Oregon Institute of Technology's student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers was awarded a $1,500 Diversity Action Grant. Funds will be used for a "Meet the Engineer Within You" activity for high school students.

Oregon Institute of Technology's student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers was awarded a $1,500 Diversity Action Grant. Funds will be used for a "Meet the Engineer Within You" activity for high school students.

OIT student and ASME club president Michael Parker of Medford plans to lead the ASME club on the project specifics. The club plans to invite ninth- through 12th-grade Hispanic/Latina and American Indian girls from Lost River Junior High and High School and Chiloquin High School. The day-long camp will take place at OIT in Klamath Falls and will include a campus tour and the program will take place in the College Union. The ASME club has arranged to speak about elementary engineering principles and the opportunities provided by engineering using hands-on exploration and fun to help create interest.

Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about OIT.


Epsilon Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, has elected the following officers for 2010-2012:

President, Barbara Meredith; first vice president, Stacey Jones; co-second vice president, Renee Gardener and Janet Davis; co-recording secretaries, Jan Robertson and Carol Moody; corresponding secretary, Mary Hill; treasurer, Tirzah Barlow; parliamentarian, Dr. Bobbie Middaugh; editor, Jane Dow; and past president, Louise Holmes.

Epsilon awards a yearly $2,000 grant to a graduate student at Southern Oregon University.

For more information, see www.deltakappagamma.net.


At the National Christian Forensics & Communications Association's Region 3 Qualifying Tournament in Seattle in April, 11 local homeschool speech and debate students qualified for the National Tournament in June.

Region 3 includes 11 Western states. The tournament, which featured competitors ranging in age from 12 to 18, was held from April 13-17, 2010.

Qualifying students from the Medford area are: Creighton Deems, who placed third in dramatic interpretation; Karissa Anderson, who won fourth in illustrated oratory; Ezra Stockton, who was seventh in original oratory; and Isaac Arthur, who was eighth in dramatic interpretation.

The National Tournament will be held June 7-11 in Virginia Beach, Va. Some qualifying students will receive scholarships to help defray the costs of traveling to the East Coast. Others will hold special fundraisers.

Medford students participate in the Lighthouse speech and debate club, based in Eagle Point.

For more information about the national homeschool speech and debate league, NCFCA, go to http://www.ncfca.org/.


INTERCAMBIO.OREGON'S first ever intercultural talent showcase was an outstanding success, with more than 50 entries that spotlighted the eclectic and varied nature of the Rogue Valley's talented residents. With more than $1,000 of prize money at stake, the competition brought out some of the best performers that this region has to offer.

The talent showcase of the Rogue Valley had cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The winners were:

First place: Douglas Ross (Dulcimer player)

Second place: Josue Garcia (7 years old, la Danza de los Machetes)

Third place: Ritmo Alegre (Ballet Folklorico)

INTERCAMBIO.OREGON is a Southern Oregon based organization supporting intercultural arts in the Rogue Valley.


Church Hill Classics (CHC), a leading manufacturer in the collegiate diploma frame industry, has announced the 24 finalists in its second annual "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest 2010.

Among the finalists is Jennifer Garrett of Central Point. Garrett submitted a drawing that combines her love for art and literature and illustrates her goal "to bring stories to life for readers through the magic of illustration. She plans to continue attending Ashland Academy of Art in Ashland in the 2010-2011 academic year.

The "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest 2010, a nationwide contest, asked students to submit an original "creation" through an image that expressed what they hope to achieve in their personal and professional life after college. Some example entry pieces were photographs, poems, essays, collages, drawings, paintings and other imaginative pieces. The entry needed to communicate: This is how I "Frame My Future." Garrett's entry is posted along with the other finalists' entries on the company's diplomaframe.com website.


Jason Wallace of Gold Hill was a local winner of one of the 2010 State 4-H Scholarship Awards. He received the $500 Minnick Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

Sixteen high school students from across Oregon were awarded state 4-H scholarships through the Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program.

More than 100 Oregon 4-H members competed for the scholarships, which range from $500 to $4,500. They were evaluated on their high scholastic achievement, 4-H projects and achievements, and a personal essay describing their growth in 4-H.


The Rogue Valley Street Rods will donate $31,000 to local children diagnosed with developmental diseases and disabilities who are served by the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRD).

The donation was raised from the proceeds of the 33rd Annual Southern Oregon Rod & Custom Show, held Feb. 20 to 21, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds & Exposition Park. This event has raised more than $443,000 for charity since 1978.

2010 Rod & Custom Show Trophy winners include:

Best of Show: Green 1949 Caddy hardtop owned by Alan and Patt Richardson; People's Choice: Blue and silver Willy's coupe owned by Don and Robin Pyle; Participants' Pick No. 1: Green 1957 Corvette owned by Dennis Huntley; Participants' Pick No. 2: Red 1949 Divco milk truck owned by Bobby Westbrook; Best Motorcycle: Red 2009 Pro Street Bike owned by Brian Mendolia; Best Individual Display: Pewter and maroon 1955 Chevy hardtop owned by Rochelle Breaux; Best Club Display: Jefferson State Street Rods, Grants Pass; Long Distance Award: Walter Wagner and his 1936 maroon Tudor from Surrey, British Columbia; Mayor's Choice Award by Central Point Mayor Hank Williams: Chip and Bernie Chipman's yellow 1934 Ford coupe; CDRC Award selected by Rogue Valley Street Rod's poster child, Abby: Bernie Mulder and his pink 1957 Pontiac wagon.


Nick Temple, a 16-year-old Ashland High School student, won the Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA) student composition competition. His composition, "Chromatic Rag" won first place. "Chromatic Rag" was performed Saturday, May 1, at the First Congregational Church in Ashland.

Temple is a guitar student of JCGS member Joseph Thompson and has performed on guitar at the guitar society meetings and also performed with the "No Name Guitar Trio" at a past JCGS fundraising concert. He also studies piano with Alexander Tutunov, percussion with Terry Longshore and performs on jazz guitar with the Ashland High School Jazz Band and AHS Concert Choir.

Temple originally wrote "Chromatic Rag" with Thompson's assistance when he was 13 years old. Temple says that the piece, written for piano, was originally a primitive blues rag piece but in the five days before the competition, he incorporated jazz chords into the arrangement.