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    10A • June 12, 2015 • Seaside Signal • seasidesignal.com
Two local young spellers to
compete in state championship
Event to take place at Oregon State Fair in September
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
Broadway
Middle
School seventh-grader Fri-
da Ruff and Gearhart Ele-
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Elliot Ousley were in mu-
tual agreement about their
most effective method for
becoming good spellers:
Reading. A lot, they added.
That was the tool they
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in their respective divisions
during an annual county-
wide spelling competition,
hosted by the Northwest
Regional Education Service
District at the Clatsop Ser-
vice Center in Astoria May
18.
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and second place at their
schools, 12 students from
three elementary schools
and three middle schools
competed in the county
contest. Ousley topped Di-
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top honors in Division II,
for middle schoolers. No
one from the county partic-
ipated in Division III, for
high schoolers.
Ruff and Ousley, as win-
ners for Clatsop County, are
invited to compete in their
divisions for the Oregon
Statewide Spelling Cham-
pionship at the Oregon State
Fair scheduled for Sept. 5 in
Salem.
County competition
In Division I, Kyrstin
Crawford, from Gearhart,
placed second and Hol-
ly Fergus, from Seaside
Heights Elementary School,
placed
third.
Seaside
Heights student Lucy Gloria
was also one of six partici-
pants in Division I, and the
other two were from Hilda
Lahti Elementary School.
In Division II, Kara
Spell, from Broadway Mid-
dle School, placed second
and Rebecca Thurston,
from Jewell Middle School,
placed third. The other three
participants were from Hil-
da Lahti and Jewell middle
schools.
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which involve oral com-
munication, the contest was
conducted using a written
test. All participants for one
division sat in a room with
a piece of paper to write
down answers, Ruff said. A
proctor read off the spelling
words, 25 in all, along with
a sentence using the word
and putting it in context.
Immediately after the
test was administered, the
participants’ answers were
reviewed and winners were
announced. Students were
not told how many answers
were incorrect or which
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about her answers for all
the words except possi-
bly one - leery. Regard-
less, her performance put
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will have a shot to test her
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across the state in Septem-
ber during a competition
that traditionally features
more challenging words,
such as isthmus.
The Division I compe-
tition, according to Ous-
ley, included words such
as civilization, nucleus and
vertebrae. After complet-
ing the test, he said, he also
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mance. He has participated
in one other county com-
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Ruff has competed sev-
eral times at the county
level, and this will be her
second time participating in
the state championship. Her
inaugural appearance was
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the county for Division I as
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For her, being able to
spell words correctly is an
indicator of competence
and quality. Even if she is
reading something writ-
ten with nice handwriting,
she said, “I notice one lit-
tle misspelled word and it
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fessional.”
Ruff plans to prepare for
the state championship as
she has for all spelling com-
petitions: by reading, which
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fective method because it’s
something she enjoys.
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have a lot of words in them.
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remember them,” she said.
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David Levithan. She fre-
quents the Seaside Public
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at the institution.
“I’m a regular there,” she
said. “I’m pretty sure I’ve
been to every section in the
library 100 times.”
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His favorite reading materi-
al is the Harry Potter series,
written by J.K. Rowling.
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process for learning how
to spell, he said, because
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at how they’re spelled.”
At the fair
In addition to being giv-
en a spot in the statewide
spelling championship, the
students get a free pass to
the fair, which Ruff is par-
ticularly excited about. The
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then she anticipates spend-
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going on rides, playing
games, eating good food
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activities.
The state contest, which
has been sponsored by
the Oregon Spellers for
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The halls of Seaside
Heights Elementary School
were alive with the sounds
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Zumba and jiu-jitsu and the
smells of paint, glue and
tortillas during the school’s
two-day Celebration of the
Arts event.
The event, which ab-
sorbed the school’s campus
for a few hours June 1 and
2, made only its second ap-
pearance at Seaside Heights
this year, but the tradition is
inconspicuously mature as
it was brought to Seaside
along with dozens of stu-
dents with the closure of
Cannon Beach Elementary
School in 2013.
