Author: Derek Wiley

McNary grad earns music scholarship

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Miguel Araiza, a 2017 McNary graduate, got the most out of the trumpet he picked up in the fourth grade, playing in the school’s marching band, basketball band, wind ensemble, brass quintet, jazz band, symphony and pit orchestra for the musical the Addams Family. Now, Araiza is taking his talents to the University of Northern Colorado. After auditioning in March, Araiza received a $36,000 Music Award to go along with a $8,000 provost and $4,242,04 Lois J. Erickson scholarship. He also earned three $1,000 scholarships—Keizer Rotary Wheat, LLC, Sheila Goodman Memorial and Withnell...

Read More

Staffing changes on deck for MHS

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary is beefing up its one club, one sport, one activity for every kid every year initiative. Instead of one activities director, the high school will have two in 2017-18. Derick Handley, former girls basketball coach, is taking the lead on activities but he’ll be joined by art teacher Todd Layton. “Derick is a great teacher who has great relationships with kids,” McNary principal Erik Jespersen said. “Todd is a great teacher who also has great relationships with kids and we really think between the two of them we’re really going to bring...

Read More

Ismay to dual enroll at Linn-Benton, Oregon St.

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Matthew Ismay, three-time Greater Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, will be terrorizing a whole new group of opponents over the next two basketball seasons. The 2017 McNary graduate has decided to play at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Before Ismay chose Linn-Benton, he first had to decide which sport he would play in college. Playing third base and hitting in the heart of the Celtics lineup this season, Ismay was unanimously voted to the All-GVC First Team by the league’s coaches after hitting .425 with two home runs, 11 doubles, 20...

Read More

Thomas exits stage for film school

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Ashton Thomas, the son of middle school choir and drama teachers, has spent as much time in the Ken Collins Theater as any McNary student over the past four years, acting in plays or musicals and singing in the choir. But in college, Thomas has decided to step off stage to go to film school at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. Thomas said the decision has surprised many in the community who have praised his work after performances like Gomez in The Addams Family musical earlier this year. “I was flattered but...

Read More

Richards looks back on career as McNary AD

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Three things were on Ron Richards’ mind as he counted down his final days as McNary High School’s athletic director. “The community of Keizer is outstanding in its support for academics and athletics,” Richards said looking back at the last seven years. “The staff at McNary High School is all about kids, very student centered and a pretty cohesive staff and the student athletes here are outstanding.” Richards moved to Oregon in 2001 when he retired from coaching college football at the University of Montana. After nine years as the athletic director at...

Read More