Sabin Schellenberg student receives SkillsUSA Travel Scholarship
Christopher Lynch of the Sabin Schellenberg Professional Technical Center in the North Clackamas School District was congratulated by Mike Rowe, executive producer and television host, at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, where he competed in the team engineering challenge last month.
The SkillsUSA Travel Scholarship, sponsored by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, and Koch Industries Inc., provided Lynch's travel accommodations to the 2017 National Leadership and Skills Conference.
"The skills gap is not only real, it's a reflection of what we value," said Mike Rowe, CEO of mikeroweWORKS Foundation. "To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work. My foundation supports SkillsUSA because it celebrates the kind of skills that are actually in demand. Through excellence and competition, SkillsUSA encourages real-world training, and in the process, lays the foundation for thousands of careers in skilled trades. SkillsUSA works."
Travel scholarships were awarded to members who placed first in their state's SkillsUSA Championships and who needed financial assistance to cover their travel expenses to the conference.
"By helping the SkillsUSA Travel Scholarship, recipients overcome barriers to success. We hope these competitors can recognize the dignity of hard work and find fulfillment within the impressive work they do," said Brennan Brown, director of educational partnerships at the Charles Koch Foundation. "The Charles Koch Foundation appreciates and supports these students who continue to challenge the status quo by developing their unique talents and abilities that will one day move our society toward a greater future for all."
Historic re-enactors floated this summer
Oregon SenateAires grant writer Craig Holfield of Oregon City received an Award of Excellence from the International Barbershop Harmony Society for his work to establish a program of putting fine arts, music and historic re-enactors on real sternwheelers.
"Showboats A' Comin' Harmony on the Water" is scheduled for 6 p.m. every other Thursday, July 6-Sept. 7, leaving from Wallace Marine Park in Salem.
"This program is the first of its kind since 1855, when sternwheelers supported commerce, passengers and entertainment," said Jerry Herrmann, whose organization, Rivers of Life Center, has planned the events and will involve youth in every aspect.
Participants in the program, including performing students from local school districts, will serve up a "slice of Americana." Native and pioneer re-enactors will lead an Indian-style salmon bake. The two-hour showboat tours will include actors playing Joe Meek the Mountain Man, Linn City founder Robert Moore, and circuit-riding pastor Jason Lee.
Oregon SenateAires is the Northwest premiere a cappella and quartet organization, serving Clackamas County with over 100 members. For information and reservations, contact Sternwheeler Willamette Queen at 503-371-1103.
New to OC, Redland or Beavercreek?
Attention, all families new to the Oregon City School District: If you have a high school-age student, visit ochspioneers.org/enrollment for details or visit the school at 19761 S. Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, during summer hours to pick up an enrollment packet.
"We look forward to welcoming you and your family," said Teresa Karn, the new secretary to the principal at OCHS.
OCHS summer hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5-7, July 10-13 and July 17-20. New students must have their enrollment packets filled out and have a scheduled appointment for one of the OCHS new-student enrollment dates:
Senior enrollment — 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21
Junior enrollment — 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22
Sophomore enrollment — 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23
Freshman enrollment — 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24
Make-up enrollment will be:
All grades — 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28.