The 25th Annual Scholarship Dessert was held Thursday evening, Dec. 1 at the EPHS cafeteria. Donations totaled $4,700 with more to be received in coming days. The District 9 community is a generous one even when economic times are tough.
Twenty-three people hosted 30 tables with 200+ people attending the event. Tables were festively decorated, which made the table viewing time fun. Table decor varied from the EP Home Extension’s “Teapot Table”, to Allen Barber’s “Eagles” table, to many Christmas themes.
Allen Barber, EPHS principal, was introduced and congratulated on the “Outstanding” rating EPHS received for this past year. He graciously gave credit to teachers and principals district-wide.
After indulging in calorie ridden desserts, Jason Garcia was introduced. He is a 1990 graduate of EPHS who received scholarships to attend University of Oregon. A stand-out trumpet player in high school, Garcia told of working in the mills to save money to continue his college education and auditioning for the U of O band which gave him a full ride to complete his music degree. Garcia emphasized the importance of scholarship monies to aid students. He is currently the band director at Grants Pass High School. Last year his band was one of eight high schools bands nationwide to be invited to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the only band ever from Oregon to be asked. Garcia clearly loves what he’s doing and GPHS is fortunate to have this outstanding EPHS grad on it’s staff. Garcia’s wife, Dawnelle, and his parents, Al and Valerie Garcia were guests.
In 1987, Eldene Ridinger, college advisor and counselor, formed a committee of parents to assist in raising funds for EPHS grads to further their education. Olive Lansburgh and Mary Scheffler have been on the committee since that time, serving as co-chairmen. Olive is retiring from her active role but will continue as an advisor to the committee. Olive’s involvements in the Upper Rogue community reflect her interest in improving health care and education opportunities for our children. She has also served as Chairman of the D9 Board of Education with numerous years on the school board, on the D9 Foundation Board of Directors, on the Asante Board of Directors and the Community Health Center Board., as well as on the Friends of the Jackson County Fair. She also served for several years as one of the judges for FFA projects. A big thank you to Olive for all she has done and continues to do for our District 9 community and its youth. It’s people like Olive that make Eagle Point the caring community it is.