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Ailish Duff, senior, lands $1,000 prize for writing contest

$1,000 check. A certificated signed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. A one year membership in Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. Ailish Duff, senior, placed first in the Greenfield Peace Writing Contest. She was doing the typical activity for a senior preparing to graduate in a couple of months: looking for scholarships. During the process, she came across the contest, sponsored by the Oregon PSR. The contest asked participants to explain how the following Dwight Eisenhower quote related to the world today: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

“I did not expect to win,” Duff said.

But win she did, and as a result she is experiencing  a whirlwind of activities following the victory. She read her poem at an event at the Oregon  Zoo on March 31. A press release has been printed in The Oregonian, The West Linn Tidings and Street Roots, a Portland magazine. She has had an interview on the community radio station KBOO as well. It all came as a surprise to Duff, who when checking her e-mail one day, found a message from the executive director of Oregon PSR telling her that she won first place.

The contest was not solely for poetry. The requirements were to respond to Eisnenhower’s quote in 600 words or less. Duff chose poetry because it is something she feels she can do well.

“I think better in poetry than in cohesive sentences,” she said.

Duff plans to use her $1,000 prize to help pay for books in college at New York University. This decision was helped by recently finding out that she was awarded a scholarship for all of her tuition at the school. Duff hopes to major in English.

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Ty Clarke, Co Editor-In-Chief
Ty Clarke, senior, is an Oregon native who found a place in Amplifier to join two of his favorite things: journalism and sports. His skills in journalism trace back to when he joined the Amplifier staff as a freshman. From the beginning, he had a knack for writing stellar sports articles. Then as a junior, he teamed up with Sean to be the new sports editor. Ty is involved in a variety of sports himself: he is a forward on the co-ed soccer team “Straight as a Rainbow”, a point guard in intramural basketball, and a member of the “Mis-Hits” tennis team. His favorite subject is AP English, because it opens his mind to new viewpoints and systems of belief. With his wit and amicable personality, Ty is easily the favorite student in several of his classes. In the future, he aspires to study either journalism or law in college.
Danny McGarry, Reporter

Entering Journalism for the fourth year, Danny Mcgarry, senior, has formed some interest in Journalism. McGarry went to  Athey Creek not until he joined the journalism because his middle school teachers recommended it. He also thought it would be interesting.

Danny took the Journalism III for the second time because he knew journalism  was something he wanted to go into. After being part of the Amplifier Senior Edition, McGarry feels great and “has fun because he makes lots of connections with people,” McGarry said. Writing is his favorite part of journalism, because it’s an easier way to express his point.

McGarry’s favorite hobby is playing Starcraft, a video game that he’s decent at playing. Playing the drums and guitar are his other hobbies, as well as listening to music. McGarry feels himself playing the actual instrument when listening to music.

McGarry was born in Virginia, and moved to Oregon at the age of two. He went to Stafford Elementary School and then to Athey Creek Middle school. McGarry says that he’s “great at everything.” McGarry has lots of freedom in school when in journalism.

What McGarry is most looking forward to most this year is being able to graduate high school. So far he’s taking AP classes such as AP English and AP Computer Science. He’s taking Journalism because he wants to major in communication.

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