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4 The Sun, Wednesday, June 7, 1989 :holarships announced lllll I I I II I O By Mike Petrovsky Staff Writer, The sun High winds plagued a long-winded speech by Willamina graduate An- drea Slack Mobley as 66 students ended high school at an outdoor com- mencement ceremony Saturday af- ternoon. Mobley, a 1963 graduate of Willa- mina High School, told a crowd that overflowed the Willamina High School football grandstand of her ex- periences as a night club singer in Hawaii entertaining troops from Vietnam and of her experience in Saudi Arabia while working on a pro- ject with her husband. In her speach Mobley also credited her mother with giving her a strong sense of moral values, affirmed her faith and recognized the individual accomplishments of members of the senior class. Applauded for his academic and athletic accomplishments as well as for the brevity of his address, vale- dictorian Ariah Fasana got more of a workout walking up to the podium to receive awards than he did last winter on the wrestling mat. Fasana was state wrestling cham- pion in his weight division this year and in 1988. He was the only Willa- mina student in the school's history to win state champion- ships in any sport. The only thing that overshadowed Fasana's abilities as a wrestler was his performance in the classroom as he maintained a perfect 4.0 average throughout high school. Hulk Hogan has nothing on this guy. Co-salutatorians Maria Vamos and Lance Halverson also spoke to their classmates during the ceremony. Va- roDS read a poem she composed and thanked her parents for their sup- port. Halverson displayed a counting book to the crowd and the book enti- tled "The Little Train that Could" which he said were read to him by family members when he was very young and how he appreciates his family's interest and support in aca- demics while he was growing up. The following are the awards pre- sented at the commencement cere- mony and the students that won them: Chemeketa Community College Tuition Grant, one year, books, fees and tuition: Christa Crites. Ester Fawk Fund, $400: Ariah Fasana. Mid-Willamette Jobs Council, full tuition, fees, books and supplies, one year scholarship: Maria Vamos. Grant Ronde PTO, $200: Jody Morris, Denny Elmer and Sherryl Coblentz. Asics Tiger Oregon Wrestling Classic Scholarship $1000: Ariah Willsmina High School commencement ceremony speech. Fasana. Bowling Scholarship, $500: Maria Vamos. Fendall Extension Scholarship, $50: Kimberly Floyd. Kiwanis Club, four $500 scholar- ships: Ariah Fasana, Maria Vamos, Lance Halverson, John Coddington. Oregon Trailblazers Award: Ariah Fasana, Maria Vamos, Lance Halverson, Christa Crates, Brenda Turner, Marti Morgan. Youth Leadership Award: Whit- ney Eckenrode. 1989 Oregon Scholars Program: John Coddington, Ariah Fasana, Kim Floyd, Lance Halverson, Maria Vamos. Outstanding Athlete: Brenda Turner, Richard Brown, Brad Childs, Ariah Fasana. Fine Arts: Kirstin Parmeter. Service: Christa Crates. Leadership: Maria Vamos, Ariah Fasana. Citizenship: Maria Vamos, Lance Halverson, Ariah Fasana. Boy of the Year: Ariah Fasana. Girl of the Year: Maria Vamos. Oregon State Board of Education: John Coddington, Christa Crates, Ariah Fasana, Kimberly Floyd, Lance Halverson, Marti Morgan, Kathlyne Owings, Charlene Showers, Brenda Turner, Maria Vamos. Pacific Christian College, Honors Scholarship: Kim Floyd. Trend Business College, $500; Sheryl Coblentz. U.S. Marine Corp. : Brad Hanneman. The old steel bridge in Willamina be closed after he and Mike Propes, was sealed off to even pedestrian a Polk County commissioner, saw the and bicycle traffic Thursday after railing which was lying on the road Polk County officials found that a surface of the bridge. section of safety railing had been An emergency order was made torn off the side of the bridge, and was signed by all three Polk That was bad news for 2 I/2-year- County commissioners within hours old Mike Bolson and his 3-year-old after the discovery. cousin Benjamin Bolson who were It was later found that the bolts the last to cross the bridge before it holding the railing to the side of the was closed, bridge had rusted and it was ru- "We use the bridge every day to mored that vandals had helped both get to Willamina," said Mike's mo- Father Time and Mother Nature by that, Teasha Boison, after she and tearing the section off the side of the the two boys crossed the bridge. She bridge. Propes also found that other was shocked after being in- sections of railing on the bridge were formed by assistant county roadmas- loose due to rusted bolts. tar Brian Hartung that the bridge Propes said Friday the bridge will was unsafe and would have to be remain closed to the public for longer closed, than a month. The commissioner ex- Hartung recommended the bridge pressed concern that the bridge was " HIGHWAY Continued from Page I buying right-of-way at the inter- section for a full, five-lane section," Sjolander put down rumors that Sjolander said the state will pur- the state has plans of widening High- chase 6 1/2 acres which include the way 18 from Willamina to Grand Werth's two rental houses and a se- Ronde to five lanes. But, he said, the cond-hand store. state is purchasing more right-of- The supervisor said if ODOT de- way than it needs to make way for cides to proceed with the plans it any futurewideningplans, would purchase the property from "There aren't any plans for (five- the owners and instruct them to va- lane) construction. Though we are cate. More Life For Your Money In additionto personalized service, you'll get more life insurance for your money from a financially strong company. Issued by Country Life Insurance Company, oP, e of the Counlry Companies, Bkx~mington, IllinOis. Kirk D. Bales Ron Pittman McMinnville Office: 472-2545 Insurane and Investment CJroup seniors hold onto their mortarboards in windswept Saturday afternoon. Arlah Fauna gave valedictory --Photos by Mike Petrovsky. Smiling Willamina graduates take part in traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" processional to mark the beginning of commencement exercise. state inspection more dangerous than he originally Parent conducted an in-depth in- expected after hearing comments spection of the bridge 10 years ago. from two state bridge inspectors who He said initially the bridge was rated made a visual inspection of the for 10 tons, but that rating was later bridge Thursday. dropped