School notes for Sept. 22, 2016

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National Merit semifinalists announced

Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program have been announced, and they include Camas residents.

They are Rachel E. Duquette, Yoping P. Fang, Jason J. Kim and Calvin X. Taylor.

Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

To become a finalist, semifinalists and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Winners of 2017 will be announced beginning in April.

Camas, Washougal community education offers fall classes

The Camas Community Education fall class brochure is available for viewing. Washougal Community Education is also offering fall classes.

Classes include Art Van Go, Big Learning for Little Learners, Chefs in Training, Success through Chess and more.

Sport activities include basketball leagues, basketball clinics, martial arts, volleyball and open gyms.

To view a list of classes or to register, visit

To register for Washougal classes, visit

Call 833-5544 for more information about Camas classes, and 954-3040 for more information about Washougal classes.

School district seeks CAC members

The Camas School District’s Citizens Advisory Committee is seeking new members. It was formed as an advisory group to the School Board and superintendent. The group provides an opportunity for patrons of the school district to have input into school programs, policies and issues.

Areas covered include school boundaries, program initiatives, services for students and school district communication.

Meeting agendas vary each month, based on issues brought to the committee from the board and individual members.

Members serve a three-year term. To be considered, contact Gail Gast at or 833-5412.