Seaside Heights has em-
braced the tradition, which
truly is a celebration of all
the arts, from performance
to visual and culinary. In-
side the gymnasium, cafete-
ria, library and classrooms,
volunteer community artists
taught students how to tie-
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cards, construct cardboard
critters, create sand dol-
lar ornaments, quilt, paint
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Out front of the school,
Josh Fry oversaw a group
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were using spray paint and
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picting superheroes and
outer space landscapes. He
guessed for many of the
students it was one of the
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ed adult permission to un-
leash canisters of aerosol
paint upon open canvases.
Fry confessed, at one
time, he did not consider
himself an artist, because
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charcoals or other medi-
ums. Then he saw spray
paint used as an art form
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thing he could do. After
trying it, he said, “I caught
the bug.” He described it as
“a wonderful artistic loop-
hole,” more accessible to
those who aren’t good with
traditional art forms and
easy to learn.
The students, Fry said,
appeared to have a good
time with the spray paint
art.
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they all made a piece they
can be proud of,” he said,
adding those who discov-
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for the art now have a basic
understanding that can be
developed through practice
and experimentation.
Inside the gymnasium,
Fred Meyer and his son,
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ly more contained project
where students painted
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slabs of wood cut in the
correct shape to give the
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er, originally from Detroit,
Mich., typically calls the
multi-color, wiggly struc-
tures “Ghetto Houses,” but
for the West Coast they’ve
been retitled “Beach Hous-
presents
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side’s Celebration of the
Arts, an event Fred Meyer
believes is “super great”
because it helps foster an
appreciation for the arts at
a grade school he admires.
“I’m really impressed
with all the stuff they’re do-
ing,” he said.
Nearby the Meyers’ sta-
tion, Judi Garrity also was
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ance for the art celebration,
teaching her group how to
craft an array of colorful,
interesting critters from
boxes, straws, paper, tape
and other tidbits that soon
will inhabit the school’s
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the event, each student con-
structed a smaller critter,
and on the second day, those
who wanted to teamed up to
manufacture larger pieces.
Fifth-grader Evan Rodri-
guez, who made a neat tur-
tle worthy of display, said
he had fun doing the proj-
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unsure whether he would
enjoy it. He chose the box
critter activity because he
“wanted to try something
new.” From doing the proj-
ect, he said, “I learned how
to be more creative with my
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cob Bonn, who constructed
a large caterpillar named
“Candy Bow,” said the ac-
tivity was “amazing.”
The Celebration of the
Arts event gives students
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Ashore Hotel is coming
to Seaside on July 1
Brady and Tiffany Turner
grew up on the Long Beach
Peninsula, surrounded by the
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They are the dynamic “ac-
cidental entrepreneurs” and
owners of Adrift Hotels, Inc.
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hometown to build a life and
a dream where they can be a
part of the beautiful beaches
and the community. In 2004,
they saw an opportunity and
developed the Inn at Discov-
ery Coast, a 12-room ocean-
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Broadway Middle School
hotel is idyllically situated
seventh-grader Frida Ruff
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placed first for Division II
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at the countywide spelling
ly resonated with travelers
contest.
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ward, they have been grow-
six years and is for all the ing and nurturing a business
county and regional spell- and community.
ing contest winners, also
The Turners are expand-
is written, but the fair an- ing their business to Seaside
nually includes The Bee at with the Ashore Hotel, a
the Fair, a verbal contest boutique 22-room re-imag-
open to all patrons. The ination of its former prop-
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and younger will start at 2 ,QQMXVWRQHEORFNIURPWKH
p.m. The contest for teen- ocean in the heart of Seaside.
agers and adults will start at The Ashore Hotel will open
3 p.m. Neither competition on July 1.
