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Students placed in several categories including graphic design and journalism, but really shined in math

Many Canby High School students came away with wins from Clackamas Community College's annual Regional Skills Competition on Feb. 28, with an impressive showing in math in particular.

Students competed in categories such as art, graphic design and math against area schools including Oregon City, Wilsonville, Lakeridge and many more.

With the wins came tuition credits at CCC: a 12-credit tuition waiver for first place, 8-credit waiver for second and 4-credit waiver for third.

Canby's 15 students took 164 credits from the competition, the most of any school that attended.

They placed in accounting, graphic design and journalism, but really showed up for math—sweeping levels II and III, placing in levels IV and V and again sweeping the team level I.

"Not only were their individual performances outstanding, their 'team' efforts were just as outstanding," said math teacher Bob Webber, who selected students for the competition. "To do well in the team competition, the students must work together. The teams did great working together. They work this well on a daily basis in class as well. I couldn't ask for a more thoughtful and hard-working group. Their work-ethic is inspiring."

Freshman Levi Goode competed in the individual and team math portions of the competition, and came away with first place in both, earning him 24 credits worth of classes at CCC. That's two full-time terms at the school.

"I like math. Math is my favorite subject, and to be able to do something with it, like right now, it felt great," Goode said. "I remember going home and trying to tell my mom with a straight face, and I couldn't do it. It was just a big ole smile."

Goode hopes to return to the competition in coming years to earn even more CCC credit.

Another freshman, Kylan Jagels, competed in the math categories and came away with second individually and first place on the team with Goode. Jagels also happens to be Webber's pick for student of the month in March. The self-proclaimed perfectionist earned 100 percent on every math test last term and even finished the class with a 100 percent.

Student Elsie Rodolph came in just behind Goode and Jagels individually and took second place with her team. It's not often students are recognized at a competition level for hard work in academics, so Rodolph was pleased she had the opportunity.

"It felt very nice to be noticed, because I had been working very hard in class, so it felt like all my hard work was starting to pay off," Rodolph said. "When I found out that I placed, it was another assurance that again my hard work was paying off. It is always nice to receive recognition for something you love to do."

The complete list of Canby placers is as follows.

Business – Accounting

1st Place: Derek Nelson

Graphic Design

2nd Place: Abraham Robledo

3rd Place: Alison Bighouse

Journalism – Writing

2nd Place: Evlalia Snegireff

Math – Individual Level II

1st Place: Rielly Johnson

2nd Place: Stephanie Haynes

3rd Place: Cheyenne Matchett

Math – Individual Level III

1st Place: Levi Goode

2nd Place: Kylan Jagels

3rd Place: Elsie Rodolph

Math – Individual Level IV

3rd Place: Parker Goodloe

Math – Individual Level V

2nd Place: Derek Nelson

Math – Team Level I

1st Place: Levi Goode, Kylan Jagels, Ryan Scarborough

2nd Place: Sarah Bighouse, Elsie Rudolph, Nina Tschopp

3rd Place: Cheyenne Matchett, Reilly Johnson, Rigoberto Robles

Kristen Wohlers
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