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MHS seniors earn top honors

Molalla High School’s Academic Awards Night is always an exciting time, and this year was no exception.

This year, 64 freshmen, 66 sophomores, and 40 juniors earned academic letters.

It was exciting to see so many students working hard to secure academic excellence.

That level of academic success was led by the senior class. The graduating class of 2014 consistently worked very hard academically.

This year showed very little difference between the top five grade point averages for seniors.

Ashley Alexander is fifth in the class with a 4.418 weighted GPA, Mackenzie Capasso is fourth with a 4.426 weighted GPA, and Emily Bever is third with a 4.429 weighted GPA. The school’s salutatorian, Devon Schaefer, is graduating with a 4.490 weighted GPA and this year’s valedictorian, Carl Beyer, leads the class with a 4.491 weighted GPA.

Not only does this class shine academically, they have also poured their hearts into making Molalla High School, and the community a better place.

The success and dreams of our students is consistently supported by our community and local donors. I am honored to work in a community where there is consistent concern and compassion to ensure the dreams of our students are able to become reality. For so many of our students, any level of college would not be possible without the support provided through grants and scholarships.

This year Molalla Communications granted 37 scholarships at $1,000 each to the graduating class of 2014. Donors also continue to give to the graduating class of 2013. The Molalla Alumni Association is consistently working hard to make sure it is providing scholarships that support a variety of students in their plans after high school. This year they awarded 11 $2,000 scholarships and are still reviewing applications for a $1,500 vocational scholarship. OSAC helps to support the Holden and Holman family scholarships, and with the help of the community and Terry and Cheryl Holden, it is an honor for our students to compete and earn these opportunities. This year the committee for the Holman Family Scholarship awarded three $3,500 (renewable for four years) scholarships. The recipients demonstrated not only strong academics, but also the ability to persevere through challenging times while maintaining a high level of success.

The three recipients of the Holman Family Scholarship are Alena Perry, Alma Guzman, and Elizabeth Carrillo. The Holdens are gracious to award a scholarship in honor of a teacher who had a significant impact on the Molalla River School District. This year the Holman Family Scholarship was named in honor of Mrs. Pat Rivers. Angelica True was awarded the Holden Family Scholarship, which will support her studies by providing $4,000 per year for four years and providing the continued support of Terry and Cheryl Holden.

The past six years, Molalla High School has had the opportunity to develop strong relationships with Clackamas Community College (CCC). The partnership provides MHS students with a variety of opportunities, including the ability to connect with the people who will support them as they take the next steps towards making their dreams a reality. CCC’s support extends financially through the CCC Molalla High School Academic Incentive Scholarship, the Honors Scholarship, and the Opportunity Scholarship. This year Steven Chicas was awarded the CCC Molalla High School Opportunity Scholarship for $1,260, Brittany Dunton was awarded the CCC Molalla High School Honors Scholarship for $3,780, and Noelisa Morales-Ruiz was awarded the CCC Molalla High School Opportunity Scholarship for $2,500.

Each year the Sagamore and Indian Maiden awards are given to the senior girl and senior boy who stand out from their peers. This year Steven Chicas was presented with the Sagamore Award and a $250 scholarship because of his willingness to help. Steven has shown the ability to be consistent and reliable. He works very hard, asks good questions, and is consistently looking for ways to get better. Ashley Alexander was awarded with the Indian Maiden Award, and a $250 scholarship. Ashley is one of the most dedicated and hardworking students I have ever worked with. One teacher commented, “What can’t she do?” which is Ashley in a nutshell. Even with a challenging workload holding down a job after school, she still makes time to participate and compete in FFA, athletics, Key Club, and Leadership. While we wish Ashley nothing but the best as she moves forward with her plans, she will be greatly missed at Molalla High School.

I am very proud of the graduating class of 2014. Through their efforts and with the support of the community, they earned $804,416 in scholarships and grants. $192,540 of the scholarships were provided through local scholarship donors. It is exciting to be part of a community that takes pride in supporting the futures of our students.

