Clark County Today presents ‘Our School’ project

A daily series to highlight Clark County’s high schools, what makes them special, as told by students.

A celebration of area high schools, from the perspective of student leaders

The local high school is so much more than a place to learn.

The high school is an integral part of its community and/or its neighborhood.

The high school hosts the big game. It hosts the emotional play. 

It holds the beautiful concerts, with students performing their instruments while others burst out in song.

During the day, teachers, administrators, and staff work as a team in an effort to give their best for the best of our future, the students.

There are campaigns and class elections. There are pep rallies and other assemblies. There are clubs. In our schools, they are all presented in hopes of bringing out the good in everyone.

This six-week closure of schools due the pandemic has made many appreciate all that the local high school does for all of us.

Beginning today, Clark County Today will begin a special series, highlighting area high schools — from the perspective of its students. 

The goal is to feature one school every day, at 1 p.m. each day beginning with Columbia River High School today.

At the same time, we want to remind our readers that while our lives will be forever changed due to the pandemic, our schools will remain a place to learn, to gather, to unite us.

The mission of “Our School” was to talk to student leaders from each school. They were given a series of questions. But the main theme was simply this: What makes your high school so special?

We hope their answers will inspire you as they inspired us.

See the project here:


About The Author

Paul Valencia joins after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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