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Administrators hired to fill Ontario School District vacancies

he Ontario School Board of Directors has filled three secondary administrative vacancies over the summer. In May, the retirement of Ontario Middle School associate principal Georgia Navarro, and the resignations of Ontario High School principal Patrick Royal meant two positions needed to be filled. Shortly afterwards, superintendent Dennis Carter reconfigured the district’s secondary administration and appointed LaVelle Cornwell as director of secondary education to oversee both the middle and high schools. In early July, OHS associate principal Bill Taylor resigned to accept a position in Eagle Point, Ore., leaving three positions open for the 2004-05 school year.

At the June board meeting, the board of directors approved the hiring of Jan Tschida and John McDonough. At its July meeting, the board approved the hiring of Wendy Brown to fill the last position.

Leadership at OHS now consists of Cornwell and associate principals Bret Uptmor and Tschida. Tschida has taught home economics at OHS since 1977. In 1992, she also taught alternative education classes and became alternative school coordinator in 1995.

At the middle school, leadership consists of Cornwell and associate principals George Mendoza and McDonough. McDonough retired from the district in 2003, while an associate principal at the high school. He taught social studies at OMS from 1972 to 1980 and was associate principal there from 1980 to 1985.

Brown will serve in a “floating capacity,” alternating between the two secondary schools as needed. Additionally, she will have duties in the area of language arts. Most recently, Brown had taught language arts at OMS. She taught music for two years at Alameda Elementary and before that was a third grade teacher at the school. She began her career in education in the Payette School District in 1979, teaching kindergarten, joining the staff at Ontario Public Schools in 1985. She is an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Oregon University.

“We truly could not be more pleased with the group of associate principals who will be helping LaVelle taking our secondary program to a new level,” Dr. Carter said. “This is a strong group of experienced and enthusiastic educators and we believe each person will continue to make great contributions to our educational program.”

Board chair Carl Judy reiterated Carter’s sentiment, adding, “John was principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels, Wendy has taught kindergarten through college level, and Jan has experience with both traditional and non-traditional students. This broad base of in-depth knowledge and understanding is hard to find.”

These administrators begin the 2004-2005 school year on Monday, Aug. 9. The first day of school districtwide in Ontario is Thursday, Aug. 26.

Alameda brings Italy to Ontario with spaghetti feed

Alameda School’s PTO invites Ontario area residents to think ‘Italian’ rather than ‘Irish’ on Thursday, March 17. The school will hold its annual Spaghetti Feed from 5 to 8 p.m. in the school’s gym. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund various activities and supplies for students provided by the school’s parent-teacher organization.

Alameda Principal Paul Erlebach said an attainable goal for the fundraiser is $4,000, adding that profits from the dinner will go toward an Artist in Residence, teacher classroom supplies, library books, P.E. equipment, and will help get Alameda’s Destination ImagiNation team to competition.

“We’ve had a great school year,” Erlebach said. “While the proceeds form the dinner benefit our students, we’re hoping to take the opportunity to share some of our excitement with the community at this dinner as well.”

Students are selling tickets to the dinner. Tickets are $5 each for 9th grade through adult; $3 each for children 4 years through 8th grade. Children 3 and under eat free. The meal will include spaghetti, French bread, salad, dessert, and beverage.

For more information, call Alameda School, 889-5497.

Annual concert offers ‘pop’ and ‘corn’

A long-standing tradition of the Ontario High School Music Department is to offer an end-of-the-year concert featuring popular music and corny favorites. The Ontario High School Concert Band, “Elite” Choir, and Jazz Band will present a “Popcorn Concert” Monday, May 23. The concert also will feature the Ontario Middle School bands and “Select” choir.

The concert starts with the OMS groups performing at 6 p.m. on the OHS south lawn next to Idaho Avenue. The OHS Concert Band will start at 7 p.m. This group will be playing “Swing March,” “River East Overture,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Medley of Swing.” The “Elite” Choir will start about 7:20 p.m., singing “Watermelon Man,” “Do Dut, O Sifuni Mungu,” and “Elijah Rock.” At 7:40 p.m., according to Director Skip Bicknese, the Jazz Band will roar with songs including “Centerline,” “Right Here Waiting,” ”Dancing Men,” and “Malaguena.”

The OHS Music boosters will be selling soda pop and other snack items. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the free music.

Board votes to dismiss OMS teacher in special session

ollowing an investigation by Ontario School District officials that began shortly after Sept. 29, 2004, Dr. Dennis Carter, the district’s superintendent, recommended the board of directors dismiss David Farris, as a contract teacher. In a special meeting of the Ontario School Board of Directors held Jan. 5, 2005, the board did vote to dismiss Farris, determining he had engaged in a pattern of improper behavior which violated the standards to which professional educators are held by state statute. Farris, a resident of Eagle, Idaho, had been a teacher at Ontario Middle School since August, 2001.

The investigation by OMS administrators and Personnel Director Carole Kitamura included interviews with 21 staff members, students, and other witnesses after an incident that took place at parent-teacher conferences on Sept. 29, 2004 was reported. Information yielded in the investigation was then given to a clinical psychologist for his professional opinion, and his findings were included in the information used by the Board to render a decision.

At its special meeting Jan. 5, the board voted on four different motions for dismissal of Farris, all of which passed. These included a motion to dismiss based on a violation of ORS 342.865(1)(b) Immorality; of ORS 342.865(1)(d) Neglect Of Duty, Including Duties Specified By Written Rule; ORS 342.865(1)(g) Inadequate Performance; and of ORS 342.855(1)(a) Inefficiency.

"As we have said in many other instances, the Ontario School District board and administration are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for both students and staff members," Supt. Carter said. "While we are saddened by Mr. Farris’s actions, we are grateful for the concern and dedication of our staff members who first called this situation to our attention and hope to put this behind us as we get on with the task of educating Ontario’s children."

Cairo School readies for annual chili feed

February is just around the corner and that means it’s time for the annual Cairo School Chili Feed. This year’s event will be held Thursday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cairo Elementary School, 531 Hwy. 20-26.

Organizers again will offer chili, salad, beverage, and dessert to event-goers. Adult tickets are $5. Tickets for children kindergarten through the 8th grade are charged $3. Preschoolers may eat free of charge.

The school held a contest, inviting students to draw something having to do with the chili feed. These graphics would then appear on tickets sold for the event. This year’s winners are Juan Hernandez, whose artwork appears on the student ticket, and Hailee Turner, whose artwork is featured on the adult ticket. The artwork of Miranda Bourasa appears on the complimentary tickets given to sponsors of the event.

Cairo School parents and staff have served bowls of chili to the community for 45 of the past 47 years. For more information, or for tickets, please call Cairo School at 889-5745.

Class of 1985 plans reunion

f time flies when you’re having fun, the past 20 years must have been a blast for members of the Ontario High School Class of 1985, who will celebrate their 20-year reunion June 17-18. Classmates interested in attending, or updating their contact information, may log-on to the Ontario School District’s website. For more information, classmates also may contact Laura (Stevenson) Compton.

A schedule of events includes play time at Shadow Butte Golf Course on June 17. Cost is $18 for 18 holes, $15 for 9 holes, and carts are $4.50 per 9 holes. Individuals or groups may schedule their own tee times by calling the golf course, 541-889-9022. A social get-together will follow at the golf course beginning at 6 p.m.

Organizers said events on June 18 begin at 9:45 a.m. with light refreshments and a tour of the high school, as well as a group photo. Classmates can meet in the Commons (the former auditorium). The group photo will be taken out front by the tiger, weather permitting (otherwise on the bleachers in the gym). Photos can be ordered at $5 each. From noon until 2 p.m., participants can enjoy a potluck and barbecue at Ontario Lions Park. Each family is asked to bring a dish or dessert, signing up on online. The meat and beverages will be provided. Cost for the barbecue caterer is to be determined. The evening will conclude with a dinner and dancing for adults only at the Holiday Inn, from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Cost is to be determined.

College Planning 101: Parents, students invited to college fair

How does a high school student interested in a particular university arrange a campus visit? What are the application deadlines for admission and financial aid? How safe is the college campus your student is considering? What are some advantages of attending community college? The answers to these questions can be found at the Idaho-Oregon Border College Fair, Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 12 to 6 p.m., at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.

Fair-goers can meet with representatives from nearly 60 four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, branches of the military (recruiters, ROTC, academies), and from technical institutes throughout the duration of the fair. A keynote speech, "Making Education Count," will be presented twice during the fair, at 1 p.m., and at 4:30 p.m.

“Informational sessions are scheduled in half-hour segments, with three sessions on different topics taking place at the same time,” said OHS counselor David Hopper, “so participants need to do some planning prior to the fair.”

Among the presentations scheduled: "Meeting Challenges of the Future," "Testing - The ACT and SAT," "First in My Family to Attend College," "Service Academics and ROTC Scholarships," "Searching for Scholarships," "Pro-Technical Education For You," "Financial Aid," "Admission to "Ivy League Schools” and "Preparing the High School Athlete for College."

Counselors from area high schools will be on hand to visit with students from their schools. These schools, which are sponsoring the college fair, include Sharon Schaaf from Adrian; Barbara Martell from Nyssa; Dana Armstrong and David Hopper from Ontario; Lisa O'neil from Fruitland; Cheryl Morris from Parma; Margie Clevenger and Kate Alvarado from Payette; Lisa Barras from Vale; Tambra Gaskins from New Plymouth; and from Weiser High, Dave Shirts and Loretta Bradley. During the fair, there will be a drawing for two college scholarships, one for an Oregon student, and one for a student residing in Idaho.

Colleges, universities, technical schools, and armed forces recruiters scheduled to participate are listed below. With the exception of the military representatives, they will be located in alphabetical order in the Malheur River Room, Snake River Room, and the Owyhee River Room (main section) of the Cultural Center.

Air Force
Air Force ROTC
Air Force Academy
Army National Guard
Albertson College of Idaho
Art Institute of Seattle
Blue Mountain Comm. College
Boise State University
Central Oregon Comm. College
Central Washington University
Chaminade U. of Honolulu
College of Southern Idaho
DeVry Institute
Eastern Oregon University
Eastern Washington University
George Fox College
Gonzaga University
Great Basin College
Idaho State University
Lewis and Clark College, Oregon
Lewis-Clark State College, Idaho
Linn-Benton Comm. College

Montana State University
Montana Tech
North Idaho College
Northwest Christian College
Northwest Nazarene University
Oregon State University/Ag Program
Portland State University
Rocky Mountain College
Treasure Valley Comm. College
University of Alaska/Fairbanks
University of Alaska/Anchorage
University of Great Falls
University of Hawaii/Manoa
University of Idaho
University of Montana
University of Portland
Warner Pacific College
Weber State University
Weber State Univ./Automotive
Western Baptist College
Western Montana College
Western Oregon University
Whitworth College

For more information, area students and parents may contact their high school counselors.

Contemporary author Gary Soto to visit OHS, TVCC, BSU

Being an author is not just one job, it’s many for Gary Soto who penned Baseball in April, Buried Onions, Jesse, and Chato’s Kitchen. According to Soto, who has been putting his thoughts on paper for 25 years, his task is to write well; good enough so that the reader is hungry to read some more.

“I remember the first book I read - To Sir with Love - that afterwards I really was sad when it came to the last page,” Soto said. “I like to write so young people have that ‘Gee, I wonder if there’s another book like that in the library’ feeling.”

Soto, the author dozens of poems, short stories, and novels, will visit the Treasure Valley later this month. He will speak to students at Boise State University the afternoon of Nov. 16, later visiting with Treasure Valley Community College students and interested community members at 7 p.m. in the Owyhee and Snake River rooms at Four Rivers Cultural Center. The presentation is free to the public. The following day, Nov. 17, he will speak to students at Ontario High School.

