day. Students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade have the day off on May 30, making the week of May 25 to 31 a three-day school week for elementary students. June 12 is early dismissal for the last day of classes. Kindergarteners have their last day June 11.

Rotary scholarships available

There’s still a little more time for Lake Oswego High School students to apply for a college scholarship from the Rotary Club of Lake.

Two students at Lake Oswego High School and two at Lakeridge High School each will receive college scholarships. The application deadline has passed at Lakeridge High and is Friday at Lake Oswego High. One student per school will earn the distinction of receiving the Rotary Merit Scholarship, aimed at encouraging academic excellence and valued at $2,000.

The other honor is the Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship, which is given to students who best demonstrate Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” and it is valued at $2,500. Students who wish to apply can contact the school counseling department.

Auction planned for next week

River Grove Elementary School’s auction is on tap next week.

The event features an auction of items such as a two-hour flight with a private pilot, a balloon ride and a six-night stay in Mexico. Tickets are $45 per person and include a barbecue dinner, dessert, beer and wine. There’s a no-host bar.

The event, which calls for casual attire, kicks off at 5:30 p.m. May 10 at Langdon Farms Golf Club, 24377 NE Airport Road, Aurora. For more information, visit

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