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Cash for student essay contest presented


During the final Parkrose High School assembly of 2007 Jerry Guthrie counts out first prize money ($250), to Sophomore Caitlyn O’Mealy. This inaugural event was co-presented by SnowCap Community Charities and Parkrose School District.
Winners in the inaugural Guthrie Family Essay Contest for middle and high school students in the Parkrose School District have been announced.

The writing competition, co-presented by SnowCap Community Charities and the Parkrose School District, was based on the theme, “Why is volunteering in my community important?”

Longtime Parkrose resident Jerry Guthrie, in honor of his late wife, Betty, provided prize money totaling $925. Guthrie is the retired owner of Guthrie Machinery Co. in the Parkrose area.

The Guthrie family has a history of volunteerism and philanthropy in both public and community service projects, including major involvement in the Nature Conservancy.

First prize of $150 in the middle school competition went to eighth-grader Kenton Falbo. Eighth-grader Irina Litvinenko and seventh-grader Justine Shepard each received $75 for second place entries.

Five third-place awards of $25 each were presented to eighth-graders Shalee Weatherill, Kevin Lowe and Jenna Worden and sixth-graders Evelyn Perez and Juan Ramirez.

High school awards went to Sophomore Caitlyn O’Mealy, who received $250; Junior Jacquelle Davis, $150; Freshman Lily Rojas and Senior Chaleigha Lewis, $50 each.

Essays by the middle school entrants were 500 words, and the high school entries were 1,000 words. Winning essays will be printed in the monthly neighborhood newspaper the Mid-county Memo.

SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley said she hopes the essay event becomes an annual scholastic contest. “We know middle and high school students are concerned with their community and often volunteer for a variety of projects. This project offers an opportunity to make their ideas known.”

SnowCap is a faith-based, nonprofit agency that provides food, clothing, energy assistance, language instruction and advocacy for low-income families and individuals in mid and east Multnomah County.

Judges for the contest were Alley; Carolyn Schell, head librarian at the Midland branch of the Multnomah County Library; Clare and Sharon Mershon, Parkrose area residents; Doug Porter, Portland public relations consultant; Robert Edwards, retired educator with the David Douglas School District; and Lou Sohn, financial consultant, SnowCap board member, and former educator.

The winning high school and middle school essays will be printed in the August issue of the Memo.

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