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Day: January 4, 2019

Celtic students get taste of CTEC


Of the Keizertimes

On Monday, Dec. 17, a group of McNary sophomores took a visit to a showcase tour of the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) in Salem. The showcase is designed to help students determine if they want to enroll in the school for half of their schedule during their junior and senior years. 

CTEC has existed in the Salem-Keizer School District since 2015 with the goal to “prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, high demand careers while developing the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience to assure their success upon graduation” according to its website.

“Our recruiting mission is to enroll the right students in the right programs for the right reasons,” CTEC principal Rhonda Rhodes said. “Our goal is for the students to experience the program in a way to determine if it’s a good fit for them.”

“By coming today, kids get to witness all of the aspects of our curriculum.”

More than 300 students made the trip to CTEC, which is located on Portland Road, and had the chance to visit three of the 10 programs that the school will offer for the 2019-20 school year.

Currently, CTEC has eight different programs (Residential Construction, Manufacturing, Welding and Engineering, Video and Game Design Animation, Auto-Body Repair and Painting, Drone Technology and Robotics, Cosmetology, Business Development and Leadership and Law Enforcement). 

The two programs that will be added on next year will be Agriscience and Culinary Arts and Management. 

Students chose two programs to visit and were given a third one to go to at random. 

“I feel like that (CTEC) gives me a really good opportunity to do hands on work,” McNary student Alex Flores said. “It’s cool to come here and experience different stuff rather than sit in class all day.”

Offering hands-on experience in multiple trades is one of the many things that sets CTEC apart. 

“I really enjoy doing makeup, hair and nails, so it’s cool to be able to do something I’m interested in,” McNary student Amber Barragan said about the CTEC cosmetology department. 

Part of what makes CTEC unique is not only the curriculum that it offers, but also the fact that students are treated more like adults than kids.

For instance, instead of normal parent-teacher conferences, CTEC will do 10-week employee reviews. If students exceed expectations, they can be rewarded with a workplace bonus like a $100 gift card. 

“We’ve seen our students really elevate to a level of professionalism,” Rhodes said. “We treat them as if they are already professionals in the industry and we mirror the workforce in everything we do.”

Katelynn Byrd was showing off that professionalism on Monday as an extension of her teachers.

Byrd, a senior at McNary, is in her second year as a CTEC student and spent the morning in the Law Enforcement class giving the visiting students instructions on how to properly attain a fingerprint.

“Most of us are planning on going into law enforcement for our careers, so (CTEC) is really giving us a leg up before we go into the academy,” Byrd said. “I get to use the skills I learn here in the real world.”

Rhodes knows what an asset CTEC can be for kids and, if it’s in their best interest, hopes that McNary students will strongly consider making it apart of their class schedule. 

“We have really seen kids elevate their skills here,” Rhodes said. “(The student’s) success is our success and that is really what we fight for here.”

Top sports news of 2018

Conference titles for the McNary High School football and boys basketball squads highlight a banner sports year in the city of Keizer.

McNary has spent the last four years under head coach Jeff Auvinen focused on getting better, not just every season or even every game, but every play.

That work paid off in November with the football program’s first league championship since 2005 as the Celtics defeated South Salem 40-33 to clinch the Mountain Valley Conference title.

McNary made no more progress within a single season than this one. After starting 0-5, the Celtics won all four of their league games — beating Sprague, Bend and West Salem in their first three league games.

“We stayed the course and got better,” Auvinen said. “That’s all you can do is play the next play.”

McNary appeared like it would roll the Saxons over when the Celtics led 25-6 and recovered an on-side kick with 5:40 remaining in the first half.

But South Salem took advantage of a McNary fumble and a turnover on downs on the following possession to score 14 straight points. An 8-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Enomoto-Haole to Diego Fuimaono and then a 10-yard touchdown run by Enomoto-Haole with 27 seconds left in the second period helped the Saxons cut the lead to 25-20 at halftime.

South Salem took a 26-25 lead midway through the third period when Gabe Johnson returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown.

