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Trout Lake News for March 15

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Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

Sofie Brubaker

Trout Lake School would like to invite parents to attend the next Community Forum meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for parents of students of all ages to be updated on current happenings at the school as well as a chance to ask Superintendent Doug Dearden questions.

You may have read something about the Trout Lake FIRST Robotics team, you may even know a student participating, but if this is the first you are hearing about this group of inventive young people, then you should know that this team of 12 students just won its regional competition. The team was in Portland for the event March 8, 9, and 10. Our home team was pitted against much larger schools, some with a science and technology emphasis.

This year's challenge required a much more sophisticated robot than last year's. This one not only collected and launched balls, but negotiated a set terrain, including ramps on which it needed to balance. "Co-opetition" was at the heart of the event, which means teams earned extra points for working together to complete certain tasks. I stopped by the school to see the robot in action before it was sent to regionals. Micah Melkonian, Corbin Steffy and Ben Vollema helped to explain this year's challenge and how the team's robot functioned to complete the required tasks.

To know more about the FIRST Robotics Competition see their site at You can also find a three minute animation of what the competition entails at For more information on our team, see their website at This site was designed by Trout Lake School student Young Hong.

The first Trout Lake Variety Show, brought to you by the Trout Lake Community Foundation, will take place on March 24 at the Grange. There will be a 5:30 p.m. Baked Potato Buffet, followed by the show at 7. The show is in need of extroverts of all ages with talents and party tricks to share. Music to acting to juggling flaming torches, whatever your forte, there is a place in the show for you. Proceeds to benefit the Community Foundation Scholarships. Please contact Marci Shuman at 395-9339 to sign up.

Also, in case you missed it, the Oregonian did a piece on Trout Lake locals, Bugs and Rainy Hill as a part of a series on couples of long-term marriages. The Hills were married November 15, 1940, and celebrated their 71st anniversary last fall.


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