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12A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • April 19, 2017
Clowning around for a cause
Mr. & Ms. Dallas Pageant at DHS on Saturday raises money for Doernbecher
By Jolene Guzman
DALLAS — This year’s Mr.
& Ms. Dallas Pageant will be
“dinner and a show.”
Ten pairs of contestants
have been fundraising and
preparing for their time in
the spotlight in Dallas High
School’s Bollman Auditori-
um on Saturday. While only
one couple will be crowned
Mr. & Ms. Dallas, the group’s
goal is to raise $10,000 for
“We all took a trip up to
Doernbecher to get a tour,
see where the money is
going for a little extra moti-
vation,” said pageant co-
chairwoman Molly Peffley.
By last week, contestants
had raised about $5,000. The
grand total raised will go to-
ward helping families pay
medical bills or to cover
travel expenses for families,
said Jessica Lowry, the activ-
In previous years, Dallas
raised a collective $80,000
for Doernbecher. Peffley
said the group would like to
see that total top $100,000 in
the next few years.
She said the 20 contest-
ants vying for the 2017
crown are representative of
“We have a lot of variety
of students this year,” she
said. “We have some foreign
exchange students. We have
all grade levels. We have the-
ater and sports, everything.
Everyone one is represent-
The goal this year is to
bring in more of the com-
munity, so the pageant com-
mittee added activities like
Family Date Night in April
and Saturday’s Spaghetti
Feed before the pageant.
“It’s a fun dinner and a
show,” Peffley said.
“We also want to make it
more of a community event
and so the idea of feeding
people and entertaining
them came out of that,”
DHS to create CTE advisory group
DALLAS — Dallas High School is forming an advisory group
to develop its career and technical education program.
Tim Ray, who is in charge of expanding the program for the
district, said he used a model adopted from North Dakota to
create the Business and Industry Advisory Council.
“Interestingly enough, it is a requirement in Oregon to have
an advisory committee for every program of study that you
have, ODE (Oregon Department of Education) provides no
guidance on how to do that,” he said, explaining why he used
North Dakota’s model. “This gives us some focus and backbone
behind what we want the committee to do and how we want
them to operate.”
Ray said he has committents from industry representatives,
but is looking for more, especially from the health care ﬁeld.
“I hope this spring to get that ﬁnalized and get that commit-
tee up and going and advising us on CTE in this district in the
direction the community wants it to go over the summer and
deﬁnitely by next fall,” he said.
For more information, or to volunteer to serve: 503-623-8336.
OSU releases winter term honor roll
JOLENE GUZMAN/ Itemizer-Observer
Contestants for the Mr. & Ms. Dallas Pageant have been rehearsing and fundraising
for weeks leading up to Saturday’s show at Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High School.
Dinner and a show
Elizabeth Johnson and
Garret Vinson; Melanie
Gray and James VanElverd-
inghe; Alva Hopland and
Allesio Musumeci; Amber
Beattie and Grant Hess;
Alyssa Garner and Landan
Anderson; Stefani Tallon
and Timothy Hensley;
Kailee Cutis and Caleb
McIntosh; Brianna Schetzel
and Meyer Reed; Lindsay
Hand and Grant Burton;
Mall ory Minahan and
What: Mr. & Ms. Dallas Pageant & Spaghetti Feed
Where: DHS Forum and Bollman Auditorium.
When: Saturday, dinner 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The show
starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $18 adults (dinner and pageant); $15 children
5 and younger (dinner and pageant); $10 adult dinner
and $5 child dinner.
Of note: A silent and live auction will take place during
the events. Also, there will be a raﬄe for a Traeger Grill.
Tickets are $10 each.
The Spaghetti Feed begins
is 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets for
the meal are $5 for children
5 and younger and $10 for
For those wanting to see
the pageant too, tickets for
both dinner and the show
are $15 for children 5 and
younger and $18 for adults.
The show begins at 7 p.m.
and includes a group open-
er, a talent contest, a lip sync
contest, and a couples-
themed trivia game, “Know
“It’s based off of ‘Parks
and Recreation,’” Peffley
said, referring to the sitcom.
“It’s basically the ‘Newlywed
Game,’ but super appropri-
ate and family friendly.”
Audience members can
bid on auction items, a
silent auction during the
dinner and a live auction
during the show’s intermis-
Contest pairs had to con-
tribute an auction item in
addition to participating in
events, fundraising, and
preparing for the show.
“It’s a huge commitment,
but it’s totally worth it,” Pef-
Lowry said she believed
the group takes inspiration
from the visit to Doernbech-
er and has put a lot of effort
into the 2017 contest.
“I think actually going to
Doernbecher made them
realize what a great oppor-
tunity it was for them,” she
said. “We really want the
community to know that
Dallas High School is trying
to do good things for the
community, and that high
school kids are pretty
CORVALLIS — Oregon State University announced the names
of Polk County students who have made the scholastic honor
roll winter term.
A total of 1,241 students earned straight-As (4.0). Another
4,481 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be
on the honor roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours
of course work.
Here are the students from Polk County who made the list:
Dallas — Straight-A average: Janet H. Ferguson, senior, chem-
3.5 or better: Alexander L. Bird, senior, civil engineering;
Marissa M. Brewen, sophomore, nutrition; Tyler J. Curtis, junior,
forest engineering; Charles J. Drake, post-baccalaureate, pre-
forestry; Gabriel J. Dudley, junior, electrical and computer engi-
neering; Layla K. Field, senior, human development and family
science; Stephen Kahl, senior, civil engineering; Emily A. Lund,
senior, public health; Caleb T. Naughton, junior, biology; Joseph
P. Orton, junior, biology; Catherine G. Rocak, sophomore, histo-
ry; Austin J. Spaeth, junior, pre-business; Sho R. Talmadge, jun-
Grand Ronde — 3.5 or better: Cody K. Bennett, junior,
physics; Marisa E. Mode, senior, rangeland sciences.
Independence — Straight-A average: Stephen Hinkle, sen-
3.5 or better: Sarah F. Anderson, junior, animal sciences;
Courtney K. Chase, junior, accountancy; Alexxa D. Gonzalez,
sophomore, psychology; Matthew G. Grandquist, senior, biolo-
gy; Brady J. Lloyd, senior, ﬁnance; Megan R. Marchand, senior,
agricultural sciences; Kyle J. Miller, sophomore, ﬁsheries and
wildlife science; Luis M. Rodriguez, post-baccalaureate, ﬁnance;
Sydnee R. Stoller, senior, agricultural business management.
Monmouth — Straight-A average: Makayla R. Kachlein, sen-
ior, animal sciences; Julia L. Kenyon, sophomore, university ex-
ploratory studies; Adam G. Sunderman, senior, computer science.
3.5 or better: Hanna R. Brown, sophomore, biohealth sci-
ences; Yvonne D. Dominguez, senior, human development and
family science; Alejandro Echeverri, junior, kinesiology; Karlie J.
Holmgren, senior, business administration; Elizabeth G. Nash,
junior, human development and family science; Trevor Nash,
sophomore, biology; Brionna H. Poppitz, senior, English; Abbie
E. Potts, junior, biohealth sciences; Anne C. Snell, junior, human
development and family science.
Rickreall — Straight-A average: Bridget H. Regan, senior,
3.5 or better: Jenna Drader, senior, nutrition.