The following MHS students earned scholarships:

Ashley Alexander

Foothills Category I -- $1,000

Share the Love Scholarship -- $200

MCC – $1,000

MREF - $1,500

Molalla Police Good Citizen Scholarship -- $1,000

Fox Family Scholarship -- $500

Dorothy Damm Waiste Memorial Scholarship -- $2,000

Indian Maiden -- $250

Denise Aquino

Hispanic Metro Chamber Scholarship -- $1,400

For the Love of Language Scholarship -- $3,500

Pacific University Merit Scholarship -- $92,000

OSAC Everett Hill Scholarship -- $1,000

Dydvad-Lucht Memorial Scholarship -- $1,000

Donna Wendling Memorial Scholarship -- $1,500

Fox Family Scholarship 3rd -- $500

MCC -- $1,000

Makayla Barnard

MCC -- $1,000

Emily Bever

BYU Grant -- $10,000

Sandan/Trullinger -- $2,000

BYU Be Smart Award -- $1,000

Share the Love Scholarship -- $200

Black&Orange Scholarship -- $1,000

Fox Family Scholarship 3rd -- $500

Foothills Category I -- $1,000

Carl Beyer

Pacific Lumber & Shipping Scholarship -- $1,000

Share the Love Scholarship -- $200

Dydvad-Lucht Memorial Scholarship -- $1,000

Clackamas County Farm Bureau Scholarship -- $1,000

The Class of 1963 Scholarship -- $2,000

Fox Family Scholarship 2nd – $1,000

MCC -- $1,000

OSU Forestry Scholarship -- $8,000

OSU Academic Achievement -- $14,000

Jordyn Bolton

Rebecca Bryan Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Warner Pacific Grants and Scholarships -- $18,127

