La Salle student honored; Stewart appointed to Gladstone School Board; Putnam student wins Rotary scholarship

La Salle student honored for service

As a La Salle Prep freshman, Emmy Ly was shy.

But one day, while at summer business camp, she heard an entrepreneur discuss how he helped the disabled by making bikes for them. After he finished his talk, Ly introduced herself and asked to help.

"It didn't feel right to walk away," she said.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Emmy Ly visits a dog at the Oregon Humane Society as part of the Volunteer Club she launched.Ly's chat soon led her to the Portland International Raceway, where she put wheels on handcycles made for those who couldn't ride traditional bikes. She then cheered the cyclists as they rode.

"That was amazing," she said "It really felt empowering to see them finally be able to ride — for possibly the first time."

Ly wanted other students to get the chance to make a difference, so she launched a Volunteer Club at La Salle. The group got straight to work, and over the years have made cards for patients at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, visited the animals at the Oregon Humane Society, and planted flowers at the Portland Memory Garden.

"I try my best to make it fun," Ly said.

Not only do students feel good when they give to the community, "they also learn about themselves," she said.

The Volunteer Club — now 100 students strong — has racked up more than 1,000 hours of good works since Ly founded it. For her leadership and commitment to service, she was awarded the Michael Gloden Service Award when she graduated on June 17. She's headed for the University of Oregon in the fall, and plans to become an occupational or physical therapist someday.

Ly "is one of those amazing young women who sets out to create change," said science department chair Carie Coleman in announcing the award. "What an asset to society she will be."

Stewart appointed to Gladstone School Board

Steve StewartGladstone's newest school board member is Steve Stewart, appointed in June to fill a vacancy after the resignation of Carlos Castañeda in May.

A 20-year resident of Gladstone, Stewart is a sales and marketing representative for A&I, a distributor of heavy-duty industrial lubrication. Both his children are graduates of Gladstone High School, where he serves as coach and mentor to the school's robotics team.

"My family and I have enjoyed this community for 20 years, and I feel it is time for me to give back," Stewart said.

Putnam student wins Rotary scholarship

Grace Vandenburg, a 2017 graduate of Rex Putnam High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Gladstone/Oak Lodge Rotary Club.

Vandenburg, an aspiring dental hygienist, plans to attend Clackamas Community College and Mt. Hood Community College.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rotarian Leslie Robinette presents a scholarship check to Grace Vandenburg, standing with her parents, Ron and Cynthia Vandenburg."Grace's academic strengths, her strong work ethic, and her community involvement made her the clear choice for this scholarship," said Rotarian Leslie Robinette. "She has a bright future ahead."

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