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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

Dear Families, Thanks to all of you who gave us feedback
through taking the online parent survey we sent home. If you tried the link and you ran into a glitch, we fixed the error. Thank you to all of you who wrote to me to make me aware of this glitch. We are hoping for everyone’s input, so please go to this link and take the survey if you have not done that already. We truly appreciate you helping us with our continuous improvement and growth.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LaurelParent As the year comes to a close, and we work to wrap up this year, we are beginning to prepare ourselves to make our class lists for next year. Every teacher at Laurel is an outstanding teacher and we have faith in all of them to meet the needs of our students and teach them to full potential. Please note that when we develop class lists, we do not include teachers’ names as part of the process. The grade level teachers are identified by a letter: A, B, C, or D. We do this to keep the class lists balanced and fair. However, I realize that each year there are a few cases where specific students’ needs may need to be closely considered as we place students. While we work diligently as a staff to meet those needs, you may feel that you would like to give your input. As such, I am making myself available to meet with those of you who would like to on June 9th, from 10:00-12:00. Please call our front office and let them know you would like to meet with me on that date/time. I would be happy to help you fill out a form and hear your input.

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine!


Nadira Rizkallah, Principal

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