Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Morgenthaler to be honored at Oregon State

As an outstanding senior

Bellevue's Lauren Morgenthaler is one of 10 members of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts who will be honored as "Outstanding Seniors" during a June 6 luncheon at Corvallis, Ore.

Morgenthaler, daughter of Paul Morgenthaler and Susan Canham, was the valedictorian of the 2008 Wood River High School graduating class and a recipient of a Works of Grace Foundation scholarship.

She is the third-leading scorer in the history of Wood River High School girls' basketball. In both Wolverine basketball and volleyball, she was a four-year letter winner. A National Honor Society member, Lauren co-founded the Hailey school's spirit club.

At Oregon State, she has excelled academically, majoring in sociology, and has also competed as a four-year varsity letter winner in the sport of women's rowing.

To be eligible for the "Outstanding Senior" honor, a student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in college. They must also demonstrate service contributions to OSU and the community.

Morgenthaler has been a Provst Scholar and an OSU Everyday Academic Champion all four years.

She was a walk-on freshman for the OSU women's rowing team. In that season, she helped take the team to the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 1996.

In her sophomore year, the 6-foot, 2-inch athlete broke the 10-year-old 2-kilometer rowing record. She was also was invited to the prestigious U.S. Rowing Pre-Elite Camp, and was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team and the 2010 All-Scholar Rowing Team.

As a junior Morgenthaler was invited to the Under-23 National Team Selection Camp. As a senior she broke her own 2k record and became the first Oregon State woman to break 6:50 on a 2k course.

While vacationing at home in Hailey over her college summers, Morgenthaler volunteered in first and second grade classes, teaching children how to read and write.

For the last three years she has been a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She also participated in giving back to the Corvallis community as an elected member of the Community Involvement Office.

In that position, she worked to partner with Community Outreach in order to aid families in the community.

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