Day: January 13, 2017

Red Cross in emergency blood shortage

St. Edwards Catholic Church is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Parish Hall, 5303 River Rd. N., Keizer. The American Red Cross remains in the midst of a severe blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations. Ice, snow and subfreezing temperatures in many states have led to blood drive cancellations, including 215 Red Cross blood drives in two dozen states since the beginning of December, resulting in more than 7,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or sign up online at redcrossblood.org using sponsor code...

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McNary hosts AVID open house

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Principal Erik Jespersen wants McNary High School to be a giant laboratory where people come from all over the country to see what his teachers and students are doing. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Jespersen got his wish as 50 Oregon educators attended an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) open house at the school. The open house was another step in McNary becoming the first AVID Demonstration high school in the state, a goal Jespersen and his staff set in 2015 while at NIKE headquarters in Beaverton. “It’s one thing to say you want to be world class,” Jespersen said. “The natural next question is what does that look like? Part of what that looks like is being a National Demonstration School because to be a National Demonstration School you have to be really good at a lot of things. This is just providing a concrete road map for us to be the best.” MHS had a site visit in December, where AVID personnel came to tour the school and sit in on AVID classes. McNary has 200 students in eight AVID electives—three for freshmen, two for sophomores and juniors, and one section for seniors. “They do things that kids wouldn’t think to do and parents wouldn’t think to do, like review a kids transcript and then really work on choosing their classes based...

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McNary sweeps 500 free at KROC Center

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—As McNary junior Sarah Eckert swam the final laps of the 500-yard freestyle, closing in on the leader, she wasn’t thinking about her runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly just 10 minutes earlier. “I feel like it makes swimming harder when you think about the races that you’ve already swam so I just like to clear my mind,” Eckert said. “ I’m a really competitive person so when I saw her ahead of me, it was the last 100, I knew I could do it, I just started kicking like crazy and letting my body take over.” Eckert had just enough left to edge South Salem sophomore Maya Merrill by less than half a second, 5:50.15 to 5:50.52 in the longest race of the night. “Sometimes I think are bodies are more capable than what we think of so I just like to let my mind go blank and just let my body swim,” Eckert said. “I know Maya is a really, really good swimmer so I did expect it to be pretty close.” Eckert’s victory in the 500 wasn’t enough for the Lady Celts to defeat South Salem, who outscored the McNary girls 107-62 at the KROC Center on Thursday, Jan. 12. Along with placing second in the 100 fly in 1:07.73, Eckert also swam on two relays. The 200 medley with...

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McNary boys sink West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After nearly a month-long break from competition, McNary got back into the pool on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Swimming at the KROC Center, the boys topped West Salem 93-77 with the girls falling to the Titans 90-79. Senior Jake Wyer and sophomore Harrison Vaughn led the Celtics, each winning two events. Wyer touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.80 and the 100 free in 55.84. McNary swept the top three spots in the 100 free as sophomore Wyatt Sherwood took second in 58.75 and senior Parker Dean placed third in 59.09. Vaughn easily won the 500 free in 5:26 and also had the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:10.96. The Celtics also had the three fastest times in the 200 free as freshman Kyle Hooper won the event in 2:03.08, junior Grant Biondi placed second in 2:03.77 and Dean took a distant third in 2:16.36. McNary junior Brock Wyer easily won the 100 backstroke in 1:12.63. Sophomore Jonathan Harri finished second in 1:32.58. Lady Celts Lizzie Bryant, Haley Debban, Sarah Eckert and Marissa Kuch, all juniors, opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 2:04.32. Eckert, Debban, Kuch and Kyle McCarty also later won the 200 free relay in 1:49.95. Individually, Kuch, Eckert and Debban also had strong performances. Kuch won the 100 free in 57.51...

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