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Dec. 5, 2020

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The Columbian

Master Sgt. Jeff Dacus receives Marine Corps Heritage Foundation award

Master Sgt. Jeff Dacus of Vancouver has been selected by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation as a recipient of the 2020 General Roy S. Geiger Award in recognition for his aviation article “Don’t Strafe Kahili.” Nineteen honorees from a record number of entries were recognized for their outstanding portrayal of Marine Corps history, traditions and culture.

“Our award honorees are accomplished professionals who have used their extraordinary talents to tell a piece of the Marine Corps story,” said Maj. Gen. James Kessler, president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

Each winner receives a gold medallion, a commemorative brick along the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park pathway adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps and a cash prize, if applicable. The recipients will be honored at the foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner later this year.

Vancouver Rotary Foundation awards $88,000 in scholarships

The Vancouver Rotary Foundation has awarded $88,000 in college scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $4,000 to 39 Southwest Washington high school and college students. In 47 years, the foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to local students.

The 2020 scholarship winners are Madie Asquith, Abby Banholzer, Tori Amber Benevente, Kate Bias, Kaitlyn Boyle, Skylar Catania, Edna Keren Castro-Luna, Noah Denley, Jessica Dennison, Jess Eavenson, Madison Gebhard, Kira Glass, Trisha Hart, Marcel Johansen, Jacob Hua, Grace Janku, Sarah Jones, Liam Krane, Riley LeCocq, Taron Linge, Maia Lipsky, Yaro Lyashevskiy, Elias Martin, Samantha Meza-Rodriguez, Samantha Nieda, Keagan O’Leary, Jordan Ordaz, Stephanie Prado, Katelyn Quan, Daniel Rodriguez, Annie Sahakayan, Rebecca Selagea, Fu Shen, Tina Starks, Juliana Vara, Ashley Vega-Lazaro, Kassandra Vogel, Macy Wienecke and Quinn Wiseman.