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Klamath Falls City Schools Mar. 17, 2023
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KU Senior Katherine Rodriguez Earns OSU Presidential Scholarship
By Joaquin Aguilar-Flores
KFCS Media Relations Specialist
Klamath Union High School senior Katherine Rodriguez had no idea about the surprise which was coming her way this past Tuesday morning while she was in her third period class.
The plan had been set. Klamath Union College and Career Coordinator Karla Andrade and KU Counselors Rebecca Pierce and Jennifer Spicher knew about the news awaiting Rodriguez.
Craig Brauner, Admissions Advisor & Campus Visit Coordinator at Oregon State University Cascades, has a custom of visiting schools throughout Oregon, with the catch of surprising students to let them know they won its Presidential Scholarship.
The scholarship is nothing to look over – it is the school’s most prestigious scholarship for Oregon students, having them earn $10,000 per year for up to four years. OSU-Cascades had 3,000 students qualify this year and 127 students were awarded.
The surprise was close to not taking place as Rodriguez was supposed to be out of town for a math competition the day Brauner was intending on coming to Klamath Falls from Bend. The day was made possible as she was in one of her classes with science teacher, Heather Shaffer.
Rodriguez was startled when she saw Brauner, her parents, KU Principal, Tony Swan, and Assistant Principal, Jacque Brandow, enter her classroom with a box of Beaver goodies.
This specific scholarship did not occur last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rodriguez, who is President of the National Honors Society at KU, is determined in her last year of high school. But has a lot of pondering ahead of her as she has several universities to select from.
Along with the OSU Presidential Scholarship, she has earned scholarships from University of Puget Sound, University of Oregon, Whitman College and the Sunflower Initiative.
For the University of Puget Sound, she earned a $30,000 scholarship and has earned $4,500 in scholarship funds from University of Oregon. For Whitman, she earned nearly $30,000 in scholarship funds as well. Rodriguez recently applied for a $500 scholarship through Destination Imagination.
Rodriguez is not in the unknown of how much a university may cost her as a school, such as Puget Sound, might cost over $80,000.
Realizing that, she has had her hands tied with applying for many national scholarships. Rodriguez has thought about paying for her education since last year, she said.
During only their senior year, students are able to apply for school-based scholarships while they apply for acceptance at a university. The door opens more once a student is a senior hoping to earn local scholarships.
“Getting a national scholarship, the chances are as if you are trying to win the lottery,” Rodriguez said. “Some scholarships, once you apply to the school, will automatically have you considered based off GPA.”
Rodriguez even earned two other scholarships through OSU, one through the university’s College of Science and another through natural sciences. The Presidential Scholarship, if she chooses to accept, will override the other two scholarships, however.
Rodriguez was able to receive the Presidential Scholarship through OSU ScholarDollars, an online university application system, which then allows aspiring university students to be considered for over 2,500 OSU scholarship opportunities.
A bright future
Rodriguez is not stuck on what she will study but is keen on studying environmental science and earn a medical degree or be in a master’s program, along with being involved in public health or public policy.
What brought an ear to ear smile to her face was the response she received after earning the Presidential Scholarship.
“Random people in the hallways knew. I was just surprised by how many people knew more than anything,” Rodriguez said. “My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Malone, who is now in Japan, messaged me on Messenger. My neighbor, who keeps hay in our barn, found out and one of my Grandmother’s old friends found out through Facebook.”
Rodriguez has been a Klamath Falls City Schools student since her first day of kindergarten at Pelican Elementary School. All three of her teachers while at Pelican, including Malone, Stephanie Dahm and Maureen Lundy, congratulated her. The three teachers were able to be her only teachers at Pelican when there was a split-class system.
Rodriguez desire to continue studying after high school has glimmered from her parents.
Her mother is head of residency at Cascades East Family Medicine Center and her father works at Oregon Tech as a civil engineer. He also works for the City of Klamath Falls as a civil engineer and once taught math at Klamath Community College.
Both Rodriguez parents also went to Stanford University.
“They like making sure we are motivated to keep working in school,” Rodriguez said. “This scholarship makes it more of a decision as opposed to one option. At the same time, it is still tons and tons of money; it does not make it free. When people hear $10,000, they think that covers everything and it just does not quite do that. I have more of a choice than I think most people do.”
KU's Mia Hidden and Cassidy Bogatay Earn Honors at C-SPAN Student Cam Contest
Congratulations to Klamath Union High School juniors, Mia Hidden and Cassidy Bogatay for their winning entries into the C-SPAN Student Cam documentary contest.
Both students received Honorable Mention for their films along with a check for $250. This year, C-SPAN received almost 3,000 film entries representing 40 states, Washington D.C, Kenya and UAE.
Students were asked to create a 5–6-minute video, imagining they were a newly elected member of Congress, and sharing the issue of what would be their first priority to address, and why.
Cassidy Bogatay tackled the issue of water in the Klamath Basin with her film “Water: Beauty of the Basin.”
