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    FOUR - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Ione eighth-graders celebrate
Heppner NHS inducts new
The Heppner chapter of the National Honor Society inducted new members last week at
Heppner high School. Pictured are: back row, Alex Lindsay and Gibson McCurry; front row,
The Ione eighth-grade class, celebrating entrance into the world of high school next fall, is Carson Brosnan, Maddie Combe, Jacee Currin, Claire Grieb, Jaiden Mahoney, Hunter Nichols
already looking forward to its graduation in 2021. Pictured (L-R) are: Matthew Eubanks, and Keegan Gibbs. -Contributed photo
Hunter Padberg, Cameron Jewett, Francisco Velasco, Evan Ferguison, MaLinda Morter, Submitted by Heppner All members of the Na- Grieb and Madison Combe.
Larysa Burright, Jessica Medina, Eva Martin, Ola Rietmann, Serentity Rodriguez, Tiffany NHS President Kolby Cur- tional Honor Society are These new members join
Hollis, Maricarmen Aguilar, Gennell Blakley. -Contributed photo
Ione FFA Chapter inducts new
Nine new members
were inducted into the Hep-
pner chapter of the National
Honor Society on Wednes-
day, May 17. The lightning
ceremony took place at the
HHS library and was fol-
lowed by a luncheon.
New members were se-
lected based on community
involvement, leadership,
and academic performance.
held to high standards and
are expected to participate
in multiple community ser-
vice activities as well as
maintain a 3.33 grade point
Newly-inducted mem-
bers are Alex Lindsay,
Keegan Gibbs, Gibson
McCurry, Hunter Nichols,
Carson Brosnan, Jacee Cur-
rin, Jaiden Mahoney, Claire
current members Kolby
Currin, Kevin Murray,
Logan Grieb, Jake Lind-
say, Bryan Fowler, Taylor
Hamby, Sophie Grant and
Morgan Correa.
Currently NHS plays
Bingo at Lakeview Heights
once a month, organizes
and participates in a blood
drive and assists with other
community activities.
-Continued from PAGE ONE worked in Salem for the fore her, Mrs. Carmichael
The Ione FFA Chapter recently inducted new chapter officers for upcoming year. Pictured (L-R)
are President Morgan Orem, Vice President Sonia Medina, Secretary Matt Orem, Treasurer
Sarah Knop, Reporter Jake Heideman, Sentinel Daniel Eubanks and Historian Emily Taylor.
-Photo by Erin Heideman
Locals invited to ‘Good Times
at the Cardinal Diner’
The community is in-
vited to an original musi-
cal, served with a lasagna
dinner, Wednesday, May
24, and Thursday, May 25,
in Ione. Show times both
nights are at 7 p.m. in the
Ione High School cafeteria.
Cost is $10 for adults,
$5 for students kindergar-
ten through 12 th grade, and
free for children under five.
Seating is limited, so those
planning on attending are
urged to purchase tickets
early at the school office.
Morrow County Grain
Growers is a sponsor for the
event. All proceeds benefit
the Ione music program.
Cardinal state track results
The Cardinal track and
field team attended the
OSAA 1A State Champi-
onships last Thursday and
Friday at the University
of Oregon, Eugene. While
competition from around
the state was tough, two
athletes placed in the top
ten in their events, and Cord
Flyyn achieved a personal
record in his discus per-
formance. Full individual
results are as follows:
Men’s Results
1500 Meters 1A - Finals
12. Hayden Qualls,
3000 Meters 1A - Finals
12. Hayden Qualls,
Discus - 1.6kg 1A - Finals
7. Cord Flynn, 124-04 PR
Javelin - 800g 1A - Finals
9. Cord Flynn, 144-04
Women’s Results
1500 Meters 1A - Finals
11. Mackenzie Heideman,
100m Hurdles - 33” 1A -
8. Laura Ayala, 17.93a
100m Hurdles - 33” 1A -
8. Laura Ayala, 17.73a PR
Lexington, attending Hep-
pner Elementary and then
Heppner High. She gradu-
ated from HHS in 1977.
