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SAHS dance team wins state championship

Posted on: March 21, 2017

The South Albany High School Southern Belles and Gents dance won the state championship at state competition in Portland this month.

During the announcement of the finalists, the team was erroneously not included in the list. After the mistake was corrected, the team went on to with the 5A OSAA 2017 Dance and Drill State Championships.

Here is an account by team coach Amanda Gavette:

The team had whirlwind of a weekend up at the OSAA Dance & Drill State Championships!

Friday night was preliminary rounds. For some reason,South Albany was NOT announced as a finalist. After the event, I ran to the competition director to see what had happened, and found they forgot to announce us. We were finalists!

This has been one of the hardest working teams I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. They knew what they wanted, were willing to invest the work it took, and were rewarded for their efforts this year.

During the event, senior dancer Jennifer Hayden earned a $1,000 academic scholarship from the Dance and Drill Coaches Association. Seniors Gabrielle Morgan and Makayla Sloan were named to the prestigious All-State Team.

Watch videos of the dance performances:

See a photo gallery of the performances. Photo credit: Don Bacher

Students learn about careers during Lunch and Learn at SAHS

Posted on: March 16, 2017

As part of the effort to help students train for careers after graduating, South Albany High School has a lunch and learn program that introduces students to business owners who share expertise and tips for pursuing skilled work.

The following story is by Stutzman Services, Inc., which sent representatives to SAHS on Tuesday.

SAHS Students Explore Water Management Careers

On Tuesday, March 14, representatives of Stutzman Services gave an interactive presentation to students at South Albany High School as part of a Lunch & Learn event.

Fifteen students gathered in a classroom to eat pizza and learn more about career opportunities in the skilled trades, which are in high-demand according to Stutzman Services Communications Director Chris Nafziger. “We believe that water is life’s most valuable resource, and today we are going to talk about two careers that are crucial to managing water, and also in high-demand,” he said.

The presentation focused on two careers: Well Water Systems Technician and Journeyman Plumber.

Water Systems Manager Dale Aerni spoke about his career path and encouraged students to discover what they like to do and are good at doing. For him, it was managing groundwater by installing and servicing submersible pumps and water treatment systems, work that eventually led him to become a co-owner of the company.

Well Water Systems Technician Luke Butler described the education and training required for his career and what he likes best about the job. “I enjoy the travel. We drive a lot and get to see a lot of the Mid-Willamette Valley,” he said. “I also like the variety of the job and working outside with my hands. Seventeen years into my career and I’m still learning.”

Plumbing Manager Brent Stutzman began by asking students what comes to mind when they picture a plumber. After acknowledging the expected negative caricature, he explained the importance of plumbing systems and quoted from Plumbing Manufacturers International: “Clean, drinkable water has likely protected more lives and extended life expectancy more than any medical advancement.”

Stutzman said that Journeyman Plumbers are in very short supply across the nation, and that is resulting in increased wages. In Oregon, students in a plumbing apprenticeship are also required to work full time, which means they can move into a high-paying career without college debt.

Stutzman also encouraged the female students in attendance to pursue career paths in the skilled trades, including plumbing.

Afterwards, students had the chance to see a submersible well pump and control system close-up, and use a power tool to assemble some pipe and fittings.

“The students loved the presentation and the speakers did an excellent job engaging the group,” said Rose Zoellner, Business to School Liaison at South Albany High School.

Thank you, Classified Employees!

Posted on: March 10, 2017

This is Classified School Employees Appreciation Week. Thank you to all of our dedicated support staff, who make learning possible for students.

Classified employees work with students, educators, parents, volunteers, business partners and community members.

Classified employees support the smooth operation of offices, the safety and maintenance of buildings and property, and the safe transportation, healthy nutrition and direct instruction of students.

Classified employees are educational assistants, office support specialists, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance workers, food servers, translators and more.

Thank you, classified employees, for your work on behalf of GAPS students!

SAHS Southern Belles and Gents take first place at dance competition

Posted on: March 8, 2017

Congrats to the South Albany High School dance team for recent first place wins. Here is an update on the events from dance coach Amanda GaVette:

Our JV and varsity dancers competed at the Thurston dance competition last weekend, and both groups brought home a first place finish. This is a huge accomplishment for varsity as we had nine teams from the 5A division present.

This is a big win for us going into the state tournament next week, March 17 and 18. If you get a chance to see us compete in Portland at the OSAA dance and drill state championships, the girls would love the support.

The Belles, Gents, and I also wanted to invite you to the City Show at South Albany this weekend. South Albany’s JV and varsity dance teams, the West Albany Hi-Steppers, and other local teams will perform at the Albany All-City Show on Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. in the South Albany High School gym.

This free event is our opportunity to thank our school, family, friends, sponsors, and community for the gifts of love and support they have provided us over this dance season. Donations are gladly accepted.

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