School notes for July 8, 2014

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Camas student accepted into OSF Summer Seminar

Kelsey Kuhta of Camas has been accepted into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Summer Seminar. The program, designed for high school juniors, includes students from all over the United States.

The Summer Seminar is a rigorous two-week program, held July 28 to Aug. 9, designed for a diverse group of dedicated theater students who have recently completed their junior year in high school. Students stay on the campus at Southern Oregon University, where OSF’s theater professionals present workshops and forums on a variety of topics. Students learn about the workings of a successful repertory theater company, and participate in forums and workshops. Students will attend nine OSF productions and work together on a variety of projects.

One of the objectives of the Summer Seminar is to teach students about arts advocacy so they can return to their schools as leaders in their communities. During the seminar students will present a case for funding an arts program to a mock board.

To qualify for the seminar, students complete an application requiring reflection, self-evaluation and recommendations from teachers and other adults.

Locals land on CWU honor roll

The following local students were named to the Central Washington University student spring honor roll.

They are Katelyn Kjelland and Alexis Radke of Washougal; and Jace Schumacher and Cait Pudlitzke of Camas.

Students earn academic honors for spring term at OSU

Several local students have been named to the scholastic honor roll for spring term at Oregon State University. To be named to the list, students must earn at least a 3.5 GPA and take 12 graded credits.

Students include William Bowen, Natalie Burkard and Brittney Oljar.

High school exchange students seeking local host families

Visiting students, ages 15 to 18, from around the world, including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Camas for the upcoming school year. Host families are needed for both the fall semester and full school year.

Host families serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions, according to iE-USA, the sponsoring program.

“Every year the state of Washington plays host to talented, top-of-their-class students with the lifelong dream of studying in America,” said Darlene Benjamin, iE-USA’s area director. “Washington’s spirit of hospitality and focus on academic enrichment makes it an ideal environment to develop cultural exchange and promote international diplomacy on a local level.”

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange, according to a press release from the organization. iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel.

Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into the program. Each student is responsible for his or her own spending money and has full health insurance coverage. To learn more, contact Camas representative, Dawn Green at or 208-447-8118. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15.