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School news in brief

Student advances to state bee

Audrey Stone, a seventh grader at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School, has advanced to the Oregon National Geographic Bee.

This is the 25th year of the bee, hosted by the National Geographic Society and sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Schools around Oregon with fourth through eighth graders held contests to determine a school winner, and that winner took a qualifying test in the hopes of being invited to the state bee.

The geography bee will be April 5 at Western Oregon University. Students will answer questions about geographic features, continents, bodies of water and other geography-related subjects. The state winner will represent Oregon in Washington, D.C. where they will compete for a $25,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.

CGCC student a bronze scholar

Danielle VanWagner, a student at Columbia Gorge Community College, has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and provides nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion.

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

Rock concert coming to T-Dub

The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s music exploration class is putting on a free rock concert at the high school auditorium on April 5 at 7 p.m.

Retired educators offer scholarship

Mid-Columbia Unit 20 of the Oregon Retired Educators Association is offering a $750 scholarship to a third, fourth or fifth year college student (as of Sept. 2013) who aspires to become a teacher and is attending an Oregon school. For an application contact Frank Wall at 541-354-1505. Application deadline is May 1.

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