Soto said several teachers at Ontario High School know his work inside and out and he is looking forward to visiting students and staff there. They, too, are looking forward to meeting him. Martha Hernandez-Chappel’s class is familiar with his poems because three of them are featured in their reading textbook, High Point. Verla Holton’s students also know Soto’s work because his essay, The Jacket appears in the English textbook, Mexican-American Literature. The students also reviewed last month’s issue of Scholastic Scope magazine in which Soto and his play, Novio Boy, were highlighted over eight pages. In fact, Holton, Hernandez-Chappel, and OHS English teacher Lola Booth are all long-time instructors who have used Soto’s books throughout their education careers.

“As part of our Title III grant, we purchased many, many books and one of our goals was to have students meet some authors,” Holton, an English teacher, said. “We met Viola Canales and Luis Rodríguez last year and just last month had Dr. Gloria Velásquez visit. The first year of the grant, folk literature writer Juan Sauvageau spoke to us. We are very excited to have Gary Soto coming to Ontario. He is a very well-known writer.”

Soto may be a well-known writer today, but it wasn’t always well-known to him that he would be a writer.

“I felt as if I were a writer from a young age,” Soto said, adding with a smile in his voice, “Although for many years I felt I could write, there was no evidence of it.”

When he was a college student at Fresno State University in the early 1970s, Soto was officially bitten by the writing bug. Poetry was his favorite genre, and he was influenced by the work of many poets including Pablo Neruda, Charles Simic, W.S. Merwin, and James Wright. How does Soto hope to bring poetry to young people today? In the same way it came to him.

“By writing well. I have to engage the reader,” Soto said. “If the work is inaccessible or vague, it’s less inviting. My task is to provide a very strong reason for reading.”

Over the years, Soto has provided readers with many reasons for opening his books. Much of his work is set in the agricultural valley of Fresno, Calif., where Soto was raised. His written work features many references to seemingly mundane things such as dogs, fruit and everyday teenagers just hanging out.

“For me, there are a lot of things like dogs or sunlight - elements of the world that are generally considered the lowly things of life,” Soto reflected. “I remember these things from my childhood and they get into my work.”

In addition to being an author and poet, Soto is dedicated to today’s youth. He and his wife Carolyn have created several scholarships and he speaks to young people whenever possible. He serves as Young People's Ambassador for California Rural Legal Assistance and the United Farm Workers of America.

“I think my work’s pretty good and ought to be explored, but for most young people, reading is seen as boring; literature is a seemingly passive activity,” Soto said. “There’s a gaudiness of things like snowboarding and skateboarding, music and fashion - these aren’t bad things, but one of my tasks is to convince young people that reading is not a bad thing, either.”

When told that Ontario was the Onion Capital of the World, Soto was asked to highlight his book Buried Onions which is set to become a motion picture in 2005.

“It’s a metaphor,” Soto explained. “Underneath Fresno, there’s another layer. It’s kind of disturbing, but engaging. Readers are taken by literature that pulls at their heart strings. It’s a metaphor; we’re not doing well in life, and it’s making us cry.”

The author of 10 poetry collections for adults , dozens of essays, and numerous poems also has been the recipient of several literary awards. Could he have a favorite among his own work?

“I do, I think. Jesse,” Soto said. “It’s about farm-workers studying at a community college. There’s a tone in it that I just got right.”

Community members interested in learning more about author Gary Soto may go to his website.

Fall parent-teacher conferences set this week

With nearly six weeks of schoolwork and progress to review, students and parents in the Ontario School District will meet with classroom teachers this week for conferences. There will be “no school” for elementary students on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 30, and Oct. 1. Ontario Middle School and Ontario High School will be dismissed early on Thursday. Students at OMS will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, with OHS students dismissed at 11:20 a.m. that day. Buses will run at those times. With younger students out of school for two days, drivers are urged to exercise caution while the warmer weather keeps children outdoors on bikes and scooters on those days.

“Each school is holding conferences at slightly different times, but the purpose for conferences is the same at all schools,” said Superintendent Dennis Carter. “These meetings are opportunities for parents to ask questions about what their children are learning, and about teachers’ expectations. Parents also can learn what they can do at home to help their children academically.”

Dr. Carter added that “Conferences this early in the school year also give both parents and teachers a chance to help students set goals.”

All elementary schools will hold Scholastic Book Fairs in conjunction with conferences. These fairs give parents the chance to purchase inexpensive books to encourage reading at home. Sales also provide each school with free books and discounts on Scholastic books.

FFA students have flowering hanging baskets for sale

The Ontario High School FFA Chapter will hold its annual Hanging Basket Plant Sale May 26- June 2 (or until all baskets are gone) at the greenhouse located behind the Vo-Tech building at OHS.

According to FFA advisors Les Linegar and Roger Watkins, students have 80 beautiful flowering hanging baskets for sale, in six different varieties. The FFA chapter is selling these baskets for $12 each. Basket purchases will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"The public is always supportive of our fund-raising efforts," Watkins said. "We encourage those wanting to put some color into their lives this summer to come out and support the FFA while getting a beautiful flowering hanging basket."

Fourth Nine Quarter OMS Honor Students Named

The faculty and administration at Ontario Middle School have announced the Fourth Quarter Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 school year. A grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 earns a student “Highest Honors.” “High Honors” go to those students earning a GPA of between 3.5 to 3.74, and “Honors” are awarded to those students with a GPA of between 3.25 and 3.49.

Sixth Grade - Highest Honors

  • Karissa Adams, Alma Barba, Katie Cummings. Joshua Doman, Leila Feibert, Kelli Findley, Valerie Gallegos, Ashley Gibbons, Casey Gillette, Jazmine Gordillo, Kaila Hendon, Katie Hendon, Holly Hopkins, Ericka Johnson, Ryan Kee, Catriona Merrell, Brian Navarrete, Ryan Ronneburg, Dulce Sanchez, Melissa Buhlinger, Jason Buttice, Vianca Carrillo, Carmen Corona, Enrique Cruz, Yasmine Elamry, Amber Fillman, Kelsey Nein, Paola Robles, Hayley White, Ren Wilson, Eduardo Lopez, Sandra Monreal, Ravi Patel, and Kiley Shipley.

Sixth Grade - High Honors

  • Candace Diedrich, Rick Falk, Sharianne Hart, Jeanette Herrera, Jonathan Hovey, Myriah Saldivar, Austin Smith, Berenice Trapero, Bethany Wilson, Henry Christiani, Troy Henricks, Chyanne McGraw, Cody Spang, Jorden Ceniga, Chase Cruickshank, Joelle Dayhoff, José Hernández, Amanda Martin, Donavin Mobley, Vernadina Navarrete, Ali Patton, Luke Rines, Antonio Trejo, Adela Magana, Isabel Mendez, Annicka Olsen, Kenneth Rivera, Brady Sheppard, Junior Verdin, and Lestat Wilder-Acol.

Sixth Grade - Honors

  • Jesse Almaraz, Austin Benjamin, Yolanda Cano, Kenya Garcia, Leslie Gonzalez, Jesus Jacuinde, Carmen Mendez, Teresa Noah, Sara Olsen, Karen Rodríguez, Rubi Rojas, Chelsea Stamper, Cheyanne Tyler, Kristina Henderson, Callan Weeks, Anthony Barron, Keiton Gill, Daniel Hernández, Issaic Peña, Maricela Ramírez, Jace Salutregui, and Mariah Strobeck.

Seventh Grade - Highest Honors

  • Matthew Anthony, Ethan Branom, Erika Cid Gonzalez, Chase Fields, Aimee Fritsch, Amelia Harrington, Daniel Heninger, Justine Maeda, Shawna McAvoy, Gustavo Morales, Samuel Plummer, Bellinda Ramirez, Adam Roberts, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Gloria Serrano, Michael Shupert, Allison Yano, Miren Urrea, Sara Bond, Carly Ethington, Ryan Griffin, John Hamman, Erika Hopper, Riley Horn, Derek Johnson, Kaylee Kittleson, Amber Lowrance, Francisco Machuca, Marcus Marines, Andra Martarano, José Martinez, Chaz Nakamura, Berenise Nuñez, Brady Oakes, Cynthia Pérez, Hayley Reever, Miguel Rios, Anne Stults, David Toth, Meganne Garner, and Ashley Hagon.

Seventh Grade - High Honors

  • Emmanuel Arizmendi, Amanda Espinoza, Nicholas Harris, Nico Martinez, Clyde Webb, Cameron Wharton, Alexander Todd, Gracia Erlebach, Ken Frahm, Marianna Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Jessica Gastelum, Nubia Gonzalez, Kami Henricks, Matthew Martin, Joshua Mejia, Oscar Ramírez, Perla Ramírez, Kortnie Shipley, and Jessica Troester.

Seventh Grade - Honors

  • Kendra Babcock, Juan Bernardino, Aminta Díaz, Jhana Easly, Jace Eyre, Adam Kolbaba, Jordan Lang, Rajesh Patel, Bianca Valenzuela, Briana Velasquez, Jackelyn Castellon, Courtney Clements, Jerry Craft, Derek Dittli, Nicholas Holling, Seri Kimball, Marc Risenmay, Amanda Wilson, and Sara Torruellas.

Eighth Grade - Highest Honors

  • Christine Babij, Kimberly Boyd, Betsaida Chávez, Isabel Feibert, Amanda Helliwell, Eva Hime, Sean Igarashi, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Michelle Kameshige, Jessica Martin, Ryan Nagaki, Allie Osborn, Angelica Pérez, Emily Price, Christopher Ransom, Anthony Troester, Hayley Tucker, Matthew Barba, Sonia Contreras, Robert Keyes, Samuel McMillen, Amber Miller, Matthew Owens, Christopher Paulsen, Jacob Turner, José Becerril, Jesus Lujan, Manuel Mendez, and Justin Whinery.

Eighth Grade - High Honors

  • Keri Coley, Kara Gallagher, Chelsea Kee, Roxana Monreal, Matthew Rankin, Meghan Schram, Nicholas Aldred, K. C. Johnson, R. J. Olsen, Brittany Palmer, Sonya Flores, Jordan Barnett, Lucas Christiani, Erica Herrera, Cristina Jaramillo, Jordan Martinez, Estelvina Martinez-Rios, Colbee Ennis, Alexis Martinez, Marena McGraw, and Salvador Sanchez.

Eighth Grade - Honors

  • Alma Corona, Leah Deiter, Alana Grimaldo, Sydney Jochim, Tyler Murphy, Ricardo Navarrete, Alicia Olsen, Alexa Shartner, Amber Smith, Micaela Zarate, Daisy Bernardino, Jasmin Fraga, Maria Pérez, Samuel Rines, Nayeli Sánchez, Amelia Turner, Danielle Cox, Anali Escobedo, Mari E. Garcia, Katherine Hiatt, Tyler Hunt, Rachel Roberts, and Nephi Tolman.

Fundraisers on tap for Cairo School DI teams bound for global finals

The fund-raising continues for two teams of fifth graders from Cairo Elementary School who qualified to attend the Global Finals of Destination ImagiNation, one of the world's largest extra-curricular creativity and problem-solving programs for youth of all ages. The teams traveled to Corvallis in early April to compete at the state level in two different categories. Having won top honors at the state level, the teams are now working to raise the money needed to participate in Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in late May.

Saturday, April 30, the teams will hold a car wash at the Farmer’s Supply Co-op on Southwest Fourth Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cars will be washed on a donation basis with all proceeds going to the teams.

