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Crafting a tale as old as time

Crafting a tale as old as time

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When a hauling trailer arrived at McNary High School packed with the dresses and vests and even wolf heads for the upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, costumers Beth Murphy and Lexie Simpson spent the next few hours reveling in their work. “The costumes are just […]

MHS alums return as Celtic innovators

MHS alums return as Celtic innovators

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A pair of McNary High School graduates visited their alma mater last week in hope of inspiring the next generation of Celtic innovators. Amber Rushton, a Nike global brand communication manager, and Matt Watson, owner of Portland-based design firm Watson Creative, took time to talk with students at […]

WMS teacher hits high notes atop Kilimanjaro

WMS teacher hits high notes atop Kilimanjaro

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Whiteaker Middle School band teacher Sean Turner is never far from his tuba or, at the very least, a tuba mouthpiece. Even when he’s on top of Africa’s highest peak. While being interviewed, Turner produces a plastic mouthpiece from his pocket to demonstrate the “buzzing” that he uses […]

Love to bend unexpectedly for McNary HS thespians

Love to bend unexpectedly for McNary HS thespians

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two tales of forbidden love will bookend McNary High School’s drama season. “Last year, we spent the year on plays dealing with choice. This year, we are looking at the many faces of love as a theme,” said Dallas Myers, McNary drama director. First up, in November, will […]

CTEC getting ready to start

CTEC getting ready to start

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes John Honey and Chuck Lee are used to the start of a school year. After all, the two men have about 70 years of experience in the education field. Honey was principal at McNary High School until his current gig, while Lee recently won his third term on the […]

The Lesson of “WOW”

The Lesson of “WOW”

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Sandra Krause breathed a sigh of relief when admissions officers at a naval academy rejected her application. “It was like being on the edge of a cliff,” Krause said. “They turned me down, but it meant I could pursue what was in my heart and soul, which was […]

Grads urged to be sweet

Grads urged to be sweet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Drawing on personal experiences and events during the past 12 months, McNary High School language arts teacher Dan Borresen urged McNary’s graduating class to act on generosity more than self-interest. “It’s your turn. It’s not your turn chase your dreams, it’s not your turn to succeed, it’s not […]

Turf field project in end zone

Turf field project in end zone

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School turf field project got the green light from the school district Monday, June 8. The immediate future of replacing the existing grass field at the high school was in question until that afternoon because fundraising the $500,000 cash needed stalled out with approximately $130,000 […]

Grad moves ahead, no excuses

Grad moves ahead, no excuses

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Many of the McNary High School graduates who will receive their diplomas Friday, June 5, will have overcome all sorts of challenges to make that walk across the stage. Fewer would measure up to what Payton Williams has overcome in the past 12 months. In July 2014, Payton […]

Brief lockdown at MHS Monday morning

Brief lockdown at MHS Monday morning

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes McNary High School was under a brief Level 1 lockdown Monday morning, May 18. The school went into lockdown at about 10:30 a.m. but the lockdown was lifted in less than 20 minutes. “It was some sort of police event,” MHS principal Erik Jespersen said. “Our school resource officer […]

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