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School Notes

April 26, 2004

The Salt Lake Tribune
BYLINE: Compiled by Ronnie Lynn, Shinika A. Sykes,Mike Cronin and Linda Fantin

Education briefs

The Jordan School District has scheduled four open houses to discuss the possibility of closing several schools because of declining enrollment. District officials invite the public to provide comments. The four open houses are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.:

* April 28: Bingham High School cafeteria, 2160 W. Miners Mile (10400 South)

* April 29: West Jordan High Commons Area, 8136 S. 2700 West

* May 5: Jordan High Commons Area, 95 E. Beetdigger Blvd. (9880 South)

* May 6: Brighton High cafeteria, 2220 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 South)

Copper Hills High School in West Jordan was one of 25 high schools and colleges across the country selected to host this year's "Future Lab Tour of 2004." The lab is a traveling time capsule that includes items depicting what the world will look like in the next 10 to 20 years. The capsule includes a lunar land rover, working robots and robotic technology, nanotechnologies, and the future of home entertainment. The capsule will be available for public viewing May 3-4 at Copper Hills High, 5445 W. New Bingham Highway (7800 South).

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education is scheduled to hold its annual conference in Salt Lake City from July 27 to Aug. 1 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel. The conference will consist of three themes: "No Child Left Behind: Challenges and Opportunities"; how drama connects with other art forms; and "Diversity and Inclusion." For more information, visit Web site

Education people

Dade Behring, a Deerfield, Ill.-based clinical diagnostics firm, has awarded $ 1,000 scholarships to five medical laboratory science students from the Salt Lake City area. The five are John Agou, Justin Caron, Tamir Elbereir, Ann Kelly and Meranda Sedgwick. All are second-year students at Salt Lake Community College.

Ashlee Allred, a sophomore at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, has been awarded a scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The scholarship, named in honor of Sen. Barry Goldwater, is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Allred, a Huntington native has a double major -- psychology and biology. She is one of 310 Goldwater scholarship recipients selected on the basis of research and academic achievement.

A retail distributing company selected Kit White of Park City High School to receive a $ 10,000 scholarship for his achievements outside the classroom. White used his own difficulties with attention-deficit disorder and dyslexia to help other students confronting the same challenges. He volunteers during the summer to help other teens cope with learning disabilities. White is one of 52 students nationwide who earned the scholarship.

Viewmont High School student Emilie Twitchell is one of 25 high school students from across the country to be named a national merit winner in the seventh Imitation Computer Arts Scholarship program, designed to recognize students who create original works of computer-generated art. Her entry, titled "Self Portrait -- Tangled Thoughts," earned her a $ 1,000 scholarship, a trip to the awards ceremony in St. Paul, Minn., and a trophy for her school.

Schaun Wheeler, a senior anthropology student at Weber State University, has received a $ 5,000 scholarship from Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) -- one of the oldest and most respected national academic honors. He is one of 60 students selected from a pool of candidates submitted by local PKP chapters.

Wheeler, who graduates next month, plans to pursue in the fall his doctorate degree in anthropology at the University of Connecticut.

The W.R. Hotchkiss Foundation has awarded Nicole Reather a four-year scholarship for college that will be up to $ 3,500 annually. The Juan Diego High School graduate is currently studying interior design at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.

Westminster student awarded scholarship

June 1, 2004

The Deseret News

Ashlee Allred, a sophomore at Westminster College, has been awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

She was one of 310 recipients selected from a field of more than 1,000 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by faculty from colleges and universities nationwide. She has conducted research on salt-tolerant microorganisms living in the Great Salt Lake.