Mia Hidden’s film “Flowers that Fly: Saving the Monarchs,” documented the loss of the butterflies in Oregon and the steps needed to address their survival. Both films finished in the top four percent of all entries. Congratulations to both Mia and Cassidy.
Interview questions from, Mia Hidden
What was the best part of making your C-SPAN video?
My favorite part of my film, and the process that it required, was the connection to my video. It was something personal to me, something that really matters, and something that I wanted to make aware of to my community. It's a serious issue that needs voiced, and I took it on with open arms. It's such an important topic to me personally, and getting to bring my ideas to life, as well as bringing a new light to climate change through such a well known butterfly, was truly rewarding.
What is the one thing you learned about filmmaking when you finished your video project?
My film, Saving the Monarchs, has been my biggest project yet. There was a lot of stress involved in getting this project completed and meeting the expectations I had set for myself. This project is not something I took lightly as it had several strict guidelines that I had to meet. Throughout this process, I learned how to pace myself and how to create a project of this density. It's something that I had trouble with at times, where I was stuck and didn't know what to do next. It's going to be hard, and that is something I had to learn to be ok with, because it'll set me up better for the projects ahead of me.
What do you plan on doing next year in film?
After learning what I did this year in my StudentCam project, I'm already lining myself up with projects to help broaden my horizons and learn more in this growing field. I have plans for next year's C-SPAN project, I'll be filming several documentaries on my Hawaii Advanced Media Trip, as well as applying for a grant to film our local bald eagle populations. What I love most about doing Video production is walking into class faced with a brand new project that I get to lead. It's a way to voice what I have to say, it's an art form really, and I cannot wait to see what other projects I get to be a part of this upcoming year.
Walker Quality Services Brings a New Taste of Food to KU
The future of food service has begun at Klamath Falls City Schools and came to Klamath Union this past Tuesday when students were able to have a small sample of what lunch time will be like in the near future.
An ecstatic group of Klamath Union students were chosen to sample select new food options coming to Klamath Falls City Schools in the coming months.
One of the options, buffalo chicken wings, were a hit. Stir fry beef and veggies were also some of the options. Thank you to Chef Ryan from Walker Quality Services and President of WQS, Alfred L. Walker III, for visiting Klamath Union.
Conger Elementary Update
Happy Saint Patrick's Day From Pel Babies
Ponderosa's MESA Team Grabs First Place
Ponderosa's MESA team took home the first-place trophy and also received second place at the middle school level. The team's next stop will be Portland in May.
WEB students placed sticky notes on lockers with words of affirmation written on them. This was done during fourth period in order for students to come out of class to a surprise of positive messages on their lockers. Well done WEB students!
KU DECA EARNS 4TH CONSECUTIVE OREGON DECA CHAPTER OF THE YEAR
Klamath Union (KU) DECA returned from the Oregon DECA state conference with the
title of Oregon DECA chapter of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
30 KU DECA members attend the state competition, with 22 making the stage and
earning a medal or trophy. 2023 was a year to remember. Let by 19 seniors, KU DECA
earned five 1st place trophies, four 2nd place trophies, two 3rd place trophies, and 49
medals. 17 KU students will represent the basin in Orlando, Florida at the International
“It was a great way to end my last state DECA competition. I was proud of our team.
We practiced a lot and supported each other to not only create a unique bond but a
competitive team. I will always remember hearing Klamath Union called in so many
events.” Abby Cook, KU DECA President.
Cook placed first in Project Management Sale Project and looks forward to competing in Orlando with her teammate Cassidy Bogatay.
Senior Micah Gaede is also headed to Orlando. Gaede earned two trophies and a
chance to compete in Marketing Communications.
Senior Bell Riley ended the night with an exit speech to remember. Riley was a
2022-23 Oregon DECA state officer. Riley spoke about friendship and the relationships
DECA curates. Riley placed first in Hotel & Lodging and is also headed to Orlando.
Juniors Alyse Perez and Brook Nelson won Sports & Entertainment Team Decision.
Their role play focused on creating licensed products for a popular TV show. “We
created a great plan and the judge loved our ideas.”
Senior Grace Keyser completed a Student Store certification project and earned Gold
Level status. Keyser will join Connor Carlson and present on how they achieved Gold
“This is one of the best KU DECA teams in our history. They prepared and they found
ways to help each other succeed. KU DECA creates a strong family bond that lasts a
lifetime. I am excited to see them compete at the International DECA competition in
April. I believe KU DECA will do well.” Nat Ellis KU DECA Advisor.
At the competition you watch each member start out nervous, but as time goes on they
get more confident. By the last role-play, KU DECA members are presenting with
confidence and impressing judges.
DECA competition teaches high school students to solve problems quickly and interact
with others as they present their solutions. This not only builds confidence in each
student but also allows them to apply their skills learned in the classroom in real-life
KU DECA is in the process of raising $15,000 to help pay for the trip to Orlando Florida.