is sponsored by the Oregon
The hotel will offer 22
Department of Education rooms ranging from 350
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the Scripps National Spell- fee. Along with what is de-
ing Bee.
scribed as a “hip and retro
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intend to participate in the
spelling bee. Ruff said it
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When it comes to the
spelling contest, the two
Free summer meals are
competitors also have dif- in, when school is out. The
ferent feelings. Ousley said free summer meal program
he’s not a very competitive runs from Monday to Fri-
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joys the activity with win- closed July 3. Meals are
ning being a bonus. Ruff provided 11:30 to 12:15
agreed it’s all for fun, but p.m. at Broadway Middle
she views herself as “pret- School, 1120 Broadway
ty competitive” - “I want to in Seaside and Seaside
win,” she added.
Heights Elementary, 2000
For more information Spruce Dr. in Seaside.
about the Oregon Statewide
This summer, children
Spelling Championship or can enjoy lunches at no
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ers, visit www.oregonspell- Food Service Program, a
ers.org/.
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learning styles. For in-
stance, Garrity said, the
box critters would not be
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ers, whereas jiu-jitsu, lead
by Adamson Bros. Mixed
Martial Arts and Jiu Jitsu
Academy, might be.
The visual arts pieces
created over the course of
the event were displayed
for family members and the
public during a barbecue
the evening of June 5.
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have an extended lifespan,
such as a video tour cre-
ated by Seth Morrisey, of
Morrisey Video Produc-
tion Company, that fea-
tured students who wanted
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The project was a way to
give the students another
creative option and also to
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tool for the school, he said.
Free BBQ at 11:00 AM – Race at 12:45 PM
federally funded nutrition
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aged 1-18 years. No ap-
plications are necessary to
drop in and all children and
teens are welcome. The Su-
summer food service pro-
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dren can eat healthy food
during the summer months
when they cannot eat at
school. For more infor-
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zie.bovard@compass-usa.
com.
Lighthouse Jazz Society
offers scholarships
The Lighthouse Jazz
Society embraces tradi-
tional jazz and other types.
Each year the society,
which created the Seaside
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with all proceeds used to
provide young people op-
portunities to broaden their
musical experiences. The
scholarships are given for
jazz camp, music lessons,
guest artists and donations
to Seaside High School
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er, a senior, has received a
scholarship and will attend
Camp Hee Bee Jee Bees,
Port Angeles, Wash., in
July. He plays bass guitar
and upright string bass.
The society donated $600
for the tuition, and has also
donated $1,500 to the Sea-
side High School music
department.
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Seaside High School
The Seaside Girls Bas-
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clinic from 9:30 a.m. to
noon June 12 and 13 at
Seaside High School. Third
graders through eighth
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for even your
sm a llest needs
graders are invited.
For additional informa-
tion or questions, call Wally
Hamer at 503-758-4827.
Seaside High School is
located at 1901 N. Holladay
Drive.
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Saturday
June 13th
at the
Quatat Park
Seaside
will include a saline heated
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complimentary beach cruis-
ers, and a wine and beer bar
in the lobby. The hotel offers
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the Turners purchased an
under-performing 80-room
property adjacent to the Inn
at Discovery Coast and rec-
reated it as a unique, sus-
tainable, oceanfront hotel
named Adrift Hotel & Spa.
The hotel includes several
unique selling points includ-
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rant to satisfy the staunchest
foodie with locally sourced
ingredients, well curated
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The restaurant also serves
as a live and free daily mu-
sic venue featuring local and
upcoming bands. The music
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drummer and founding The
Decemberists member.
Four years later, the Adrift
Hotel & Spa continues to im-
press travelers and winning
awards including: 2015 Tri-
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Northwest Escape Award for
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2015 Best Romantic Get-
aways in Washington State,
Vacation Idea Magazine.
Seaside School District
free summer food program
Seaside Heights students explore the arts
By Katherine Lacaze
Local Happenings in Brief
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per household.
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dependents listed on your
tax forms, living in your home.
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