Bovine just spent a night away and is home safe

by: ROLLIN DICKINSON - A painted cow stands as a reminder of a Lakeridge student's artistic skills.A local bovine appeared to have taken a trip on Monday night, inspiring a flurry of Twitter activity between Lakeridge and West Linn high schools as to her whereabouts.

The Fiberglas cow — painted in vibrant colors and sporting a rendering of an ice cream cone on her muzzle — normally stands guard by the Lakeridge auditorium.

When she seemingly disappeared, rumors abounded, some saying West Linn High students had absconded with her. Not so.

Lakeridge art teacher Shannon McBride borrowed the cow at 8 p.m. Monday and returned her on Tuesday morning.

“The cow was never at West Linn High School,” said McBride, a West Linn resident. “Borrowing the cow had nothing to do with West Linn High School.”

She did not specify why she borrowed the cow.

“Um gives us our cow back please,” Lakeridge student Camille Feinstein tweeted.

WLHS student Annie Roethe also weighed in on Twitter.

“Kinda flattered that Lakeridge thought west linn stole their cow hahahahah,” Roethe wrote.

Orian Raviv tweeted, “My twitter is full of the government shutting down and how West Linn stole our cow... #pleasetellmemore.”

Lakeridge Assistant Principal Rollin Dickinson said the cow was just having an adventure.

“In cow years, she’s a teenager,” Dickinson said. “The rebellious years begin ... “

The decorated ruminant stands as a reminder of a 2010 success. That year former Lakeridge student Anne Feeny was a finalist in Lucerne’s The Art of Dairy contest.

Each year, thousands of students across the country vie for a coveted spot on a list of finalists and a shot at the grand prize. Students first submit a rendering of how they imagine their creation will be, and the top entrants are afforded the chance to paint a life-size, white cow.

Lake Oswego High School student Amy Chen won the contest in 2012. Chen is a senior and a columnist for the Review this school year.

Feeny has pursued art. She is a student at DigiPen Institute of Technology, and she is studying digital art and animation.

“I'm thankful that I heard about the missing cow after it had been resolved because I would have been pretty anxious otherwise," she said. "I'm relieved that she is back home with the Pacers."

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