Canby High students grab wins at skills competition
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
2nd Place: Abraham Robledo
3rd Place: Alison Bighouse
2nd Place: Evlalia Snegireff
Math – Individual Level II
1st Place: Rielly Johnson
2nd Place: Stephanie Haynes
3rd Place: Cheyenne Matchett
1st Place: Levi Goode
2nd Place: Kylan Jagels
3rd Place: Elsie Rodolph
Math – Individual Level IV
3rd Place: Parker Goodloe
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