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Hometown Newspaper of Gary Bennett Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 23 75 Cents Th This year's five foreign exhange students have made quite an impact on campus, students and administrators say By Scott Swanson Of The New Era With the end of the school year fast approaching, Sweet Home High School students and admin- istrators agree on one thing: This year's five exchange students have made a splash. "Every now and then we have some that have really made an im- pact," said Principal Pat Stineff, finishing her 15th year in that posi- tion. "This whole group has been exceptional. We've been very for- tunate." The five, Anna Chang of Pai- Chung, Taiwam Anastasiya Do- mashenko of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Republic of Kazakhstan; Shiho Harada of Tokyo, Japam Maxx Nguyen of Hanoi, Vietnam; and Yoshiko Tomono of l]>kyo, Ja- pan, have inw)lved themselves in student activities and, by all ac- counts, have gained great popular- ity among the students. So much so that, a month after they arrived, Harada and Tomono, both students from Sweet Home's ongoing exchange program with Josai Gakuin University High School in Tokyo, were voted onto the Homecoming Court by the stu- dent body. In fact, said Harada, 17, that five amigo Photo courtesy of Susan Angland This year's Sweet Home High School foreign exchange students are, from left, Yoshiko Tomono, Shiho Harada, Anastasiya Domashenko, Anna Chang and Maxx Nguyen. Below, Domashenko, left, Chang, second.from right, and Harada, front and center, ham it up after a swimming awards banquet. was the big moment for her during what ended up being a very active year. "1 did not expect to be a prin- cess," she said. (Josai Coordina- tor) Cynde (Burford) told us that it wasn't because we were exchange students." But it didn't stop there. Chang, Domashenko and Harada joined the swim team, then all four went out for track. Nguyen joined the soccer team shortly after setting foot on Amcrican soil, and then also tried track. "l was better at soccer," he said. See Amigos, page 8 Charges against Strickler dismissed A theft case against former Sunshine Industries Executive Di- rector Verle John Strickler was dis- missed on May 30. A grand jury returned a "not true bill" for four counts of first-de- gree theft on May 23. Judge Daniel Murphy signed the dismissal on May 30. Strickler was arrested on June 8, 2011 for aggravated first-degree See Strickler, page 7 Principals hired for Oak Heights and Hawthorne By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The District 55 School Board hired Terry Augustadt as principal of Hawthorne Elementary School and Colleen Henry as principal of Oak Heights Elementary School during a special session Monday night. Henry has been a language arts teacher at Sweet Home Junior High School for eight or nine years, and Augustadt has been counselor at Hawthorne and Holley for four or See Schools, page 3 4 chosen to lead graduates By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home High School's 2012 vale- dictorians are Kristen Tolle, Tyler Fosback and Tifany Miller. Kyle Winslow is saluta- torian. The school will graduate approximately Inside: 2012 'Grad Tab' Congratulations, Class of 2012 Sweet Ho Hi Sd,ool Commenoemem Jm 8, Hmtly Fl*ld,  Itor. 6:30 pan. A special mecb( of Tho New En Xllaud, ,hme 6, 2012 155 students at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Hus- ky Field. Baccalaureate will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Chapel. "I'm the weak one," Winslow joked during a presentation on Thursday. He was tripped up when he received a B in an ad- vanced placement history class. He will graduate with a 3.94 GPA. "We're very proud of you," said Prin- cipal Pat Stinef. "You've done a great job. You've worked hard." Tolle, Miller and Fosback finish with a 4.0 GPA. "Next year, I plan to go to Oregon State University and go into forest engineering," Tolle said. After college, Tolle wants to work outdoors and see where that takes her. Tolle is the daughter of Joan and Dave Tolle, both teachers in the school district. She enjoyed chemistry "just because See Vals, page 9 Photo by Scott Swanson High-speed pursuit A sheriff's unit, left, pursues a fleeing suspect late Saturday night through Sweet Home at speeds of around 80 mph. The driver, David Fox. was arrested a short time later. For more details, see page 5. news@sweethomenews.com ,, ,,- www.sweethomenews.com