Senior Eagles leave the nest
Centennial's 334 graduates spent their last moments together as the Class of 2013 Wednesday night in a commencement ceremony at the Expo Center. Speakers included Senior Class president Kaitlyn Johnson, who recited an original poem featuring a number of the grads by name, and ASB president Ify Aniefuna, who gave the Senior Address.
Principal Kevin Ricker surprised retiring Centennial Middle School principal Doug Cook with this year's honorary diploma (Cook has a real CHS diploma, too). The honorary diploma is a tradition started last year to recognize someone who has made a significant contribution to the success of the senior class. Additionally, the award acknowledges an individual whose extraordinary support of CHS represents the pride, character and vision identified with the CHS symbol, the Eagle.
In another CHS tradition, the class' top 10 students were recognized, along with the teachers they chose to be their "honored educators." This year's top 10 all recognized CHS staff members.
Georgeta Boanca honored language arts teacher Jen Loeung
Christina Bui honored language arts teacher Rana Houshmand
Sandra Dorning honored science teacher Lori Lancaster
Elirissa Hui honored counselor Lori McKedy
Klare Aziz honored Jen Loeung
Klara Jurisons honored science teacher Craig Watts
Tiffany Doan honored business teacher Adriann Hardin
Marry Karam honored Rana Houshmand
Ify Aniefuna honored math teacher Debbie Dube
Daniela St. Helen honored social studies teacher Kathy Thiebes
Two CMS retirees combine experience of 77 years
CMS Principal Doug Cook and CMS counselor Dave Qualheim probably hold a record that won't soon be broken in Centennial history.
Both are CHS grads who spent their entire careers in Centennial. Cook has served 36 years, and Qualheim, a record 41!
Their story was featured this week in the Gresham Outlook.
Kindergartners get to graduate, too
Oliver Elementary hosted their first-ever kindergarten graduation last week. A few hundred people attended the event. Pictured here are the kindergartners on stage, ready to receive their certificates.
Parklane also had a kindergarten graduation last week. Meadows and Wood will have separate kindergarten celebrations for the AM and PM classes during school June 12. View will have one from 5:30-6 pm Wednesday, June 12.
Local park offers summer activities for preschoolers
Looking for something to do with preschoolers this summer? Vance Park has revamped its preschool garden, adding a Fairie Garden and Dino Digg. The park has a number of activities for children July 5-Aug. 25, including free books from SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) Check out activities
Admission to the park is free. Vance Park is on SE 182nd, south of Stark.
CHS counselor gets standing "O" as Lewis & Clark commencement speaker
CHS counselor Kimberly Schiewe, who earned her master's degree from Lewis & Clark this year while working part-time in Centennial, was the student commencement speaker at the graduate school's ceremony June 2. Her speech, which was a reflection on her life and on how students should not necessarily be judged by what's in their file, earned a standing ovation from the audience.
Faculty members recognized Schiewe by giving her the speaking role because of her passion, hard work, creativity and infectious optimism. They described her as an advocate for the underdog and a great role model of perseverance.
Schiewe's story and her success in parlaying her school counseling studies at Lewis & Clark into a job with Centennial will be featured on the college's web page to help recruit other students. A film crew was at CHS today, filming Schiewe, Principal Kevin Ricker and fellow counselor Brandon Coupe.
You can also hear her commencement speech (click on the "on demand" tab, then choose the graduate school commencement. Schiewe's speech starts at the 50:35 mark)
PV staff punks the students in year-end talent
Pleasant Valley staff members surprised students and parents at the end of their Talent Show today with a video showing students getting "punked" by their teachers and other PV staff.
Counselor Andrea Rose conducted interviews with the students, while staff
members danced in the background. The
video was a huge hit with the Talent Show audience.
Girls basketball alum turn in a close game
What started as an idea to round up some CHS girls basketball alumni to play the current team members, turned into a younger vs. older alumni game last Friday because so many wanted to participate.
Even though many of the girls had not played in years, coach Jeff Stanek said the quality of the ball was "not bad," and the game was a "blast." The young team won the game 47-46, with the help of alum Melissa McQuade, who hit a last-second 3 pointer.
Pathways to Manufacturing gives students insight
to high wage job options
As a way to introduce and educate students about job opportunities in the manufacturing industry, Centennial and Franklin High School have formed a consortium with private industry and non-profits.
The Pathways to Manufacturing consortium started this year with students in the metals class meeting one morning a week with industry representatives. Next year, the program will be available to more students who are interested as part of strand in the Tech Apps classes.
Students were taken to different large manufacturing sites to get a sense of what they're like. They also did mock interviews. Those who are 18 had an opportunity for paid internships. With an aging population in the manufacturing, private industry is motivated to get young people interested in a field that offers high paying jobs.
This year's participants were recognized at a recent ceremony. They included Centennial students Asa Cummings, Jordy McCracken, Cameron Cathcart, Dylan DeMent, Kacy Robinson, Jack Lambert, Juan Gonzalez and Clayton Holstine.
Soccer alum invited to join Philippines soccer
JoEllen DeLeon, CHS Class of 2011, has been invited to be a member of the Philippines Women's National Soccer team. DeLeon was a 4-year starter at CHS and is currently a sophomore at Western Oregon.