On May 31, 2017, the Boys & Girls Club of Portland will end it's 14-year relationship with Camas School District as the operator of the Jack, Will, and Rob (JWR) center in Camas. Operations will transition to the Camas School District beginning in June. The center will be closed during the summer months (June -- August) so the District can conduct maintenance work, develop programming, and be ready to open its doors when school starts in the fall of 2017.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland stepped in to oversee programs at JWR in 2003 in partnership with the District. Over the years, needs in the community have grown. Simultaneously, the Boys & Girls Club of Portland has shifted its focus to meet the needs of its community within the Portland area.
"We have immense pride in having had the privilege of serving your families for the past 14 years at the JWR Boys & Girls Club," commented Boys & Girls Club CEO Erin Hubert. "Over time, it's become increasingly apparent that it would be more productive for a Clark County based organization to oversee the Club."
"The relationship we've enjoyed with the Boys & Girls Club has been a great partnership," said Camas School District Superintendent Jeff Snell. "Although we're sad to see the partnership end, we understand the priority of focusing on the Portland area. We appreciate the legacy the Boys & Girls Club helped start with the Jack, Will, and Rob Center and are excited about carrying the legacy on to the future. We trust this transition will ultimately provide a stronger sense of community for the Club, as well as access to more local resources."
Longtime Camas community member Tracey Malone was appointed Thursday to the Camas School Board of Directors, filling the vacancy that was left when Mary Tipton resigned in December after serving nine years on the board.
Malone, a parent of two students in the district and Camas High School graduate, is vice-president and partner at Halbert Construction Services LLC. A graduate of Clark College and Leadership Clark County, Malone currently serves on the Cascadia Technical Academy (formerly Clark County Skills Center) Foundation Board and Southwest Washington Contractors Association board.
She told the Board in an interview that she was interested in serving on the board because she appreciates the education she received in Camas. Malone stated that she believes in service and a seat on the board would utilize not only her skills and expertise, but also her passion and commitment to give back to the community.
Board President Julie Rotz indicated all three applicants for the position were incredibly well qualified and thanked them participating in the process.
"After going through a process that included an application, interview, and reference checks, it's become apparent that Tracey will bring a thoughtful, collaborative approach to policy and leadership," commented Superintendent Jeff Snell.
Malone will run to keep her appointment in the general election this November. If successful, she'll then complete Tipton's term on the board which ends in December 2019.
Current Board members voted unanimously for Malone's appointment by roll call.
"I'm grateful for this opportunity to give back to the education system that has served me and my family so well," Malone commented.
Camas High School will be honoring several Papermakers as they sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Lacamas Lake Lodge beginning at 3:30 p.m. You are welcome to attend the event. The following student-athletes will be signing:
DAVID AARHUS will be signing to play football for the Panthers of Chapman University in Orange California. David is a three year letterman in both football and track and field. David has received the scholar athlete award in 2014, 2015 and 2016. David was chosen as GSHL 2nd team linebacker in 2015, and fought through injuries his senior season serving as team captain. He has played a vital part in Papermaker football winning league titles during all three of his varsity years which was highlighted by a state championship this past year. David is undecided on his focus of study at Chapman.
Parents Jim and Sasi Aarhus -- Winning the football state championship
TIANA BEVINS will be traveling east to Ann Arbor Michigan to play fast pitch for the Cardinals of Concordia University Ann Arbor. Tianna will earn her fourth fast pitch letter this spring from Camas High School. Tiana helped her team win a league and district title in 2015 and capped the year off with a 4th place state finish at the state tournament. Tiana earned the scholar athlete award in 2015 and followed that with a GSHL 1st team all-league 3rd baseman recognition in 2016. Tiana will be studying elementary education in Michigan.
Parents Steve and Rachel Bevens -- Memorable moment going to state sophomore year to create amazing memories on such a good season.
MAX BILSBOROUGH will be headed even farther east as his plans are to attend Assumption College in Worcester Massachusetts to play soccer for the Greyhounds. Max will be a four year letterman playing on teams that have included three league championships, two district championships and three trips to the state tournament. Max has been recognized as GSHL 1st team all-league twice along with recognition on the all-region team in 2016 and all-state honorable mention in 2016 as well. Max is a National AP scholar award winner and will focus his studies on Sports Management and Pre-Law.
