Awards and honors

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced that its annual scholarship will be awarded to recent North Medford High School graduate, Thomas Beech. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior planning to major in architecture at an accredited university. This year the AIASO received an additional $500 grant from the National American Institute of Architects allowing the scholarship amount to increase to $1,500.

At North Medford High School, Beech prepared for his pursuit of an architectural career by taking classes such as calculus, art, drafting and physics. He plans to attend the University of Oregon in the fall and major in architecture and hopes to someday become a registered architect with his own practice.

In addition, SkillsUSA has announced that Beech was awarded the high school gold medal in architectural drafting at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. Industry leaders representing more than 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 94 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged using industry standards.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. In addition, for the fifth year, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates.

Michelle J. Simpson, a student at Eagle Point High School, has been recognized for her superior academic achievement and selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars. The society invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.

Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partner and online forums.

The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Tiffanie Phariss, daughter of Daniel and Julie Phariss of White City, has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award winner.

Phariss, who attends Eagle Point High School, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy's Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

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