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Meet the Exchange Students

Each year the Vernonia School District and the Vernonia community invite a group of foreign exchange students from all around the world to spend a school year living and learning in our small town.  Families open their homes and become adopted parents; new, lifelong friendships are started and our students and residents have a chance to learn about life and culture in a variety of places-some we may not have even heard of before.  Over the last few years the groups of students has grown progressively larger; this year Vernonia is host to nineteen foreign students.  Each fall Vernonia’s Voice takes time in our pages to meet and introduce each of these students to the rest of our community.  If you have the pleasure of meeting any of these visitors, please take time to say hello and help them feel welcome.

Silas Mansig is a senior from Gedved, a small town in Denmark.  Silas is staying with Jon, Kinnell and Bridger Steward.  He is playing football this fall and will play basketball and baseball this year as well.   Silas say he has met a lot of nice people and says he likes that Vernonia is a small community where everyone knows each other.  Silas says his favorite classes are Construction and Yearbook and his favorite food here in the United States is pizza. Silas says he will go to school in Denmark after he returns from Vernonia.

Sara Mayer-Villeneuve is from Quebec, Canada near Montreal and is staying with  Mark, Deanna and Kelsey Brown.  A senior, Sara says she likes the personal feel of small town Vernonia. Sara says her favorite class is Spanish, which she is learning for the first time and she also enjoys Algebra and Leadership.  “I like all my classes,” she says.  Sara is playing volleyball and says maybe she would like to try cheerleading as well.  She also hopes to run track in the spring.  Sara says she  will return for more schooling in Quebec and then University when her year in Vernonia is over.

Left to right:  Silas Mansig, Sara Mayer-Villeneuve, Sam Hout, Dominique Woods and Emma D’Onghia.

Left to right: Silas Mansig, Sara Mayer-Villeneuve, Sam Hout, Dominique Woods
and Emma D’Onghia.

Sam Hout is from Abitibe, in western Quebec, Canada.  Sam is a senior and is living with the Rethwill family.  Sam says Vernonia is a lot like his small home town in Canada and thinks there are lots of activities for students to be involved in. He says he had a chance to try Clam Chowder for the first time and really likes it!  Sam is playing football and says he may try wrestling and baseball.  Sam says his favorite class is Advanced Conditioning because he has a chance to do training for himself.  Sam says he is spending this year in the United States because he doesn’t know what he wants to study in the future.  He says he will continue his schooling and go to University.

Emma D’Onghia is a junior and is living with the Landers family.  Emma is from Glen Iris, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.  Emma thinks Vernonia is a good place for Exchange Student because there are less people to get to know and everyone knows who they are.  Emma says her favorite classes are Yoga and Teaching Assistant.  Emma is running cross country this fall and will play basketball in the winter and run track in the spring.  Emma says her favorite new food is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Emma, who is just fifteen, has two more years of high school to complete when she returns to Australia, and says she would like to go on and study something sport related in college.

Dominique Woods is a junior from southern Germany near Stuttgart.  Dominique is staying with Ron, Trish and Ronnie Maldonado. Dominique likes it in Vernonia because he says there is more going on here than in his small town in Germany. Dominique is playing football and says he will also play basketball and baseball for the Loggers. Dominique says he really enjoyed trying cornbread for the first time when he was at the Glass home for dinner.  Dominique says his favorite class is Health because it is very interesting and also Advanced Conditioning.  Dominique still has two years of high school to complete when he returns to Germany.  After that he says  he would like to return to the United States for college.

Elvis Will Be in the New School Building!

GiveBackBashJustin new-webElvis is coming to Vernonia!

The “Give Back Bash” is an event to raise funds for athletic facilities for the new Vernonia School campus. It will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, and will be one of the headline events of the  “57th  Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show” weekend.  The “Give Back Bash” will feature two concert performances by Justin Shandor, a world renowned Elvis Tribute Artist.

Shandor was named “The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises in 2010 and recently thrilled a national television audience with his performance on the David Letterman Show on February 6, 2013.  Known for his remarkable physical resemblance to the King  (Graceland once sent Shandor a letter asking him to stop using Elvis’s image in his promotional materials;  the image was actually of Shandor!) and his amazing voice and dance moves, Shandor will perform with a full eight piece band for his shows in Vernonia.  Read More

VHS Students Asked to Participate in Survey

Calling all Vernonia High students! Please go to http://tp4.vernonia.k12.or.us/VernVit2013.tp4 and answer five questions. The username and password are your six digit ESIS number from your student ID. The survey will be used to establish a baseline of information from which current and future decisions will be judged. Your participation will provide the guidance necessary to prioritize improvements to both the school district and all of Vernonia. Better participation will give  better data, resulting in a better future for Vernonians. Please contact Bill Langmaid (me@rangelights.com) if you have any problems.

