Pendleton High School April Newsletter

Spring is in the air!! Pendleton High School students are engaged in a number of activities as well as preparing to embrace the last months of school. Above, Speech and Debate competitors pose with their awards. Congratulations to Stanton Schmitz for placing Second in ADS, to Avery Madril and River Engum for placing first in Parliamentary Debate, to Rylan Headley and Stanton Schmitz for placing second in Parliamentary Debate, and to Courtney Canfield, Haley Burchard, and Annalise Oertwich for earning spots competing in congressional sessions at State.

PHS First Robotics Team #6442 Modern Americans qualified to compete at FRC World Championships in Houston, Texas. They competed in the Hopper Division with teams from Turkey, Israel, Mexico, Australia, and the US. The picture at bottom right shows the team on a tour with Dr. Chaffee, a rocket scientist who engineered the small propulsion systems for spacecraft over a 55 year period. He was also a personal friend of John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. The rocket above is the Saturn Rocket, of which Dr. Chaffee stated, "each piece presents interesting problems." The other pictures show PHS students with students from around the world and working with judges as well as with their robot, which they named "BillyBot".

Students involved in the Future Farmers of America competition also had a great showing. Macy Rosselle won 1st in state in Creed and will represent Oregon and Pendleton FFA at the National Convention in Indianapolis in October. Jordan Crane and Kendell Blair won 1st in state in Agriscience, also qualifying for National Convention in Indianapolis. Brooklyn Lunny won 3rd in Beginning Prepared Public Speaking and Brooke Marshall won 2nd in Agriscience. State Degree recipients include Jessica Thomas, Makayla Lee, Hallie Porter, Serena Bontemps, and Jacob Szumski. Congratulations and way to represent Pendleton High School!

Several exemplary Business students competed in Portland this year during the State FBLA conference. Congratulations to the following for their accomplishments: Jill Schulze for 1st in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, Cade Anderson for 4th in Securities and Investments, Lauryn Spicknall for 5th in Parliamentary Procedure-Individual test, Uliyana Guerrero, Kyyra Ford, Marissa Medrano, Rylee Parker, and Lauryn Spicknall for 6th in Team Parliamentary Procedure, and Hayden Villers, Andrew Moran, and Lincoln Johnson for 6th in Banking and Financial Systems. Above, the students on the FBLA trip pose in front of the Rip City sign in Portland during the trip.
During the all-senior day, students in Honors Biology 2 were able to travel to BMCC on a field trip and visit the anatomy lab. Three BMCC instructors, Kristen Oja, Sascha McKeon, and Chandra Kunapareddy, were on hand to teach and help show our PHS students around. Kristen and four nursing students showed them around the cadaver lab, looking at the difference between a healthy lung and one damaged from smoking, and view and handle the cadaver's brain. Sascha presented a lesson pathogens and the spread of disease, and students were able to play a game called "Microbes against Humanity." Finally Chandra presented a lesson chemistry, during which students made nylon from a combination of solutions. They were also shown a bright burning and smoking reaction to finish the lesson. Many stories were shared that afternoon about the trip. A huge thank you goes out to the BMCC staff and Mrs. Bixler for setting up such a wonderful learning opportunity for the students!
A team from the Oregon Department of Education recently visited PTTC to view what was taking place and to check on the progress of the grant-funded project. In addition to talking with leadership from the high school, they sat and talked with a large group of students from various programs to ask questions as to their own experiences. The students did a fantastic job! When asked about how Pendleton compared to other schools in the state, the response from one ODE official is that the Pendleton Technology and Trades Center is one of only 6 such centers in the state. He also mentioned that Pendleton programs are extremely successful and gave glowing reviews of both the facility and the progress in both the Culinary and Engineering programs. Thank you to the students for giving up your time to answer the questions.
Above are pictures from the past couple days in Newport. It was an incredible experience for our kids to work with these amazing clinicians, perform in venues like the Newport Performing Arts Center (and the Oregon Coast Aquarium), and get to meet and play with other high school orchestras from all over the state.
Above, students pose with their awards for the Artworks student art show at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Marissa Carlos, Taylor Dougherty, Bailey Stowers, Marisa Jobes, Lupita Garcia, Madison Noggle, and Sophia Simpson all received honorable mention awards at the show. Also, John Malcom won an Honorable Mention at this year's Eastern Oregon Regional High School Exhibit.

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