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Byline: EDUCATION EXTRA The Register-Guard

Three students receive Gates scholarships

Kathryn Peterson of North Eugene High School, Cam Nguyen of Springfield High School and Elliott Aurdahl of Marshfield High School are among 1,000 high school seniors nationwide who will receive good-through-graduation scholarships through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low-income black, American Indian, Asian and Hispanic students an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline.

Two educators named teachers of the year

Marilyn Cooley, who teaches early childhood development and other classes at South Eugene High School, was honored as Oregon's Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year at the conference of the Oregon Association of Career and Technical Education.

A teacher for 29 years, Cooley directs the school's Kids Down South Preschool.

Also, the association named Bill McCarty, in his third year teaching auto and electric vehicle classes at West Lane Technical Learning Center, as New Teacher of the Year.

Seventh-grader named one of top volunteers

FLORENCE - Taylor Graham, a Siuslaw Middle School seventh-grader, has been named one of 10 top youth volunteers in the nation in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program celebrating young people for acts of volunteerism.

He was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, and received a $6,000 cash prize, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for his school and $5,000 in grants for the charity of his choice.

Graham initiated an annual used book sale and a "shopping cart derby" that generated more than $50,000 in food in the past four years for local families.

South Eugene alumni scholarships awarded

The Eugene High School/South Eugene High School Alumni Scholarship Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships each to South Eugene seniors Autumn Prull and Sadie Boyers, and $500 scholarships to Decker Mc Elroy, Autumn Hummel and Kee Banks.

The scholarships are based on academics, extracurricular activities and need, and are funded by contributions from alumni of Eugene High School and its successor, South Eugene.

Delta Kappa Gamma honors three teachers

Three Eugene teachers earned top honors at Oregon's recent Delta Kappa Gamma Society convention in Lake Oswego.

Karen Olsen, a teacher at McCornack Elementary School, was awarded the Service to Education medal in recognition of her teaching. In addition to teaching fifth grade, Olsen produces and directs a musical every year, and takes fifth-graders and many of their parents on a study tour of Washington, D.C., every summer.

Marilyn Williams was awarded the Hazel Fishwood Scholarship, which recognizes a teacher who is working toward an advanced degree. Williams coordinates Technology for Literacy projects for the Eugene School District and is completing her doctorate at UO.

Barbara Schweppe earned the Service to Society medal, honoring her work at local, state and international levels of the society. Schweppe, a longtime South Eugene High School business and technology teacher who is now retired, served the society as state treasurer and international finance committee member. …