February 18, 2022 The Columbia Press 5 Warriors: team Maritime program leverages grant wins academically The maritime program at seaman, earn a one-year cer- Continued from Page 1 “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 accomplishments.” 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- erations. for critical equipment needs. “I think of students who may The money comes from the Roundhouse 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 nities. 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 Breitmeyer 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- ter. 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- perfect.com/CCC_maritime_ 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- sion. For more information, call the park at 503-861- 2471.