Student Spotlight Extravaganza Part 1

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Rep. Mark Owens


I hope you are ready to be seriously impressed. As you know, we regularly ask community members, educators, and local leaders to share with us some of the remarkable students and youth in their communities and districts.

Over the last month, we've received more nominations than ever so we are dedicating a special newsletter today and tomorrow to highlighting just a few of the remarkable young people in House District 60 carving their own paths and making their mark.

To our students: we are so proud of you. Keep up the great work and we look forward to seeing what is in store for your bright futures ahead.

Be safe,

Representative Mark Owens

Do you have a student or students you want to nominate? Send my Chief of Staff Stacy an email at and we will add you to our Summer Series.

Basketball Champions

Crane Boys & Girls

Congratulations to our local Crane Union High School Mustangs on their basketball state championships in the 1A Division.

The championship marks the first time a Crane boys basketball team has won the state championship.

This is the third state title for the Crane girls and their second consecutive win.

Congratulations also to the Nyssa Bulldogs girls who took first place in the 3A Division and the Burns Highlanders girls who took second place to Nyssa.

We are proud of all our teams throughout the region for all the hard work, good gamesmanship and great sportsmanship. Thank you to all the players, coaches and fans for a great season of basketball.

Student Spotlights


William Tolman, Senior
Vale High School, Malheur County

William is a quiet, yet impactful leader. He is a conscientious student who actively participates in class discussions, and is polite, respectful, and hardworking. William's work ethic can be observed in the classroom, in athletics, and in the Automotive Technology Program.



Hallie Rhoda, Senior
Dayville High School, Grant County

Hallie is a very special student who works hard to accomplish her goals. She excels academically, but her accomplishments are deeper than letter grades. She is driven to achieve and be a good student even in the face of obstacles including the significant chronic health challenges of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and dyslexia.


Luis Villalobos-Alba, Senior
Lakeview High School, Lake County

Luis works hard to be a leader and have a balanced lifestyle.  His mom described Luis as “Very giving and is always thinking of others before himself. He is a huge help in our family, always willing to learn new things and works very hard.” Luis’s future plans include attending Oregon Institute of Technology after high school. 


Marly Ausman, Senior
Nyssa High School, Malheur County

Marly was nominated by Brett Jackman, Nyssa’s High School principal. Marly has grown up on a multi-generational dairy founded in 1969, shaping her into the person she is today. While caring for the calves, she has learned how to be responsible with her time and appreciate hard work. 

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