Awards and Honors

The Rogue Valley Medical Center Intensive Care Unit recently earned a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), for its outstanding performace in patient safety, care, and outcomes.

Only six other hospitals in Oregon are Beacon Units: one bronze in Bend and Portland, two silver in Portland, one silver in Springfield and one silver in Salem.

More than 1,000 thespians from 50 schools participated in many workshops and competed in many categories in Salem April 11-14. Ashland High School was recognized in these areas:

2012 Oregon Thespian Honor Troupe for Excellence in Theatre:

Ashland High School Troupe No. 4630 was recognized as one of only three high schools chosen for this award. The honor recognizes exemplary work to further the quality of theater and theater-related experiences with participation and service to the community. AHS Troupe President Ellie von Radics and troupe officers Lisa-Marie Werfel and Griffin Hadden made the 20-minute PowerPoint presentation and answered questions from a committee of Oregon and international thespian judges.

Third Place in Playwriting: Rowan Heglie won for his original 30-minute one-act play, "Ask Me No Questions." Rowan's play also is a semi-finalist (top 10) for International Thespian Playwriting .

First Place: Shay Astor, Makeup Design for "The Lion King."

Second Place: Elena Toppo, Costume Design, for five renderings of Ophelia in "Hamlet."

Third Place: Lindsey Crocker, Costume Design, for five renderings of Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth."

Third Place: Camille Pejcha, Poster Design for "Chicago."

AHS Student-Directed Workshops at state conference:

Maya Zundel and Emily Bestor presented a Bob Fosse dance workshop to 38 participants.

Elli von Radics and Sierra Houk presented a wig and makeup workshop for 40 participants.

Superior Ratings Award for One-Act Marathon Competition:

Director: Rowan Heglie

Actors: Noah Yaconelli, Maya Zundel, Drew Starmer, Aubyn Heglie, Joe Yaconelli.

McMINNVILLE — Anna Sours of Jacksonville is among 28 Linfield College students participating this spring in a Linfield study-abroad program.

Sours, a junior majoring in sociology and Spanish, is taking courses at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca A.C. in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The city is home to more than 13 indigenous cultures and the only Linfield faculty-led semester-abroad program. Students have the opportunity to visit Mexico City, Puebla and Chiapas and participate in a service learner's activity. Sours will improve her language skills while taking classes in Spanish and living with a Mexican family.

Sours is the daughter of David and Lori Sours of Jacksonville. She is a member of the soccer team and Alpha Phi Sorority.

Linfield College study abroad programs are designed for students who have completed one or two years of study in the appropriate foreign language (Japanese, Spanish, French, Chinese or German) at Linfield and who will return to the college to share their international experiences with others in the campus community.

Linfield also offers study-abroad opportunities in locations where a foreign language is not required, such as Hong Kong, Ireland, England, Korea and Norway, where students may choose courses taught in English.

The curriculum includes language instruction as well as studies in the culture, politics, economics, history and art of the country.

The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Selection is made on a competitive basis. Linfield covers the cost of the first round-trip transportation when students qualify. Students pay regular Linfield tuition and a program fee.

Bodhi Tracy of Ashland clinched second place at the 2012 Oregon Pokémon Trading Card Game State Championships, earning a top state ranking and championship points that count toward playing in premier events later this year.

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