Joy Victoria Macalanda, a senior at Barlow High School, is a finalist for the Portland Rose Festival Court. After a day of interviews and speeches, the finalists for the court were announced Saturday, Feb. 4. Macalanda is president of Barlow's National Honor Society chapter, president of the Key Club and participates in many other activities. Her favorite Rose Festival Event is the Grand Floral Parade. Portland schools vote on their princess representatives to the court and the East Metro princess will be decided by Rose Festival judges. The final court will be announced in March and the princesses and queen will preside over the Rose Festival at the end of May and early June. To be eligible for the Rose Court contestants must be juniors or seniors with grade point averages of 3.0 or better. Each member of the court earns a $3,500 college scholarship.
Gresham honors student
Madison Scully, a senior at Centennial High School, received the Gresham Great Young Citizen award for February. Scully has leadership roles in multiple activities and clubs at the high school and is a member of the Gresham Youth Advisory Committee. Centennial Principal Mairi Scott-Aguirre said "empathy is something engrained in her DNA." Scully's dream is to work at the United Nations in a job that will make the world a better and more peaceful place.
Children's author reads
Grab the best seat in the house at the Gresham Library to meet author Ross Burach as he shares stories, leads kid-friendly activities and reads his new funny, touching picture book about a giraffe who keeps being mistaken for a chair. The free reading is from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at 385 N.W. Miller Ave. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.
Gonzaga announces honor roll
Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., announced the names of students who have earned a place on the dean's list for the fall semester of 2016. These local students earned a 3.5 to 3.84 grade point average and were included in the honor roll: Jefferson Bricker and Kamrin Sorensen, Damascus, Bethany Woodard, Fairview; Caylie Washburn and Matthew Williams, Gresham and Trevor Ruesch, Happy Valley.
Gresham-Barlow seeks superintendent
The Gresham-Barlow School District is in the beginning stages of searching for a superintendent after current leader Jim Schlachter announced he will leave the district at the end of the school year. The board selected, Ray and Associates, an executive search firm, to manage the process. A tentative timeline shows the job will be advertised and the recruitment started in mid-March and a new superintendent will be hired by June 8, 2017. The school board has agreed they would prefer a candidate from the Pacific Northwest and desire a bilingual candidate. A background other than education would be acceptable.
The Gresham Library will host the free East County Preschool Fair from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Representatives from local preschools will be on hand to explain their programs and answer questions. Preschool is important for kids. The Oregon Department of Education said in a document, "the early years are the foundation upon which future health, well-being, and life success are established. Beginning before birth and through kindergarten, children are learning critical language, cognitive, social, and motor skills that will enable them to be successful in school and life. Everyone in a young child's life plays an important part." The Library is at 385 N.W. Miller Ave. For more information, call 503-988-5123.
Gresham student makes college honor roll
Madison Huff, Gresham, earned a spot on the fall 2016 dean's list at Central Oregon Community College in Bend. To merit a spot on the list, students must be enrolled in 12 or more graded credits and receive a term grade point average of 3.60 or better.
Make a valentine
Get crafty at the Rockwood Library and make a felt valentine. Artist LeBrie Rich will lead children and their grownups from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in some practice cutting and simple sewing. Participants can embellish their creations with rhinestones and ribbon to make a "heart felt" love note. The library is at 17917 S.E. Stark St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.