Chemeketa Community College student Keterinne Camey is an example of a Salem-Keizer alumnus living our district's vision that "All students graduate and are prepared for a successful life."
The college freshman, a 2012 graduate from South Salem High School, is currently studying to earn a Human Services degree at Chemeketa. She plans to transfer to a four-year university and become a speech language pathologist.
Camey volunteers at the Gem Children's Foundation. Interim Executive Director Jamie Peterson says she is a hardworking, motivated, and compassionate young woman.
"I plan to continue working with children with developmental disabilities because it makes me happy," Camey said.
Camey was helped with her goal to attend college by winning a $2,000 first-place scholarship through the National Spanish Examinations.
Our Vision: All students graduate and are prepared for a successful life.
“Earning a scholarship for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national director of the exams, “because only eight students are chosen from among the 150,000 students who take the National Spanish Exams each year.”
Students become eligible for the scholarship Camey earned by scoring in either the gold, silver or bronze categories on the National Spanish Examinations.
The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades six through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Students must submit an application form along with a sample of their Spanish language writing and speaking, said South Salem Spanish teacher Robert Glasgow.
"Students from South Salem High School have a long history of high achievement on these exams," said Glasgow. Camey attended Spanish courses taught by Glasgow and fellow South High teacher Doris Alvarez when she was a high school student.