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This is our place to give a shout out to students and staff who are doing cool and amazing things. If you know of someone who deserves a shout out, drop us a note!
  • Thurston Equestrians at State

    Posted 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.

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  • High Schools at State Track Championships

    Posted 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.

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  • Orchestra Students Excel

    Posted 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.

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  • SHS Student Wins Student Service Award

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 4/12/2017

    Leticia Hernandez 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!

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  • Centennial Team Takes 3rd Place in Destination Imagination Tournament

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 4/12/2017

    Centennial Warriors 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!

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  • 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

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  • OBOB 2017

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 3/15/2017

    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!

    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.

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  • Congrats to Our Classified Employee of the Year!

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 3/15/2017

    And the winner is....Jason Frame, THS custodian! Runners up were Lori Umenhofer of SHS and Pudge Barnhart, custodian in GHS and downtown buildings. Read more about there in our headline.

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  • 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.

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  • DECA Students Head to Nationals

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 2/21/2017
    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).
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