The two DI teams will hold a Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction at Boulevard Grange Saturday, May 7. Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Hwy. 201. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. Donations will be accepted at the door. Donations for the auction are appreciated and will be accepted prior to May 7.

There are thousands of participants in 47 U.S. states, 15 countries and Canadian provinces participating annually in Destination ImagiNation. Teams from each of Ontario School District’s elementary schools and Ontario Middle School participate in the program.

Got Milk? OHS senior earns ‘Milk Mustache’ honor

Joseph James “J.J.” Anthony, an Ontario High School senior, has been chosen as one of 25 winners of the 8th annual "Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year" (SAMMY) 2005 Award Program. Anthony was selected from a pool of nearly 72,000 students, according to OHS counselor David Hopper.

As a Milk Moustache winner, Anthony will receive a $7500 college scholarship, a trip to Walt Disney World, and an opportunity to be pictured in a special congratulatory Milk Mustache ad in a June 2005 edition of USA TODAY, Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine.

SAMMY winners were chosen based on five criteria: academic performance, athletic excellence, leadership, community service and the milk experience essay. Preliminary judging was conducted by a qualified group of educators and coaches who selected the 75 semi-finalists. Then up to three finalists were chosen from each of the 25 Milk Prize Regions. Finally a panel of celebrity judges including Jason Kidd, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Brad Johnson, Michelle Kwan and Andy Roddick selected the final winners.

Anthony is exceptionally active in high school athletics, having lettered in football, wrestling, and track. Additionally, he is involved in FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, the Paintball Club, band, choir, and leadership, among other student organizations. The honor student has earned his Certificate of Initial Mastery, and is a member of the National Honor Society, and was named “Outstanding Musician.” Anthony has held a number of offices while a student at OHS, including Student Body President, Junior Class President, Jazz Band President and Vice President, and FFA Vice President and Secretary as well as Sergeant-at-Arms for the Boys Rally Association.

Following graduation from OHS, Anthony will head to Philadelphia where he plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania. His proud parents are Charlie and Wendy Anthony of Ontario.

ISU physics prof promises show filled with booms and bangs

The term “demonstration” can bring wood carving or kitchen knives to mind. Students, parents and community members who attend the Demonstration Road Show, however, will see exciting scientific experiments including the "Vortex Cannon," and the "Flaming Tornado."

Dr. Steve Shropshire of Idaho State University will present a science demonstration show titled "States of Matter" free of charge and open to the public on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the Tiger Gym at Ontario Middle School. The show will feature the "55-Gallon Steel Drum Crush," an "Artificial Geyser," and other demonstrations. Although all ages are welcome, Shropshire warns there will be some loud noises, which may be startling to young children.

The demonstration show, funded by the American Physical Society and Idaho State University, is celebrating the 2005 World Year of Physics. More information on the 2005 World Year of Physics, is available at World Year of Physics 2005.

Looking for a perfect plant; think Ontario FFA

The Ontario FFA chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale Tuesday, May 10, at the greenhouse behind the Vo-Tech Building on the Ontario High School campus. Ontario FFA students have 190 beautiful flowering hanging baskets, available in six different varieties, according to assistant FFA advisor Roger Watkins. The baskets sell for $12 each. Those interested, who cannot make it to the high scool on Tuesday, may contact Watkins at 889-5309, ext. 278.

Malheur ESD, Employment Department sponsor local career fair

High school students throughout Malheur County will have the opportunity to learn more about a variety of occupations and the education or training needed for them on May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. The Malheur Education Service District and the Oregon Department of Employment are con-sponsoring the career fair.

The fair will feature seven different areas of interest. Community members and other representatives will be on hand to speak to students about occupations in arts and communication; business and management; natural resource systems; human resources; health services; industrial and engineering systems; as well as the U.S. military. In addition to exhibit-style booths, individual presenters will speak at three different times.

Students will have the opportunity to hear from one of four presenters during the first session, 9:30 to 10 a.m. A trooper from the Idaho State Police will present “Careers with Idaho State Police.” Darlene Townsend, Northwest Nazarene University, will talk about, “What it takes to be a College Professor,” and will address counseling education. Ron Haidle, Malheur Federal Credit Union, will speak to the topic of “Career Training for Finance and Banking.” Presenting “Veterinary Medicine as a Career,” will be Dr. Erin Robinson, Four Rivers Veterinary Clinic.

The second session, from 10:30 to 11 a.m., will again feature four speakers, from which students can choose to listen. Scott Trainor, Ontario City Manager, will present, “What it Takes to Work for the City.” Commercial pilot Jack Fields will talk about “Military and Civilian Aviation Careers.” Suzanne Gruber, Holy Rosary Medical Center, will address “Careers in a Health Care Setting,” and Doug Williams, Treasure Valley Paramedics, will provide an “Introduction to a Career as an Emergency Medical Technician.”

A presentation by Kent Fife, club trainer, and Keri Rock, aerobic instructor, both from Fit for Life Health Club, will be one of four choices from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Craig Bronson, AFLAC Insurance, will answer the question, “What Makes the AFLAC Duck so Popular?” Malheru County Sheriff Andy Bentz will talk about “Preparing Oneself for a Future in Public Safety,” and Terry Buster of Lifeways Behavioral Health, will explain “What Being a Counselor is all about.”

The fourth and final session will feature local dentist Jay Wettstein talking about “Dental Career Opportunities.” A presentation titled, “Career Opportunities in Nursing,” will be given by Virginia Tucker, the director of nursing for Pioneer Place in Vale. Snake River Correctional Institution’s public information officer, Amber Campbell, will address, “What SRCI is Looking for in an Employee.” The fourth speaker during this session will be Len McCurdy of Edwards & Cummings Engineering who will give students an “Introduction to Engineering.”

“We have about 60 community members who will participate in this career fair,” said David Hopper, OHS counselor and an organizer of the event. “Each will be explaining to inquiring students what training and education they need to prepare for jobs in that field, as well as explain what influenced them to choose that occupation.”

Booths also will feature visual aids, with some featuring demonstrations of workplace activities in particular industries.

Mollahan, Civitans present annual Mary Kay Awards

Kay Mollahan, along with members of the Treasure Valley Civitans, presented the 12th annual Mary Kay Award and certificates to those nominated from each school. Each May at the district’s school board meeting, these honors are presented to students in the Ontario School District who despite special needs, have made great strides. Mollahan and her husband, Joe, created the award as a memorial to their daughter, Mary Kay, who was a child with special needs.

This year’s nominees for the award included Crystal Midthun, Ontario High School; Ericka Cota, Ontario Middle School; May Roberts; Taber Bartus, Alameda; Cheynne Carter, Cairo; Caleb Stephens, May Roberts; and Kristin Richardson, Pioneer. Richardson was named the winner of the 2003-2004 Mary Kay Award. At the meeting, accepting a traveling trophy in her honor was Pioneer School principal Andrew Kovach.

Richardson’s classroom teacher, Penny Roundtree, had this to say about her honored pupil: “One of Kristen’s strengths this year has been her ability to write neatly. This is an amazing accomplishment from what she was able to do in the fall. She has used her improved writing skills on her spelling tests throughout the year, and it is evident she has been practicing her spelling lists because her scores are usually 82 to 100 percent!”
Ontario High School’s nominee, Crystal Midthun, also earned repeated praise from her teachers.

“Im not sure where to start,” said science teacher Jennifer Mitchell. “She has been dedicated to SMILE (Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences) all year. She is planning for her future and not letting setbacks affect her ability to move forward.”

Glenda Eubanks, Midthun’s junior English instructor, said, “She entered my class last year afraid to write and afraid she was not capable of doing a good job. She left writing some pretty good stuff and enjoying writing about things she liked. I am very proud of her for working hard, and for her accomplishments.”

OHS Support Specialist Margaret Gabica said it was her pleasure to nominate Midthun. “Crystal’s education has been like the tender seed who found its way through the crack in the jagged rocks, to grow and blossom into rich and vibrant colors. She is her own unique inspiration to us all.”

Ontario Middle School’s nominee, Erica Cota, also was nominated for the great strides she made in her education, and for accomplishing several goals.

“Five buildings covering two square city blocks comprise the OMS campus,” explained Sue Bolen, OMS Support Specialist. “When Ericka enrolled in sixth grade, she was required to know where three of these buildings were and to follow a time schedule, which was extremely difficult for her. Then a different Ericka began to emerge as another student befriended Ericka and offered to escort her from class to class.”

Bolen said that by the end of the year, when pulled out for special instruction, her student was asking how soon she could go back, instead of how long she could be gone!

“By her seventh grade year, Ericka was comfortably attending all core classes for at least a portion of each class period,” Bolen said. “She was so successful in her home economics class; Ericka did as well, if not better, than any other student in the class. She even served as a tutor for someone else!”

Cheynne Carter, Cairo’s nomination for the Mary Kay Award, began kindergarten frustrated and disruptive. When he began working with Cairo Support Specialist Sherry Lane in the fall of 2003, he began to accomplishment great things.

“Cheynne has had 99 percent good behavior from September, 2003, through April, 2004,” Lane said. “In fact, Cheynne has become a wonderful role model for other children at Cairo who are having difficulties with behavior. He is a very thoughtful, caring child who is eager to learn and succeed.”

Caleb Stephens was May Roberts Elementary’s nomination. Support Specialist Gina Kemble said Stephens started kindergarten with many difficulties. Focusing on his strengths, which included being a very visual learner, teachers helped him to learn the alphabet and print the letters. “Soon, he was able to write his favorite word: Godzilla!”

“Caleb has made tremendous gains this year,” Kemble said. “I am looking forward to the years ahead and the achievements of which he is capable!”

Mrs. Mollahan said that as in past years, she was very pleased with this year’s nominations.

“How gratifying it is each spring to see what these students have accomplished,” she said. “They set goals, work hard, and make great strides. We congratulate them not only on being nominated by their schools, but on the personal gains they have made during this school year.”

The Treasure Valley Civitans, a service organization dedicated to helping those with disabilities, have been involved in the presentation of the award since its first year, 1992.

OHS athletes honored for academic achievement

Three Ontario High School fall sports teams have been named Oregon State Athletic Association Academic All-Stars. Students on each team received a pin touting their accomplishment.

According to OHS Athletic Director Trever Wilson, athletic directors throughout Oregon submit the grade point averages of all members of varsity teams. The OSAA recognizes the 10 teams with the highest average GPA.
"Having three of our fall athletic teams earn this honor is quite an accomplishment," Wilson said. "Being a good student is hard work, and being an athlete is hard work. To excel at both is impressive and we should be very proud of these student athletes.”

Both the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams, and the Boys Soccer team each qualified for Academic All-Star status.

Girls Cross Country: Senior Angela Hamman; Juniors Sarah Bench, Stephanie Montgomery, Kazia Wetzel, and Kelsey Wetzel; Sophomores Kristen Hamman and Jennifer Jaramillo.

Boys Cross Country: Seniors Riley Frisby, Matthew Roberts, and Josh Trenkel; Juniors David Peterson and Ben Lzicar.

Boys Soccer: Seniors Jacob Blaylock, Kyle Doman, Matt Sesker, Colby Eyre, Greg Marlin, Paul Chiara, Michael Maeda, Tyler David, and Jamie Contreras; Juniors Mitch Oakes, Jose Garcia, A.J. Risenmay, and Adam Mendiola; and Sophomore Brendon Collins.

OHS graduate Pobanz earns scholarship

Best Buy Children’s Foundation has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Hannah Pobanz, a 2005 graduate of Ontario High School. Pobanz is the daughter of Kris and Deanna Pobanz and plans to attend Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in the fall.

