High school achievements

Phoenix High School senior Katie Siharath achieved a top eight finish in the retail merchandising event at the DECA International Career Development Conference, which took place May 1-3 in Orlando, Fla. The competition consisted of over 200 competitors and only the top 1 percent of all DECA students worldwide were eligible to compete.

Siharath also had a top 10 score on her test in this event. She is a four-year Phoenix High School DECA member and was the first Phoenix student to compete three straight years at the DECA International Career Development Conference. A PHS valedictorian, Siharath plans to study business/marketing at the University of Hawaii.


Ashland High School graduating senior Aurelia Grierson, 18, is the winner of Ashland New Plays Festival's $500 writing"' and performance based scholarship.

Interested students wrote and performed an original two-"' to three-minute theatrical monologue on a topic of their choice before a panel of judges comprising ANPF Artistic Director Doug Rowe, veteran OSF actor Michael J. Hume, and ANPF Advisory Board member Peter Alzado.

Grierson presented her original monologue "College Auditions." Unbeknownst to the judges, Grierson was one of the actors in ANPF's 2009 fundraiser, "ANPF Student Spotlight," which was staged at Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Carpenter Hall.

Grierson will attend Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and major in theatre.


Based on her excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work, Alisha Jean Shurr, daughter of Karen and David Shurr of Central Point, has been presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.

Shurr is a senior at Crater High School. She is a member of the Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team, chapter treasurer, state proficiency qualifier in beef production, and winner of the 2010 Reserve Grand Champion Steer and Supreme Female. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and a valedictorian.

As the winner of the 2011 DEKALB Award, her name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Crater High School.


Adrienne Engle of Talent, a senior at Phoenix High School, was officially presented with an engraved bronze medallion to signify her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on May 25 during an awards banquet in the commons at Phoenix High School, 745 North Rose Street, Phoenix.

Adrienne was honored for helping to raise $18,000 for "Samaritan's Purse," an organization that builds temporary shelters in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle level and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November.

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