Oregon Connections Academy student Jack Haldeman gets rare USNA opportunity, dozens make Oregon State honor roll in education news for June 28-July 5

Wilsonville residents graduate from ORCA

Several students from Clackamas County recently graduated from Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA), the state's leading tuition-free virtual public charter school, including two students from Wilsonville.

Wilsonville residents Kelsey Griesenauer-Neadow and Griffin Frigaard were both part of the Class of 2017.

Nearly 450 students were included in the graduating class of 2017 and around half of the graduates attended an in-person commencement ceremony held in Salem at the State Fairgrounds earlier this month.

This was the ninth annual graduation event for Oregon Connections Academy, which graduated 45 students in 2009 for the school's first graduating class. ORCA serves around 4,000 students in grades K-12 across the state.

ORCA student participates in US Naval Academy program

Jack Haldeman, a 14-yearold eighth-grader at Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA), recently participated in United States Naval Academy's summer STEM program. Haldeman spent part of June sleeping in the barracks at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, where he took part in hands-on, real-life applications of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at world-class facilities.

Haldeman joined the Sea Cadet Corps a little over a year ago, traveling around the state learning about aviation, emergency readiness, and culinary arts. He attended recruit training, aka boot camp, petty officer leadership academy, and achieved the Academic Excellence ribbon. He was recently promoted to the rank of Seaman, completing his testing and training in the shortest time in the history of his division according to his commanding officers.

Thousands of students apply for this coveted program every spring, but only a few hundred make the final cut for each of the sessions. ORCA is the state's leading tuition-free online public charter school serving students in grades K-12 all over Oregon.

Wilsonville residents make OSU honor roll

Oregon State University announced its spring honor roll earlier in the month, including the following Wilsonville residents.

Straight-A Average: Olivia E. Kramer, senior, microbiology; Seth L. Mann, senior, chemical engineering; Amy F. Olyaei, sophomore, psychology; Keenan P. Puncocher, sophomore, political science.

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or Better: Kylee J. Allen, sophomore, kinesiology; Tristan V. Bilger, freshman, biology; Katya Campos, senior, kinesiology; Katelyn M. Conway, senior, merchandising management; Branden D. Fitzke, senior, electrical and computer engineering; Kevan W. Gahan, senior, mechanical engineering; James T. Garrard, senior, exercise and sport science; Daniel R. Goddard, junior, pre-chemical engineering; Jonathon J. Goddard, junior, biology; Rachel M. Hay-Roe, senior, accountancy; Rynn J. Hoong, senior, business information systems; Erich H. Kramer, senior, computer science; Nicole B. Laschober, senior, bioengineering; Catherine M. Lindsay, freshman, University Exploratory Studies; David A. Lindsay, senior, accountancy; Jaclyn D. Marston, sophomore, pre-business; Austin G. Miller, senior, chemical engineering; Morgan L. Miller, sophomore, political science; Spencer M. Moss, junior, pre-electrical and computer engineering; Kimberlie M. Olson, senior, exercise and sport science; Kamryn E. Rasmussen, sophomore, nutrition; Casandra N. Rowan, sophomore, pre-business; Jennifer A. Ryu, sophomore, chemistry; Megan J. Stites, senior, ecological engineering; Braden R. Vogt, senior, biology; Michael R. Wagoner, junior, pre-electrical and computer engineering; Anna R. Walter-De Perlet, sophomore, kinesiology; Kendra J. Wiegand, senior, marketing.

Residents earn honors from WOU

Jordan Daniels earned his bachelor of science degree in dance from Western Oregon University earlier this June and Steven Graves made the honor roll. Students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better to qualify.

Resident makes Augustana dean's list

Sophia Ries, a senior majoring in biology from Wilsonville, was among the 977 students named to Augustana College's 2017 spring term dean's list.

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River.

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