Parents Douglas Bilsborough and Susan Agee -- Memorable moment was getting to see Coach Minder kiss Bennett Lehner on the head after beating Union in extra time.
ASHLEY CARTER will be part of The Fighting Saints in Helena Montana at Carroll College. Ashley is a two letterman for girls' soccer and lettered two years in gymnastics as well. She has also been awarded the Camas High School Pride Inside award her junior year, the Camas Rotary award her sophomore year and the GSHL scholar athlete award all four years. Ashley just finished playing for the most dominant team in Camas High School history that won a state championship and finished ranked first in the nation. She earned 2nd team GSHL all-league honors this past season along with being voted most-improved. Ashley is undecided at this time on what she will study at Carroll.
Parents Eric and Barbara Carter -- Memorable moment winning the state championship and qualifying for the state tournament for gymnastics freshman year.
JULIA COOMBS is off to Denver Colorado to join the Rangers of Regis University women's soccer team next fall. Julia has lettered at Camas High School three years in soccer, and has been part of some great Papermaker teams which earned a state quarter-final birth in 2013, a state 3rd place finish in 2015 and a state championship in 2016 in which she held a goals against average of 0.129. Julia is a GSHL academic scholar athlete award winner in 2013, 2015 and 2016. While in Denver, Julia will study health and exercise science.
Parents Kevin and Minda Coombs -- Memorable moment winning the state championship senior year.
SARAH DAVIDSON will make the drive to Pullman to continue her soccer career at Washington State University. Sarah has lettered in soccer two years helping her team earn league and district championships both years along with state finishes of 3rd place in 2015 and 1st place in 2016. She is a GSHL scholar athlete award winner in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Sarah has been recognized as GSHL 2nd team all-league forward her junior and followed that up with a senior campaign that earned GSHL 1st team all-league defender and 1st team all-state defender. Sarah will study sports marketing while playing for the Cougars.
Parents Eric and Jennifer Davidson -- Memorable moment eating steak dinner after the state finals at the same place and same day as when the 2005 team won state.
ELLIE ECHEVERIO will be traveling to Salt Lake City Utah to continue her soccer career playing for the Griffins of Westminster College. Ellie is a three year letterman in soccer and one year in track and field at Camas High School. She is a three year GSHL scholar athlete award winner, and received GSHL all-league 2nd team honors her senior year. Ellie has helped the Papermaker girls soccer team earn league championships during her three years on varsity as well two district championships, a 3rd place state finish her junior year and a state championship her senior year. Ellie is exploring the idea of studying education while in Salt Lake City.
Parents Peter and Heidi Echeverio -- Memorable moment winning the state championship and finishing as the maxpreps #1 ranked team in the nation.
CALEB ELDRED is signing with Idaho State University in Pocatello Idaho to play football for the Bengals. Caleb is a three year letterman in football and has also earned letters in track and field and wrestling. He started every game on the offensive line for the Papermakers his senior season which ended with the school's first football state championship. Caleb also helped his team win the wrestling district championship his junior year as he qualified for the regional tournament. Caleb will major in History at Idaho State
Parents Dan and Suzanne Eldred -- Memorable moment winning the state championship.
HANNAH GIANAN will be taking her talent to compete at Seattle University as part of the women's tennis team for the Redhawks. Hannah has been part of the WIAA state champion doubles team her freshman and sophomore year, and followed that up with a 2nd place state individual finish her junior year. Hannah has been recognized as the GSHL player of the year all three years along with the Columbian All Region player of the year. She has racked up other awards that include, Camas High School team most valuable player, leadership award, captain recognition, Camas High School athlete of the month and GSHL scholar athlete recognition. Hannah will study Biology (Pre-med) in Seattle.
Parents Joseph and Theresa Gianan -- Memorable moment first state championship title freshman year.