She says she knew from
an early age that she wanted
to be a teacher. Part of that
was her time as a teach-
er’s assistant during high
school, when she was a TA
in the class of the late Karen
“She was my mentor
for four years,” says Morris.
“That was when I knew I re-
ally wanted to be a teacher.”
She went on to attend
two years at Blue Mountain
Community College and
then finished out her educa-
tion at what was then Or-
egon College of Education
in Monmouth (now Western
Oregon University). She
graduated from there in
1982 with a Bachelor of
Science in education with a
reading endorsement.
Her life wasn’t all stud-
ies, though. Her future hus-
band, Bill, moved from
the Willamette Valley to
Lexington when his parents
purchased the old Lexing-
ton Chevron station. Mutual
friends Charlie and Cindy
Sumner introduced the pair,
and they went on a double
date bowling in Pendleton.
They continued to date, and
when she went to Mon-
mouth for school, he moved
to Albany for college. They
were married in December
of 1982.
The couple lived and
next couple years; she
worked at Jason Lee Man-
or retirement home while
sending out applications for
teaching positions.
“I was a runner-up in
Rufus, OR. I’m kind of
glad I didn’t get that one,”
she says.
In 1984 Morris was
hired to teach in Ione, which
was still part of the Morrow
County School District
at that time. The couple
moved to Ione and she
taught there five years—
third grade her first year
and second grade the next
four years.
Their only daughter,
Kimberly, was born in 1986
and attended Ione school
through high school.
After five years in Ione,
Morris took some time off
from full-time teaching,
subbing the next couple
of years for the Morrow
County School District and
Hermiston schools. She
spent a full year at West
Park Elementary in Herm-
iston, teaching kindergarten
the first part of the year and
then second grade.
She was then hired
back to MCSD in 1994 to
fill in teaching Mrs. Hague-
wood’s fourth-grade class
at HES while Haguewood
was on maternity leave for
her daughter’s birth. The
next year Morris was hired
as a full-time kindergarten
teacher, “and I’ve been here
ever since,” she says.
Her longevity in the
kindergarten classroom
might have something to
do with her love for the job
and the children.
“It’s a rewarding grade
to teach. You see a lot of
growth in kindergarten,”
she says.
In 2005, after their
daughter’s graduation, the
Morrises moved from Ione
to Heppner, to a house that
Morris notes was home to
two Heppner teachers be-
Art Center East
1006 Penn Ave
La Grande
and Mrs. Hentges.
“I thought that was kind
of interesting,” says Morris.
Now, she says she faces
retirement with mixed feel-
ings. Some health problems
over the past few years have
made her see the benefit of a
time of rest. Also, she wants
to spend more time with
parents. “They’re in their
80s, and I want to spend
as much time as I can with
them,” she says.
Add to that the changes
she’s had to adjust to in her
decades of teaching, and “In
my heart I felt it was time,”
says Morris.
However, she admits it
is an emotional transition.
“It’s bittersweet, very
mixed emotions,” she says.
“I still love the children
and will miss them dearly,
and all the friends and col-
leagues I have here.”
She says she has no
plans to substitute teach,
but would still like to vol-
unteer as time and health
permit, with things like
HEROES reading and the
chess club. “I want to keep
in touch with the people
here in the school, and the
Aside from that, she
wants to visit daughter
Kimberly and her husband
Mike in Newport, OR “and
spend lots of time on the
beach.” She also says she
loves to garden—she just
planted her flower gardens
for the summer—and would
like to spend time reading,
making Stampin’ Up cards
and, of course, spend lots of
time with family.
Still, Heppner Elemen-
tary and its children will
always have a spot in her
“I still love kids and I
still want to be involved in
activities here at Heppner
Elementary School,” she
says. “I wish I could stay,
but I definitely won’t stay
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