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2019 Scholarship Winners:

Grant Ortiz

Riana Martin

Amelia Spilde

Michael Sprague

Jayden Driver

Grant Ortiz

Grant was born in Corvallis Oregon and has lived in Scio his whole life. He has grown up on the family farm with his parents, Charles and Susan Ortiz, and his three siblings: Marcel, William, and Kimberly.

In high school Grant played Men’s Basketball for four years, three on JV and his senior year on Varsity. He participated in Track and Field for three years, making it to Varsity Districts his Sophomore and Junior year. Grant has been a member of the Scio Forestry Club since 7th grade, served as club president his senior year and was overall Jack his senior year. Since his Sophomore year he has served as a state officer for the Future Natural Resource Leaders of Oregon, serving as State Vice-President his Sophomore year, State Sentinel his Junior year and State President his Senior year.

During high school Grant was a top student, earning awards in Math, English and Science, along with getting his academic letter all four years. Grant was a part of the National Honors Society, named as Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen for Scio and was Valedictorian for his graduating class this June.

Grant participated in the Scio Community in many ways. Throughout high school Grant has helped tutor fellow students with various subjects such as Chemistry, Math, Spanish, and English. He has helped with cleanup at fairs and volunteered at other events with his basketball team, such as helping run the dunk tank at Lamb and Wool Fair.

This coming fall Grant will be attending Umpqua Community College (UCC) to earn an Associates of Science Transfer degree in Engineering, then he plans to transfer to Oregon State University to earn a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He plans to go into heavy equipment design.

Riana Martin

My name is Riana Martin. I am the daughter of Rick and Cathy Martin and I have an older brother named Logan. I enjoy hiking and showing my sheep.

l have been active in sports throughout highschool. This year I was a member of the varsity volleyball, wrestling and track teams. I received an Atl-League Honorable Mention award for volleyball. I placed third in the first OSAA Girls State Wrestling Tournament and was selected to represent Oregon on the ORCAL Senior All Stars Wrestling Team. I placed 8th in the long jump at the OSAA 3-A Girls State Track Meet. I was awarded the lifetime Logger Award for the track team. I received the 2019 Student of the Year and 2019 Girls Athlete of the Year for Scio High School.

As a member of the Scio FFA Chapter, I served as the Chapter Secretary in n17-m18 and the Chapter President in 2018-2019. I also served as the Upper Willamette FFA District Mce President for 2018-2019. This year I received the DeKalb Award for the Outstanding FFA Senior, which capped off four years of being recognized as the Outstanding FFA Student in my class. I served as a Princess on the 2018 Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair Royal Court. I have spent many hours volunteering at community events including the Oregon Ag Fest, where I helped kids learn about sheep and the everyday items that are produced from sheep and wool. I have been honored to show sheep for over 10 years. I have my own flock of Texel Sheep and have shown at various fairs throughout the area including the Linn County Fair and Oregon State Fair. I have received the honor of being named a Premier Exhibitor with my Texel Flock at the Oregon State Fair for the past three years.

My future plans include attending Linn Benton Community College and Oregon State University this fall through the Dual Degree Partnership Program. Where I plan on studying Physical Therapy. I will also continue to raise and show Texel Sheep.

Amelia Spilde

My name is Amelia Spilde, and I am the daughter of Chris and Carrie Spilde. I have one brother, Caeden Spilde, who is two years older than me.

I enjoy competing in many horse-related competitions, including reining, jumping, dressage and horse judging through organizations such as the Oregon High School Equestrian Team, 4-H and FFA. Personally, I own two horses, a Mustang gelding named Apache and Quarter Horse mare named Pie. I competed at the 2018 National FFA Convention in Horse Evaluation, where I earned a Silver Pin. I have multiple state level 4-H awards, including 2019 2nd place Senior Horse Judging, 2018 Ground Training Medallion, 2018 Ranch Horse Medallion, and 2019 Ranch Knowledge Medallion.

In high school, I maintained a high GPA and graduated as a part of the National Honors Society. I was also a part of the 2018-19 Scio High School Leadership class, and served as Student Body Treasurer for that year. By being a part of that class, I helped organize events such as Logger Pride Day. I have been active in extracurricular activities, including Scio High School Cheerleading and the Scio High School Equestrian Team.

Throughout my life, I have been involved in community service events by volunteering at local equestrian center Century Farm, The Scio Buckaroos, and serving as 2018 Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair Queen.

My future plans include attending Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College as a part of the Dual Degree Partnership Program to become a licensed veterinarian with specialization in equine reproduction and genetics.