Thurston Student is National Merit SemifinalistPosted by Springfield Schools at 9/18/2017
Thurston High senior Ethan Reeder is a semifinalist in this year's National Merit Scholarship program, based on his 2016 PSAT score ranking him in the top 1% of high school seniors who took the test. To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a scholarship application outlining their participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards. From the approximately 16,0000 semifinalists nationwide, about 15,000 are expected to advance to finalist level next spring. Every finalist will compete for one of 2500 National Merit Scholarships of $2500. Way to go, Ethan!
Thurston Student Wins Merit ScholarshipPosted by Deb Jolda at 6/22/2017
Thurston High senior Eryn Reeder, a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program based on her 2015 PSAT scores, received a $2500 National Merit Scholarship from Oregon State University. Eryn is anticipating a possible career in engineering.
Springfield Automotive Students Gifted Tool KitsPosted by Deb Jolda at 6/20/2017
Two Springfield High School Automotive Technology students, Michael Morse and Juan Santiago, were the recipients of new tool boxes courtesy of the Jim & Dianna Murphy Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The OCF grant, administered by the Springfield Education Foundation, was intended to help students transition to automotive careers. Mike and Juan have been accepted into the Toyota T-Ten Factory Training Program and will start training in the fall at Umpqua Community College. They will alternate between formal training at UCC and "hands-on" training at our local Eugene Kendall Toyota dealership.
Automotive instructor Mark Simmons also procured matching funds from local area auto shops to allow the scholarship to be awarded annually.
Thurston E-Cars a Huge SuccessPosted by Deb Jolda at 5/25/2017
Thurston's e-car crew had a fantastic showing at the EWEB's May 20 Kilowatt Classic race at Valley River Center. Adam Neiwart took 1st; Noah Littrell took 4th; Colton Rosin took 5th; and Cassie Pantle took 6th. Also, for the second year in a row, the state and regional champion is a THS team: Car 152 built by Melissa Reeves and Jenna Gray and driven by Coltin Rosin is the 2017 State Champion. Thurston cars also finished 2nd and 3rd in the state. Nice job, everyone!
Thurston Equestrians at StatePosted by Deb Jolda at 5/24/2017
Congratulations to Thurston's Equestrian Team, who placed 1st at the state meet in the Team Canadian Flags event. Kenzie Wagner also placed second in the Individual Flags event.
High Schools at State Track ChampionshipsPosted by Deb Jolda at 5/24/2017
Students from Springfield and Thurston High competed at the OSAA 5A Track and Field Championships on May 19-20.
At Thurston, the girls team finished 9th overall, led by Tara Crosswhite's first-place mark (and school record) in 300m hurdles, third-place in 100m hurdles and fourth-place in mile relay with her teammates Anya Gallup, Jaelynn Birkby and Rhianna Brown. Shay Vanderville also came in 6th in pole vault.
The boys team finished 15th overall, with Nathan Wirth 3rd in pole, Tyson Haas 3rd in high, Jaydan Gray 6th in javelin, Josh McCluskey 8th in the 400 and 5th in the 400m relay with teammates Tanner Gormley, Isaac Lange and Ben Annus.
At Springfield, Dalton England came in 4th in the 400 (racing against Josh). Kate Bakken also competed in shotput and javelin, and Gabby Matthews competed in the triple jump.
Orchestra Students ExcelPosted by Deb Jolda at 5/17/2017
Thurston High's incredible percussion ensemble placed 1st at the OMEA State Championships in May. Springfield High took 2nd in the small ensemble category with their percussion duet. In solos, SHS's Chandler Larson took 1st in Rudimental Snare, Ornamental Snare and 5th in Timpani, while Trenton Fleenor placed 3rd in Tuba. THS's Wesley Coleman took 2nd in Alto Sax. Congrats to all!
SHS Student Wins Student Service AwardPosted 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 TournamentPosted 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 EventPosted 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.