“I think we might have came in a little over confident,” McNary senior lineman Wyatt Sherwood said. “We tried to keep that out of us this week. It’s going to happen. When they took the lead, I think we realized that we needed to step up and finish this.”

McNary running back Junior Walling made sure that lead didn’t last long as his 13-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter put the Celtics back on top.

Walling put the game on ice with his score from one-yard out midway through the final period. He finished the game with 210 rushing yards.

Celtics quarterback Erik Barker had a big game on the ground as well, running for 124 yards and two scores. He also connected with Noah Bach on a 52-yard touchdown through the air. 

“We knew we were the better team and if we just did our jobs and didn’t make stupid plays, we’d come back and win the game,” Barker said. “Our O-line was making big holes all day and Junior was running great and he blocked for me when I would run it.”

Nadia Witt knew that she would be playing softball in college before the start of her senior season in 2018.

After originally committing to Western Oregon University, Witt had a change of heart and decided to instead sign with the University of California Riverside — a Division I school that plays in the Big West Conference.

“I committed (to Western Oregon) kind of early, and once I got older, I decided that I wanted to change and get out of state, and I wanted to play D-I ball, so I decommited,” Witt said. “I went on a visit (to UC Riverside), and I kind of fell in love. The program has really rebuilt itself, and the campus is nice.”

Even though she was excited to start her college career, Witt wanted to finish off her high school playing days on a high note.

It’s safe to say that her goal was accomplished.

Witt, ended the year with  a .602 batting average in her final season with the Lady Celts. She recorded 23 extra base hits, including 11 doubles, six triples and six home runs. She also had 29 RBIs, scored 46 runs, stole 17 bases and was named the Greater Valley Conference player of the year for the second straight season.

“Honestly, she’s just an all-around great player. She’s super smart,” McNary head coach Kevin Wise said. “She hits lasers. Her home runs are just rockets — they get out in a hurry.”

Witt helped McNary win two league titles in 2015 and 2017 and led the Celtics to the playoffs in all four years of her high school career.

McNary High School’s Brayden Ebbs heard from all of his coaches that the most honorable thing a wrestler can do at a tournament is place third.

At the 2018 state wrestling tournament, Ebbs took that to heart, defeating Oliver Myers of Newberg by a 13-0 major decision on Feb. 17 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the 160-pound third place match. 

“After my semis match, I told myself I’m not taking anything less than third,” Ebbs said. “I think it was supposed to be a close match but something flipped in my mind and I wrestled what I think is my best match and I just put the points on the board that I needed to. ‘Score first, score fast and keep on scoring’ is what my club coach always told me.”

McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said Brayden was as focused as he’s ever seen him.

“I think Brayden did what you hope all your best wrestlers will do,” coach Ebbs said. “He came out in the third place match and he was at the peak of his intensity and ready to roll. This is the first time that I’ve ever seen Brayden wrestle such a focused style, in those last three matches, the semifinals, the consolation semifinals that goes into overtime, i’ve never seen him stay so focused on his technique and his strategy and what he needs to do instead of worrying about scoring and worrying about being ahead or behind. He matured really well this year and did some of his best wresting here. I’m proud of him.”

Ebbs earned an 11-2 major decision and two pins to reach the semifinals, where he lost to No. 2 seed Josh Grant of Century 6-3.

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Fire consumes garage, renders home unlivable

On Wednesday, Dec. 26, the Keizer Fire Department responded a house fire that in the 1100 block of Summer Breeze Avenue North. 

The call was received at approximately 2:18 p.m.

Six emergency vehicles and 20 firefighters were used to put out the fire.

It was classified as a two-alarm fire.

According to Fire Marshal Anne-Marie Storms, the fire started when one of the residents of the house was working in the garage on two of his Ford automobiles from the 1960s. 

While the key was in the ignition of one of the cars, smoke started to come from the tail end of the vehicle — the owner initially thought that it was just exhaust. 

While the majority of the damage took place in the garage, the smoke did cause significant damage to the house as well and even got into the attic.

The cost of the damage is unknown at this point, but the house is currently unlivable according to Storms.