LOJ robotics students win Core Value Inspiration prize; Library to host Multicultural Book Day; Physicist's lecture to support Team Cancer Crushers; Two seats open on Legal Budget Committee

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego Junior High students Nick Villarino (from left), Sophia Kamsha, Gregory Park and Aaron Tsai won the first-place Core Value Inspiration Award at the 16th-annual Oregon FIRST Lego League Championship Tournament.

LOJ robotics students win Core Value Inspiration prize

Lake Oswego Junior High students Aaron Tsai, Gregory Park, Sophia Kamsha and Nick Villarino won the first-place Core Value Inspiration Award this month at the 16th-annual Oregon FIRST Lego League Championship Tournament in Hillsboro.

Team GEHI also finished seventh in the tournament's robot game competition and won the honor to compete in the final playoffs. The Hydraulic Hippies from Forest Hills Elementary School — Addison Lacis, Andrew Edelberg, Beck Hinrichs, Malina Johnson, Milo Cheesman, Noah Ha, Parker Rice and Ria Gupta — won the Young Team award.

"Students are the key to future innovation, and a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math combined with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and digital literacy are critical for success," says Courtney Martin, public affairs director at Intel, the event's title sponsor. "These are the skills gained through participation in the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program."

The event brought together 114 teams from across the state and region who advanced from regional competitions after months of hard work on all aspects on robot design, programming, project research and presentation. Each team constructed and programmed their LEGO robot to compete on various robot missions, presented research on this year's theme and demonstrated their work to three panels of judges.

The theme for this season was "Hydrodynamics" which prompted each team to tie their interest in LEGO robots to a contemporary issue. Team GEHI focused on an environmentally friendly solution to reduce plastic waste from the use of commercial water filters.

Library to host Multicultural Book Day

In honor of Multicultural Book Day, the Lake Oswego Public Library will host a special event Saturday featuring local author Carmen Bernier-Grand and other special guests.

The program is co-sponsored by LO Stronger Together, a grassroots community group that recently raised enough money to purchase multicultural books for every school library in Lake Oswego. Plenty of good books will be provided, and snacks will be available courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

The free event, which is recommended for students in grades K-5 and their families, is scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the library (706 Fourth St.).

Physicist's lecture to support Team Cancer Crushers

World-renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss will lead an interactive presentation at Lakeridge High School next month as a fundraiser for Pacers Celeste Williams and Henrik Hunt, who are competing as Team Cancer Crushers in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Students of the Year competition.

Ticket sales will support efforts by LLS to find cures for cancer and provide patient support and advocacy. The theme of the night is "Origins: From Humanity to the Cosmos."

Krauss will discuss the state of the universe and recent discoveries before exploring the topics of climate change, xenophobia and homophobia through a scientific lens. A big part of Krauss' work with The Origins Project at Arizona State University involves using science to tackle cultural conflict.

The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Lakeridge High auditorium (1235 Overlook Drive). Tickets are available online ($10 for students, $20 for adults) or at the door ($15 and $25). Learn more at

Two seats open on Legal Budget Committee

Applications are now being accepted for two positions on the Lake Oswego School District's Legal Budget Committee.

The committee, which includes members of the School Board and five citizen members, is charged with reviewing and approving the district's budget for the upcoming school year. The committee's work is typically accomplished during four or five meetings in the spring, and citizen members are appointed to three-year terms.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 9. Forms are available online at and can be returned to Cheryl Walsh via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by regular mail to Finance Department, Lake Oswego School District, 2455 Country Club Road, PO Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

— The Review

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