Author: Derek Wiley

Cervantes follows Obama’s footsteps

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When applying for colleges to study political science, McNary senior Maria Cervantes went big. And that decision is paying off. Cervantes had never heard of Occidental College, located in Los Angeles, before finding out one of her role models, former president Barack Obama, had gone there before transferring to Columbia. “I wasn’t going to get into an Ivy League but I wanted a good school so I figured if president Obama went, it probably is a good school for political science,” Cervantes said. Cervantes was leaning towards staying close to home and attending...

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Claggett Creek 4×100 wins gold

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes If the 50-plus track and field teams competing in the Oregon Middle School Meet of Champions didn’t know about Claggett Creek before, they certainly do now. In its first ever trip to the state meet, Claggett’s 4×100 boys relay team of eighth graders Gabriel Martinez, Ethan Martin, Emanuel Figueroa, Dyami Rios, brought home the track program’s first state championship while setting another school record, finishing in 46.61 seconds. “This is destiny what we had,” Figueroa said. “I was supposed to go to a different school but something happened so I came here and...

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McNary says goodbye to Dallas Myers

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When outgoing McNary drama director Dallas Myers asked the student thespian board to nominate someone for the Ken Collins Award, there was only one name they could come up with, whether he liked it or not. “We decided there was no one more deserving and less willing to accept this award than Mr. Myers,” McNary senior Michael Dugan said during the Golden Onions on Friday, June 2. “Coming into this department, I never knew how much I would need theater in my life and how I would need someone like Mr. Myers to...

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Keizer students turn grades, behavior around

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Elsa Chavez-Chavez’s face lit up as she talked about graduating from McNary High School in front of her parents, younger brother and sisters. “Since I’m the oldest one, I wanted to be the first to graduate from high school and get a diploma so my parents could see me,” Chavez-Chavez said. “I just wanted to prove everyone that doubted me that I wasn’t going to graduate and I am now. I’m so excited.” Chavez-Chavez, one of three Keizer students to receive a 2017 Turnaround Achievement Award, wasn’t sure she would graduate on time...

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McNary baseball team eliminated at West Linn

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary needed to play a clean, mistake-free seven innings to upset No. 1 West Linn. With two critical errors in the bottom of the fourth, the Celtics came up short, falling 10-1 on Wednesday, May 24 in the second round of the 6A baseball state playoffs. McNary trailed just 2-1 after Jonah Geist singled and scored on a Tyler Covalt sacrifice fly to right field in the top of the fourth. On the mound, Riley Hays got two outs with a runner at second in the bottom of the fourth. But after an...

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