Troutdale names 'Youth of the Year'
Josh Stanfill, the valedictorian at Reynolds High School who grew up in Troutdale, was named the town's Youth of the Year.
The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce announced the honor at its annual meeting on June 13 at The Troutdale House, 411 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.
"It's feels amazing to be honored with Troutdale Youth of the Year," Stanfill said. "Having your community that you have lived your whole life in recognize you with a title like this is surreal and makes me proud."
Stanfill plans on attending Willamette University beginning in August to major in political science or economics with a minor in history.
For the past two years, Stanfill has been a member of the school's mock trial team.
He served this year as an officer for the National Honor Society. As part of that group's membership, he has organized a twice-yearly blood drive, and raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Canine Citizen of the Year
In addition to the Youth of the Year award, the city of Troutdale also will honor a canine citizen of the year.
The pooch taking that honor is Ranger, a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tracking and patrol dog.
Originally from the Netherlands, Ranger has been a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tracking and patrol dog since 2014. He trains with several law enforcement agencies and works with his partner, Deputy Todd Weber, to track down offenders.
The Youth of the Year and Canine Citizen of the Year will be honored at the 46th annual Troutdale SummerFest which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in downtown Troutdale. The SummerFest is organized by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce.
The theme of this year's SummerFest is "Travel Thru Time," and a few of the celebration's activities include a parade, live music and face painting.