At the end of each quarter, the Mid-county Memo marks the successes of area students and athletic teams. If we missed someone, let us know—e-mail email@example.com or call 503-287-8904. When you encounter young people in this community, know you are meeting some of Portland’s best and brightest.
Mid-county student athletes excel in the classroom. The Oregon Schools Activities Association’s (OSAA) Academic All-Star program recognizes teams with a combined GPA of 3.0 or better. The boys and girls team in each OSAA‑sanctioned activity with the highest team grade point average earns the Academic All-State Award.
The David Douglas girls swim team had the highest team GPA among mid-county schools, posting a 3.77 combined GPA and placing sixth among 6A teams in the state.
Madison wrestlers landed in the top ten teams in the state with a 3.17 GPA.
These teams all had combined GPAs of 3.0 or better:
•Boys basketball—Portland Christian, 3.14; Madison, 3.08; Reynolds, 3.04
•Girls basketball—Portland Christian, 3.40; Reynolds, 3.19; Madison, 3.15; David Douglas, 3.08
•Boys swimming—Reynolds, 3.23; David Douglas, 3.08
•Girls swimming—Reynolds, 3.52
•Dance/Drill— Madison, 3.31; Reynolds, 3.08
•Cheerleading— Reynolds, 3.1
Students and teachers are working hard at Ron Russell Middle School in the David Douglas District. Forty-two students improved their GPA by 0.5 points from the first quarter to the second. These 42 hardworking students are the first recipients of Ron Russell Timberwolf SWAG (Students with Academic Growth) awards. In March, 36 students earned Student of the Month recognition for showing outstanding responsibility in their classes, and 50 students were named March Academic All-Stars for their strong commitment to their studies. The RRMS second-quarter honor roll boasts 280 names. Principal Andy Long credits his teachers and staff for “working so hard to motivate our students to learn, stretch themselves and do their best at school. I’m very proud of them.”
For the first time in 10 years, DDHS fielded a team at the regional Mock Trial competition held last month at the Clackamas County Courthouse. The Scots had a team thanks to the volunteer coaching of PSU grad student Joseph Cornett, who is a student teacher in the Secondary Dual Educator Program. Though the young team did not qualify for state, they are happy to be back in the Mock Trial competition.
Exciting things are happening in the arts department at Portland Christian. Students there won a combined total of 37 awards at the Portland Metro Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Four student artists went on to national medals. Katherine Fakashchuk and Matthew Griffith won national gold medals, and Jimin Oh and Suzanne Hollingsworth won national silver medals. Their work was chosen from thousands of entries nationwide.
Jimin Oh, a senior and international student from South Korea in her fourth year at Portland Christian, has entered the Scholastic Art Awards all four years of her high school career, winning a total of 10 gold keys, five silver keys, and three honorable mentions.
When asked about her experience with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Jimin said, “It is an exciting feeling to get recognized from other people, and [it] gives me an idea of how I am doing and ways that I can improve my artwork. Seeing other students’ work gives me inspiration for my own art.”
Here is the full slate of winners:
Katherine Fakashchuk (grade 10)—national gold medal, gold key
Matthew Griffith (grade 8)—national gold medal, gold key, honorable mention
Jimin Oh (grade 12)—national silver medal, seven gold keys, four silver keys, honorable mention
Suzanne Hollingsworth (grade 12)—national silver medal, gold key
Jack Casey (grade 12)—two gold keys
Ying (Anissa) Chak (grade 11)—gold key
Alexandria Johannesen (grade 10)—gold key
Lydia Mumford (grade 11)—gold key, two silver keys
Annie Bahr (grade 9)—gold key, silver key, honorable mention
Allison Brist (grade 9)—gold key, two honorable mentions
Jesse Lortz (grade 10)—silver key
Skylar Scott (grade 10)—silver key
Rachel Grigorchuk (grade 9)—honorable mention
Giang Huynh (grade 10)—honorable mention
Aunnah Karavias (grade 9)—honorable mention
Yahan (Ashley) Xiong (grade 11)—honorable mention
Emma Zallee (grade 9)—gold key, silver key
“Rapaccidents Happen” was created and performed by Baine Dupee, Kai Fiser, Dianna Tupper, Gabriel Messing, Leif McDowell, Oren Chhea, Alex Cano, Josh Weir, Kendall Easton, Henry Nguyen, Sara Bulger, Thomas Poupore, Erich Dettmann, Hunter Fields, Vkicki Trinh, Peter Phan, Anthony Chao, Collin Pannell, Merari Chacon-Sanchez, Tori Wyatt, Sarah Wilson, Brianna Benjamin, Elizabeth Parker and JR Sanders.
“Rewind” was created and performed by Justin Arandia, Sophia Swim, Anna Kotris, Eli Brave Hawk, Elizabeth Simkovic, Juney Prasad, Hunter Osborn, Eddie Penalver, Rohan Ravi, Mason Swinehart, Edwin Melo-Molina, Hector Amezola, Jacob Mansfield, Julia Bardocz, Shastina Hardman, Evelyn Ortiz-Vargas, Denis Cehic, Emiliano Flores and Kim Townsend.
