By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Two Grant High School seniors, Hunter Stewart and William Koji Wieber, have received the first Alvin A. Alexandre scholarships for excellence in journalism.
Alexandre, who died April 28 at age 92, was the journalism teacher and adviser to the Grantonian newspaper in the 1950s and 1960s. Within a few weeks after his death, former students contributed funds to develop the scholarships as a memorial to him.
In June, more than 40 other students also were honored at Grant’s fifth annual scholarship breakfast.
A school committee selected the recipients, including Stewart and Wieber, who have been editors-in-chief of the monthly Grant Magazine. Earlier this year, the magazine was judged the best student publication in the nation by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Stewart, who was an intern last summer at Pro Publica, an investigative journalism organization in New York City, plans to return to New York in the fall to attend the Eugene Lang College in the New School for Liberal Arts.
Wieber was named Oregon’s representative to the Al Neuharth Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2014. In the fall, he plans to attend American University in Washington, D.C.
Other scholarships and recipients include the Alumni Scholarship: Eduardo Tellez; Carl and Dorothy Crow Scholarship: Catherine Perkins-Auch and Gunnar Olson; Carol Rudy Scholarship: Ella Mann.
Class of ‘47 Scholarship: Cassandra Hill; Dream Big Scholarship: Caroline Walter; Grant Alumni Association Scholarship: Lincoln Ennis, Kelsang Nima and Damon Rennaker.
Grant PTA Scholarship: Sarah Quick and Leslie Tonga; John and Eline Goss Oregon State University Scholarship: Sophia Morrow and Saimon Asghedom; Kevin MacMillan Scholarship: Elizabeth Kokes.
Myra Rose Scholarship: Tobias Oliver; Nathan Thomas Scholarship: Alison Mueller and Gabrielle Story; Pete Moore Scholarship: Abigail Matsushima, Allison Jeidy, Ainhoa Woodley; Coleman Heppner, Connor Johnson, Elizabeth Kokes, Lillie Spafford, Noah Puggarana and Nyles Green.
The Ray and Mary Mills/Louise Merlo Sauber Scholarship: Raul Vega-Juaraz; Tom Jones Memorial Scholarship: Hannah Posey-Scholl; Tyler Black Humanitarian Scholarship: Monet Minnieweather.
The Robert L. Finders Memorial Scholarship: Alad’din Muhammad, Catera Joseph, David Dufresne, Isabella Williams, Marvin Semprevivo, Mikennah Schwing, Morgan Hieggelke, Olivia Miller, Shawna Blazer, Sonam Sherpa, Sophia Winchell and Spencer Dorsey.