Bethel’s ACE Awards Champions Crowned

Bethel's ACE Award champions are Joe Ingram (seated), Shawn Lambert, Lori Smith and Barb Roberts.

Four Bethel educators were honored with ACE Awards in front of a crowd of more than 500.

Shasta Band teacher Joe Ingram, Willamette Counseling Secretary Barb Roberts, Director of Student Achievement Lori Smith, and Irving volunteer Shawn Lambert are Bethel’s champions.

The honor includes $1,000 each to be used for the school program of their choice.

Bethel’s champions are considering using the cash prizes so students can rent musical instruments, for the purchasing of backpacks and school supplies for kids, and buying OBOB books that will benefit hundreds of Bethel students

Sponsored by the local business community, the ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards recognize exemplary work by teachers, classified staff, volunteers and administrators.

Title sponsor Oregon Community Credit Union has been a key supporter in all six years of the ACE Awards.

Classroom Helper Wins Volunteer Award

Longtime Danebo volunteer Etha Ellingsen receives a standing ovation for being named United Way's Volunteer of the Year.

Etha Ellingsen has been volunteering at Danebo Elementary for 15 years, helping hundreds of kids with math and reading.

That’s one reason this 89 year old has been recognized as the United Way of Lane County’s Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented in front of hundreds of United Way supporters, sponsors, volunteers and her family, all of whom gave Etha a standing ovation upon the announcement.

Etha is a regular in Denise Trumbull’s second grade classroom, relying on RideSource to get there. She has also knitted hundreds of blankets for babies at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Etha will now decide how the $1,000 that accompanies the award will be best put to use at Danebo.

Bethel Singers, Musicians Dominate Jazz Festival

Choir Director Mike McCornack and the Willamette Topnotchers celebrate their first place award at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival.

Willamette’s Topnotchers choir and three bands from Shasta Middle School were winners at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival.

The Topnotchers were awarded first place in their division, beating the Sheldon and Churchill choirs.

Shasta’s Jazz Band won the Middle School division, while Shasta’s two Jazz Combos won first and second place in the High School division. Yes, the High School division.

In addition, Shasta’s tenor sax player, Chris Dehart, won the Outstanding Soloist award in the Middle School division. And Allie Tigue was awarded the Top Vocalist in the Middle School Vocal Division as a member of the Shasta Session Jazz Choir.

Student Silence Speaks Volumes

More than 200 Willamette students gather in front of the school to mark the end of their Day of Silence.

More than 200 Willamette students lined the sidewalk in front of the school Friday to take part in a quiet demonstration marking the Day of Silence.

The annual nationwide event was created to bring attention to the silencing effect brought about by anti-Gay bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools.

Willamette students used the event to also campaign against bullying or harassment of any kind.

Students gathered at the end of the school day to break the silence they had kept throughout the day.

Another 300 Willamette students signed a statement of support.

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