On April 4, the annual Miss Marion-Polk County Scholarship Program crowned Amy Lemke Miss Marion-Polk 2009, at the Historic Elsinore Theater in Salem. Lemke, daughter of Cheryl and Ed Lemke, was born and raised in Jacksonville. She is an 18-year-old freshman at Western Oregon University, where she is pursuing an early childhood education major with a dance minor. She has been teaching dance to children for nearly eight years at Dance Arts Center-Medford Civic Ballet in Medford. In her 17 years of dance and music training she has performed all around the Northwest. She has participated in many other community service projects including assisting with campus-wide can drives and clothing drives designed to help the needy of Marion and Polk counties and recently performed in a community service program with the Monmouth Dance and Music Studio. She also organized a group to walk in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk this April, and will walk for a family member who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She plans to continue her education at Western Oregon University.

On April 4, the annual Miss Marion-Polk County Scholarship Program crowned Amy Lemke Miss Marion-Polk 2009, at the Historic Elsinore Theater in Salem. Lemke, daughter of Cheryl and Ed Lemke, was born and raised in Jacksonville. She is an 18-year-old freshman at Western Oregon University, where she is pursuing an early childhood education major with a dance minor. She has been teaching dance to children for nearly eight years at Dance Arts Center-Medford Civic Ballet in Medford. In her 17 years of dance and music training she has performed all around the Northwest. She has participated in many other community service projects including assisting with campus-wide can drives and clothing drives designed to help the needy of Marion and Polk counties and recently performed in a community service program with the Monmouth Dance and Music Studio. She also organized a group to walk in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk this April, and will walk for a family member who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She plans to continue her education at Western Oregon University.

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Seventh-graders Mitchell Button and Sean Dennehy and eighth-grader Matthew Vorgang represented Medford when 200 of the top-rated scholastic chess players from around the state gathered for the Fourth Annual Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation State Championship on April 10-11 in Seaside. Mitchell Button won sixth place in his class, Middle School Elite.

Throughout the year, scholastic chess players have competed in more than 50 qualifier events around the state. Those who showed commitment and dedication were invited to attend the championship.

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American College has announced that Joseph C. Rayburn of Farmers Group Inc., in Medford has earned the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).

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Medford-area quilter Karen Hanken has been selected as a semifinalist for the 25th anniversary American Quilter's Society Show & Contest to be held April 22-25 at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Ky. Her quilt, "Everyday Barns & Family Farms" was chosen from a field of 709 quilts and will compete against 387 others in the annual contest. All 388 quilts will be displayed at the annual quilt show.

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Ashley Elizabeth Cox of Eagle Point will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2009 Western Regional Junior Angus Show on April 25 through 27 in Reno, Nev. Ashley, a junior member of the American Angus Association, is one of 75 young Angus breeders who have entered for championship honors.

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Clinton Mefford of Central Point, a student at Redlands Community College, has been selected as an All-American Judger, an honor bestowed on only 15 judgers in the nation by the Junior College Livestock Judging Coaches Association. Students are selected as All-American based on exceptional grades, participation in at least three national contests, as well as scoring consistently at each contest. Mefford plans to continue his education at a university that offers competitive judging programs and hopes to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., to become an agricultural lobbyist.

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Grace White of Gold Hill is a new junior member of the American Angus Association. Junior members are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.