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Where can you get lunch for your kids? Plus, Gresham-area students graduate, earn scholarships and more

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mt. Hood Comunity College

MHCC graduates 1,500 students

About 1,500 students graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in a virtual ceremony on Saturday, June 27. Because of social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and high schools had to rejigger their commencements and MHCC opted for an online event instead of the usual event held outside in the stadium.

The commencement video for the 53rd graduation featured music and speeches and lasted about 45 minutes. The college displayed names of all the graduates by department and their degrees, while "Pomp and Circumstance" played. The lists were interspersed with congratulatory messages from faculty and staff.

MHCC awarded about 40% of its degrees to folks who were the first in their families to graduate from college. The college awarded 240 associate transfer degrees, 28 auto tech certificates and three certificates in administrative office professionals, among the many degrees and certificates awarded.

Summer meals available

There are multiple locations in East Multnomah County for free grab and go meals for kids under 18 years old. Some of the sites include:

- Rockwood Boys & Girls Club, 454 S.E. 165th Ave., will have snacks available at 3:15-3:45 p.m. and supper from 3:45-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. That changes starting July 15, when pick up meals will be available 6:30-7 p.m. Families should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. toreserve a meal.

- The Salvation Army Gresham Corps, 473 S.E. 194th Ave., will have breakfast and lunch pick up from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

- The Centennial School District is providing meals at 10 sites, the David Douglas School District at four sites, Gresham-Barlow at six sites, Parkrose School District at four sites and Reynolds School District at 18 sites.

Visit for school sites and hours.

Locals graduate from Oregon Connections Academy

Oregon Connections Academy, an online public charter school, recently honored nearly 500 seniors with a virtual graduation ceremony, four of them from East Multnomah County.

Christian Cruz, Fairview, Felicity Mitchell and Elizabeth Williams from Gresham and Avery Corrigan, Troutdale, all graduated from ORCA.

Locals make CCC honor roll

Clackamas Community College announced its honor roll and president's list for the spring term and Gresham, Corbett, Troutdale and Fairview students were honored. To earn a spot on the honor roll, a student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better. For the president's list, students must have a 3.75 GPA or better.

Local students on the honor roll were:

Rizen Mayhew, Corbett; Meredith Blaklee, Fairview; and Kira Burks, Adam Christianson, Emily Edmonds, Marcus Gibson and Jose Gutierrez Cibrian from Gresham.

The president's list include the following local students:

Zachary Burres and James Evans, Fairview; Macy Burrows, Julia Colling, Geleina Chrichton, Jacob Freeman, Kody Drupicka, Weston Leabo, Ryan Lutz, Oscar Martinez-Alcocer, Jeremy Schultz, Zachary Smith, Thien Tran, Myray Wardand and Tyler Williams from Gresham; and Cameron Baldwin, Brandon Edwards, Taylor Kovach and Olivia Sievert from Troutdale.

Gresham student earns scholarship

Isis-Dominique Navarro, of Gresham, and now a student at Oregon Institute of Technology/Oregon Health & Science University, Wilsonville campus, earned a $2,000 scholarship from the Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity.

Navarro is a student in Oregon Tech/OHSU's Medical Laboratory Science program, the state's only medical lab science bachelor's program. Medical laboratory science is a health profession that provides laboratory information and services needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Alpha Mu Tau is a national organization that recognizes persons who have made outstanding professional contributions to the field of clinical laboratory science and to enhance the profession by providing scholarships to support educational endeavors.

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