OREGON CITY — Every
year for the last 20 years, each of Oregon’s 17 community colleges have
selected two outstanding students to be recognized for their academic
achievements and community involvement. In recognition of their accomplishments,
Clackamas Community College students Blaine Gobler and Kelly Ragalie joined 36
other students for brunch on Thursday, April 12, in Salem for the All-Oregon
Community College Association hosted the brunch honoring the 38 students,
ranging in age from 19 to 55 and coming from all walks of life. Following the
brunch, Gov. John Kitzhaber greeted the students, posing for a group photo on
the steps of the Rotunda.
Gobler, 19, is an
honor roll student and an officer in Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for
students at two-year colleges. He plans to transfer to the University of Oregon
and study dentistry. Ragalie, 33, is a mother of four, who owns and operates a
flooring company. She is a volunteer for Providence St. Vincent and the
American Red Cross. She is an officer with Phi Theta Kappa and a scholarship recipient
and maintains a 3.75 grade point average. She plans to transfer to Portland
State University and work toward a career as a physician’s assistant.
For more information,
please contact Janis Rosenlof at 503-594-3022.