School notes for April 28, 2015

CHS singers net top honors

In March, several CHS choir students competed in the district Solo and Ensemble Festival vocal division, with a number of them earning top honors and going to state. Participating in this event represents an outstanding accomplishment which is the result of dedication, hard work and focused practice, according to a press release from the Camas School District.

The students are: Becca Weinberg, winner in the mezzo-soprano division; Isaac Dizon, winner in the tenor division; mixed quartet of Hayley Glover, Claire Green, Thomas Matthews and Chase Jackson, winner in the small mixed ensemble division; mixed quartet of Cambryn Gulzow, Dana Rohlfs, Jonathan Angulo-Standley and Ethan Plock, second alternate in the small mixed ensemble division. The quartet of Weinberg, Edie Myers-Power, Austin Miller and Kai Ejan received a superior rating.

CHS student collects eyeglasses for senior project

Joshua Pudlitzke of Camas High Schoool is partnering with 62-year Columbia Crest Lions Club veteran Lyle Williams to learn how eye glass collections around Clark County helps individuals who need corrective lenses, but can’t afford them.

“When I began this project, I couldn’t have imagined the impact a simple pair of glasses could have on a person in need,” said Pudlitzke. “It is more than placing a small cardboard box into a retail outlet then picking up donated glasses, then sorting them. I realized I was part of a chain that could lead to improving and changing someone’s life.”

Pudlitzke has placed eye glass collection boxes in four locations, including senior living communities in east Vancouver. His senior project for CHS will end in early June. However, Pudlitzke has plans to continue helping with the pick-up of glasses and encouraging other students to get involved in Lions’ projects, whose motto is “We Serve.”

The Columbia Crest Lions, along with other clubs in Washington and western Idaho, monitor a network of 400 eyeglass collection boxes, as one of its service projects to benefit visually impaired individuals. Used glasses are collected, sorted, cleaned and distributed through the Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.

A trained lensometer technician inspects each pair of glasses to determine the lens prescription. Many of the lenses are categorized, packed and readied for mission trips to places such as Dominican Republic or Moldova for eye clinics that can serve more than 600 people in a one-week visit.

‘Distracted’ will open this weekend

Washougal High School advanced acting students will present “Distracted,” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the school, 1201 39th St.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

The 2009 play, originally written by playwright Lisa Loomer, explores how one family deals with a child who has attention-deficit disorder. It is appropriate for adults and students who are middle school age and older.

Kindergarten roundup begins

Washougal School District kindergarten registration begins Monday, May 4.

The district offers free, full-day, every day, kindergarten to students at all three of its elementary schools.

Full-day kindergarten has been offered at Hathaway Elementary this year, because state funding supported kindergarten programs at schools with higher percentages of students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals.

All day kindergarten at Gause and Cape Horn-Skye is due to the approval of last year’s maintenance and operations Levy.

To register, students must be 5 years old before Sept. 1. Registration requires an original birth certificate and current immunization records.

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Mount Pleasant sets kindergarten roundup

Mount Pleasant School has set its annual kindergarten roundup. It will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 11 at the school, 152 Marble Road, Washougal.

For more information, call 835-3371.

JMS students win Japanese speech contest

Three Jemtegaard Middle School students were winners in the 27th Annual Japanese Speech Contest held Saturday, April 18 in Portland.

Winners of Middle School Division 1 were first place, Imagen Huey; second place, Brandon MacArthur; and third place, Monty Scott.

The competition is organized by the Consular Office of Japan for students studying Japanese language in high school, middle school and immersion programs in Oregon and SW Washington.

There were 22 students participating from 10 schools. Awards were presented by Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa.