Congratulations to our 2013 Scholarship Winners!

Patty TerhuneCommunity Interest, Inside Clear Creek

With graduation fast approaching, we wanted to once again congratulate the winners of our 2013 Scholarship Awards and share a little more about them.

Kristen Splonskowski attends Oregon City High School and plans to attend a college with a strong computer science program. She is considering California Polytechnic State University,   University of Oregon or UCLA.  Her intent is to get a bachelor’s degree in computer science and become a software engineer.

Kristen has served on student council all during high school and this year serves as Student Body Vice President.  Along with the more than 330 hours of student council activities she is also active in the National Honor Society, and plays lacrosse.  Outside of school she volunteers as group leader for the food market service at a local church and coaches a girl’s grade school lacrosse team.  Kristen says, “My greatest joy in life is helping people, and I have been fortunate enough to have countless opportunities to do so.”

Drake MacFarlane attends Oregon City High School and is considering the following universities: Pomona, Willamette, University of Portland, Stanford, Northwestern and Lewis and Clark.  Because he has a wide variety of interests, he is currently undecided about a major, but is considering Biology, Journalism and Law.

Throughout high school Drake has been involved in many extracurricular activities. He has participated in Art Club, National Honor Society, Link Crew, Track and Field, written for the school’s Literary Magazine, and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper. Additionally, he is an advanced dance student who has participated in the Swing Dance club for four years.  In addition to being awarded a Clear Creek Subscriber Endowment Scholarship, Drake was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from The Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED), a national telecommunications association, to which Clear Creek is a member.

Kathryn Miles attends Oregon City High School and plans to attend the University of British Columbia. Her intent is to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in History and English Literature, while pursuing an honors degree in both of those areas.

Throughout high school she has participated in many activities such as the Speech and Debate team, Talented and Gifted International Seminar, WorldQuest Global Knowledge Competition, and tutoring. Kathryn competed at the State Poetry Out Loud competition and the State competition for Speech and Debate. As an elected officer in Key Club, she has volunteered for many different organizations such as the Salvation Army and UNICEF.  As the founder and co-president of Global Citizens Corps Club, a club to educate fellow students about current social and political issues, Kathryn says, “It has been amazing to run this club and not only be able to inspire others, but be newly inspired myself, to constantly give back to the community and the world at large.”

Emily Krupa attends Oregon City High School and plans to attend Oregon State University. Since math has always been a favorite subject she plans to major in Statistics and Business. With her degree in hand she hopes to become an actuary or other type of statistician.

Emily has participated in a variety of school activities, ranging from clubs to varsity sports but most important to her has been the varsity girls’ lacrosse team. She has also lettered in cross country, founded and helped run a Yoga Club, is an active member of our Global Citizens Corps Club, a member of LINK Crew, the National Honors Society, and the Talented and Gifted program. Additionally, she has volunteered at many non0profit organizations. Emily has been a Girl Scout for twelve years recently earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award that can be earned in Girl Scouts. Her final project was a bilingual cookbook filled with nutritious yet inexpensive recipes that she distributed at a local food bank. Emily has devoted much of her time to helping others and participated in a variety of school activities, all while taking several Honors and Advanced Placement classes.