ALLIE HANCOCK will be playing for the Raiders of Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon next year. Allie will be a four year letterman for the Papermakers and has helped her team earn league and district titles in 2014 and 2015 along with a 4th place state finish in 2015. Allie has been recognized on the GSHL 1st team all-league in 2015 and 2016, and the all-region team in 2016. She has earned the Camas High School athlete of the month award and has been a scholar athlete in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Allie will study physical therapy while in Ashland.
Parents Chad and Laurel Hancock -- Memorable moment going to state sophomore year.
DYLAN INGRAM will take his skills to Eastern Washington University to play football for the Eagles. Dylan is a three year football letterman along with lettering four years in wrestling. Dylan has helped the Papermaker football team win league championships all three years he has played varsity along with state tournament appearances all three years which was capped by a state championship this past fall. During his senior season, Dylan was selected as GSHL 1st team all-league tight end and defensive end. Dylan was also recognized as 1st team all-region defensive end. Dylan also served a major role in helping the Papermaker wrestling team win the district title his junior year and finished with an individual 3rd place state finish. Dylan will study Business in Cheney.
Parents Jason and Michele Ingram- Memorable moment winning the state championship.
ALEXIS ROYAL will be playing fast pitch next year for Highline Community College in Des Moines Washington. Alexis is a letterman in fast pitch and slow pitch softball here at Camas High School. Alexis has served as an anchor for Papermaker teams that have won several league and district championships. Alexis will focus her studies in nursing while playing for the Thunderbirds.
Parents Richeal Royal and Casey White -- Memorable moment serving team as a leader during senior season.
SABINE POSTMA will attend Humboldt State University in northern California to play soccer for the lumberjacks next fall. Sabine has lettered in soccer at Camas High School four years. Sabine has been a vital part to the success of Papermaker soccer over the past four years. Her teams have earned four league championships, three district championships, a 3rd place state finish along with a state championship this past fall. Sabine has been recognized on the GSHL all-league 1st team in 2015 and 2016, WIAA athlete of the week in 2016, Camas High School athlete of the month, GSHL all-league academic awards, voted team MVP in 2015 and 2016 and served as co-captain on the #1 ranked team in the nation this past fall. Sabine will study Zoology at Humboldt State.
Parents Fcike and Becky Postma -- Memorable moment scoring a goal in the state finals and winning state.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS will play football for the University of Montana Grizzlies next fall. Michael is a three year letterman in football and has also earned letters for track and field and baseball. Michael has played linebacker for teams that have earned league championships for all three of his varsity years and served as the defensive stopper on the team's first state championship football team in 2016. Michael is a two time GSHL defensive player of the year, two time all region linebacker, 1st team GSHL all-league running back in 2016 and 1st team all-state linebacker in 2016. Michael's efforts allowed the Papermakers earn national attention in 2016 earning a top 25 national ranking at the end of the season. While in Missoula Michael will study business.
Parents Bill and Ann Matthews -- Memorable moment winning state championship.
ALYSSA TOMASINI will take her soccer talents to Monmouth Oregon to play soccer for the Wolves of Western Oregon. Alyssa is a four year letterman for the Papermaker girls soccer team and will also earn her fourth year letter in fast pitch this fall. Alyssa has received GSHL all-league honors three times, been honored on the all-region team and recognized on the all-state team during her senior year. Alyssa was voted as the offensive player of the year her senior year on a team that scored 89 goals during the season. Her combination of Camas High School soccer and fast pitch has accumulated six league titles 5 district titles and state finishes that was capped with a soccer state championship finish her senior year. Alyssa will be studying elementary education at Western Oregon.
Parents Tony and Laura Tomasini -- Memorable moment winning state championship.
ADAM SOUBH will be moving to Texas next fall to play Lacrosse for the Southwestern University Pirates. While playing Lacrosse for the Camas club team, Adam has led his team to the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. During Adam's junior season he led his team with goals with 28 which earned him South Central Conference 2nd team all-league team recognition. While in Georgetown, Adam will study Biology/Kinesiology.
Parents Emad Soubh and Cindy Campbell -- Memorable moment first varsity goal freshman year to tie a close game, which was assisted by Zach Quist.