‘Girl Rising’ film supports girls’ education

The Forest Grove Community School seventh-grade class is hosting a viewing of the film “Girl Rising” at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Grove Room at the school district’s main office, 1728 Main St. The film, which is rated PG-13, features nine girls overcoming tremendous odds to achieve their dreams of getting an education.

The film is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the screening to benefit girls’ education organizations.

This event is being planned by seventh-graders as part of their participation in Challenge 20/20, an Internet-based program that pairs classes at any grade level (K-12) from schools in the U.S. with their counterpart classes in schools in other countries. Together, the teams (of two or three schools) find local solutions to one of 20 global problems.

FGHS student gets speech award at prom

Jayde Hansen, a Forest Grove High School junior, placed first in the Original Oratory category at the 2014 Oregon School Activities Association Speech State Championships April 24 to 26 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth — but had to rush off to the prom before she could receive her award.

Her coach, Pacific University Assistant Director of Forensics Jennifer Connor, showed up at the dance, held in the Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom in downtown Portland, to present Jayde with her medal.

Jayde’s parents are Wendy and John Hansen.

Car show a benefit for Shannon Strickland fund

Vendor proceeds from Forest Grove High School’s annual car show, set for May 24, will go to the Shannon Strickland Memorial Fund.

Shannon had just completed her sophomore year at FGHS when she died from cancer last August. Her classmates have been raising money throughout the year for programs Shannon loved, including the school’s music department and a summer camp for children with cancer.

The car show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the new Basinski Center parking lot. It is open to the community, whether individuals want to register their car to be shown or just come as a spectator. There is no entry fee, but donations are welcome.

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