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16A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • March 25, 2015
Polk County Schools/Education
‘University night’ set at Dallas High
DALLAS — The Oregon Public University Spring Tour will
make a stop at Dallas High School on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Representatives of all eight public universities in Oregon —
Oregon State, Oregon, Portland State, Eastern Oregon, Western
Oregon, Southern Oregon, OSU-Cascades and Oregon Institute
of Technology — will be on hand. This is an opportunity for any
college-bound student to hear about programs and schools in
“University night” is open to students in all grades and par-
ents. Students will hear a general presentation from all the uni-
versities in Bollman Auditorium, and then be able to attend
small breakout sessions with at least two schools of their choice.
There will be information to pick up and time for questions.
For more information: Dobie Long, Dallas High School coun-
seling office, 503-831-1975.
Melanie Meador uses
a talking globe game
made by Leap Frog to
test her world geog-
The globe is a fun
way for youths to get
started in geography,
Meador said. She and
Timothy Fairchild will
County school dis-
tricts — Central and
tively — at the state
Bee at Western Ore-
gon University on Fri-
day. The bee is for
youths in grades 4-8.
Education forum planned Tuesday
EMILY MENTZER/ Itemizer-Observer
Ultimate world trivia test
Two local students qualify for state geography bee competition
By Emily Mentzer
POLK COUNTY — What is
the city on the east coast of
China that is the most
densely populated where
people mainly ride bikes?
The answer: Shanghai.
“That was the eighth ques-
b re a k e r,”
t h y Fa i r-
got it right,
so I won the school geogra-
Fairchild and Melanie
Meador, a Talmadge Middle
School seventh-grader, will
represent Polk County at Fri-
day’s State National Geo-
graphic Bee, which takes
place at Western Oregon
• For more information
or to test your geographic
Meador doesn’t remember
her winning question, just
one that she got wrong
about a lion reserve in
“The other person got all
(three) of them wrong,”
Not everyone who wins
the school geographic bee
gets a ticket to the state com-
p e t i t i o n . Me a d o r a n d
Fairchild both had to score
well on another test, one that
included multiple choice,
short answer and essay
“In the test to get to state, I
was nervous because there
were a lot of science ques-
tions I didn’t expect on a ge-
ography test,” Fairchild said.
Specifically, one essay
question asked students to
name an endangered ani-
mal, what it eats, where it
lives and what efforts are
being made to save it.
“It doesn’t seem right for
geography,” Fairchild said.
The second essay ques-
tion asked students to wear
the hat of a city planner.
“They told you that you
had just bought a basketball
team, and you had to build
an arena in that city,”
Meador explained. They
were given maps of four dif-
ferent cities with markers for
train stations, hotels and
parking lots. “You had to
choose one of the four spots
and then explain why you
For both students, maps
and geography is a family af-
Fairchild’s father spent
time studying atlases for fun,
“On a rainy day or whatev-
er, he would sit down and
pull out an atlas and start
looking at it,” Fairchild said.
“In class, I’ll flip to the back
of the history book and
study the maps. I’ve always
been interested in the world
and seeing where things
Meador picked up interest
in the subject from her
brother, Brett, and father,
Walt, who always had a map
on his lap on road trips
across the Northwest, Mid-
west and to the South.
Learning about exotic
new places — and how to
pronounce them and spell
them properly — is some-
thing Meador enjoys.
Through it all, she has found
a few places she’d like to
“Someday I’d like to go to
Italy,” she said. “I’d like to see
the Kentucky Derby some-
Fairchild’s dream destina-
tions center around history
See TEST, Page 14A
WEST SALEM — Chemeketa Community College President
Julie Huckestein and State Rep. Paul Evans of Monmouth will
host an education forum Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Chemeketa
Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW.
The forum is specifically designed for both Evans and Huck-
estein to have an opportunity to hear any concerns or needs of
parents, teachers or those organizations who work with chil-
dren in the community.
For more information: 503-986-1420.
Tickets for KVCS fundraiser on sale
KINGS VALLEY — Tickets are now on sale for Kings Valley Char-
ter School’s annual fundraiser, this year titled the Great Outdoors
Dinner and Auction, scheduled May 2 at the Corvallis Elks Lodge.
Tickets cost $16.50 per person and can be purchased
through Glenda Bush or Jennie Wilder at the Kings Valley Char-
ter School main office, 38840 Kings Valley Highway, located be-
tween Dallas and Philomath.
For more information: 541-929-2134.
LaCreole educator receives honor
DALLAS — Blake Shinn, sixth-grade math
teacher at LaCreole Middle School, was
named Dallas School District’s Distinguished
Educator for March.
Kimberly Noack, a parent of one of Shinn’s
students and colleague at LaCreole, nomi-
nated him for the honor, which was present-
ed on March 13.
“He believes that students and their learn-
ing should always come first,” Noack said.
“He is dedicated to current and former stu-
dents, and willing to help all in gaining math skills.”
Shinn’s students noted: “He doesn’t flip out if we don’t get
the answers right” and “He helps us understand problems.”
The Distinguished Educator Program recognizes “excellence
in teaching and learning” in Dallas School District schools.
Local pair earns COCC recognition
BEND — Two Polk County residents, Kelsey Ford of Rickreall
and Cody Manzi of Monmouth, have qualified for inclusion on the
2014 fall term dean’s list at Central Oregon Community College in
Bend. The COCC dean’s list is based on enrollment in 12 or more
credit hours and a grade-point average of 3.60 or higher. Ford is a
2014 graduate of Perrydale High School, while Manzi is a 2013
graduate of Santiam Christian High School in Adair Village.