Oregon Promise grant expanded and MHCC expects more students, high schoolers earn speech awards

OUTLOOK PHOTOMHCC expects more Oregon Promise students

The Oregon Promise Grant has been expanded and will apply to more students attending Mt. Hood Community College and other community colleges.

Now in its second year, Oregon Promise is a state-funded grant that helps recent high school graduates and GED recipients pay for community college tuition.

The Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) eliminated the limit on expected family contributions, so now all eligible applicants will get the grant.

It will be retroactive to students in the 2017-18 school year.

For more information about 2018-19 awarding for Oregon Promise grant, visit:

Area students shine at speech contest

Centennial High School's Tabarek Alsaood earned first place in the state speech contest in the category "Literary Interpretation for English Language Learners" and Rita Medel, a sophomore at Barlow High School, came in second.

In expository speaking, Liz and Katie Card got forth and fifth place and as a team, the Card sisters earned second in public forum debate. The Card twins, juniors, attend Metro East Web Academy and are former Barlow students.

Alyssa Ewell, a Barlow freshman, earned sixth place in oratory.

The Oregon Student Activities Association speech state championships were held April 19-21 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

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