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A local girl placed at Miss Oregon's teen competition, and Bethany Elementary has a new principal.

COURTESY NICOLE BAKER - Madison Baker placed third runner-up at the Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program. Her platform is "Behind the Smile: Teenage Depression and Anxiety." Beaverton girl places in Miss Oregon competition

Madison Baker, a Beaverton resident and incoming junior at The Northwest Academy in Portland, was third runner up at the 2017 Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program. As part of the Miss America program, competitors from across the state congregated in Seaside to compete for both the Teen title and the Miss Oregon title.

Teen contestants spent five days competing in four categories: interview, fitness, evening gown and on-stage question. Baker received an additional scholarship for tying for first in the fitness category. In total, she netted about $1,300 in scholarships.

Baker's platform is, "Behind the Smile: Teenage Depression and Anxiety."

"I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in seventh grade," Baker said. "I want other students who suffer to know they are not alone and this condition does not define them."

Baker is partnering with the National Alliance for Mental Illness as an In Your Own Voice presenter and will go to schools and community groups to share her story about dealing with teenage depression and anxiety. For more information or to schedule a presentation, email HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bethany gets new principal

Casey Lange has been selected as the new principal at Bethany Elementary School, effective July 24. Currently principal at Johnson Elementary School in El Cajon, Calif., Lange has teaching and administrator experience at both the elementary and middle school levels. He has worked for Title I schools, meaning schools that receive extra funding from the federal government to help with low-income students, as well as non-Title I schools.

District nurse heads national organization

Nina Fekaris, a nurse who has been with the Beaverton School District for 27 years, recently was named the new president of the National Association of School Nurses. Her two-year term lasts through 2019.

The association is an advocacy group whose mission is to optimize student health and learning by focusing on school nurse engagement.

"Through education, support of evidence-based practice principles, and partnering with others, school nurses will help make our school communities a healthier place for children and families to learn and grow," Fekaris said.

As a school nurse, Fekaris provides nursing service to a comprehensive high school, a middle school, an elementary school, and a K-8 school, serving more than 5,000 students. She provides case management for 250 students who require individualized school health plans and coordinates with school staff, families, and physicians.

Prior to becoming a school nurse, Fekaris worked as an ICU nurse at the Veteran's Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri and as the director of nursing and health service for the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross. She became a Nationally Board Certified School Nurse in 2008, and received a National Association of School Nurses 'School Nurse of the Year' award in 2009.

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