VHS Leadership Sponsors Toy Drive


Vernonia High School Leadership Class is sponsoring a toy drive for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital from now until April 1st.


Doernbecher only excepts new unopened toys.  Some examples include: games, toys, action figures, arts and crafts, electronics and accessories, toddler toys, and teen items like gift cards etc. All toys will be donated directly to Doernbecher Childrens Hospital. Donation bins are located at both Vernonia main school offices and Sentry Market.


Cutright Named 1st Team All State

AustinCutrightWebVernonia High School senior Austin Cutright was named  2A 1st Team All State for boys basketball.

Cutright helped lead the Loggers to their second straight berth in the OSAA State Championship in Pendleton.  The Loggers brought home the 6th place trophy this season.  Cutright was twice named Player of the Game in Pendleton.  Last year Cutright and the Loggers finished 4th, when Cutright was also named Player of the Game twice.

In addition Curight was named 1st Team All League as well as the Northwest League Player of the Year.

Congratulations to Austin Cutright!



Loggerbots Take 3rd Place at FIRST Robotics

The Vernonia High School Loggerbots finished in third place at the Oregon FIRST Robotics  competition on March 8 and 9, 2013 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.

The Vernonia Loggerbots following their 3rd place finish at the Oregon FIRST Robotics regional competition.

The Loggerbots, in just their second year of competing, led the entire field of fifty-nine teams  after the first day of the regional competition.  After the end of the qualifying round on Saturday, the Loggerbots were in third place overall and had qualified for the elimination round.  The top four teams in the elimination round chose two partner teams and create and alliance with whom they compete together for the rest of the competition.

The Loggerbots chose West Valley High School from Spokane, WA and Corvallis High School to join their alliance.

The Loggerbots and their partner teams won their  best-of three quarterfinal, losing the first match 76-77, before rebounding in the second match 78-76 and forcing a decisive final match.  The Loggers and their  partners prevailed in the third match 92-63 and advanced to the final four and the semi finals.

The Loggerbots were eliminated in the semifinals, losing 59- 41 and 88-62.  The Loggerbots were awarded third place based on their overall point score of 214 points.

Vernonia Loggerbots in 1st Place After First Day of Competition

The Robot built by the VHS Loggerbots.

The Robot built by the VHS Loggerbots.

The Vernonia High School Loggerbots were in first place out of 59 teams after the first day  at the Oregon FIRST Robotics Competition.  The Loggerbots, team 4127,  had a record of 7-0 at the Memorial Coliseum after the competition ended Friday evening.  The Loggerbots were scheduled to start competing again at 9:45 AM on Saturday morning. is only the second year Vernonia High School has enter a robot in the competition.  Last year the team finished 59 out of 66 teams.

FIRST Robotics is an organized international program that encourages youth  to compete using knowledge based in science, technology,  engineering and mathematics.  Each year the teams are given a basic starter kit and a new set of tasks that will be worth points in the competition.  This year the teams were required to launch a frisbee through a small target and climb a pyramid.

The Loggerbots have received assistance from numerous local volunteer community mentors as well as sponsorship from local businesses.

Loggers To Play in State Basketball Tournament

The VHS Lady Loggers with their Northwest League Tournament trophy.  Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon

The VHS Lady Loggers with their Northwest League Tournament trophy. Photo courtesy of Tracy Easlon

Both the Girls and Boys basketball teams from Vernonia High School have qualified for the State Tournament this year.

The Lady Loggers added to their regular season Northwest League championship by winning the League Tournament on Saturday February 16 with a 48-41 victory over Portland Christian.  The Lady Loggers will host Heppner on Saturday February 23 in the first round of the State Tournament.  The start time for the game has not been determined.  Heppner finished their regular  season in fourth place in the Blue Mountain League with 12-4 league record and an 18-6 record overall. Read More

Loggers Send Four Wrestlers to State Tournament

David Kovelda won the District Championship at 145 pounds

David Kovelda won the District Championship at 145 pounds

Four Vernonia Loggers qualified for the state wrestling tournament following the District Championships held at the new Vernonia High School on February 15-16.

Freshman David Kovelda won the District Championship at 145 pounds and senior Dawson Shay won at 182 pounds.

Also qualifying for the state tournament were Mikol Pihl who finished second in the District Tournament at 170 pounds and T John Wolf who took second at 195 pounds. Read More

Lady Loggers Win Streak Ends at Sixteen, Boys Win

The Vernonia Lady Loggers basketball team lost to Neah-Kah-Nie 35-33 on Tuesday February 5, 2013, ending their sixteen game winning streak.

The Vernonia girls remain is first place in the Northwest League with a 13-2 record.

The Vernonia Boys won their game against Neah-Kah-Nie 66-36.  The Loggers are in third place  with a 10-5 league record.

Both teams play their final regular season game on Friday February 8 at home against Nestucca. It will be Senior Night.