Author: Derek Wiley

McNary thespian to compete at state

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Annie Purkey will be busy at the Oregon Thespians State Festival on April 6-7 in Salem. Along with performing in Defying Gravity, which was selected as one of two high school plays in the state to be showcased at the festival, Purkey will also compete in solo acting after finishing in the top 10 percent of 77 entries at regionals in February. Actors perform two contrasting monologues totaling three minutes in front of a group of judges. When picking her pieces, Purkey chose two male characters—Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are...

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Closed: Gone to Arizona

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes The McNary varsity baseball team hasn’t been able to practice on its field, much less play a game. “We literally haven’t been on our varsity field one time,” Celtics head coach Larry Keeker said. “We’ve done some on-field batting practice but we’ve had to stay off the dirt. It’s just way too soft. It’s too muddy. Even the grass area is super soft as well. We’ve been able to get on the JV field a couple times.” McNary was scheduled to open its season on March 15 at home against Canby and then...

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Claggett becomes AVID demo school

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After 18 months of coaching and a day full of evaluations, Patrick Briggs, AVID State Director for Texas, didn’t make Claggett Creek Middle School wait any longer. “I congratulate you for being named an AVID Demonstration School,” he said on Wednesday, March 15 to applause from CCMS faculty and staff. Claggett Creek is just the third AVID Demo middle school in Oregon, following Parkrose in Portland and Stephens in Salem, which received the distinction just the day before. AVID validates schools for one-, two- and three-year terms. CCMS received three and will be...

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Keizer teen makes most of pencil

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Long before she got her first violin, Kim Ockerman, 14, Keizer, would tuck a recycled egg carton, or really anything she could get her hands on, under her chin, and using a pencil, pretend like she was playing. “She’s wanted to play the violin since she was tiny, two, three years old,” Kim’s mother Jessica said. “I played (cello) in a quartet with my friends and she was exposed to it.” When Kim wasn’t using a pencil to pretend playing the violin, she was using the tool to draw. “I’ve drawn for as...

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