The St. Paul Rodeo doled out its annual scholarships on June 3, naming two valedictorians from the local high school as the recipients.
Megan Tuck and Rachel Vela, two seniors heavily involved in extracurricular activities, each received $4,000 for their college educations.
Tuck played volleyball, basketball and softball during her time as a Buckaroo, remaining involved in Future Farmers of America, DECA and Key Club among other student and professional organizations. She did community service to qualify for the scholarship, which included helping out at youth softball and basketball clinics along with FFA road cleanups, food drives and other forms of involvement.
Vela participated in cross-country, track, basketball and softball at St. Paul. She was also in the Salem Youth Orchestra, Key Club, DECA and the Associated Student Body. For her community service, Vela made and donated fleece blankets to local hospitals, assisted in a blood drive and did volunteer work in Guatemala.
Both of the recipients are volunteers because of their participation in high school sports.
"The St. Paul High School Booster Club is responsible for manning the rodeo's parking lots and concessions stands, and Tuck and Vela have worked in both capacities since their junior high days," the release stated.
Tuck said she works three or four rodeo performances each year and likes making a difference in such an important event for her community.
"(The rodeo) is such a big part of our community," she said. "Any little piece we can do to help makes a really big difference, and that's what's important to me."
Vela said her favorite part of the rodeo is the fanfare it draws and the amount of people coming into St. Paul, along with the environment.
"Everyone in town gets really excited and is talking about the upcoming rodeo," she said. "It's cool to see how much that event means to our community. It's a focus point for our community to get behind."
Tuck will major in political science at the University of Oregon and will be part of the Clark Honors College. Vela is headed to Brigham Young University to major in exercise science.
Only two rodeo scholarships are awarded every year; one to a senior at the high school and another to the child of a rodeo association member. Tuck's mother Karen is a member, so she received that distinction this year.
Scouting information session set for Saturday
Teen studio arts on display at cultural center
Teens with an interest in the studio arts are invited to a number of events at the Chehalem Cultural Center this summer. Sixth- through 12th-grade students can participate in the sessions, which run from June 24-28 and cost $85 per session.
Morning sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon for those interested in the photography and drawing/painting studio. Afternoon sessions, from 1 to 3 p.m., include stage and theater for teens, mixed media and a ceramics wheel-throwing studio. For more information or to register, visit www.chehalemculturalcenter.org.
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