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Candidate filings, Lincoln student honored, and David Douglas music teacher wins national spot.

Candidates file for PPS board

Eilidh Lowery, a pastor at the Sellwood Faith Community, has filed to run for the Portland Public School board for the seat currently held by Mike Rosen. Lowery graduated from the University of Arizona and South Salem High School and was secretary of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association board.

As previously reported, Shanice Clarke, program coordinator for the Pan-African Commons Student Center at Portland State University, filed for the seat held by Paul Anthony.

None of the incumbents had filed for the four open seats by press time, but candidates have until March 21 to enter the race. Ballots for the May 21 election will be mailed to voters on May 1.

Lincoln student nets national honor

Madeline Gochee from Lincoln High School has been honored with the 2019 Exemplary Student Service Award by the National Speech & Debate Association.

Gochee has taught in a program called Mission: Citizen, which helps immigrants pass the civics portion of the U.S. Citizenship Test. She's also a member of Democracy Club, which works to register teens to vote and spread civic engagement in the community. She is co-president of student government and also serves on the Teen Council of Planned Parenthood.

The Exemplary Student Service Award is given annually to a student who goes above and beyond to serve their school, community, city, region or state using skills they honed through speech and debate.

David Douglas music teacher wins national spot

Tom Muller, the associate director of bands at David Douglas High School, was elected as incoming Northwest Division region president-elect for the National Association for Music Education.

Muller will start his new duties on June 13.

The 1994 University of Oregon graduate has been a teacher for 24 years. In 2014, he was named music supervisor for the David Douglas School District.

He has served in multiple positions in the industry, including as the president of the Oregon Band Directors Association and as a member of the Oregon Music Education Association Board of Control.

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