Author: Derek Wiley

Rotary exchange student will miss Keizer

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Walking in McNary’s 2017 graduation was bittersweet for Rotary exchange student Kanta Ohyama. He was happy to participate in a ceremony like he would never experience in Japan but also sad that it meant his nine-month stay in the United States was coming to an end. “There were so many emotions,” said Ohyama in English that has greatly improved since he arrived in Oregon on August 27. Sharing his emotions and opinions was something Ohyama had to get used to as people aren’t as expressive in Japan. “I learned how to explain myself...

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Claggett Creek maestro takes final bow

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Claggett Creek Middle School’s only orchestra director has retired. Bruce Purdy, who came to the school when it opened 16 years ago, led his final concert on June 8. “I personally have really enjoyed it here,” Purdy said. “I’ve had great students and the staff is exceptional. I’ve had two outstanding administrators, Melissa Cole, who is now working for the state and my current administrator, Rob Schoepper, is by far the best guy I’ve ever worked for. When it comes to supporting a program and doing everything he can to make things happen,...

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New coach, players at McNary

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes It’s been a different kind of summer for the McNary basketball programs. The boys graduated all five starters so head coach Ryan Kirch is looking to see who is going to fill their shoes. “You try to figure out who is going to fill what roles and be in different spots,” Kirch said. “It’s always exciting to see who is able to step up and who is able to play new roles.” The girls have a new head coach in Elizabeth Doran. “I’m getting to know players and how to coach them,” Doran...

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McNary goes local for drama director

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After four years of a two-hour commute to Parkrose High School in Northeast Portland, Tom Cavanaugh is looking forward to working just five minutes from his front door. But that’s not all that drew him to McNary High School. “I knew the reputation of McNary theatre,” Cavanaugh said. “I’ve known Dallas (Myers) for years and years and years. I knew a lot of what they had going on there. It was all really exciting. To have that many kids interested and participating in theatre is amazing.” Cavanaugh is replacing Myers, who stepped down...

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