Blumenauer to visit his alma mater, Centennial

U.S. Rep. and Centennial High School alumnus Earl Blumenauer will visit his alma mater at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, to address the student body at a special assembly in the school’s gymnasium.

During the assembly, Blumenauer, who graduated in 1966, will present a scholarship created in his name to a Centennial student.

Blumenauer was scheduled to serve as the school’s homecoming grand marshal last September, but had to cancel to remain in Washington, D.C., during the U.S. budget crisis.

Immediately following the assembly, Blumenauer will hold a private meeting with the Centennial School District’s school board and district leadership team. He also will have a private meeting with Centennial High School’s student council.

MHCC hosts annual high school exhibit

Mt. Hood Community College is featuring area high school students' art through April 30.

The annual regional high school art exhibit is on display through April 30 in Mt. Hood Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Entries from area high school students will be evaluated for originality, technical skill, composition and use of elements, and emergence of personal vision and voice.

The coveted Culture Shapers Award will be given to the student who best exhibits those qualities, as well as exceptional leadership, artistic vision and service to the community.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Miles Browne at 503-491-7309 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reynolds public charter faces financial woes

Reynolds Public Charter School, KNOVA, is facing early closure this year because it doesn’t have enough money to remain open, according to The Oregonian.

Earlier this school year, the district issued a notice to the charter, notifying the school that it had breached its agreement.

Problems continued into January, with Superintendent Linda Florence requesting a financial corrective action plan.

The school board announced Wednesday, April 9, it would pull funding and plan to take over the program from the charter school’s program for English language learners, as district administrators were concerned the charter school wasn’t offering adequate instruction.

BoyStrength launches through Portland police

Under the successful model of the WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs, Portland Police Bureau is launching BoyStrength to foster awareness, redefine masculinity and encourage boys to be leaders in nonviolence.

Men of all backgrounds, abilities and ages are encouraged to apply through May 1. Training begins June 7.

For more information, visit

Portland Lutheran senior receives dance scholarship

Olivia Nyberg

Olivia Nyberg, a senior at Portland Lutheran High School, is a recipient of a 2014 Oregon Dance and Drill Coaches Association academic dance scholarship of $800.

A member of Portland Lutheran’s Jay Dancers since 2011 who maintains a 3.95 GPA, Nyberg is still determining which college she’ll attend.

To be eligible for the scholarship, Nyberg had to have a minimum 3.75 GPA, submit three letters of recommendation and write two essays.

Nyberg recounted how she wasn’t a dancer in the conventional sense and overcame the trembling of her legs and churning of her stomach. “Dance is pushing past the fear of failing,” she said.

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