High school notes

Jed Lawrence “JJ” Riddell, a sophomore at Redmond High School, has been elected central rep­resentative of the executive board of the Oregon Association of Student Councils. His region covers high schools in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties. His duties include planning and presiding over two statewide conferences, communicating with and traveling to the 12 schools in his region, writing newsletter articles and participating in policy decisions for the association. There are 21 members on the board, of which 11 are students. Riddell will serve for one year.

Youth notes

• Adrienne Steffen, a seventh-grader at Sisters Middle School, is one of 120 girls competing in an international barrel race in Las Vegas, Tuesday-Saturday. Girls 16 and under from the U.S., Mexico and Australia must first place in the KK Run for Vegas to qualify for the Junior National Finals Rodeo Barrel Race. The girls compete for over $130,000 in cash and prizes and a chance to earn a qualifying spot in the American semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas, in February.

Makhena Waldron, a 12-year-old guitar student at Cascade School of Music, has been awarded the Fortissmo award for November 2017. The Fortissimo award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement and have been nominated by their teachers. She is the daughter of Seth and Susie Waldron of Bend. Along with an award certificate, Makhena received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, a gift from award-sponsor Cuppa Yo and Cascade Indoor Sports. All monthly Fortissimo award winners will compete for a $1,000 scholarship to continue music studies at CSM during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre next spring.

• Luke Austin, an 11-year-old Cascade School of Music student, has been awarded the Rising Star award for November 2017. The Rising Star award recognizes students in years one and two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement and have been nominated by their teachers. He is the son of James and Kim Austin of Bend.

Military notes

• Ellis Johnson, senior at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and son of Michael and Riva Johnson, of Bend, has been recognized by U.S. Army Cadet Command as one of the top 10 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets in the country. Cadet Command annually rank-orders its ROTC seniors using several criteria, including grade point average, physical fitness, civic engagement and performance during ROTC training and advanced camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Johnson is the only cadet among the top 10 to study at a liberal arts college. The physics and Russian double major is also one of seven Blue Mountain Battalion graduating seniors who have earned the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate, a distinction given to the top 20 percent of ROTC seniors nationwide. Johnson’s goal is to become an aviation officer in the Army and he hopes to become an astronaut.

College notes

• Central Oregon Community College has been awarded a two-year, $175,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust to assist its efforts to enhance college preparedness programs and promote college success for regional Latino and Native American high school students. Funds will be used to build and continue high school partnerships and summer symposiums under the stewardship of the COCC Office of Multicultural Activities.