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MHCC forensics student earns bronze, MHCC honor society recognized, storytime with donkeys

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Mt. Hood Community College Forensics Team member Austin Schubert recently won three bronze medals at the 2019 Phi Rho Pi National Community College Speech and Debate Tournament and Convention, held April 8–13 in Reno, Nevada. MHCC forensics team student earns bronze

Austin Schubert, a member of the Mt. Hood Community College forensics team, recently won three Bronze medals at the 2019 Phi Rho Pi National Community College Speech and Debate Tournament and Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Schubert took home bronze medals in International Public Debate Association, National Parliamentary Debate Association and National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas debate-style rounds.

He also helped the college earn a Bronze Hindman Division Debate Team Sweepstakes award in the small entry category.

Team coach and MHCC Speech instructor Shannon Valdivia was honored with the Phi Rho Pi Collie-Taylor Coach Fellowship Award, which is given to an outstanding coach from the tournament.

MHCC honor society recognized nationally

Mt. Hood Community College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently received several national distinctions for leadership and community service.

Among these recognitions, Rho Theta president Danielle Whitlock was named one of 31 Distinguished Chapter Officers at PTK Catalyst, the organization's annual international conference.

Whitlock attended PTK Catalyst 2019, held in Orlando, Florida, with her colleagues in Rho Theta: Membership Director Katie Dempsey and Fellowship Director May Tike.

The MHCC chapter achieved Five-Star status again this year, which indicates a strong and active group.

Beth Sammons, an English instructor at MHCC and Rho Theta's advisor of 17 years, was selected by PTK for a 2019 Continued Excellence Award for Advisors, one of only 20 nationwide.

Donkeys will join author at storytime

Listen to "The Wonky Donkey," by Craig Smith, and meet two real donkeys at a free storytime at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop, 43 N.W. Third St., Gresham.

Maggie Mae's books hosts local author

Gretchen McLellan will be sharing her newest books, "Button & Bundle" and "I'm Done!" at a free reading at Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop, 43 N.W. Third St., at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27.

After the stories, kiddos can make a fun craft with local author McLellan.

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