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SHS Student Wins Student Service Award
Posted by Deb Jolda at 4/12/2017
Springfield High's Leticia Hernandez was named the winner of the Student Service Award by the Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER) at the 2017 César Chávez event. Said her nominator: "Leticia is a kind-hearted, giving young woman who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes." Congratulations, Leticia!
Centennial Team Takes 3rd Place in Destination Imagination Tournament
Posted by Deb Jolda at 4/12/2017
Congrats to Centennial Elementary's "Warriors of Centennial" Destination Imagination team, participating this year for the first time, for taking 3rd place in the 3-Peat (Improvisational) Challenge at the recent Affiliate Tournament in Salem (equivalent to a state competition). They also won 2nd place in the Instant Challenge portion. Nice job, team!
Springfield Teams Qualify for State Destination Imagination Event
Posted by Deb Jolda at 3/24/2017
Congratulations to Centennial's "Warriors" team, who are moving on to the state Destination Imagination event on April 8 in Salem. The Warriors (pictured left) are one of four Springfield teams that participated in the regional DI event. Thurston Elementary School's "Kindle of Ideas" team (on the right) also earned the right to advance, but had to decline due to various family obligations. Teams from Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary and Ridgeview also participated.
DI is an international program aimed at encouraging student creativity. Teams may choose to address one of a number of challenges during competition. The Warriors chose the 3-Peat Improvisational Challenge. Learn more at www.destinationimagination.org.
Congratulations to all of our winning OBOB teams! Nearly every school participated this year. Middle school teams competed at regionals in early March. Elementary teams competed on March 18, with Centennial's team moving on to the state tournament on April 8!
Update: Centennial's team made it to the top 25 at state! Way to go, Stooges!
Here are the winning teams from each school that we know of. Congratulations to the hundreds of students who participated in OBOB this year!
Centennial: Five Stooges; Douglas Gardens: The New and Improved Book Creepers; Guy Lee: Book Bugs; Maple: Awesome Dragons; Mt. Vernon: Savage Readers; Elizabeth Page: The Kawaii Cupcakes; Ridgeview: “T.H.B.”; Riverbend: Book Dominators; Thurston Elementary: The Comeback Cats; Two Rivers-Dos Ríos: Rockin’ Readers; Yolanda: The Next Level 2.0; Agnes Stewart: 4 in a Million; Briggs: OBOB Beasts.
SPS Students Excel at District Solo and Ensemble Festival
Posted by Deb Jolda at 2/28/2017
Congratulations to our Springfield vocalists and musicians who excelled at the recent OMEA District 12 Solo and Ensemble Festival at LCC. Several students qualified to go on to the state competition on April 28.
At Springfield High, several students qualified for state: Tia Diozeghy: 1st, Mezzo Soprano Voice; Trenton Fleenor: 1st, Tuba; Chandler Larsen: 1st, Rudimental Snare Drum, Orchestral Snare Drum, Timpani and Mallets; Chandler Larsen and Justin Sheetz: 1st, percussion duet.
Payton Swartout and Hannah Baehler were the high scoring woodwind small ensemble and barely missed qualifying for state. Hannah Baeher also took 3rd in Clarinet.
Thurston High had 32 entrants into the contest, more than any other school. Several students qualified for state: Wesley Coleman: 1st, Alto Saxophone; Bailie Hampton: 1st, Horn; Ben Aldana: 1st, Trombone; Donald Inglese: 1st, Timpani; Sean Gley: 2nd, Trumpet; Jamison McGillivray: 2nd, Trombone. Other placers were Sabrina Stroup: 2nd, Mezzo Voice; Logan Pearl: 2nd, Rudamental Snare; David Bartzen: 3rd, Trombone; Donald Inglese: 3rd, Mallets and Orchestral Snare; Grant Gramespacher: 4th, Trumpet.
The percussion ensemble also won the large percussion category and will compete at state. They also took second in the small ensemble category and qualified for a spot at state as well. The trombone quartet won the brass ensemble category.
Congratulations to Springfield's DECA students! Six of our high school students have earned the right to compete in the national International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA, April 25-29.
At the Oregon state DECA competition in Portland, Thurston High's Brock Crolly (junior) and Evan Sloan (sophomore) placed 3rd in Hospitality & Tourism Team Decision Making and Springfield High sophomore Bryleigh O'Neil placed 2nd in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism to qualify for nationals. Also qualifying for nationals are Springfield High's sophomore team of Ben King and Kate Bakken (Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making) and freshman Cordelle Carlsen (Principles of Finance).
Three Thurston robotics teams have advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge Super-Qualifier event on Feb. 11-12 (specific date and location TBD): Phalanx (Team 3093 - Ben Blatny, Carrie-Anna Estes, Jaden Gathright, Jesse Hewitt, Flynn Huston, Cody Klews, Christian Pettus and Brendon Scott) came in 5th in the qualifying rounds and got to be Alliance Captains for the Elimination Rounds. Player 1 (Team 6476 - Kyle Coleman, Jeremiah Elliot, Spencer Hansen, Ethan Jackson, Hunter Scott, Dalton Wilde, Max Wines and Taran Wood) were selected to be on an Alliance and were finalists in the Elimination Rounds. Toga Party (Team 10428 - Luke Agajanian, Grant Gramespacher, Levi Lehman, Eric Leslie, Augustus Loftin, Emily Russell and Eden Wilde) won the Motivate Award.
The teams have been working since the start of school to build robots that will conquer this year's challenge course. At the competitions, the teams accumulate points based on their an interview, the robot's performance in competition and overall spirit.
Congratulations to all for their efforts! (Learn more about this year's challenge here.)
Congratulations to Springfield High's Giovanni Avila for winning South Eugene High School's Vocal Throwdown. The annual event features the best singers from several area schools. The winners are selected by audience vote. This is Gio's second win in four years at the singing contest. Nice work, Gio!
Thurston High's Wesley Coleman, a junior, was one of five students across the state who were selected to work with master composer Robert Kyr. Under a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the group collaborated to produce a new work based on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." The Eugene Symphony performed the resulting theme and variations, entitled "Ode to the Future," at the Symphony's November 17, 2016, concert at the Hult Center.
In addition to his interest in composition, Wesley also sings and plays piano and sax and is active in the school's vocal ensembles and band ensembles. In an interview for the Eugene Symphony magazine, he said that he has been composing on the piano since fourth grade, and his career goal is to be a film and media composer.
"The composition project has been meaningful to me because it has given me the opportuity to work with other very talented young composers," Coleman said. "I have been incredibly grateful to work with Dr. Kyr who mentored and guided me throughout the process. I start by experimenting with the melody on the piano where most of my compositions take shape. From there I take ideas that are cohesive and develop them into different variations adding rhythmic and harmonic textures."