Pobanz, who presently serves as president of the National Honor Society and president of the Future Business Leaders of America at OHS, has also been a member of the varsity tennis team all four years of high school. In addition to school activities, Pobanz serves on the City of Ontario’s Youth Advisory Committee. The well-rounded scholar-athlete cites “art” as her favorite school subject, and was presented with the Sophomore Art Award in 10th grade, and the Junior Art Award the following year. She was a member of the 1st-place State Girls Tennis Team in 2004 and 2005. This outstanding involvement in OHS activities is in addition to having earned a 3.87 grade point average while in high school, consistently qualifying for placement on the highest honor roll.

This year, Best Buy Children’s Foundation, through its partnership with Scholarship America, awarded more than $2 million to graduating high school seniors across the country. More than 1,300 students overall will receive a scholarship valued from $1,000 to $2,000. Scholarships are awarded to students who volunteer time to their communities, excel in academics, participate in extra-curricular activities, and are entering or attending an accredited U.S. university, college, or technical school, a Foundation spokesperson said.

OHS Marching Band prepares to do battle

Residents living near Ontario High School’s campus won’t hear war whoops the evening of Monday, Oct. 11, but they will be able to hear the sounds of competition nonetheless as the annual Battle of the Marching Machines gets under way at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The community is invited to turn out to support these OHS musicians and flag team members as they and 14 other schools compete for awards and bragging rights.

In his 11th year as OHS Music Director, Skip Bicknese, himself a former OHS music student, is excited about another great competition. Sponsored by Greif’s Music, Coca-Cola, Cavalcade USA, the Argus Observer, KSRV Radio, Red Apple Store, Cellular-One, Dance Extreme Studio, Boise State University’s Blue Thunder Marching Band, and the OHS Music Boosters, the evening should provide fantastic formations and marvelous music by some terrific teenagers.

“OHS alumnus Doug Davis donates his time to do the announcing,” Bicknese said. “And, David Wells, director of the BSU Blue Thunder Marching Band does the judging gratis. We are grateful for the support the music program receives.”

Parma Middle School kicks off the competition at 6 p.m. followed by Homedale High School at 6:12 p.m.; Cambridge HS at 6:24 p.m.; Hermiston HS at 6:36 p.m.; Middleton HS at 6:48; Kuna HS at 7 p.m.; Weiser HS at 7:12 p.m.; Mt. Home HS at 7:24 p.m.; La Grande HS at 7:36 p.m.; Payette HS at 7:48 p.m.; Ontario HS at 8 p.m.; Skyview HS at 8:12 p.m.; Burley HS at 8:24 p.m.; two-time winner Caldwell HS at 8:36 p.m.; and six-time champ Fruitland HS at 8:48 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 9 p.m.

Cost to see the Battle of the Bands is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens. Family admission is just $10. OHS Music Boosters will be selling refreshments as well. For more information, contact Bicknese at Ontario High School, 889-5309.

OHS releases first semester honor roll

Ontario High School has released its honor roll for the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year. Students may qualify for the honor roll in three categories of grade point averages: 3.25-3.49, 3.50-3.74, and 3.75-4.00. Eligibility is based on enrollment in five credited classes which receive a letter grade. Alternative classes, Work Experience, Job Development, and Teacher’s Aide are credited classes but do not receive a letter grade. Religious Release Time, and Home Release are not credited classes.

Freshmen 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

  • Britany Babcock, Jaylene Bruner, Bailey Campbell, Denali Cox, Abby Dominick, Erica Hartman, Jacob Haueter, Christine Hovey, Chase Iida, Cameron Iseri, Megan Kee, Tia Linford, Bradley McGowan, Matthew Monroe, Michael Navarrete, Stephanie O’Connor, Michelle Peterson, Ashley Plaza, Levi Roberts, Grant Saito, Rena Shereck, Brittnie Shigeta, Kaitlin Spokas, and Sam Uyeki.

Freshmen 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

  • Monica Adams, Sara Barrett, Rushi Bhakta, Kristi Buck, Sebastian Ceniga, Nicholas David, Shanna Doman, Kasi Farley, Robert Findley, Mirza Jacinto, Matthew Mauney, Janna McElravy, Jessica Meza, Chelsea Skeen, Cristobal Urrea, and Molly Walters.

Freshmen 3.25 - 3.49 GPA

  • Jenafer Crofts, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Roberto Gamboa, Omar Gutierrez, Krista Holloway, Marina Hopman, Amy Lopez, Venessa Machuca, Kathy Moreno, Nicholas Rock, Rachel Solis, Nickolas Sullivan, and Victor Vasquez.

Sophomores 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

  • Amber Anderson, Stephanie Babij, Jaclyn Cascio, James Deonier, Andrea Guerri, Chad Haidle, Kristen Hamman, Mary Hoots, Scott Marlin, Andres Navarrete, Chelsey Ronneburg, Tasha Tolman, Christina Torres, Renee Trainor, Sarah Wharton, and Kayla Yano.

Sophomores 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

  • Cody Ables, Tara Alvarado, Tommy Baker, Denise Conant, John Dalton, JT Davis, Tia Flores, Anilu Gonzalez, Holly Houston, Jennifer Jaramillo, Mark Laney, Keila Nelson, April Patton, Maribel Ramirez, Belinda Reyes, Michael Shoaee, Crystal Travis, and Dexter Yee.

Sophomores 3.25 - 3.49 GPA

  • Miguel Barba, Brendon Collins, Chris Cox, Jessica Martinez, Rebecca McDannel, Lance Pounds, Samantha Stone, Jermina Uribe, and Caralea Wood.

Juniors 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

  • Scott Alward, Allison Barba, Daniel Barker, Sara Bench, Katie Beaubien, Robert Bielawski, Kyrey Blaylock, Paige Burzota, Rachel Clason, Samantha Elliott, Vanessa Gomez, Jerrimi Hofmann, Chelsey Iida, Elizabeth Keithley, Brittany Kruck, Monica Kurth, Christie Linford, Emily Lopez, Devin Montgomery, Stephanie Montgomery, Kayla Mitchell, Richard Navarrete, Tanya Percifield, David Peterson, Michael Rankin, Andrea Roberts, Laurel Saito, Kazia Wetzel, Kelsey Wetzel, and Hilary Whisnant.

Juniors 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

  • Tawni Burzota, Ruth Corn, Angela Davis, Sonya Feibert, Keith Hart, Jessica Horn, Cherise Kaechele, Brady Kameshige, Brandon Leavitt, Kristia Maeda, Mitchell Oakes, Sean Ormsby, Jonathan Paulsen, Chelsey Schaffeld, Sarah Shaner, and Jeffrey Torruellas.

Juniors 3.25 - 3.49 GPA

  • Payton Aarestad, Josh Ballou, Ryan Blankenbaker, Kayann Cowperthwait, Cecilia Garcia, Jake Gashler, Kyle Griffin, Ryan Hall, Asja Hart, Logan Helliwell, Ben Lzicar, Jennifer McCurdy, Samantha Monroe, Lucas Owens, Lee Ragland, Daniel Schram, and Mindy Suitter.

Seniors 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

  • Ryan Alward, J.J. Anthony, Nicholas Babij, Jacob Blaylock, Kasandra Delepierre, Julie Hall, Angie Hamman, Jillian Igarashi, Rachel Kudrna, Travis Lowman, Christa Martinez, Jenna McClean, Jay Mizuta, Hannah Pobanz, Joshua Roberts, Stephanie Simpson, Joshua Trenkel, Marcus Uchida, and Katie (Yekaterina) Voronina.

Seniors 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

  • Jaime Contreras, Kyle Doman, Ruth Douglas, Colby Eyre, Janie Elizabeth Hernandez, Danielle Hiramatsu, Veralyn Hopman, Megan Kendall, Ashley Lawson, Michael Letellier, Hallee Martinez, Aaron Mauney, Matthew Mejia, Kailey Poole, Chris Schauer, J.C. Schram, Jill Solterbeck, and Chelsi Starr.

Seniors 3.25 - 3.49 GPA

  • Tabita Adamsen, Taylor Dame, Martha Dominquez Alex Haro, Kazuaki Honjo, Neal Kennington, Daniel Koenig, Rebecca Molina, Daryl Norris, Matthew Roberts, Todd Smith, Stephanie Springer, Bryce Van Dyke, and Joshua Woods.

OHS student named LEDA Scholar

Jeffrey Torruellas, a junior at Ontario High School, has been selected to participate in the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Scholars Program and Summer Institute. LEDA is a new not-for-profit organization which seeks to nurture the leadership potential of exceptionally promising young people of diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

The LEDA Scholars program encompasses two components for high school juniors - the eight-week Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute to be held this year on the campus of Princeton University, and college guidance and advising throughout each scholar’s senior year. The Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute will combine an intensive eight-week intellectual and academic challenge with the opportunity to form close bonds with other students across the country whose prior experiences indicate a strong potential for future success, according to LEDA officials. During their senior year, LEDA college counseling staff also will provide intensive help to students negotiating all aspects of the college application, financial aid, and admissions processes, and advocate on behalf of each scholar with admissions officers at selective colleges and universities. All components of the LEDA Scholars Program are provided at no cost to students, their parents, or their school.

Torruellas, the son of James and Linda Torruellas, has two favorite subjects in high school: mathematics and chemistry. Outside the classroom, he enjoys basketball and fencing as well as computers. The senior-to-be is considering computer science as a college major. In addition to being a LEDA Scholar, he will soon earn his Eagle Scout rank, and previously earned the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. The high school junior consistently qualifies for the honor roll, but finds time to be very involved in his church youth group, assisting with many service projects. A voracious reader, the young Torruellas can often be found finishing an entire 1 ½-inch-thick novel in a weekend.

A spokesperson for the LEDA Scholars Program, describes it as “very competitive,” noting that representatives conducted an intensive eight-month talent search throughout the 2004-05 academic year. More than 450 applications were received, and approximately 60 students were selected for admission. The LEDA Scholars Program currently recruits mainly in small towns and rural areas in 10 states across the country.

For more information on LEDA or The LEDA Scholars Program, please contact the Program Director, Lance Fialkff, at (212) 234-1384, or visit the LEDA website.

OHS students take four firsts at FBLA meet

Four Ontario High School students walked away from the Future Business Leaders of America District Competition with 1st place honors. Winning at the FBLA contest, held at Eastern Oregon University Feb. 3, were J.J. Anthony, Impromptu Speaking; Lance Pounds, Introduction to Business; Laurel Saito, Business Law; and Kayla Yano, Word Processing I.

These four students and several others from OHS also competed in other events. Students and the positions in which they placed are: Jon Paulsen, 2nd Business Law and 5th Computer Applications; Devin Montgomery, 5th Business Law; Jerrimi Hofmann, 14th Business Law and 13th Economics; Jenna McClean, 4th Word Processing II; Brady Kameshige, 14th Marketing and 14th Business Calculations; Julie Hall, 5th Job Interview and 6th Intro to Business Communications; Matt Roberts, 3rd Impromptu Speaking; Nick Babij, 7th Business Law and 4th Business Calculations; Laurel Saito, 3rd Marketing; Rachel Clason, 6th Accounting I; Ruth Corn, 6th Business Procedures; Cam Iseri, 8th Business Math; Jennifer McCurdy, 7th Accounting I; Chelsi Starr, 8th Economics; Hannah Pobanz, 7th Business Procedures; Chad Haidle, 6th Creed Speaking and 2nd Introduction to Business; Yvette Martinez, 4th Business Law; Lance Pounds, 14th Impromptu Speaking; Richie Navarette, 9th Business Communications; Sonya Feibert, 11th Business Procedures and 3rd International Business; Keith Hart, 5th Computer Applications.

