Two Centennial board positions open, Barlow actors win at state, Barlow biology teacher honored

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Shar Giard is resigning from the Centennial School Board after volunteering for that body for 12 years. Two board positions open at Centennial

Long-time Centennial School Board Chairwoman Shar Giard and board member Gloria Ngezaho both announced their retirements, opening two positions effective June 30.

The new directors will complete the terms of Giard and Ngezaho, which end June 2019 and June 2021, respectively.

The district said anyone interested in serving on the board can fill out a form available on the district web page. Candidates must live in the district and be registered voters.

Applications are due by Thursday, May 31.

Candidates will be interviewed at the June 6 board meeting and will be sworn in on July 11.

Clear Creek seeks escape hatch patent

The Gresham-Barlow School Board voted to clear the way for Tom Erickson and his students at Clear Creek Middle School to get a patent for an escape hatch they designed to help people get out of their homes in a flood.

The hatch is equipped with LED lights and an SOS alert system for rescuers.

The invention was one of the top 10 finalists in Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Contest and won the school $50,000 in technology equipment.

The students got to go to New York City in April to present their invention.

Barlow biology teacher honored

Tai Quirke, a biology teacher at Sam Barlow High School, was honored by the district with its excellence in teaching award for the 2017-18 school year.

The district said the most important qualification for the distinction is that the teacher excels in inspiring a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Barlow thespians win at state

Barlow High School theater students won first place in the state for their small group musical performance, "Coffee Break," from the classic "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

It was chosen to be a showcase performance for more than 1,300 students and teachers from 63 Oregon Schools. The students performing were Emma Beckers, senior; Sarah Beckers, sophomore; Savanna Newman, senior; Aubrey Nelson, senior; Emily Schneider, junior; Evelyn Whipps, sophomore and Avery White, junior.

The students participated in the April 5-7 State Thespian Festival in Salem.

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