Class Notes: Harris graduates from Colorado College

Stephanie Harris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science from Colorado College. Harris is a 2010 graduate of Hood River Valley High School.

Colorado College awarded 566 undergraduate degrees at its 132nd commencement, held May 19 outdoors on Armstrong Quad.

Jane Lubchenco, first woman to serve as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, gave the commencement address, titled “From Rats to Sharks: Tales of Public Service.” She is a 1969 graduate of Colorado College.

“You millennials — because of your numbers and attitudes — are positioned to have immense influence on our country,” Lubchenco told the graduating class. “You will elect the next six presidents of the United States. You will be the problem solvers and the leaders.”

She advised the Class of 2014 to be willing to take risks, be ready to challenge conventional wisdom, and give back to society through public service.

Delgado graduates from University of San Diego

Nicholas Delgado of Hood River graduated from the University of San Diego on May 25.

Delgado earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and the creation of ethical leaders. Chartered in 1949, the school enrolls approximately 8,300 undergraduate and graduate full-time equivalent students.

USD has a long history of public service and was recently recognized as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs.

HR students graduate from Connections Academy

Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s largest online public school, recently held graduation ceremonies in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

The class of 2014 Oregon Connections Academy graduates from Hood River are: Allison Walls and Julian Rogers.

Oregon Connections Academy is a fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual K-12 schooling and currently serves nearly 3700 students across the state. The school delivers customized learning directly to homes tailored to the academic needs of each student.

Oregon Connections Academy students benefit from one-on-one attention from Oregon-certified teachers specially trained in online teaching methods, using cutting-edge technology and an engaging curriculum, which meets the state’s rigorous standards.

Over the years, Oregon Connections Academy students have gone on to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities across the country.

Enrollment is underway for the 2014-15 school year. For additional information about the school, visit

Local students named to college honor rolls

Meredith Virk, a resident of Hood River Valley High School, has earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for spring semester 2014. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students.


Hood River students Isaac Bubb, Alyson Hicks-Lynch, Kirra Paulus and Levi Roeseler were named to the Montana State University 2013 fall semester honor roll.

Jackson competes for Linfield forensics team

The Linfield College forensics team recently competed in the 2014 Pi Kappa Delta Tournament of the Great West in Boise, Idaho.

Eight Linfield students competed in the tournament, which offered three rounds of all 11 NIET events as well as rounds of parliamentary, worlds and IPDA debate. Eleven schools participated, representing Oregon, Idaho, California, Wyoming, Washington and Utah.

Freshman Murphy Jackson of Parkdale and sophomore Austin Browning of Boise, Idaho, and were finalists in the British parliamentary debate.

The Linfield forensics team is one of the oldest in the country and focuses on competitive speech and debate. Linfield College forensics students, Jackson included, connected with peers from around the world during a recent Skype debate.

The Debate Without Borders Skype Tournament, hosted by Afghans for Progressive Thinking, was held during the day in Kabul, Afghanistan. For Linfield, the first round began at 9 p.m. and continued through the night.

In addition to Linfield, the tournament included teams from Ibn e Sina University, Saudi Arabia; Kahmir University, India; KPU University, Canada; and Kabul University, Herat University, Mazar University and Karwan University, all from Afghanistan. The teams participated in five rounds of IPDA debate via Skype.

Linfield students alternated participating in rounds, reached the final round of the tournament and received second place overall.

The tournament provided opportunities for cultural exchange and understanding, said Jackson Miller, Linfield director of forensics and professor of communication arts, who judged a round of debate between a team from Afghanistan and a team from the Indian region of Kashmir.

“It was amazing how open the students were in their discussions of issues as difficult as the treatment of Muslim minorities in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir,” Miller said. “These kinds of dialogues are made possible by the format of debate and by the ability to bring these students together via Skype.”

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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