Additionally, two teams of OHS students competed and placed. In Desktop Publishing, the team of Karen Grove and Brittany Kruck placed 7th. The Parliamentary Procedure Team of Rachel Clason, Ruth Corn, Andrea Roberts and Matt Roberts placed 3rd.

“I’m very proud of these students,” said FBLA advisor Shamra Jones. “They put in a lot of time and effort, and it showed.”

Students placing in the top nine in each category at district will travel to state competition in Portland April 3-5.

OHS vocalists, musicians qualify for honor performance

arely do people ask for more work, but occasionally, some folks will even compete for it. Such is the case for Ontario High School students who auditioned and qualified to perform in the Treasure Valley Honor Group. This group will perform Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. OHS is one of 19 schools to be participating.

These student vocalists and musicians, who must attend five rehearsals as well as the concert, include Katie Beaubien, Flute; Kyrey Blaylock, Soprano I; Tony Cardozo, Clarinet; Sebastian Ceniga, Tenor voice; Nick David, Bass voice; Derik Delong, Tenor voice; Samantha Elliott, Soprano; Holly Houston, Flute; Michael Maeda, Tenor voice; Branden O'Brien, Bass voice; Chelsey Ronneburg, Clarinet; Jeanette Ugalde, Flute; Tonya Vandever, Alto sax; Katie Voronina, Soprano voice; Jill Wettstein, Alto voice; and Josh Woods, Tenor voice.

Guest clinicians for the event will be Linda Schmidt from Capitol High School Choir and Dr. Robert Sevechek from the University of Idaho Wind Ensemble. Admission to the Nov. 18 performance is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

OMS 8th graders to take community back in time

History buffs, take note! The 8th Grade Galaxy Team at Ontario Middle School will take you back in time through each decade of the last century during its 20th Century Project, Tuesday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Cub Gym.

“In their social studies class, students are assigned a particular decade from the 1900s thru the 1990s,” explained Deanna Pobanz, science teacher on the “Galaxy Team.” “The students then research their decade as they work on a variety of projects.”

Pobanz noted that the subjects of reading, English, math, science, social studies, and art are all integrated into the project. Students read about their decade and analyze information which helps them understand the interconnections among science, technology, society, and historical events in the United States.

“They see how those things impacted their decade as well as compare those events to their lives in the present,” Pobanz said. “Students also learn about the important contributions made by a diverse group of people ranging from inventors to politicians to musicians.”

Those visiting the exhibit of projects will see timelines students have created highlighting significant events of their assigned time period. Also on display will be picture boards about trends and historical events, students’ published reports about an important event or person during the decade of study, and symmetrical drawings of a picture or logo tied to the decade. Students are also given the opportunity to dress according to their time period and make presentations about their decade.

OMS announces first quarter honor roll

The faculty and administration at Ontario Middle School have announced the First Quarter Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 school year. A grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 earns a student “Highest Honors.” “High Honors” go to those students earning a GPA of between 3.5 to 3.74, and “Honors” are awarded to those students with a GPA of between 3.25 and 3.49.

Sixth Grade Highest Honors

  • Karissa Adams, Jason Buttice, Enrique Cruz, Joshua Doman, Yasmine Elamry, Leila Feibert, Amber Fillman, Adam Fowler, Kenya Garcia, Ashley Gibbons, Casey Gillette, Adriann Gonzalez, Kaylee Gutierrez, Kaila Hendeon, Katie Hendon, Jeanette Herrera, Holly Hopkins, Jonathan Hovey, Gloria Lopez, Catriona Merrill, Teresa Noah, Ravi Patel, Laura J. Reyes, Luke Rines, Rubi Rojas, Ryan Ronneburg, Brady Sheppard, Kiley Shipley, Mariah Strobeck, Bethany Wilson, Annicka Olsen, Tanya Banuelos, Chase Cruickshank, Jesus Jacuinde, Ericka Johnson, Eduardo Lopez, Kayla Mable, Amanda Martin, Sara Olsen, Ali Patton, Jace Salutregui, Melissa Buhlinger, Henry Christiani, Keiton Gill, Shawndelle Smith, Steven Spang, Berenice Trapero, Antonio Trejo, Cheyanne Tyler, Hayley White, Yolanda Cano, Valerie Gallegos, Leslie Gonzalez, Sharianne Hart, Ryan Kee, Myriah Salvidar, Gerardo Arias, Joelle Dayhoff, Candace Diedrich, Kelli Findley, Mary Spieler, and Darrick Walters.

Sixth Grade High Honors

  • Katie Cummings, Kristina Henderson, Troy Henricks, Vianca Carrillo, Carmen Corona, Lestat Wilder-Acol, Austin Benjamin, George Maeda, Chelsea Stamper, Rick Falk, Chyanne McGraw, Paola Robles, Adela Magna, Brian Navarrete, Joey Olvera, Issaic Pena, Carlos Perez, Karen Rodriguez, Austin Smith, Tyler Wilson, Mary Ann Almaraz, Juliana Campuzano, Adriana Govea, Ashlie Hoffman, Sandra Monreal, Codie Gray, Leighton Halligan, Jose Morales, and Kenneth Rivera.

Sixth Grade Honors

  • Jose Hernandez, Joseph Ackerman, Alma Barba, Carlos Guerra, Sylvia Rangel, Ren Wilson, Jorden Ceniga, Andrea DeLaCruz, Jose Flores, Isabel Mendez, Kayla Mott, Eduardo Perez, Jazmine Gordillo, Noe Martinez, Kelsey Nein, Maricela Ramirez, Michael Shephard, Nettie Silva, Isaac Warwick, Daniel Hernandez, Justin Morales, and Justin Johnson-Toomer.

Seventh Grade Highest Honors

  • Kimberly Ackerman, Matthew Anthony, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Kendra Babcock, Melissa Barton, Sara Bond, Aimee Fritsch, Amelia Harrington, Daniel Heninger, Adam Kolbaba, Nico Martinez, Shawna McAvoy, Cynthia Perez, Samuel Plummer, Bellinda Ramirez, Adam Roberts, Suleyca Sanchez, Gloria Serrano, Anne Stults, David Toth, Gerald Whinery, Allison Yano, Justine Maeda, Erika Hopper, Jordan Lang, Michael Shupert, Andra Martarano, Gustavo Morales, Jace Eyre, Karen (Yasmeen) Gamboa, Berenise Nunez, Shelbi Widner, Joseph Ronneburg Stephens, Ethan Branom, Nayelly Corona, Ken Frahm, John Hamman, Brady Oakes, Maria Romero, and Leona Taroy.

Seventh Grade High Honors

  • Lisa Bhakta, Nicholas Harris, Amber Lowrance, Ashley Rock, Chaz Nakamura, Yesenia Barrios, Chase Fields, James (Riley) Horn, Brenda Navarro Macias, Hayley Reever, Oner Ruiz, Kortnie Shipley, Miren Urrea, Clyde Webb, Amanda Wilson, Rajesh Patel, Meganne Garner, Marc Risenmay, Juan Bernardino, Aminta Diaz, Gracia Erlebach, Amanda Espinoza, Carly Ethington, Joshua Horn, Seri Kimball, Keisha Mauer, Carolina Ochoa-Gonzalez, Alyssa Olson, Leonel Solis, and Kendra Tatlock.

Seventh Grade Honors

  • Jessica Gastelum, Ryan Griffin, Cameron Higinbotham, Michael Marines, Patricia Sharrai, Joshua Osko, Deanna Smith, Dereck Dittli, Brendan Hytrek, Stacy Jochim, Marcus Marines, Ricky Ruddell, Matthew Martin, Joshua Mejia, Perla Ramirez, Miguel Rios, Joanna Gonzalez, Derek Johnson, Kawika Tyler.

Eighth Grade Highest Honors

  • Betsaida Chavez, Isabel Feibert, Eva Hime, Sean Igarashi, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Michelle Kameshige, Jessica Martin, Ryan Nagaki, Yanet Nunez, Angelica Perez, Emily Price, Alexa Shartner, Hayley Tucker, Justin Whinery, Christopher Ransom, Meghan Schram, Nicholas Aldred, Christine Babij, Amanda Helliwell, Erica Herrera, Allie Osborn, Christopher Paulsen, Jesus Lujan, Marena McGraw, Alicia Olsen, Jose Becerril, Jasmin Fraga, Kimberly Boyd, Wayne Eldredge, Robert Keyes, and Jacob Turner.

Eighth Grade High Honors

  • Kristen Anderson, Chelsea Kee, Samuel McMillen, R. J. Olsen, Matthew Owens, Allison Bentz, Elena Hammar, Sydney Jochim, K. C. Johnson, Sonia Contreras, Tyler Hunt, Amber Miller, Wendy Bernardino, Justin Mott, Tatiana Perez, Chalaine Reger, Yessenia Alaniz Mireles, Keri Coley, Sonya Flores, Alexis Martinez, Chrystal McDaniel, Tyler Murphy, and Nayeli Sanchez.

Eighth Grade Honors

  • Lucas Christiani, William Hickey, Melissa Marostica, Melissa Jordan Martinez, Roxana Monreal, Samuel Rines, Samantha Weston, Ryan Alvarado, Claudia Torres, Amelia Turner, Ricardo Navarrete, Miguel Sanchez, Amber Smith, Daisy Bernardino, Jennifer Mendoza, Rachel Roberts, Lizbeth Covarrubias, Tiffany Roberts, Salvador Sanchez, Aneissa Allen, Alma Corona, Leah Deiter, and Amelia Martinez.

OMS announces nine weeks honor roll

The faculty and administration at Ontario Middle School have announced the Third Quarter Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 school year. A grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 earns a student “Highest Honors.” “High Honors” go to those students earning a GPA of between 3.5 to 3.74, and “Honors” are awarded to those students with a GPA of between 3.25 and 3.49.

Sixth Grade - Highest Honors

  • Karissa Adams, Alma Barba, Jason Buttice, Chase Cruickshank, Katie Cummings, Candace Diedrich, Yasmine Elamry, Kelli Findley, Valarie Gallegos, Kaila Hendon, Katie Hendon, Jonathan Hovey, Ryan Kee, Connor Mahony, Amanda Martin, Catriona Merrell, Brian Navarrate, Yolando Cano, Jorden Ceniga, Ashley Gibbons, Issaic Pena, Holly Hopkins, Ericka Johnson, Chyanne McGraw, Brady Sheppard, Leila Feibert, Casey Gillette, Sandra Monreal, Dulce Sanchez, Troy Henricks, Ashlie Hoffman, Cody Spang, Gerardo Arias, Jose Hernandez, Ali Patton, Luke Rines, Rubi Rojas, Ryan Ronneburg, and Mariah Strobeck.

Sixth Grade - High Honors

  • Enrique Cruz, Joshua Doman, Amber Fillman, Isabel Mendez, Melissa Buhlinger, Jazmine Gordillo, Ravi Patel, Junior Verdin, Hayley White, Adrianna Gonzalez, Laura J. Reyes, Christopher Spieler, Tanya Banuelos, Rick Falk, Kenya Garcia, Keiton Gill, Kristina Henderson, Paola Robles, Karen Rodriguez, Austin Smith, Chelsea Stamper, Berenice Trapero, Carmen Corona, Jesus Jacuinde, Maria Solis, Antonio Trejo, Cheyanne Tyler, and Ren Wilson.

Sixth Grade - Honors

  • Mary Ann Almaraz, Jeanette Herrera, Adela Magana, Verdina Navarrette, Jace Salutregui, Kayla Scott, Emilio Mena, Teresa Noah, Jose Flores, Annicka Olsen, Myriah Saldivar, Shawndelle Smith, Justin Johnson-Toomer, and Eduardo Lopez.

