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Check out this week's roundup of happenings around Colton from the Pioneer's correspondent, Cindy Fama

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA  - Okehmos Olsen is set to graduate from Clackamas Community College with recognition. He'll then attend
Oregon State University to study Civil Engineering.

CHS alum to graduate from CCC with recognition

Okehmos Olson, Colton High School (CHS) graduate, class of 2015, is set to graduate from Clackamas Community College (CCC) with an associates of science in engineering degree. In a press release CCC said, "Each year the college recognizes students who have been nominated by their instructors for their accomplishments." This year's honorees included Olsen stating "He is a leader of the college's STEM Club, which is now the largest organization of its kind by membership on campus."

"I am the head of the engineering part of STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Olsen said. "We explored many of the local engineering industries, different fields of engineering."

Olsen said in Colton schools every teacher and staff member plays a part in student success and it is a culture of appreciation.

"Colton (schools) helped by offering different activities. I utilize the communication and leadership skills, I learned there and use them to help grow in my educational endeavors."

Olsen has been accepted into the engineering program at Oregon State University where he plans to study civil engineering. He says he is focusing on the structural aspect of the field.

While at Colton High School, Olsen participated in basketball freshman year, robotics, drama, band and choir, was treasurer than president of FFA and a member of the National Honor Society.

"I want to let Colton students know," Olsen said, "although you come from a small school, you will go places and do big things. Stick with it … and look for the scholarships."

Big week in Colton

This next Saturday is graduation day for the Colton High School class of 2017. Wednesday will be awards night and Baccalaureate will be at Colton Community Church on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Last Friday, the board of directors of Colton School District and superintendent, Koreen Barreras-Brown hosted an all-staff appreciation banquet. The multi-purpose room of the high school was decorated with lights and beverage fountains. The ambiance belied the high school cafeteria location. The food was delicious with tri tip steak and chicken grilled to perfection (I witnessed the tender steak sliced with a plastic knife-that kind of perfection) by Evan Goettel.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA  - Retiring kindergarten teacher Julie Rediske (left) is thanked by CSD board members: from left to right -
Sheryl Iriving, Sid Gunter, Jr., Randall Johnson, Tim Behrens, Superintendent Koreen Barreras-Brown and
Linda Rasor.

The board of directors and Barreras-Brown acknowledged the retirement of kindergarten teacher, Julie Rediske, after thirty years of service to the district and her students.

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