Oregon Opportunity Grant -- $2,000

Kelsey Brandt Deford

MCC -- $1,000

Marie Burkoff

MCC -- $1,000

Mackenzie Capasso

MCC -- $1,000

Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship -- $56,000

The Schrievers Family Scholarship -- $2,000

Elizabeth Carrillo

Foothills Category II -- $500

Holman -- $14,000

MCC -- $1,000

Cesar Chavez Leadership Scholarship -- $1,000

Kaiser Permanente -- $2,000

Ammon Castleton

Perfect Attendance -- $250

Jason Cortes

Foothills Category III -- $500

Steven Chicas

Sagamore -- $250

CCC Molalla High School Academic Incentive -- $1,260

Beavercreek Scholarship -- $500

Josie Child

Black&Orange Scholarship -- $1,000

High Achiever Award -- $354

Clackamas County Farm Bureau Scholarship -- $1,000

Southwestern Oregon Community College -- $2,610

Moose Lodge -- $500

MCC -- $1,000

Amanda Clarke

MCC -- $1,000

Dydvad-Lucht Memorial Scholarship -- $2,000

Western Oregon University Presidential Scholarship -- $6,000

Bianca Delgado

Everett Hill Memorial Scholarship -- $1,000

Southern Oregon Community College -- $3,915

Brittany Dunton

MCC -- $1,000

CCC Molalla High School Honors Scholarship -- $3,780

Zoey Fraiser

Aurora Colony Solo Competition Scholarship -- $1,000

Brennan Gago

MCC -- $1,000

Caira Galloway

MCC -- $1,000

Tyler Gengler

MCC -- $1,000

Alma Guzman

Foothills Category II -- $500

Molalla Grange CC -- $500

Holman -- $14,000

Cesar Chavez Leadership Scholarship -- $1,000

Courtney Imholt

MCC -- $1,000

Sierra Klein

MCC -- $1,000

Amanda Korkeakoski

MCC -- $1,000

Wyatt Kuykendall

MCC -- $1,000

Chris Loughridge

Terrance Blair McCuller Memorial -- $2,000

Summit Scholarship -- $20,000

UO Freshman Enrichment Award -- $2,000

Hayden Magers

MCC -- $1,000

Johana Mendoza

MCC -- $1,000

Oregon Opportunity Grant -- $2,000

Noelisa Morales-Ruiz

MCC -- $1,000

CCC Molalla High School Opportunity Scholarship -- $2,500

Fox Family Scholarship 3rd -- $500

Kaila Nichols-Howell

Aurora County Historical Society Competition -- $1,000

UofO Scholarship -- $1,500

UofO Pathway Grant -- $2,138

Oregon Opportunity Grant $2,000

Tuition Fee Waiver -- $1,000

MCC -- $1,000

Pathway Oregon -- $6,414

Jordyn Nolte

Foothills Category II -- $500

Jennifer Paulsen

MCC -- $1,000

Megan Penni

Trailblazers Scholarship -- $5,000

The Daniels Family Scholarship -- $2,000

Fox Family Scholarship 1st -- $1,500

Alena Perry

MCC -- $1,000

McCuller Memorial -- $2,000

Molalla Grange -- $1,000

Holman -- $14,000

Academic Achievement -- $14,000

Dubach Scholarship OUS -- $3,125

Sydney Petitta

MCC -- $1,000

Autumn Piersall

MCC -- $1,000

Jordan Potter

MCC -- $1,000

Jenny Powell

Terrance Blair McCuller Memorial -- $2,000

Shanina Rice

Oregon Opportunity Grant -- $2,000

Molalla Moose Lodge -- $500

MCC -- $1,000

OSU Bridge to Success -- $893

OSU SEOG Grant -- $500

Amanda Rieskamp

Foothills Category I -- $1,000

Dan Schultz/Ed Lettenmaier Scholarship -- $500

Dydvad-Lucht Memorial Scholarship -- $2,000

Sodexho Good Citizen Scholarship -- $250

Corbin College -- $44,000

Boise State Academic Scholarship -- $48,000

Academic Scholarship Pacific University -- $88,000

Nordstrom Scholarship -- $10,000

OSU Presidential Scholarship -- $36,000

MCC -- $1,000

Key Club -- $1,000

Elks Local -- $2,500

Richard E. and Mary E. Marquardt -- $2,000

Elks District -- $1,400

Hayley Toon

Foothills Category II -- $500

Angelica True

Holden Family Scholarship -- $16,000

Molalla Oak Rebekah Lodge #159 -- $2,000

Lewis and Clark Dean’s Scholarship -- $60,000

Katlyn Satyna

MCC -- $1,000

Pacific University Pace Setters -- $17,500

OSAC Everett Hill Scholarship -- $1,000

Amanda Serven

Bridge to Success OSU Sup. Grant -- $4,850

MCC -- $1,000

Molalla Alumni FFA -- $500

Oregon Opportunity Grant -- $2,000

OSU Diversity Achievement -- $4,000

Devon Schaefer

CCC Athletic Scholarship -- $2,500

Delane and Margaret Fry Scholarship -- $2,000

MCC -- $1,000

Emily Shelby

MCC -- $1,000

Victor Soriano

Oregon Opportunity Grant -- $2,000

OSU Diversity Achievement -- $1,000

Federal SEOG Grant -- $500

Jesse Stutzman

Athletic Scholarship Hesston College -- $8,000

Hesston College Alumni Scholarship -- $1,000

Joe Stephens

MCC -- $1,000

Ben VanSmoorenburg

MCC -- $1,000

OSU Academic Achievement -- $14,000

Kayla Watkins

MCC

Mount Hood CC Athletic Scholarship $12,000

Kari Williams

MCC -- $1,000

Yet to be awarded

Molalla Alumni Tec/Voc Scholarship -- $1,500

Todd Harris Athletic Scholarship -- $2,000

Molalla Buckeroo -- $2,000



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