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JCHS Student, Joseph Legendre
Achieves Commended Student Status in National Merit Scholarship Program

(Evanston, Illinois) Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that Junction City High School senior, Joseph Legendre has been named as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Joseph’s selection for this recognition places him in the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million high school seniors who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

JCHS is proud of Joseph’s accomplishments and his contributions as a student leader in Career and Technical Education (CTE), especially, in our revitalized JCHS Metals Program.
JCHS Alumnus named 2015
Goldwater Scholar
Congratulations John Gillies!
University of Oregon juniors Kyla Martichuski and John Gillies have been named 2015 Goldwater Scholars, a prestigious national award that recognizes under-graduates for their research work in mathematics, science and engineering.

Martichuski and Gillies are the only recipients from an Oregon university. Of the 1,200 applicants, 260 were selected to receive the scholarship.

Martichuski and Gillies will each receive up to $7,500 for tuition, fees, and room and board for their senior years. More importantly, the two survived a rigorous application process to emerge with national recognition of their undergraduate research.

Gillies, from Junction City, is a biochemistry major with a minor in business administration whose research looks at protein interaction with single-strand DNA. He works in Andrew Marcus’ lab in the Institute of Molecular Biology. 

“I took a general chemistry class my freshman year from Andrew Marcus,” Gillies said. “I read one of his papers and went in to talk about it with him. That led to a spot in the lab and getting to work on this research.

“It’s a great honor to win this award, especially given its prestige,” he said. “The funding is nice, of course, but what I appreciate most is getting the recognition for the research I have done.”

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation  is a federally endowed agency created in 1986.

—By Heidi Hiaasen, Public Affairs Communications

This article has been condensed with permission from the author.

Junction City School District is committed to Engage, Inspire and Educate all our students by offering physical education, music, comprehensive art, computer technology, as well as enrichment and academic support in before and after school programs.
Enrollment: 520
Student Teacher Ratio: 28.11/1
Licensed Staff: 21.3


Principal, Nadira Rizkallah

Laurel had a blast last Friday during the assembly where
close to 70 students, and our amazing teachers, silly stringed the principal! There is nothing like having fun, and at Laurel we seek all opportunities to do just that. The next time you are at school, please help me thank our Laurel Parent Group for promoting this fun and providing funding for unique opportunities to our kids. Just in the last cookie dough fundraiser, and with all of your support, our Parent Group collected close to $17,000 and expect 40% of this amount to benefit the students at Laurel. All of Laurel thanks you so much for your unwavering commitment to our community.

In addition, our Parent Group is now having a coin drive and collecting nonperishable food items for our Thanksgiving holiday baskets. We would like to be able to send more than 30 Thanksgiving holiday baskets to our needy families to enjoy with their loved ones on Thanksgiving.  Thank you so much for your generous contributions. It always feels good to give, especially when we know it goes to our beloved children and their families.

Please be aware that there is no school on Wednesday, which is Veterans Day. Also, our next early release is on November 18th. Our dismissal starts at 1:00 and concludes around 1:10pm.

Laurel’s Lifetouch photo retake is November 13th. If your student missed the first opportunity to have their picture taken, or you would like a retake, have your children wear their best smile and be ready to look their best.

Enjoy the rainy fall days and stay warm and dry.

Warmest Regards,
Nadira Rizkallah, Principal

Important Dates, Information»
Welcome to Junction CIty Schools - Video Link Here
2013-14 State Report Card: English Spanish
Nov. 2-20 Turkey Coin Drive
Nov. 23 School Board Meeting, 6pm - District Board Room
Nov. 26 No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 27 No School - Non Contract Day
Dec. 4 End of First Trimester
Dec. 4-11 LES - Book Fair
Dec. 7 No School - Teacher Work Day
Dec. 8 No School - Teacher Work Day
Dec. 10 LES - Parent Group Meeting, 6pm
Dec. 18 LES - Hoiday Bazaar
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 Winter Break - No School
Jan. 4 Students and Staff Return to School
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