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Feb. 19 school briefs


Brentano awarded $500 scholarship

St. Paul High School graduate and current Oregon State University student Jaimee Brentano was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Oregon Seed Association at its annual mid-winter meeting Jan. 14 in Salem. A junior at OSU, Brentano has made the dean’s list for several years. An agriculture sciences major with a minor in leadership, Brentano intends to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural education and become a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. She grew up on a family farm that grows a variety of crops and nursery stock. She continues to be involved in the farm’s operations, including bookkeeping, moving equipment, training employees, and servicing, cleaning and repairing machinery.

Shelton, Sweet named to deans’ list at Hillsdale College

Newberg native Emily Shelton was named recently to the dean’s list at Hillsdale College. The senior American studies major, a 2010 graduate of Veritas School, is the daughter of Kelly and Marc Shelton, of Newberg.

Newberg native Ellen Sweet, a freshman majoring in English and history, was named to the dean’s list as well at the school. The Veritas grad is the daughter of Brad and Jane Sweet, of Newberg.

Gardner to remain school district CFO

Gwen Gardner, who stepped in to manage the Newberg School District’s finances in September following the resignation of Nathan Roedel, has shed the “interim” label from her position as chief financial officer, signing on to remain in Newberg through the 2014-2015 school year. A veteran business manager who retired from the Hood River School District, Gardner is in the midst of her second stint working for Newberg School District, having served as interim CFO in 2008 just prior to Roedel’s hiring. As CFO, she is responsible for the $67.51 million all-funds budget, which includes revenue and expenditures for the $43.43 million general fund budget that supports instruction and operation of the 5,100-student district.

DeLong earns academic honor

Sarah DeLong of Dundee has been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for fall semester 2013. Students qualify for the academic honors society by maintaining a minimum 3.75 grade-point average during the semester.

NHS principal interviews get underway

The Newberg School district has narrowed down the field of applicants for the recently-created lead principal position at Newberg High School to eight candidates, who will be interviewed Wednesday.

Help out an Iowa student

“Brendan,” a fifth grade student from Harlan (Iowa) Intermediate School, has reached out to local residents as part of a school project to study Oregon. “I would love it if you could send me some souvenirs, maps or anything that could help me learn about your state,” the youth said. In addition, Brendan’s teacher, Mrs. Newlin, is looking for an Oregon license plate for a school project. Those who would like to help these Iowans can send artifacts to Harlan Intermediate School, 1401 19th St., Harlan, Iowa, 51537.

NHS senior serving Ronald McDonald House

Newberg High School’s Alex Galbraith is raising money to create gift baskets for patients and families at Ronald McDonald House in Portland as her senior project. Galbraith, whose goal is to raise $10,000 to create 12 to 14 gift baskets, has two crowd funding websites, www.gofundme.com/67mz34 and http://rmhcoregon.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1090074, where donations can be made. She hopes to finish fundraising by late March.