Wednesday, December 28, 2005
December 10, 2005
Hood River Valley High School was chosen by KATU Channel 2 as “Super School of the Month” for November, and presented with a trophy Dec. 2 in an all-school assembly.
Melissa Princehouse, a senior at HRVHS who nominated her school for the honor, accepted the trophy from newscaster Debora Knapp.
Princehouse had given convincing answers to the eight questions on the application form.
“She worked hard on it,” co-principal Martha Capovilla said. “She really did her homework.”
Co-principal Steve Fisk agreed. “Yes, she did a great job,” he said. “She did a lot of research, looking up statistics and such.”
To the first and most general question, “Why should your high school be a KATU Super School?”, Princehouse wrote: “Hood River Valley High School exceeds expectations for a super school. Our outstanding activities department generates an amazing amount of school spirit.
“Through Hood River’s generous students and staff, we are able to perform extraordinary accomplishments for our community. We hold great attendance records, an impressively low dropout rate and we had the highest retention rate in the state. Hood River Valley High School students are proud to be a part of a school worthy to be a KATU super school.”
This is the second year of the award program, which is sponsored by KATU and Oregon College Savings Plan, in conjunction with Oppenheimer Funds. Monthly winners are chosen in Oregon and Washington. At the end of the academic year one school from each state will win a $1,000 scholarship.
To view the newscast, go to the school’s Web site, www.hrvhs.com, and click “Watch the video.”
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