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    February 18, 2022
The Columbia Press
Warriors: team
Maritime program leverages grant
wins academically The maritime program at seaman, earn a one-year cer-
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“We emphasize classroom
expectations for our kids in
regards to their efforts both on
the field and in the classroom
on a daily basis,” O’Brien said.
“You could interview every kid
on the team and at the end of
each practice they would tell
you we hit on getting a good
dinner, getting their home-
work done, and getting on
Hudl to watch some film.
“Assistant Coach Craig Hor-
ton has been tremendous in
tracking our kids’ grades and
we intervene when we see a
student slipping. If it matters
to us as coaches, it matters
that much more to the kids.”
The WHS football program’s
goals are to have a 3.0 team
grade-point average with ev-
eryone on track to earn a diplo-
ma, to have a winning season,
to become league champions,
to make the playoffs, and to
win the state championship.
“These are put in order of
importance in my mind as
a coach,” O’Brien said. “If
we can be competitive in the
classroom, we can certainly
do the same on the field.”
Foundation Chairman Ar-
chie Manning, a former NFL
quarterback, agreed.
“Academic and athletic
success go hand-in-hand,”
Foundation Chairman and
former NFL quarterback Ar-
chie Manning said. “We are
proud to announce these 62
outstanding high school foot-
ball teams as the top academ-
ic performers in their states.
These schools, coaches, play-
ers and their families should
all be incredibly proud of their
Other Oregon teams recog-
nized in their divisions were
Summit High School in Bend,
6A; Canby High School, 5A;
Monroe High School, 2A; and
Crosspoint Christian School
in Klamath Falls, 1A.
Clatsop Community College tificate in seamanship, or a
has received a $37,500 grant two-year degree in vessel op-
for critical equipment needs.
“I think of students who may
The money comes from the
Foundation, not see a path forward or may
based in Sisters. The founda- not know what they want to
tion supports creative solu- do,” CCC President Chris Bre-
tions to the challenges faced itmeyer said. “The maritime
by rural Northwest commu- science program at MERTS
offers that student a different
The foundation, in hopes of path, a path that can lead to a
maximizing the donation for family-wage job and a career
maritime science students, in which they can take great
has challenged the CCC Foun- pride.”
Entry-level positions can
dation to leverage the grant to
raise scholarships that equal expect to make $40,000 an-
nually and, depending on
or exceed the $37,500 grant.
The money will be used to education, experience, doc-
umented sea time,
secure a life raft train-
and proper licensure
ing model and 10 jum-
and position title, the
bo immersion suits to
salary continues to
be used by students
increase to an upper
enrolled in the safety
limit of $150,000 to
training classes.
$400,000 for bar
A natural gas forge
and river pilots.
will be purchased
The CCC Founda-
for the welding class
tion hopes to raise
that’s part of the mar-
matching funds by
itime science degree
program. And the maritime Feb. 25. Several businesses
fire/fire science class will pur- have donated, including En-
chase seven full sets of turn- glund Marine and Tidewa-
outs (protective fire clothes) ter Barge Lines. More than
and paginate panels to rein- $9,000 had been raised by
force fire walls within the Fire late last week.
The CCC Foundation is a
Response and Research Cen-
nonprofit organization. Dona-
The cost of a Maritime Sci- tions are tax deductible.
Checks can be mailed to CCC
ence education per year is
$8,290, which includes tu- Foundation, 1651 Lexington
ition, fees, and equipment Ave., Astoria OR 97103, or by
expenses. Students can com- credit card at weblink.donor-
plete a career pathway certif-
icate to become an ordinary scholarships.
Courtesy Lewis and Clark NHP
Estuaries are the topic of the new Nature Matters lecture.
Water power shapes Northwest,
Nature Matters speaker says
The power of water and
how it shaped the Pacific
Northwest estuaries is the
topic of this month’s Nature
Matters lecture.
The event is set for 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, via Face-
book Live on the Lewis and
Clark National Historical
Park page.
The lecture series, meant to
provide a lively conversation
about topics at the intersec-
tion of nature and culture, is
sponsored by the historical
park in partnership with the
North Coast Watershed As-
sociation, the Lewis & Clark
National Park Association,
and Fort George Brewery.
Kami Ellingson, a hydrolo-
gist with more than 25 years
of field experience managing
and restoring rivers and es-
tuaries, will lead the discus-
For more information,
call the park at 503-861-