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Condition for crash victim improves

The condition of one of the three Lake Oswego High School teens involved in a Nov. 15 crash has been upgraded.Katie Brauti

Katie Brauti, 17, was in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University until Nov. 21 when her condition was upgraded to serious, a hospital spokeswoman said. Madison Focht, 16, and Maddie Owens, 16, were admitted for treatment and eventually released from OHSU.

The three girls were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Lake Oswego after the Lakers played a football game against Jesuit High School in Beaverton.

At about 9:45 p.m. Nov. 15, Focht was driving a Jeep Cherokee carrying passengers Owens and Brauti when the vehicle collided with a Mercedes containing a father, son and a friend of the son, according to Lake Oswego police.

The son’s friend in the Mercedes was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released. The other two passengers in the Mercedes were not injured.

Police said it appears the Jeep was on the wrong side of the road when the accident occurred on Kerr Parkway at Lower McNary Parkway. The road closed that night as a result.

There’s music in the winter air

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Last year, the Lakeridge Wind Ensemble was one of an elite selection of groups that qualified to perform at the OSAA Championships in Corvallis.

Music lovers have nine school winter concerts to choose from next month.

Performances feature bands, choirs and orchestras from both high schools and both junior high schools:

  • Lake Oswego Junior High intermediate and advanced bands: 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Lake Oswego High School auditorium, 2501 Country Club Road. Free.

  • LOHS Band: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, LOHS auditorium. Free.

  • Lakeridge High School orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Lakeridge auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive. Free.

  • Lakeridge High and Lakeridge Junior High schools’ bands: 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Lakeridge High auditorium. Free.

  • LOHS choir: 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the LOHS auditorium. Free.

  • LOHS Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the LOHS auditorium. Free

  • LHS choir: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the LHS auditorium. Cost is $5.

  • LOJHS orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the LOHS auditorium. Free.

  • The LJHS choir and orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in the LJHS gym, 4700 Jean Road. Free.

    by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego High School wind ensemble snagged first place at the Oregon School Activities Association state band championships last year.

    School closures scheduled

    Schools in the Lake Oswego School District have a few closures this month, in December and in January.

    For all students, there will be no school today and Friday as well as Dec. 23 to 27 and Dec. 30 to Jan. 3. There also will be no school on Jan. 20 to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    For grades kindergarten to eighth, there will be no school Dec. 6. Lake Oswego Junior High will not have classes Dec. 12 and 13.

    Grades kindergarten to fifth grade will have early dismissal on Dec. 13. For grades ninth to 12th, there will be no school on Jan. 24.

    Become a princess

    The Rose Festival Court now is taking applications for 2014.

    The scholarship program is for juniors and seniors from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

    Court members perform months of community service and ride in the Portland Rose Festival parade. Princesses receive one-on-one mentorship from Pacific Power’s senior management team, a $3,500 scholarship from The Randall Group and a wardrobe.

    A queen is chosen from the princesses and crowned during the Rose Festival.

    Applications are due Jan. 8.

    To apply, visit RoseFestival.org.

    Enter safety contest

    Oregon teens can enter a video contest for a shot at cash prizes.

    The Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services is inviting students to enter the Speak Up. Work Safe. video contest that promotes safety and health for young workers.

    Past videos have featured original music, special effects and “offbeat characters,” according to a press release.

    Cash prizes for the top three entries range from $300 to $500. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 3.

    For more information, visit youngemployeesafety.org.

    Dancers head to big competition

    Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools have earned a spot in the Dance and Drill Coaches Association of Oregon’s category championships.

    In November, teams faced off in category competitions — where teams show off their moves in specific dance styles such as jazz, kick or pom. The first- and second-place recipients in each category competition move on to the category championships on Dec. 7 in Oregon City.

    LOHS earned first place in pom, and Lakeridge earned second place. LOHS received first place in the kick category as well.

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