-- Paul Strand, associate professor of psychology at Washington State University Tri-Cities, has won the Timm Ormsby Award for Faculty Citizenship, a statewide award for exemplary civic engagement by university faculty.
Strand has been with WSU Tri-Cities for 17 years and is an expert in the development of social skills and academic readiness in children of culturally and linguistically diverse homes. He has presented his ideas to the Washington State Head Start/ECEAP program and is working on developing interventions for chronically truant students. He has shown his Truancy Intervention Toolkit with juvenile justice experts across the state.
-- MILTON-FREEWATER -- McLoughlin High School senior trumpeter Tomas Landa and junior tuba player Patrick Dunphy won their divisions at the Northeast Oregon Music Educators Association District 6 Solo Festival on March 1 at Eastern Oregon University. They will advance to the Oregon Schools Activities Association state solo contest on May 3 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, said Michael Agidius, band director for the Milton-Freewater School District.
Tomas performed the classic trumpet solo, La Virgen De La Macarena and Patrick played His Majesty the Tuba.
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Other McLoughlin students who participated in the district solo festival were Atziri Jimenez, on tenor saxophone and Christian Sigsbee, on alto saxophone.