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SCSD announces 2023 Hall of Fame inductees

The newest inductees of the Santiam Canyon School District’s (SCSD) Hall of Fame were recently announced.

Verlyn “Butch” and Rosa Aernie are to be inducted as school district supporters.

Butch and Rosa are longtime supporters of the SCSD, and have been successful business partners for years. Between the two, they have served on the school board and budget committee, coached, attended school activities, and continue to be stalwart supporters of the district.

“They are always willing to help out and have provided needed materials throughout the years,” the district said in a press release.

Steven Davidson will be inducted as a former student. Davidson, class of 1989, is a business person in the Bend/Tumalo areas of Central Oregon.

“He has been instrumental in helping provide resources to those were affected by the 2020 wildfires,” the press release said. “His concern for the Canyon area has been felt and appreciated by many.”

Brian Domes, class of 1988, will also be inducted as a former student. Domes prepares hay to be ready for export in and around the Willamette Valley. He spent many years coaching youth and high school sports in the Dallas/Perrydale area, where he led teams to state and received numerous honors for his coaching.

“Through is hard work and positive influence on numerous young lives for many years, he has brought positive recognition to SCSD,” the press release continues.

Caroline Gillaspy, Outstanding Former Staff Member inductee, has redefined dedication to SCSD. For many years she was involved in almost every aspect of not only Santiam High, but also the junior high and elementary schools.

“If something was going on at school, Caroline was involved and making it a positive experience for all,” the press release said.

Gillaspy spent years working with leadership students, but also with students who struggled with learning challenges. She was fundamental is helping to provide international travel opportunities for students.

Gillaspy made sure students and staff had positive experiences school activities and games. As the activity director, she organized activities all year long for all grades.  

“She made students and staff feel valued and tried to make sure all received recognition for whatever they were involved in,” the press release continues.  

To date, the 1998 wrestling team’s eighth-place finish at the state meet is the best showing by any Santiam wrestling team,earning them honors as the 2023 Former Team. Though only four wrestlers qualified for the state meet, several other team members scored at the district meet and others provided solid competition for teammates during practices.  

The head wrestling coach was Kerry Crowston. Team members included Larry Crofoot, Charles Schickling, Danny Ruby, Ben Lemke, Travis Hampton, John McClaughry, Jeremy York, Yusef Al-AbdulRazzaq, Travis Lanham, Nathan Raines, Tyson Hillyer, Sam Ruby, Aaron Thomas, and the late Bryan Dodge.

The committee still needs to contact all the wrestlers. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any of them can contact David Plotts at [email protected], the district office 503-897-2321 or the high school at 503-897-2311.

The Hall of Fame Induction Banquet is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Santiam High gymnasium.

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