to 3 tons when an'overhead Propes reported the state inspec- support (one of 24 bars which cross tots commented that all five of the at the top of the bridge) fell. That main support pins underneath the prompted the county to close the bridge were--like the bolts holding bridge to vehicular traffic. the railing---severly rusted. Parent said the study would use "If any one of those pins break, information obtained during the 1979 the bridge will fall," said Propes. inspection with the assumption that Oilie Parent, structural design en- the bridge could have only gotten gineer for the Oregon Department of worse since then. Transportation, said while looking at Propes said the county has no the bridge Thursday that his depart- funds set aside for bridge repair and ment would conduct a study to deter- that an attempt to seek funding for mine the cost of repairing the bridge the bridge based on its historical va- both for pedestrian and vehicular use lue (it has been estimated the bridge and make a recommendation to the was built in 1911) had failed. county on whether the bridge should Our attorney tells us there is only be repaired. Originally the county funding available for maintaining had planned to tear down the bridge, covered bridges in Oregon," Propes but reconsidered after hearing oppo. said. sition from residents along with Wil- " Propes also requested that the lamina Mayor Francis Eddy and the state inspectors consider funding city council, sources in its report on the bridge. aple wlns eo ero ear By Mike Petrovaky Staff Writer, The Sun Probably the most important ques- tion a teacher can ask himself or her- self about students is: "Am l getting through to them?" The student council at Willamina High School made that question a lit- tle easier to answer for one teacher as it selected physical education in- structor and varsity volleyball coach Jean Stapleton as "Educator of the Year". What's her secret? "I enjoy doing extra-curricular ac- tivities with students and watching them succeed at what they do," said Stapleton. Stapleton believes that good aca- demic practices in combination with invovlement in extra-curricular activ- ities makes for a better, more well- rounded student--the type of stu- dent that will succeed at college and/ or in the work place. "I'd rather see them active in school than out doing other activities on the streets," she said. Jean Stapleton through extra-curricular Stapleton said, "They're be some. But I'm always be there if they need help." Stapleton began her career at McMinnville Junior School then left after a at Chapman Grade School High school secretary Lois Scott hometown of Sheridan said she recalls many times when taught three years and Stapleton's own children complained teaching to start a family. of eating corn flakes and cardboard is a 1969 graduate of Sherid~ pizza for dinner while their morn was School and continued her spending extra time after school with at the Oregon College of students doing everything from vol- now Western Oregon State leyball to helping organize the juni- in Monmouth. or/senior prom. After raising her family, To show how popular and effective returned to teaching as Stapleton is, this year 54 couples at- visor and junior high tended the junior/senior prom. Not volleyball coach at bad for a school that graduated 66 Five years later Stapleton seniors this year. Grand Ronde Elementary "I like organizing things like (the til 1987 when she took on her( prom). I like getting involved with position. the students and promoting school Stapleton has been activities. My motto is you only go husband, Bill, for 16 through high school once, so you'd couple live on a farm in better make it good," Stapleton said. and have three daughters, As for the students she can't reach Stacy and Haley. un ncels s li Citing a lack of confidence in the state grant. The management of the White Oaks drug plated the first year of a and alcohol treatment center, Yam- tract with White Oaks at hill County Commissioner Ted Lo-year. puszynski last week said the commas- The new county program sign canceled the county's contract under the mental health with the private agency thus putting under the direct the McMinnville center out of busi- Lopuszynski said the current ness. Oaks staff of five full-time "There wasn't much cooperation iors, a part-time ( between White Oaks and other coun- secretaries will be given first ty departments. Mental health and eration for positions in the community corrections all had bad "We will allow all the experiences with White Oaks and the (White Oaks)staff to lost faith in the agency's ability to do probably we will accept its job. The private agency justthem," Lopuszynskisaid. didn't have a can-do attitude," Lo- The commissioner said few puszynski said. ties subcontract drug and By breaking the contract, the treatment programs. county is faced with having to run added he believes the drug the drug and alcohol treatment pro- hol treatment will also run gram on its own. ficiently under the "Our only option is to take over"In making White Oaks s White Oaks ourselves. Probably 70 program there will be percent of the people thought (White coordination between the Oaks) was a county-run program services andthejail," ' anyway," Lopuszynski said. White Oaks came Lopuszynski said it would cost the earlier this year in an county $30,000 more a year to run report in The Sun. the program but most of the addi- detailed complaints tional funds should be financed by a facility's operations. Willamina public meetings listed The City of Willamina has an- crease. nounced public meetings during June 13: library board, 7 June. All meetings will be at 7:30 library. p.m. in the city council chambers June 20: public affairs unless otherwise noted. June 22: court, 9 a.m. June 8: court, 9 a.m.; council June 27: utility meeting and continuation of public June 29: council meeting, hearing on sanitary service rate in- hearing. il erl ,an 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 1981 Theme: "Phil Sheridan Days" Where Pioneer Heritage Please fill out the form & return to PHIL SHERIDAN DAYS I Parade Chairperson Gary Hampton, P.O. Box 304, Sheridan, OR 9737'8 (503) 843-2384 Join the 1989 Phil Sheridan Days big parade with band, decorated auto or truck, marching unit, drill drum-bugle corps, riding group or something else. "one of the oldest" parades In Oregon and is a opportunity for good publicity for your organization community.