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SAHS student thespian elected State Thespian Officer

Posted on: April 9, 2017

South Albany sophomore Meighan VanVeldhuizen ran a successful campaign to be State Thespian Officer. She was elected by her peers from across the state for the office at the Oregon State Thespian Festival. She is one of four STOs for Oregon.

In addition, Meighan was selected by the state board to be next year’s State Thespian Vice Chair. Only one of the four incoming STOs is chosen for this even bigger honor.

“This is an amazing compliment to Meighan, our program, and SAHS itself,” said drama instructor Benjamin Sell. “Meighan is an incredibly motivated and talented young lady, and I’m so excited to see all the amazing things she’s going to accomplish in this state-level leadership position next year.”

South and West Albany robotics team qualifies for championship competition

Posted on: April 4, 2017

SWARM, the high school robotics team made up of members of South Albany and West Albany students, has been invited to attend the PNW First District Championship in Cheney Wash. this week.

Each year, the Oregon First Robotics competition features a game theme. This year’s game is called First Steamworks. Two alliances of three teams work together to build and prepare an airship for flight.

The event runs from April 6-8 at Eastern Washington University. SWARM was selected based on their rankings in previous competitions. They are ranked 50th out of 155 teams and won the quality award at the last District competition.

At their last competition, SWARM earned the Quality Award:

Team 957 SWARM Sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation, this award celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. The winning team demonstrates these characteristics in many ways from planning through execution. Building the robot is only part of their success and the judges recognize them as a quality example to others. Often, successful engineering projects are based on doing a small number of things extremely well. This team played to their strengths and produced consistent results on the field. Our quality award goes to a team who swarmed on a simple, elegant design.

“Logs for Lumber” is scheduled for May 1

Posted on: April 3, 2017

The annual “Logs for Lumber” event at West Albany and South Albany high schools will be on May 1 and 2.

Justin and Dan McMinds bring a portable mill to both schools to turn trees that were knocked down in storms or had to be removed due to construction into lumber for school projects.

The McMinds run their sawmill and, with student help, the logs are cut into lumber. The wood is stacked and then later dried in kilns. When it is ready, the wood is used by high school students in the wood shop classes.

The McMinds will be at West Albany High School on May 1 and at South Albany High School on May 2.

The photo is from the 2014 event.