School notes for Sept. 15, 2015

Patriot’s Pen essay contest set in CW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary are hosting the annual essay contests for students in third- through 12th grade.

The theme for high school students is, “My Vision for America.” Middle school students’ theme is “What Freedom Means to Me,” and the theme for youth in third through fifth grade is, “Why is America my favorite country.”

The essay contests gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. The top prizes include savings bonds, scholarships and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Essays are due by Sunday, Nov. 1. Representatives from VFW and Auxiliary Post 4278 Camas/Washougal will collect essays from local schools on Friday, Oct. 30.

Browse for more information, or call 360-601-3231.

CHS to host open house Wednesday

Camas High School, 26900 S.E. 15th St., will have an open house on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. to help acquaint parents with teachers, classes, and co- and extra-curricular opportunities available.

The event will include a club and activity fair in the main commons from 5 to 6 p.m., a welcome assembly from 6:05 to 6:30, and classroom visitations from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

All parents and guardians of CHS students are welcome.

For more information, call 833-5750.

Volunteers needed for ‘On Target Tuesday’

Camas High School is seeking volunteers for its “On Target Tuesday,” program, where counselors and community members meet with junior and senior class students to inform them whether they are meeting the necessary credit requirements and answer questions.

Many students also receive information about local universities, scholarship opportunities and the SAT/ACT tests. To participate in the program, contact

Local students named to UW dean’s list

Several students from the Camas-Washougal area have been named to the spring dean’s list at the University of Washington.

To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a GPA of at least 3.5.

Camas: Erica Sano Abrahamsen, Philip Christopher Barlas, Kyle Robert Binder, Meghan Cassie Cowan, Ellen De Zoete, Fengjun Dong, Yuan Fang, Halley Rose Flake, Nickolas Carl Gadbaw, Benjamin Thomas, Hagen Riley, Maxwell Hein, Eugene Hsu, Gabriele Cara Tantiongloc Ilarde, Nicholas Daniel Jaech, Aaron James Jones, Shane Michael Kelly, Joanna Y Liao, Chase James Mathieson, Sean Thomas McClanahan, Nikita Vela Milani, David Lyle Orchard, Nicholas Deane Panebianco, Jonathan David Ramos, Jonathan Graham Shilling, Min Jin Shin, Eliot Robert Shoemaker, Sara Marie Slayton, Jared Martin Smith, Samuel Huibert Svilar, Ethan Bailey Tarr, Sierra Bianke Wheeler, Joseph Charles Wunderlich, Maddi Yi, Jiajun Yuan.

Washougal: Darcy Sheila Akers, Joshua Tyler Banks, Mariya Vladimirovna Demyashkevich.

WSU to host financial aid workshop

Washington State University Vancouver will host a series of A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarships workshops this fall for prospective college students.

These workshops are free and open to the public.

Attendees will hear from financial aid advisors about the ways to make a college education attainable. Presenters will answer commonly asked questions about financial aid and scholarships, including what scholarships are available, how to apply for financial aid, and when and how to receive awarded funds.

Workshops will be held at WSU Vancouver, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., unless otherwise specified.

Times and dates are as follows: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18; 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3; 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; Vancouver Community Library, 901 “C” St.

Kids health fair is Sept. 19

A health fair for kids will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Doc Harris Stadium, 1125 N.E. 22nd Ave.

The event for all ages will include pediatric health screenings, immunizations, health and nutrition information, concussion pre-screenings, car seat safety checks, exercise demonstrations and activities for kids.

The Camas 4 Kids Health Fair is being presented by the Camas Student Health Advisory Committee, in partnership with Everyone Walk, a non-profit organization founded by Camas resident Dale Rule. For more information, e-mail or search CamasSchoolsSHAC on Facebook. or visit