The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. Winners had not been announced at press time. Videos can be viewed at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBhxqPsb1WYCJ7ZzEJqQMFleG.
Parkrose High art students showed their work at the annual Northwest Oregon Conference Art Festival and Competition last month. Fifteen of them earned awards. They are Annie Vong, first place, pen and ink; Elizabeth Simkovic, first place, abstract painting; Domiziano Cortese, first place, cartooning; Jordan Cody, second place, functional pottery; Yuri Catigbe, second place, drawing; Annie Ho, third place, abstract painting; Breanna Waters, third place, watercolor; Teresa Vu, third place, alternative drawing (scratchboard); Ryan Nguyen, third place, printmaking; and Nina Nguyen, third place, cartooning.
Riley Golar and Taeya Hillman-Johnson received regional finalist ribbons for their duo dramatic experienced performance at the Oregon Thespians Regional Acting Competition. Hillman-Johnson also earned a ribbon in the solo experienced category.
Last month, Parkrose boys hoops made history capturing third place in the state tournament, the highest finish for the Broncos in more than 30 years. After the Broncos posted a conference record of 7-7 and limped into the playoffs as the 14 seed of 16 teams, they made their second trip in a row to the eight-team OSAA 5A championship tournament in Corvallis by winning two roads games.
While playing without senior starters NaShawn Penney and Wilfried Likayi for most of the regular season—Penney returned to the squad for the last game of the regular season—the double overtime thriller against LaSalle the Broncos lost. Likayi, coming off a torn meniscus, was cleared to play a few games before the regular season ended, including against Milwaukie on Senior Night, and just in time for the tournament. “We were without two key players who we thought at the beginning of the year, we’d have all season, so we were up and down,” said Coach JC Alexander. “People got minutes, people got to show what they could do, and everybody at some point in time in the season contributed to our success.”
In their first play-in game to earn a spot in the tournament, Parkrose traveled to Hermiston, beating the Bulldogs 65-50. That win sent them to Springfield. They took out the third-seeded Miller’s 64-67 to advance to the championship bracket in Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State University campus.
The Broncos faced sixth-seeded Crescent Valley, dispatching them 73-59. Next up was eventual second-place finisher Churchill, out of Eugene. The Lancers dealt Parkrose an 83-66 defeat, setting up a matchup with conference rival La Salle Prep for third place. The Falcons had defeated the Broncos in two previous meetings, but with their full roster suited up, Parkrose won 76-69, claiming the third-place trophy.
Parkrose led the eight-team field in scoring offense averaging 71.7 points per game, free throw percentage (.800), steals (eight per game) and blocked shots (3.7 per game). The Broncos were second in rebounding average, with 35 boards per game, and third in assists, with 11 per game. Seniors Isaac Bonton and Wilfried Likayi were named second team all-state.
“He was nothing short of magical for us,” Alexander said of Bonton. “Between everything he did on the court, off the court. His leadership. He really took pride in the fact it was his senior year and he wanted to leave a legacy with Parkrose. Isaac and Thomas [Grant] spearheaded that and got everyone to buy in to leaving Parkrose their legacy.”
David Douglas High entered the OSAA 6A tournament seeded 14 in the 32-team field. The Scots beat South Eugene 71-64, but they were sent home by second-place Clackamas in the second round by a score of 78-63.
6A Madison High also made the field of the OSAA tournament, but they faced second-seeded and eventual third-place finisher West Linn in the first round, losing 98-45.
Columbia Christian High brought home the OSAA 2A fourth place trophy. The Knights defeated Union High out of eastern Oregon 60-37 to earn a trip to the eight-team championship bracket in Pendleton. They lost to Life Christian of Aloha 49-41 in the quarterfinals, but rebounded in the consolation bracket, beating Oakridge 65-45 and Vernonia 69-55 to earn fourth place. Senior Levi Dalzell earned second team all-state honors.
Parkrose girls struggled through a difficult season, finishing 2-12 in league play, but Jewel Boland was named third team all-league and Ayriana McKinney and Karen Alejandra Gonzalez earned honorable mentions.
Portland Christian ended the regular season with a 10-6 league record. That earned them a spot in the OSAA 2A tournament, but the Lady Royals stumbled in the first round and were sent home by Coquille 72-50.
Likewise, City Christian earned a first-round OSAA 1A playoff berth on an 11-5 league record but lost to Western Mennonite 62-38 to end its season.
The Trinity Lutheran Christian School middle school girls basketball team are undefeated for the second year in a row, winning 23 games last year and 19 wins this season, earning the Tigers back-to-back titles in Lutheran Elementary School and Metro Christian League championships.
David Douglas brought home the OSAA small co-ed second-place trophy. The Scots varsity and junior varsity squads each won their division at the Oregon Cheerleading Coaches Association championships.
Parkrose earned the OCCA third-place trophy in the varsity 5A all-girl division.
Parkrose Elite Dance Team placed fifth in the show division of the OSAA championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Ashley Cha and Sophia Nguyen were named to the all-state team. Nguyen also earned sixth place in the drill down competition.
The Parkrose boys 200-yard medley relay team, comprised of Zach Tudor, Gunnar Schlichting, Joe Lundberg and Ben McKee, swam to a second-place finish at the NWOC district meet.