Author: Derek Wiley

Witt, Wise voted GVC Player, Coach of the Year

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When voting on Greater Valley Conference Softball Player of the Year, McNary head softball coach Kevin Wise said he looks for “that kid that really stands out.” This season one of those players was McNary junior Nadia Witt, who along with West Albany senior Kennedy Jantzi, were co-recipients of the award. “It’s really cool to just think that the way I play and the way people see me as a high player,” said Witt, who was also voted a First Team outfielder. “I go hard and I’m always talking. I just try to...

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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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