Seventh Grade - Highest Honors

  • Sara Bond, Chase Fields, Aimee Fritsch, Adam Kolbaba, Francisco Machuca, Justine Maeda, Andra Martarano, Shawna McAvoy, Berenise Nunez, Samuel Plummer, Bellinda Ramirez, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Gloria Serrano, Michael Shuppert, Anne Stults, Alexander Todd, Jessica Troester, Allison Yano, Gracia Erlebach, Meganne Garner, Matthew Anthony, Ethan Branom, Carly Ethington, Erika Hopper, Riley Horn, Adam Roberts, Jessica Gastelum, Amelia Harrington, Chaz Nakamura, Cynthia Perez, Briana Velasquez, Corona Nayelly, Ryan Griffin, Gustavo Morales, Miguel Rios, Ken Frahm, Nicholas Harris, Daniel Heninger, Nico Martinez, Keisha Mauer, Brady Oakes, and Hayley Reever.

Seventh Grade - High Honors

  • Nubia Gonzalez, Ashley Sauer, David Toth, Kylie Ceniga, Joshua Mejia, Perla Ramirez, Seri Kimball, Jordan Lang, Amanda Wilson, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Juan Bernadino, Lisa Bhakta, Marcus Marines, Leona Taroy, Dereck Dittli, Amanda Espinosa, Amber Lowrance, Oscar Ramirez, Suleyca Sanchez, and Gerald Whinery.

Seventh Grade - Honors

  • Mirren Urrea, Aminta Diaz, John Hamman, Derek Johnson, Marie Navarrete, Maria Jacuinde, Kortnie Shipley, Matthew Martin, Francisco Barron, Jace Eyre, Ruth Garcia, Kaylee Kittleson, Ricky Ruddell, Patricia Sharrai, Clyde Webb, and Joseph Ronneburg Stephens.

Eighth Grade - Highest Honors

  • Christine Babij, Kimberly Boyd, Betsaida Chavez, Keri Coley, Isabel Feibert, Amanda Helliwell, Eva Hime, Sean Igarashi, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Ryan Nagaki, Allie Osborn, Angelica Perez, Emily Price, Christopher Ransom, Hayley Tucker, Jacob Turner, Chelsea Kee, R. J. Olsen, Christopher Paulsen, Michelle Kameshige, Amelia Martinez, and Jessica Martin.

Eighth Grade - High Honors

  • Nicholas Aldred, Jordan Barnett, Erica Herrera, Matthew Barba, Kevin Corn, Alexis Martinez, Jennifer Mendoza, Meghan Schram, Tyler Hunt, Robert Keyes, Rachel Roberts, Kara Saito, Marena McGraw, Colbee Ennis, Cristina Jaramillo, Samuel Rines, Salvador Sanchez, Jose Becerril, Daisy Bernadino, Sonia Contreras, Alma Corona, Lacey Cross, Leah Deiter, Kara Gallagher, K. C. Johnson, Jesus Lujan, Crystal McDaniel, Samuel McMillen, Matthew Owens, and Alexa Shartner.

Eighth Grade - Honors

  • Sydney Jochim, Jordan Martinez, Wendy Bernadino, Yanet Nunez, Tatiana Perez, Anali Escobedo, Samuel Hovey, Amber Miller, Anthony Troester, Thayne Call, Lucas Christiani, Jasmin Fraga, Linda Luna, Brittany Palmer, Skye Rodriguez, Nickolas Smith, Amelia Turner, Wayne Eldredge, Melissa Marostica, Estelvina Martinez-Rios, Justin Mott, Tyler Mott, Chalaine Reger, Amber Carter, and Danielle Cox.

OMS announces second quarter honor roll

The faculty and administration at Ontario Middle School have announced the Second Quarter Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 school year. A grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 earns a student “Highest Honors.” “High Honors” go to those students earning a GPA of between 3.5 to 3.74, and “Honors” are awarded to those students with a GPA of between 3.25 and 3.49.

Sixth Grade Highest Honors

  • Karissa Adams, Jason Buttice, Vianca Carrillo, Candace Deidrich, Joshua Doman, Yasmine Elamry, Leila Feibert, Kelli Findley, Adam Fowler, Valerie Gallegos, Casey Gillette, Kaila Hendon, Katie Hendon, Troy Henricks, Ericka Johnson, Ryan Kee, Catriona Merrell, Ravi Patel, Paola Robles, Cody Spang, Hayley White, Adriana Gonzalez, Jose Hernandez, Ali Patton, Issaic Pena, Luke Rines, Melissa Buhlinger, Katie Cummings, Ashley Gibbons, Holly Hopkins, Amanda Martin, Brian Navarrete, Vernadina Navarrete, Alma Barba, Henry Christiani, Enrique Cruz, Rick Falk, Sharianne Hart, Ashlie Hoffman, Gloria Lopez, Chyanne McGraw, Kenneth Rivera, Berenise Trapero, Mary Ann Almaraz, Gerardo Arias, Jesus Jacuinde, Ryan Ronneburg, and Mariah Strobeck.

Sixth Grade High Honors

  • Yolanda Cano, Chase Cruickshank,Kenya Garcia, Eduardo Lopez, Myriah Saldivar, Jace Salutregui, Cheyanne Tyler, Ren Wilson, Amber Fillman, Jazmine Gordillo, Kiley Shipley, Maria Solis, Lestat Wilder-Acol, Rachel Jordan, Isaac Warwick, Syndi Chavez, Austin Smith, Antonio Trejo, Carmen Corona, Keiton Gill, and Jonathan Hovey.

Sixth Grade Honors

  • Tanya Banuelos, Austin Benjamin, Daniel Hernandez, Jeanette Herrera, Jose Morales, Kelsey Nein, Chelsea Stamper, Jorden Ceniga, Noe Martinez, Christopher Scott, Michael Shepherd, Shawndelle Smith, Christopher Spieler, Bethany Wilson, Joelle Dayhoff, Leslie Gonzalez, Adela Magana, Isabel Mendez, Codie Gray, Kayla Mable, and Teresa Noah.

Seventh Grade Highest Honors

  • Juan Bernadino, Sara Bond, Oscar Frausto, Aimee Fritsch, Ryan Griffin, Amelia Harrington, Erika Hopper, Riley Horn, Adam Kolbaba, Amber Lowrance, Andra Martarano, Shawna McAvoy, Gustavo Morales, Cynthia Perez, Samuel Plummer, Bellinda Ramirez, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Gloria Serrano, Michael Shupert, Anne Stults, Allison Yano, Matthew Anthony, Chase Fields, Ken Frahm, Justine Maeda, Brady Oakes, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Yasmeen Gamboa, Berenise Nunez, Kendra Babcock, David Toth, Meganne Garner, John Hamman, Jordan Lang, Francisco Machuca, Oscar Ramirez, Dereck Dittli, Nicholas Harris, Marcus Marines, Nico Martinez, Ricky Ruddell, Alexander Todd, and Amanda Wilson.

Seventh Grade High Honors

  • Jessica Gastelum, Gracia Erlebach, Adam Roberts, Joseph Ronneburg, Kylie Ceniga, Courtney Clements, Nayelly Corona, Daniel Heninger, Chaz Nakamura, Perla Ramirez, Suleyca Sanchez, Leonel Solis, Lisa Bhakta, Aminta Diaz, Francene Hussey, Jessica Troester, Ethan Branom, Derek Johnson, Kendra Tatlock, Nickolas Holling, Seri Kimball, Matthew Martin, Hayley Reever, and Shelbi Widner.

Seventh Grade Honors

  • Sarah Torruellas, Miren Urrea, Jace Eyre, Nubia Gonzalez, Patricia Sharrai, Adam Ackerman, Mariana Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Stacy Jochim, Miguel Rios, Isabel Rodriguez, Kortnie Shipley, Gerald Whinery, Amanda Espinoza, Brendan Hytrek, David Morton, Rajesh Patel, Jhana Easly, Jay Johnson-Toomer, and Kaylee Kittleson.

Eighth Grade Highest Honors

  • Christine Babij, Jose Becerril, Betsaida Chavez, Isabel Feibert, Amanda Helliwell, Eva Hime, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Allie Osburn, Matthew Owens, Christopher Paulsen, Angelica Perez, Emiy Price, Christopher Ransom, Hayley Tucker, Kimberly Boyd, Keri Coley, Jessica Martin, Ricardo Navarrete, Nicholas Aldred, Alexis Jagelski, Michelle Kameshige, Marena McGraw, Ryan Nagaki, Amelia Martinez, Leah Deiter, Amber Miller, Jacob Turner, and Sean Igarashi.

Eighth Grade High Honors

  • Sydney Jochim, Chelsea Kee, Jesus Lujan, Yanet Nunez, Sonia Contreras, Alma Corona, Tyler Hunt, Alexa Shartner, Alana Grimaldo, Cristina Jaramillo, Roxana Monreal, Chalaine Reger, Samuel Rines, Meghan Schram, Erica Herrera, Robert Keyes, Jennifer Mendoza, Miguel Sanchez, Claudia Torres, and Anthony Troester.

Eighth Grade Honors

  • Brittany Palmer, Lucas Christiani, Kara Gallagher, Samuel McMillen, Tyler Murphy, Samantha Weston, Daisy Bernadino, Alexis Martinez, Nayeli Sanchez, Kevin Corn, Danielle Cox, Wayne Eldredge, Alicia Olsen, Rachel Roberts, Anthony Troester, Allison Bentz, Jasmin Fraga, Estelvina Martinez-Rios, Matthew Rankin, Colbee Ennis, William Hickey, Melissa Marostica, Justin Mott, Salvador Sanchez, Aneissa Allen, Wendy Bernadino, Mari E. Garcia, Anahi Gonzalez, and Kindsey Tracy.

OMS invites kids of all ages to potato feed & carnival

In the last three months, volunteers have logged more than 1,340 hours at Ontario Middle School. One of the reasons the school enjoys such a great commitment to students and staff is the school’s Parent Center Coordinator, Julia Munoz, who annually plans and coordinates one of the school's largest events - with a great deal of help from many volunteers.

This year’s OMS Potato Feed and Carnival is set for Thursday, April 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Baked potatoes with a variety of toppings will be available as well as beverages and desserts. Tickets $5 for 6th grade through adult and $3 for children in grades K-5. A variety of carnival games will be available to children for 25 cents a game. There will be entertainment throughout the evening as well.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit two programs. The first is the school’s Parent Center and its programs including the Mother-Daughter Nights, Rainbow parent involvement group, Family Fun Nights and the purchase of educational pamphlets and booklets for parents. The second is the OMS After-School Program.

For more information or tickets to the fund-raiser, call the school at 889-5377.

OMS, OHS registration dates announced

August is right around the corner, and so is the first day of school. Students who will attend either Ontario Middle School or Ontario High School in the fall will want to keep in mind the following dates and times so they may pay fees, pick up their class schedules, and make adjustments to them if necessary. There will be no arena scheduling this year at OHS.

Ontario Middle School
6th Grade: Aug. 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
7th Grade: Aug. 18, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
8th Grade: Aug. 19, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
The first day of school for 6th grade students is Aug. 26. Only 7th and 8th grade students attend school on Aug. 27. All OMS students return to school on Aug. 30.

Ontario High School
Seniors: Aug. 19, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Juniors: Aug. 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Sophomores: Aug. 20, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Freshmen: Aug. 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
The first day of school for 9th grade students is Aug. 26. All students return to school Aug. 27.

For more information, students and parents may call the OMS office at 889-5377, or the OHS office at 889-5309 on or after Aug. 9, when office staff return.

