By News-Register staff • 

Patton student wins state contest

Taylor Rockwell, left, and Emmy Martin
Taylor Rockwell, left, and Emmy Martin

PORTLAND — McMinnville’s Taylor Rockwell placed first in the junior level of the Oregon State History Contest, held Saturday at Oregon Historical Society headquarters in Portland.

The Patton Middle School eighth-grader was invited to go on to the national level with her project about the Missoula Floods and scientist J Harlan Bretz, who discovered that a cataclysmic flood had shaped the landscape of the Northwest.

Emmy Martin, another Patton eighth-grader, placed third with her project on the artist Vincent van Gogh.

Both girls wrote lengthy papers on their topics for Scott Phoenix’s language arts class at their school. They went on to do extensive research on their own, created display boards and prepared to give oral presentations at the state competition.

Just qualifying for the state event is impressive, Phoenix said. Contest director Denise Brock said the annual event is becoming very competitive.

Emmy and Taylor were among 42 competitors in the junior division and 92 overall. They were among the few representing public schools, their teacher said.

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