We will travel to Orlando from April 20-27. For more information contact KU DECA
advisor Nat Ellis at 541.331.6197 or EllisN@kfalls.k12.or.us
● Ben Cedarleaf -
○ Apparel & Accessories Marketing 7th Overall, 2nd Roleplay,
○ Entrepreneurship Startup Plan 7th Overall,
○ Food Marketing 8th Overall
● Lina Stanfield -
○ Apparel & Accessories Marketing 3rd overall,
○ Retail Merchandising, 2nd Overall, 3rd Role Play
● Connor Carlson -
○ Automotive Services Marketing - 6th overall, 2nd Role Play
● Brooke Nelson -
○ Business Services Marketing - 7th Overall
● Bell Riley -
○ Business Services Marketing - 6th Overall,
○ Hotel & Lodging 1st Overall, 1st test, 1st role play, 3rd Role Play,
○ Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, 7th Overall
● Ameesha Hazarika & Emma Tolstikhine -
○ Buying & Merchandising Team 1st Overall, 1st Role Play,
○ Travel & Tourism Team, 2nd Overall, 2nd Role Play
● Fen & Fang Li -
○ Entrepreneurship Franchise 4th Overall
● Micah Gaede -
○ Food Marketing, 3rd Overall, 1st Test,
○ Marketing Communications 1st Overall, 2nd Test, 2nd Role Play
● Abby Martin -
○ Hotel & Lodging 2nd Overall, 2nd Role Play
● Kat Brown -
○ Hotel & Lodging 8th Overall, 2nd Test,
○ Marketing Communications 6th Overall
● Jacob Martin -
○ Hotel & Lodging 1st Role Play
● Abby Martin & Jacob Martin
○ Hospitality Team Decision - 4th Overall, 3rd Role Play
● Addison Brown & Heather Ritter -
○ Hospitality Team Decision 7th Overall,
○ Travel & Tourism Team, 7th Overall
● Cassidy Bogatay & Abby Cook -
○ Project Management Sales Project, 1st overall
● Kate Rodriguez -
○ Quick Serve Restaurant Management - 2nd Overall, 1st Role Play, 2nd Role Play
● Grace Keyser -
○ Restaurant & Food Service Management 7th Overall, 3rd Test,
● Abby Cook -
○ Restaurant & Food Service Management 3rd Role Play
● Malachi Johnston -
○ Retail Merchandising, 2nd Role Play
● Alyse Perez -
○ Sports & Entertainment Marketing, 4th overall, 3rd Test
● Alyse Perez & Brooke Nelson -
○ Sports & Entertainment Team, 1st Overall, 1st Role Play, 2nd Exam
KU DECA Selling Dinner Meal Boxes
KU DECA is sending 17 members to the International DECA competition. We need your help to pay for the trip. KU DECA is selling dinner meal boxes. Each box is created to feed a family of four. New this year are meat options.
Meal boxes will include either tri-tip or Baby Back ribs. Both are smoked to perfection from Howard's Meat Center. Also, enjoy Potatoes Au Gratin from Pour Horse Cantina and everyone's favorite Cowboy Caviar and homemade brownies.
Contact KU DECA Advisor Nat Ellis at EllisN@kfalls.k12.or.us or 541.331.6197
An opportunity to Give Back
The Assistance League of Klamath Falls is a nonprofit organization that has been providing clothes and other services to our students and families throughout the Klamath Basin.
For the past 28 years, the Assistance League has clothed students from our 36 Klamath County and City schools by giving them an opportunity to receive new clothes from their "Operation School Bell'' program. This last school year, they clothed approximately 1,800 students.
For more information on their other provided services to our students and families within the Klamath Basin visit: www.klamathbasinassistanceleague.org.
The Assistance League is needing a little help and it is time for us to come together as a community, as a district to give a little back. Mr. Brown has approved for every City School to participate in a fundraiser to give back to the Assistance League. It is a chance to be creative. Klamath Union will be hosting a coin drive and challenging each KUHS Club and Department to clothe a student for $125.00 next school year.
Any school can host a coin drive as well, a bake sale, a car wash, a raffle or recycle cans/bottles. For more fundraising ideas, visit: https://99pledges.com/pto-fundraising-ideas/.
The City School that raises the most money will receive an ice cream party (date TBD).
Money will be collected by April 7th, counted and presented to the Assistance League at its Pickleball 2023 Blazing Paddles Tournament on April 15th at Harbor Isles. If you would like to register to play or want more information visit: https://pickleballbrackets.com/ptd.aspx?eid=c10e1324-d24b-43b5-974a-90f4ea4f6f0d
Any checks should be made out to the Assistance League. If a school needs a W9, it is available.
For more information, contact Lisa Danskin, Klamath Union High School Key Club Advisor at Danskinl@kfalls.k12.or.us
The new district website has an Alumni page for graduates of KU. This past week, six KU alumni sent us updates on their lives since they graduated. Take a look on the KU Alumni page on the district website. And, if you are an alumni, be sure and send us YOUR update!
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