OMS sells books in time for Christmas

Halloween has come and gone and that means ... it’s officially Christmas gift-shopping season. What better gift than that of book? At least that’s the idea the organizers of the Ontario Middle School Annual Book Fair hope to instill in the minds of community members and OMS parents. The sale will take place Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 16-19 in the OMS Commons, located in the Discovery Building. The book sale will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each day. For more information, contact Parent Center Coordinator Julia Muñoz at 889-5377.

Ontario FFA chapter returns from State with awards

The Ontario FFA Chapter returned from the 2005 State FFA Convention Sunday with several honors as well as a focus on next year.

“Besides having a good time meeting new people, attending sessions with awesome keynote speakers, and just enjoying being part of a great organization, we did return with some awards,” said chapter reporter Stephanie Montgomery.

Convention week began with Josh Roberts earning second place in the Co-op Quiz. The Parliamentary Procedure team, consisting of J.J. Anthony, Matt Roberts, Sami Jo Monroe, Ruth Corn, Tanya Percifield, and Josh Roberts followed this with a third place finish in the state contest. Roberts then added to his collection of state banners by placing third in Extemporaneous Speaking.

The convention concluded happily for the Ontario FFA’ers with both Peter Captein and Christie Linford winning their state Proficencies. Captein won the Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency and Linford won the Emerging Agriculture and Technology Proficiency award. Both of these winners go on to the Regional contest. Winners there advance to the National Convention in Louiseville, Ken., in October.

“Everyone who went to State Convention had a good time and a lot of memories were made,” Montgomery reported. “We plan to represent Ontario well at a more conventions in the coming years.”

FFA Advisor Les Linegar expressed his appreciation to FFA parents and alumni and to local business sponsors.

“We’d like to thank these folks for another great year and ask them to plan to attend the Ontario FFA End-of-the-Year Banquet, scheduled for May 5, at 7 p.m. in the Ontario High School Commons,” Linegar said.

Ontario FFA chapter takes first at Sectional

Ontario High School’s FFA chapter will send a team to state to compete in Advanced Parliamentary Procedure following a first place victory at the 2005 FFA Sectional Feb. 24, at Baker City. Additionally, two students will be competing at state following first and second place wins. State competition is slated for March 18-21 in Medford.

Comprising Ontario FFA’s advanced parli-pro team were J.J. Anthony, president; Matt Roberts, vice president; Sami Jo Monroe, secretary; Ruth Corn, treasurer; Tanya Percifield, reporter; and Josh Roberts, sentinel. The chapter’s beginning parliamentary procedure team earned third place. Beginning team members included Matt Monroe, president; Levi Roberts, vice president; Brittnie Shigeta, secretary; Alycia Adams, treasurer; Mike Ortiz, reporter; Sam Percifield, sentinel.

Both Josh Roberts and Ruth Corn will compete at state in two events each. In prepared public speaking, Corn took first place. In extemporaneous public speaking, Roberts earned a second place finish. Sami Jo Monroe placed fifth in extemp.

The chapter advisor is Les Linegar, who has been with the Ontario FFA program for 24 years.

“Once again, a terrific group of students did very well,” Linegar said. “We look forward to state, and to what this year’s freshmen can accomplish next year.”

Ontario kindergartners-to-be and parents can visit schools and principals May 12

Parents of children entering kindergarten in the fall are invited to stop by their child’s school to visit with the principal and take a tour of the school Thursday, May 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. Light refreshments will be available as well.

“Kindergarten is one of those milestones that’s both exciting and frightening - for children AND parents,” said Public Information Director Katherine M. Collins. “The Ontario School District has wonderful programs for kindergartners and we want to give parents the opportunity to visit their child’s school, meet the principal, and learn about our curriculum.”

Collins said prospective students and parents are welcome to contact the school at any time to schedule a tour or a meeting with a kindergarten teacher.

“Building principals and kindergarten teachers just wanted to create a special opportunity for such a visit,” Collins said. “This event on Thursday will provide that opportunity.”

Ontario School District will hold its annual kindergarten registration event August 1 and 2 at Four Rivers Cultural Center. Information on the event will be available during the school visits May 12. Parents who are unsure in which school boundary area they reside, may contact the school district’s bus garage at 889-6199. Boundary or attendance area maps also are available from the district’s website, www.ontario.k12.or.us. Click on “information,” then on “District and School Boundaries.”

Ontario School District invites patrons to Town Hall meeting

Patrons’ input sought on high school facility needs

The Ontario School District Board of Directors invites parents and patrons to take part in a “community conversation” Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Ontario High School Commons. Discussion at the town hall-style meeting will center around what community members believe is needed in a high school facility to prepare citizens of the 21st century.

“Last year, a group of citizens began the process of reviewing the district’s capital improvement needs,” said Superintendent Dennis Carter. “Their objective was to assess the needs of district facilities and make recommendations to the board related to those needs.”

Comprising the group was a diverse mix of Ontario residents and district staff, representing a variety of occupations, backgrounds, boundary areas, and grade levels, according to Carter, who explained the group’s common goal was to ensure that Ontario Public Schools has the facilities needed to provide students with the educational support and opportunities they deserve.

“We know what this committee saw as the needs of the high school,” Carter said. “Now, we want to extend an invitation to all Ontario patrons so they can provide the board and administration with input on what they see as the building’s shortcomings.”

Carter said that during his four years as chief of Ontario Public Schools, he has seen tremendous support from the community for education, whether K-12 or at the college level.

“There is so much support for educating our future citizens that it is somewhat puzzling why Ontario’s newest school was built in 1964, and our high school has had only one wing added in more than 20 years,” Carter said. “We are hopeful there will be a good turnout at the March 8 meeting because we very much want to hear from patrons and parents about their desires for the future of education in our community.”

Members who served on the facilities committee meeting will be in attendance at the March 8 meeting, along with architects from The Matrix Group, which the board has retained to provide information on possible construction. Because many patrons have not been inside the high school in many years, interested community members are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a tour of OHS, prior to the information-gathering session.

Ontario School District invites patrons to Town Hall meeting

Patrons’ input sought on high school facility needs

The Ontario School District Board of Directors invites parents and patrons to take part in a “community conversation” Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Ontario High School Commons. Discussion at the town hall-style meeting will center around what community members believe is needed in a high school facility to prepare citizens of the 21st century.

“Last month, a group of 75 citizens took the baton from a facilities committee that determined a new high school was needed in Ontario,” said Superintendent Dennis Carter. “We would like to see 200 to 300 community members at this meeting to get their input and insight regarding our district’s facilities, especially the 50-year-old high school.”

Architects from The Matrix Group, which the board has retained to provide information on possible construction, will facilitate the meeting. Because many patrons have not been inside Ontario’s high school in many years, interested community members are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a tour of OHS, prior to the information-gathering session.

Spanish translation and childcare will be provided so that more patrons might be able to attend.

Ontario School District to hire high school principal

Superintendent Dennis Carter reported to the Ontario School District Board of Directors in executive session at its Thursday night meeting, that he planned to reconfigure the administration at the secondary level, so that each of the schools had its own principal. Carter explained that LaVelle Cornwell, presently director of secondary education overseeing both Ontario Middle School and Ontario High School, had asked if she could return to being the principal of OMS, citing personal reasons.

Cornwell, who has been with the Ontario School District since 1978, became principal of OMS in 2001. In the fall of 2004, with the departure of OHS Principal Patrick Royal, Cornwell assumed a new position: director of secondary education. The position, according to Supt. Carter, was to create a stronger connection between the two secondary schools, helping to ensure a better flow of communication, a continuation of instructional programs, and a more evenly-aligned curriculum.

“We plan to return to this form of secondary administration in the future,” Carter said. “It was a positive move and the goals for such a formation remain the same, but we certainly understand and respect LaVelle’s request.”

Carter said the District has started its search for a high school principal, and is gathering input from the staff at OHS.

Ontario qualifies six for state FFA proficiency contests

Ontario FFA Advisor Les Linegar is still smiling at the results of the March 2 Proficiency Award Contest held at Ontario. Six students earned first place awards, qualifying them for the State FFA Competition March 18-21 in Medford.

In the Proficiency Award Contest, participants must go through interviews, applications, record books, and extensive evaluations in their agriculture category. The following students placed first: Christie Linford in Emerging Ag. Technology Placement; Tanya Percifield in Equine Science Entrepreneurship; Stephanie Montgomery in Swine Production Entrepreneurship; Peter Captein in Dairy Production Placement; Bryce Van Dyke in Forage Production Placement; and Keila Nelson in Diversified Ag. Production Entrepreneurship. Matt Captein took second place honors in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship.

“We are very proud of these students,” Linegar said. “The Ontario FFA Chapter thanks the OHS staff, board, and administration, in addition to parents and the larger community for their continued support of our program.”

Oregon’s outstanding artist is recent OHS grad

An international arts organization has named an Ontario High School graduate as Oregon’s finalist for the “Discover What Art Is…” national exhibit. Hallee Martinez, daughter of Bonifacio and Adriana Martinez, graduated from OHS in May. Her painting is now part of a touring VSA Arts exhibit that debuted June 6, in Washington, D.C. Students in grades K-12, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and participating countries submitted works of art that reflect their perspective of what art is and why it is important to them.

The exhibit highlights artwork from children throughout the United States and abroad. Ten artists were chosen as representatives and invited to Washington, D.C to participate in a Congressional Reception June 9, where they were honored for their work. The “Discover What Art Is…” exhibit was designed to raise awareness of the importance of the arts and arts in education for students of all abilities.

Well-known at OHS for her artwork featured in the Bistro student café, Martinez has taken art classes throughout her high school career. OHS art instructor Pam Helfrich said she has had Martinez as a student every day during those four years in two art classes each semester as well as in homeroom one year.

“Hallee enjoys working with a lot of different media, but she prefers pens – felt tip, Sharpie, ball-point pens, but she’s branching out to pastels,” Helfrich said. “No matter what the medium, I’ve noticed she applies then in the same way, building up by repeating the strokes. Sh even does this with clay, taking little pieces and building them up. It’s fascinating to watch her.”

Martinez began showing an aptitude for art as soon as she entered school. She credits both middle school art teacher Tammy Kinney and Helfrich with helping her grow as an artist.

“I think of a lot of different visions when I’m drawing,” Martinez said. “I think of techniques – how I might make a good image.”

Although the VSA Arts award is certainly the most prestigious honor she has earned to date, Martinez also has had her artwork win awards at the Malheur County Fair and the Malheur County Juried Jr.-Sr. Art Show. One of her horses done in pastel, was featured in the concourse of Horizon Airlines at the Portland International Airport this year. She was one of three seniors named Outstanding Senior Art Student at OHS this year. Martinez is continuing her study of art at Treasure Valley Community College.

Although the piece submitted to VSA Arts was a self-portrait showcasing strong images around her head, Martinez is best known at OHS for creating amazingly life-like images of animals, especially horses. She also enjoys drawing mythical figures. Helfrich believes there is a market for her former student’s work.

“She’s very good and could sell her work,” Helfrich said, noting recent works include cougars and wolves. “I’m very hopeful for her.”

“The arts stimulate the imagination, open the door to communication, foster respect for other’s feelings and perspectives, and promote lifelong learning,” said Soula Antoniou, president of VSA Arts, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. Today as a leader in arts-based teaching and learning, VSA Arts’ programs support key national education goals: literacy and school readiness, teacher training, and parental involvement in education.

A network of VSA arts’ affiliates nationwide and in more than 60 countries serving more than 5 million people, develop programs focused on engaging students in the arts by helping teachers create more inclusive learning experiences; empowering artists with disabilities by encouraging their career paths; and supporting arts access to community cultural facilities and activities for people with disabilities.

