CREST readies for plant sale, Oregon Tech makes another national list and Wilsonville High thespians place at state among other educational news this week

Wilsonville leaves mark at state thespian competition

Wilsonville High School attended the State Thespian Competition in Salem April 6-8 and two students were finalists in their category. Senior Ashlyn Rose and sophomore Nate Rasmussen performed their Duo Comedic Acting Scene from the play "Enter Laughing" by Joseph Stein in front of 1,300 students and teachers from across Oregon.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Nate Rasmussen and Ashlyn Rose were finalists at the State Thespian Competition.

The duo was one of five acts selected at the Regional Thespian Competition in February to compete at the state level for achieving scores in the top 10 percent. Seven other acts from Wilsonville High School received recognition as Regional Finalists making the top 20 percent, but did not qualify to compete at state.

The Wilsonville High Theatre Department will also host three one act plays May 4-5, starting at 7 p.m. in the Wilsonville High Performing Arts Center. Rose will present "The Lockdown," Kalonni Smith will present his production of "The Absolute Most Clichéd Elevator Play in the History of the Entire Universe," as well as "Final Dress Rehearsal" directed by department co-chair John Fitzgerald. Suggested donation price is $5.

Other WHS state finalists included:

Small Group Number: Lauren Burns, Michael Dart, Izzy Ochocki, Hayden Wilde, Samantha Katz

Duet Musical Number: Nate Rasmussen, Anna Carr, Lauren Burns, Joe Young 

Musical Solo: Hayden Wilde

Wilsonville student wins prestigious scholarship

The OSCPA Educational Foundation, in affiliation with the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, recently announced its scholarship awards for the 2017-18 academic year, including Wilsonville's Joshua Hight, who received the Delap LLP Scholarship. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, for a total of $95,000, were awarded to 45 students based on their academic performance and their intent to pursue a CPA career and work in the state of Oregon.

Scholarship recipients will be honored at the 2017 Circle of Excellence, to be held May 9 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The event allows scholarship recipients to meet current CPAs, endowment donors, and firm representatives during a celebration of the future of the accounting profession.

Boones Ferry OBOB team makes Elite Eight

Boones Ferry Primary's Oregon Battle of the Books team Polka Dots made it all the way to the Elite Eight at the state tournament April 8. Coached by Carrie Lawler, the team of Cammy Gore, Campbell Lawler, Kate Gore, Kenley Whittaker and JJ Bartlett beat out almost 4,000 teams before being elminated.

Oregon Tech ranks No. 1 in Oregon for return on investment

Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) is in the top 1 percent in the nation in the most recent "PayScale" release of top colleges based on graduates' return on tuition and borrowing investments. An Oregon Tech degree is noted as having the highest return on investment (ROI) of any colleges or universities in Oregon.

In the latest edition of the College Return On Investment (ROI) report, "PayScale" examines which colleges and universities offer the best career and salary return against tuition costs and any debt load that students have incurred. Oregon Tech is tied as 17th out of approximately 1,400 schools nationally for annual ROI, which is the 20-year ROI annualized to represent the percent of expected ROI received each year after graduation.

"PayScale" reports that the average college student graduate accumulates almost $30,000 in student loans, while Oregon Tech graduates are listed by "PayScale" at $24,700, tied as the lowest of ranked Oregon public higher education institutions, and have a typical starting salary of $56,000 for graduates.

To view the complete "2017 College Education ROI Report" and the list of all institutions ranked, go to

CREST plans for plant sale

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District's CREST (Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies) will host its annual tomato plant sale May 19 at Inza R. Wood Middle School. Interested community members can pre-order online at

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