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Scholarship News and Updates From P.E.O.

Last June graduating seniors, Ashlee Archer, Samantha Lindauer and Samantha Wallace were awarded scholarships by the local chapter of P.E.O.  Members recently checked in with them to see how they were doing at their respective colleges.

PEOAshleyArcher-webAshlee Archer chose Yakima Valley Community College for two reasons: she liked the Nursing Program there, and she is able to live with her grandparents in Yakima.  She finds this living situation ideal for her and is pleased that “every cent of my scholarship can be used for tuition and books.”  She is enjoying college very much, but says that she misses “small-town life” in Vernonia.  This quarter she is concentrating on her studies and getting acquainted with college life, and has not ventured into any extracurricular activities yet.  She is finding that focusing on schoolwork is keeping her busy enough for now.  Among her courses this quarter are Psychology and Biology, time-consuming but very stimulating and enjoyable.  She’s very happy with college life.

PEOSamanthaLindauer-webSamantha Lindauer is attending Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.  She is also a Nursing major.  Her goal is to get her Bachelor’s Degree and work in a hospital.  She is unsure yet what unit of hospital work will be her choice, but she is very sure that she wants to use her nursing skills in a hospital setting.  Away from her studies, Sam is busy running  Cross Country, with conference championships coming up soon.  “Running Cross Country is more challenging at the higher elevation here in Klamath Falls,” she says.  This past week (October 28th) they had their first snow at that elevation (about 4,000 feet).

PEOSamanthaWallace-webSamantha Wallace is studying Biochemistry at Oregon State University, and is finding the academic community very much to her liking.  She is joining clubs that are related to her field, and she has signed up for four different organizations and societies.  She will decide after this school year which ones might develop into permanent affiliations after graduation.  She is living in a dorm and is adjusting to its very busy lifestyle.
In addition, P.E.O. is proud to announce that Jeana Gump of Vernonia is also a scholarship winner, not as a Freshman but as a returning student.  She has been awarded a PCE (Program for Continuing Education) scholarship and is a Senior at Portland State University, planning to become a Special Education teacher.  She will receive her Bachelor’s Degree this year, and plans to continue into the masters program at PSU.

PEOJeanaGump-webJeana has a very personal reason to choose Special Ed as a career.  She is the mother of an 11-year-old daughter, Savannah, who was born with Down Syndrome, and she has also been diagnosed with Autism.  The Gumps also have another daughter, Sadie, who is nine.

Jeana, in addition to being a student and a very busy Mom, works part time as an Instructional Aide at Vernonia Elementary School.  Needless to say, she is a very energetic, highly-motivated student.  She says, “I have only one class session a week on campus, and the rest my course work is online, which saves a lot of commuting time.”  She doesn’t have much spare time but likes to run, and manages an average of  2 to 3 miles, 3 days a week, which is not only good exercise, but “it is my stress-reliever,” she says.

Congratulations to these great students.  P.E.O. is very proud of you!

Fleck Wins Second State Championship, Sets State Meet Record

Nathan Fleck, a senior from Vernonia High School ended his Vernonia track career in style.

Fleck set new state record in the 800 meters while winning his second straight state championship at the 2A State Track Meet at Hayward Field in Eugene on May 24th

Flecks time of  1:57.07 was also a new Vernonia school record.  Fleck led the race from start to finish, pulling away to win at the end by 30 meters. “He’s just been absolutely great all year,”said Logger head coach Byron Brown.  He’s made all the runners around him better and pushed himself to excellence all season. He is possibly the best middle distance and all around runner ever to come out of Vernonia.” Read More

VHS Does Well at District Track and Field, Eight to Compete at State Meet

The Vernonia High School Track and Field team competed in the District Track and Field Meet on May 17th and 18th at Portland Christian’s track and came home with several district champions.  This was the state qualifying meet, where the top 2 in each event go on to the state track meet at Hayward Field in Eugene and will compete this week for the state championship―as a team and as individuals in each event.

There were several big stories and outstanding performances for the Loggers at  the District meet.  Nathan Fleck set a new district meet record in the 800 meters at 2:00.  Fleck actually ran faster previously this season,  going under 2 minutes twice this year,  and currently has the fastest 800 time in the state going into the state meet. He is the defending state champion in the event and  his goal is to set a new state record; the time to beat is 1:57.78.

Samanatha Lindauer is district champion in the 3K, leading her race from start to finish.

Lane Sullivan is district champ in the long jump after going into the meet ranked  fourth in the district.

Meghan Sullivan is district champ in the 100 meter dash.  Sullivan and Maina Martin finished 1-2 in the event and both will compete this week at the State meet. According to Logger head coach Byron Brown, Sullivan and Martin just keep getting faster at every track meet.

Other state qualifiers for the Loggers―Drew Cheney who finished 2nd in the Men’s 3K;  Dezi Roberts in the girls high jump and triple jump, the girls 4 x 100 relay (Meghan Sullivan, Sammy Lindauer, Dezi Roberts and Maina Martin); and the girls 4×400 relay (Rowan Cheney, Meghan Sullivan, Maina Martin and Samantha Lindauer) who ran a season best at the district meet.

The girls team finsihed  a very strong 2nd place overall, outdistancing all other NWL teams, running up 124 points.  “This was maybe the best performance by a VHS girls team ever at a district meet,” said head coach Brown.  “ They actually led eventually champion Portland Christian 102 to 85 with 5 events left, but as we have no pole vaulters or hurdlers, eventually PC was able to pull away.”  The boys were 4th overall with 89 points.

“Almost everyone achieved a season’s best performance at the meet, always one of our main goals,” said Brown.   “We got a lot of compliments from the other league coaches and parents about our competitors and the impressive showing of our team.  We are building a solid reputation in track, even without the facilities of our competition.  The keys to our success is in getting our top athletes to commit to track and getting large numbers of our kids to come out for the team. It allows us to compete in events that we never previously competed in and gives us the depth necessary to be a top team.”