OUSD briefs: Interact and Chemical Society clubs honor seniors at Villa Park High
The Villa Park High School 12th annual Rotary Interact and sixth annual American Chemical Society Recognition and Installation were recently held in a combined ceremony.
VPHS chemistry teacher Linda Bartrom is an advisor to both the Interact Club and the American Chemical Society Club on campus.
International Interact graduation stoles were presented to seniors Kaitlyn Nguyen, Theresa Pham, Michael Shcharber, Sydney To, Ben Versteeg, Delaney Walsh and An Vu, and Interact Presidential Scholarships were awarded to An Vu and Kaitlyn Nguyen.
The 2017-18 Interact board was recognized with certificates: An Vu and Kaitlyn Nguyen, co-presidents; Paula Gibb and Miranda Gabrin, vice presidents; Saicharitha Kalvakota and Elianna Peng, secretaries; Theresa Pham, treasurer; James Gagliardi and Delaney Walsh, Rotary liaisons; Christian Yun, Ryan Vu, underclassmen representatives; Ben Versteeg, communication; Dina Mirbabaei, publicity; Sydney To, historian; Christian Uriostegui, Link Crew correspondent; and Michael Shcharber, ASB correspondent.
The 2018-19 board was installed and pinned: Paula Gibb and Miranda Gabrin, co-presidents; Christian Yun, vice president; Saicharita Kalvakota, treasurer; Ryan Vu, secretary; Lindsey To, publicity; Katrina Sommer, historian; Amy Gitmed and Candice Tang, Rotary liaisons; Emma Deters, NHS advisor; and Robert Bilodeau, underclassmen representative.
American Chemical Society graduation honor cords and ACS pins were presented to seniors Dilini Amarasinghe, Christina Chao, Oliver La Capria, Jandy Le, Haylie Munda, Sydney Strupp and Sydney To. ACS scholarships were awarded to Sydney Strupp and Sydney To.
Certificates of recognition were presented to the 2017-18 ACS Board: Sydney Strupp, president; Sydney To, vice president; Dilini Amarasinghe, treasurer; Christina Chao and Haylie Munda, secretaries; Jandy Le and Ashley Nguyen, recruitment; Oliver La Capria, historian; Alexandra Lai and Dean Kuli, publicity.
The 2018-19 board was installed and pinned: Alexandra Lai and Dean Kuli will be co-presidents; Ashley Nguyen, vice president; Candice Tang and Davin Ancich, publicity; Emilie Nguyen and Blaise Slattery, historians; Ryan Vu and Lindsey To, secretaries; Nathan Pham and Robert Bilodeau, recruitment.
Prior to summer vacation, the Crescent Elementary School Student Council held a blanket and towel drive, collecting the goods for the new Orange County Animal Care shelter.
The students collected more than 700 blankets and towels for use in the animal cages, and as a soft place for new litters of puppies and kittens.
Eagle Scout builds project for OCSA
Alexander “Alex” Murphy earned the rank Eagle Scout, the highest honor achievable in Boy Scouting. He received the promotion at a formal Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.
Alex began as a Tiger Cub in Pack 51 at St. John’s Lutheran School 11 years ago, earning the Arrow of Light before bridging to Boy Scouts.
As a member of Boy Scout Troop 33, he participated in numerous outdoor activities including camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking. He attended two National Scout Jamborees and a World Scout Jamboree in Japan. He was crew leader for an 85-mile backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch.
With more than 125 nights of camping, he earned a National Outdoor Award for Camping. He was involved with the National Youth Leadership Training program first as a participant, then as staff for three summers. This year, he will serve as an assistant senior patrol leader, as part of the executive staff. He will also work at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, hosted by North America, as support staff for the medical team.
For his Eagle project, Alex, a student at the Orange County School of the Arts, designed and led the construction of two cedar compost boxes. The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Conservatory will use the boxes to compost food scraps, and the Ecology Club will use the compost in the school’s sustainable garden.
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