Weekly Review                   
I firmly believe our kids are our future and we need to do everything we can to help them. This newsletter features some of our Albany area students. It is so refreshing to see students such as these grow and expand their horizons.         
Honorary Page Program

(Rep. Olson with Kyndall Davis and her mother, Shelly)


Kyndall Davis, 7th grader from Santiam Christian, participated in the Honorary Page Program this week at the Capitol. This is a great program for students to see the legislative process and get hands on experience. Kyndall said, "My favorite part was the House Floor votes and meeting the legislators. All the State Representatives were very nice." For more information, click here.

    Albany Boys and Girls Club

(Rep. Olson with Denalyn DelaCruz)


It was my pleasure to introduce Denalyn DelaCruz as my guest on the House Floor on Wednesday, March 18. Denalyn is the Albany Boys and Girl's Club Youth of the Year. Denalyn is a 17 year old junior at South Albany High School. She was born in Saipan of the Northern Marianas Islands. In 2010, Denalyn and her family moved to the United States for a higher education and a better life. The family first moved to Boise, Idaho then shortly after settled in Albany. Immediately following Denalyn's move to Albany, she began attending the Boys and Girls Club. At first, the club was just a place for her and her siblings to be cared for after school. However, it did not take long for her to make a mark on her club and community. Currently, she is serving as the Keystone president for this school year. Keystone is a leadership development experience that provides opportunities for young people. It focuses on academic success, career preparation and community service.  Denalyn holds a 3.50 GPA and plans to continue her education at Oregon State University with the goal of becoming a clinical psychologist for children. 

                     Nike Grant Program

Five different schools in Albany were selected to participate in the Nike School Innovation (NSIF) College and Career Readiness Program, which will disperse $1.5 million in direct grants to public schools in Oregon. These schools will receive grants, training and other materials to help promote college and career readiness among their students. The selected schools in the Albany area are:

  • West Albany High School
  • Calapooia Middle School
  • Memorial Middle School
  • North Albany Middle School
  • Timber Ridge Middle School

This is a great program and opportunity for fifty high schools and thirty middle schools in Oregon that were selected to participate in NSIF. Congratulations to the administrators, teachers, and students at our schools. For more information, click here.


Until next week,


Andy Olson


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