Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Marshall Campus

3905 SE 91st Ave | Portland, OR 97266
Phone: (503) 916-5244 | Fax: (503) 916-2553

Students in the News!

RA2 Students Recognized by Writers in the Schools (WITS)

On December 2, 2009 the new 2008-09 WITS Student Anthology “a whole new subject” had it’s opening celebration at Ecotrust in downtown Portland. The Anthology’s front cover photograph A Whole New Subject is by RA2 senior Hailey Syke Dehler, and the back cover photograph, Dandelion, is by RA2 senior Kaira Badilla. Hailey Skye has been asked by Powell’s Bookstore to answer questions about how she created the anthology cover photo.

A Whole New Subject Dandelion RA2 WITS Readers, May, 2009

Senior Christina Boom was honored as her piece “Manwich Mutiny” was read by Oregon Book Award Winner Jon Raymond, and Mathew Boyer, from the Roosevelt Campus, honored RA2 2009 Valedictorian Sheila Heath by reading her piece “The Perfect Moment.” Sheila has just successful completed her first term at Columbia University in New York City.

Scholastic Art Competition Recognizes RA2 Students

All Advanced Art students from Renaissance Arts Academy entered the annual Oregon Scholastic Art Awards. Congratulations to teachers Melody Rockwell and Jessica Bradley and the following seven students who were honored. Top or Gold Key award for Fashion went to senior Christine Kim for her Rosefly Party Dress design. Christine also received a Fashion Honorable Mention for her design Blue Suit Dress. Tenth grader Jesus Torralba for his thumb print betsy also earned a Gold Key award for Drawing. Jesus also received a Silver Key award for his drawing none.

Rosefly Party Dress Betsy None

Senior Hailey Syke Dehler received and Honorable mention in Drawing for Not Sylvester Stallone, and in Photography for Peg Leg Falls. Senior Kaira Badilla received an Honorable mention in Photography for Void. Michelle Zhang received two Honorable mentions in Drawing and Painting respectively; both pieces were untitled. Junior Iris Ponce received an Honorable Mention in Drawing for her piece My Brother in Ink.

Peg Leg Falls Void Untitled
Untitled My Brother in Ink  

Gold Keywork will be on display at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) from January 14—23rd, and will continue to compete at the National level. The Opening Ceremony will be on January 14th from 6-8 p.m. at PNCA. PLEASE JOIN US!

Outstanding RA2 Student Athletes

Senior Chris Elam went to State last year in wrestling as a junior. Senior Maggie Haworth as a 10th grader won the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) athletic scholarship award. Her current GPA is 3.93, and this year she was named to the 5A 2nd team All League in Girls Volleyball. Maggie has been nominated for the Joe Loprinzi Scholarship which is offered by the MAC each year to a deserving senior(s). Senior Taylor Moore, whose GPA is 3.38, was named as an Honorable mention in 5A Girls Volleyball. Senior Quang Le, with a GPA of 3.95, is enjoying the resurgence of Boys Basketball at Marshall under new head coach Charles Gill. The team’s current PIL record is 4 -1 and they are 11 – 4 overall. Coach Gill appreciates Quang’s heads up and energetic play. Junior Sara Sykes had a breakout Girls Basketball game against Roosevelt scoring 18 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds and 15 steals! Congratulations Sara! The Sophomores Myra Cruz-Garcia and Jocelyn Medina, and junior Nadia Martinez all contributed to the Marshall Girls Soccer team making the playoffs again this year.

Finally, the Marshall Competitive Cheer squad will compete January 30 at Jesuit HS, February 6, at Tualatin HS, and then finally at the OSAA State Cheer Championships on February 13th. Led by co-captain Annalissa Reed, the squad includes many RA2 students: freshman Sierra Brambila, juniors Marissa Canilao, Vanessa Combs, Tya Willis, and seniors Simone Kalivas, and Annalisa Reed. Additionally Rally Cheer RA2 members are sophomore Winterrose Buzzini, and junior Nadia Martinez.

Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and Standard Insurance James Paulson are Principals for a Day!

Yes, that’s right, we had two great principals for a Day. Not surprising, Thomas Lauderdale gave Music Production students a treat by playing much of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and then gave students feedback on their digital sound scores. James Paulson enjoyed talking to math students, and then accompanied Principal Locke, teacher leader Bree Woodruff and senior Jorge Nava Marin to a luncheon with the Employers for Education Excellence Board of Directors. Mr. Locke shared data points, Ms. Woodruff talked about our success in Math, and Jorge spoke of his current calculus class at Reed College and his experience last year as part of the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) after school program with other Portland area high school students. As well as being generous with Pink Martini’s new CD Splendor in the Grass, Thomas took many candid photos with his well travelled 1960’s Polaroid.

RA2 Choir Airs on KBPS

Just before Winter break, RA2 Choir had a recording session with Tom Caruthers, recording engineer from KBPS AM. Two of their selections, were aired during the Musical Postcard Greeting on KBPS which is a district high school radio station at Benson High School. Congratulations to members of the Choir and director Judy A. Rose. Hear the Choir perform on Marshall Campus on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. To download the Musical Postcard Greeting performance, please go to www.pulseofportlandmusicproject.com website.

RA2 Winter Concert

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL choir, dance and theatre students who performed in our Winter Concert. Performers were focused, well supported by students, family, and staff, and have shown huge improvement since their pre-Winter Break in-house performance for each other. The hour long program consisted of six diverse choir pieces, two dance pieces (tap and Jazz), and the "Well" scene performed by the theatre class. Soloist did a great job and KUDOS also to Tony Marcello for his technical support. Upcoming performances include:

  • A Mid Summer’s Night Dream, April 14-17 ,2010
  • Fine and Performing Arts Showcase, May 19, 2010

Thank you to Sarah Armitage, DJ Rayley, and Judy Rose for planning the performance.

Marshall Campus Rose Festival Court 2010

Congratulations to RA2 seniors Ashlea Johnson and Jacqueline Holodak members of the 2010 Rose Festival Court. With court members Anastasiya Bondarchuck, Diana Hoang, Yuliyana Kobel, and Floriberta Martinez, Ashlea and Jackie will give their speeches on February 12th in the Marshall auditorium.

Artcarved Class Rings feature RA2 Students

Senior Hailey Skye Dehler and 2009 graduate Shawna Mullaney are featured in two advertisements for Artcarved high school rings. Click on the following link to see the images (used with permission).