Patton’s ‘Family’ theme earns her Junior Marshal title

After reading the following paragraph, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce selected Ali Marie Patton as the 2004 Winter Wonderland Junior Parade Marshal.

“Most people spend Christmas as a family. I always picture people sitting together watching the children unwrapping presents and warming their feet by the fire, drinking hot cocoa and egg-nog. That’s what I call the perfect family Christmas.”

Thus, the theme for this year’s parade: “The Family Christmas.”

As junior marshal, Patton will be required to attend a Chamber of Commerce forum, the Breakfast with Santa event, and the parade. She is, however, no newcomer to being in the spotlight. Having performed with the Treasure Valley Children’s Chorus for six years, and having been featured on the front page of the Argus Observer in late summer for her volunteer work in the community.

The daughter of David and Jeanne Patton enjoys playing the piano, drawing, coin collecting and golfing. In addition to performing with the Treasure Valley Children’s Chorus, she sings in the choir at the Ontario First Church of the Nazarene. According to the Ontario Middle School 6th grade student, her favorite subject is math, and presently, she is considering becoming a pediatrician.

The Winter Wonderland Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m.

Project integrates several subjects while highlighting students’ heritage

ighth grade students at Ontario Middle School have once again combined the benchmarks in English, science, social studies, math, music, technology, and art to present an impressive display of their culture and heritage. This year’s annual OMS Cultural Fair: Celebrating Diversity will take place Monday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the school’s Tiger Gym. All community members are invited to attend with a special invitation extended to those families with a student who will enter sixth grade in the fall.

Each year, students on the “Rockets” team create exhibits highlighting their own cultural heritage. Exhibits feature clothes, food, music, maps, and a variety of information on their ancestors’ homeland. Last year’s event featured 100% participation from the students, with many students creating travel brochures and computer-generated graphs.

According to social studies teacher Dennis Hironaka, the Cultural Fair began after he and his fellow team teachers decided to find a meaningful project for students and teachers that would integrate several subjects.

“The other teachers were more than willing to work with us,” Hironaka said. “And, we continue to use the Cultural Fair for those reasons: it meets many of the 8th grade benchmarks, it integrates several subjects, it allows students to learn about their heritage and culture, and most importantly, students have a lot of fun with it.”

For more information, OMS 8th grade Rockets teachers may be contacted at 889-5377.

Ransom hopes to put Ontario ‘on the map’ at geography bee

Christopher Ransom is one of the kids with a good problem. He excels in so many areas that he could probably accomplish anything he pursued. For now, however, he’ll pursue winning Oregon’s state Geography Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Ransom, an 8th grade student at Ontario Middle School, won the contest at the school level. His written test then qualified him to compete at the state level, which he’ll do on Friday, April 1 in Monmouth.

Ransom, the son of Corey and Nancy Ransom, said he enjoys studying geography, although math is his favorite subject in school. This subject, like geography, has paid off for Ransom. He qualified for the Mathematics and Verbal Talent Search Award conducted by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth in 2004.

“Last year, I went with my dad on a business trip to Washington, D.C., and saw a lot of historical places,” Ransom said. “I really liked the Air and Space Museum, especially learning about the early astronomy program.”

Science has also rewarded Ransom. He placed first at Alameda School’s Science Fair in 2002, while a student there.

An accomplished musician, Ransom has been playing the piano for four years, and the viola for two. His shelf holds a trophy from the National Federation of Music Clubs for receiving a superior rating for three consecutive years in piano, and he was an Oregon All-State Musician, viola, in 2004 and 2005.

Academics and music aren’t Ransom’s only interests. Active in football, basketball, and track, he said he is counting on continuing with all three sports in high school. Given his success in other areas, athletic trophies, ribbons, and certificates may also find their way to Ransom’s room.

The OMS honor student is looking forward to the state geography contest, and has been studying and names and shapes of countries as well as major land forms, mountain ranges, and rivers. Also a Boy Scout, the busy student athlete humbly points out that this is the first time he has won his school’s geography bee. And, although he is an 8th grader, next year’s OMS winner may go by “Ransom” as well. Christopher Ransom’s sister, Rebecca Ransom, won Alameda’s contest this year.

Other students in the Ontario School District who won their school’s geography bee competition were Jason Alvarado, May Roberts; Reilly Collins, Aiken; and Rebecca Dodson, Cairo. For more information on National Geographic’s Geo Bee, log on to National Geographic Bee.

Roast beef and dark blue jackets: Must be time for the annual FFA banquet

Members of the Ontario FFA Chapter hope area ag enthusiasts will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Ontario High School Commons this year. The Ontario FFA will hold its annual chapter banquet Thursday, May 5. In addition to serving dinner at 7 p.m. in the Commons, a silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. The auction will conclude 15 minutes after the banquet.

“This banquet is our way of thanking all the individuals who have supported our organization this past year,” said FFA advisor Les Linegar. “In addition, we’ll honor members of our chapter and community who have excelled in FFA.”

Linegar said the evening will include the installation of new officers as well as an awards ceremony, and a recap of the State FFA Convention which was held in March.

“We’d like to extend a special invitation to all former FFA chapter members, supporters, honorary members, high school staff, family, and special guests,” said Matt Roberts, Ontario FFA president. “And we thank all those businesses that have donated items for our silent auction.”

In addition to a roast beef dinner, homemade pie will be served for dessert.

Second semester honor students at OHS announced

Ontario High School has released its honor roll for the second semester of the 2004-2005 school year. Students may qualify for the honor roll in three categories of grade point averages: 3.25-3.49, 3.50-3.74, and 3.75-4.00. Eligibility is based on enrollment in five credited classes which receive a letter grade. Alternative classes, Work Experience, Job Development, and Teacher’s Aide are credited classes, but do not receive a letter grade. Religious Release Time, and Home Release are not credited classes.

Freshmen 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

  • Monica Adams, Britany Babcock, Rushi Bhakta, Jaylene Bruner, Bailey Campbell, Sebastian Ceniga, Denali Cox, Abby Dominick, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Robert Findley, Jacob Haueter, Christine Hovey, Chase Iida, Cameron Iseri, Megan Kee, Tia Linford, Bradley Mc Gowan, Matthew Monroe, Michael Navarrete, Stephanie O’Connor, Michelle Peterson, Ashley Plaza, Levi Roberts, Nicholas Rock, Grant Saito, Sam Uyeki, and Molly Walters.

Freshmen 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

  • Sara Barrett, Kristi Buck, Nicholas David, Shanna Doman, Kasi Farley, Matthew Hinkley, Krista Holloway, Marina Hopman, Mirza Jacinto, Dylan Maines, Mallory Mallea, Jessica Meza, Brittnie Shigeta, and Kaitlin Spokas.

Freshmen 3.25 - 3.49 GPA

  • Chris Baune Smith, Vanessa Cantu, Guillermo Garcia, Omar Gutierrez, Erica Hartman, Janna Mc Elravy, Eliana Monreal, Kathy Moreno, Karla Sifuentes, Chelsea Skeen, Kayla Travis, Cristobal Urrea, and Victor Vasquez.

Sophomores 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

  • Amber Anderson, Stephanie Babij, Jaclyn Cascio, Brendon Collins, James Deonier, Christina Garcia, Andrea Guerri, Chad Haidle, Kristen Hamman, Mary Hoots, Scott Marlin, Andres Navarrete, Maribel Ramirez, Chelsey Ronneburg, Michael Shoaee, Tasha Tolman, Renee Trainor, and Kayla Yano.

Sophomores 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

  • Cody Ables, Bradley Balcuns, Roger Baker, Chris Cox, Bianca Davis, Tia Flores, Jennifer Jaramillo, Mark Laney, April Patton, Cristina Torres, and Sarah Wharton.

Sophomores 3.25 - 3.49 GPA

  • Denise Conant, John Dalton, Holly Houston, Blake McCoy, Daniel McKinney. Keila Nelson, Melinda Page, and Jenifer Stoffel.

Juniors 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

  • Scott Alward, Allison Barba, Daniel Barker, Katie Beaubien, Sara Bench, Robert Bielawski, Kyrey Blaylock, Paige Burzota, Rachel Clason, Ruth Corn, Samantha Elliott, Sonya Feibert, Vanessa Gomez, Jerrimi Hofmann, Chelsey Iida, Elizabeth Keithley, Monica Kurth, Christie Linford, Ben Lzicar, Jorge Martinez, Jennifer McCurdy, Kayla Mitchell, Samantha Monroe, Devin Montgomery, Stephanie Montgomery, David Peterson, Michael Rankin, Laurel Saito, Jamie Stephens, Kazia Wetzel, and Kelsey Wetzel.

Juniors 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

  • Tawni Burzota, Angela Davis, Cecilia Garcia, Jake Gaschler, Kyle Griffin, AJ Hawk, Cherise Kaechele, Brady Kameshige, Brandon Leavitt, Emily Lopez, Richard Navarrete, Mitchell Oakes, Sean Ormsby, Tanya Percifield, and Andrea Roberts.

Juniors 3.25 - 3.49 GPA

  • Payton Aarestad, Ryan Blankenbaker, Matthew Brown, Kayann Cowperthwait, Keith Hart, Jessica Horn, Kristia Maeda, Lucas Owens, Jonathan Paulsen, Kylene Roberts, Christopher Robinson, Daniel Schram, Lindsay Skeen, Mindy Suitter, Jeffrey Torruellas, Jill Wettstein, and Hilary Whisnant.

Seniors 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

  • Ryan Alward, JJ Anthony, Jaimi Arant, Nicholas Babij, Jacob Blaylock, Taylor Dame, Kasandra Delepierre, Julie Hall, Angie Hamman, Danielle Hiramatsu, Jillian Igarashi, Jay Mizuta, Hannah Pobanz, Kailey Poole, Joshua Roberts, Stephanie Simpson, Joshua Trenkel, Bryce Van Dyke, Katie (Yekaterina) Voronia, and Nastassia Zacarias.

Seniors 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

  • Jamie Baca, Paul Chiara, Jaime Contreras, Hanna Dinsmore, Ruth Douglas, Ashley Lawson, Travis Lowman, Jenna McClean, Matthew Mejia, Matthew Roberts, James Schram, Chelsi Starr, and Priscilla Wiedenman.

Seniors 3.25 - 3.49 GPA

  • Tyler David, Martha Dominquez, Colby Eyre, Janie Elizabeth Hernandez, Kazuaki Honjo, Veralyn Hopman, Francisco Juarez, Daniel Koenig, Hallee Martinez, Jennifer McDannel, Daryl Norris, Chris Schauer, Todd Smith, Jill Solterbeck, Stephanie Springer, and Joshua Woods.

Team of OHS linguists places third in Japanese contest

Five students from Ontario High School participated in the Treasure Valley Japanese Speech Contest at Eagle High School on April 23. There were three divisions of competition, with each division based on the number of years of instruction in Japanese, according to OHS instructor Dr. Masato Ogawa.

Veralyn Hopman, a senior, won third place in Division III. In the last two years, Hopman placed second in Divisions I and II. The Division III topic centered on U.S.-Japan relations. Scott Alward, a junior, won third place in Division II with the topic, "My future plans." This was the first time for him to participate in the contest. Yekaterina Voronina, a senior and an exchange student from Russia, placed second in Division I, speaking on the topic, "My family." This was also her first experience with the contest. Other OHS students participating in this annual competition were Ryan Alward, a senior, and Renee Trainor, a sophomore. Both students also did an excellent job, Ogawa said.

“These five students studied very hard to memorize their speeches,” Ogawa said. “OHS students won second or third places in all three divisions, which was a first for our high school.”