Certificate of Achievement 2019

Drexel H. Foundation Promotes Self- esteem by Awarding Certificates of Achievements

To Vale Elementary, Vale Middle School & Four Rivers Community School Students

              Local Vale Elementary and Middle school students received prizes and a Certificate of Achievement for their participation in the arts, scholastic ability, and citizenship. Four Rivers Community School were rewarded for Kindness, Ravenous Reader & Language Enthusiast. The Drexel Foundation is a non-profit organization, focusing on youth and family cultural & art programs. Each Vale Elementary, Middle School and Four Rivers teacher chose three recipients for the “Certificate of Achievement Awards.”  The “Certificate of Achievement Award” was given with a prize of free popcorn, soda, and candy treat at a special free show at the Historical 1914 Rex Theater located in Vale. The special movie day presented many short films from Drexel Foundation Children’s Film Festival movies: “For Kids by Kids and with Kids in Mind.” In addition to the special show a drawing of the award winners was held for two lucky award winners one boy & one girl from Vale Elementary & Four Rivers Community School and one lucky winner from Vale Middle school.  Pictured below are those winning from Vale Elementary were Clairisse Jensen, & Dallynn Kolb, and from Vale Middle school was Trevor Stewart who won a backpack FULL of new art & school supplies. The Drexel H. Foundation has been proud to work hand in hand with our local schools, grades k- 8, for the last 10+ years to provide these awards & special movie day to the students. “We want our local youth to realize that not just their parents and school system approves of their achievements, but we, the community as a whole, also acknowledge their achievements. Our goal is positive reinforcement, which builds pride in each child,” said Sandijean Fuson, President of the Drexel H. Foundation.

            Congratulations to all of the ‘Certificate of Achievement’ student award winners from Vale Elementary School :Kindergarten: Leah Atkenson, Blaise Armstrong, Aspen Haueter, Beckett Tolman, Alex Stewart, Hadley Kolb, Eli Chamberlain;First Grade: Cruz Trevino, Ben Fife, Sophia Silva, Mia Zanabriga, Zettie Rodriguez;Second Grade: Kiersey Dillion, Brystol Keller, Zettah Davis, Santos Mendoza, Maya Bringman, David Ortiz, Ezekiel Fuson, Garrett Bringman, Dallynn Kolb; Third Grade: Elias Arteaga, Weston Cooke, Asrey Wilson;Fourth Grade: Elizabeth Buhrig, Lilika Hawkins, Payton Perry, Cooper DuBois, Jamie Hasselbach, Rhyken Thorstad, Gabby Deleon, Jose Ruiz Alcarado, Landyn Petty, Clairisse Jensen

Fifth Grade: Kesley Steplton, Karlee Crane, Bianca Hendon, Hoss Johnson, Bailey Blake, Ady Maupin; Sixth Grade: Liz Fritts, Sariah Atkinson, Layton Hickman, Lilibeth Diaz, Emmett Bates, Jazmin Coeto, Sadey Kulm, Mariana Gomez.

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Winners from Vale Elemtrary School. 


From Vale Middle School: Seventh: Cara Zacharias, Tanner Parker, Charlie Barrett, Aj Sigrah, Zoe McNair, Savanna Vialponde, Alexander Craig- Hastings, Jessica Borrego, Colten Stepleton, Walker Phillips, Madi Steele, Brooks Haueter, Rock Peutz, Avery Martindale, Noah Rivera, Tarahlynne Trotter, julionna Wilson,Ali Hagon, Trevor Stewart; Eighth: Genevieve Bolin, Eli Aldred, Brenda Ramirez, Giselle Bakena, Levi Martin, Charles Lamb, Kaidynce Williams. These are all the names submitted, we apologize for any students that were not mentioned, or spelled wrong.

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Winner From Vale Middle School. 

            The Drexel Foundation was originally created to help preserve the Historic 1908 Vale Hotel and 1895 Grand Opera House. At its inception, the goal was to create an art center in a portion of the Grand Opera House and later in the Vale Hotel, thus, providing a space for the community to enjoy cultural events and artistic education.  In 1995, the first Art Camp & Talent Show was held and this continues to be a special yearly event.Now there are several annual art programs. Mark your calendars now for the Drexel Foundation’s  FREE events and programs:Art Beat on Main Street at 123  Main Street  on June 13th at 3:00pm – 6:00pm. There will be free music, vendors, and the spring into Health Fair with giveaways and community resource booths. Also there will be fundraising Historical Tours of the Grand Opera House and Vale Hotel with a small admission fee of $5.00. The 19th Annual Art in Park on Flag Day is June 14th 9:00am-12:00pm at Vales Park; August Art Camp FREE Workshops August 5th -7th 9:00am-noon; Free Talent Show August 8th 7:00pm, both at the Rex Theater. The FREE Crash Course in Film-making is Sept 4; Children’s Film Festival and Film-makers Competition Sept.14th at 6:00pm-10:00pm. And 25th Annual Historical Grand Opera House & Vale Hotel Tours & Open House Dec. 31st9:00am -12:00pm;

As part of the “Engaging Young Voices in Shaping our Community” Humanities project there will be a film maker on hand this summer to work with individuals to teach them how to create a film, add sound, or special effects and edit the film/video. These individualized courses are for anyone and are free. This is to provide a platform and to inspire younger community members to voice their perspective and vision of improvements for our areas future and create films expressing their perspective: their issues, solutions, and desires in future community building plans. All one needs to do be involved in this program is call the office at 541-473-3470 to learn more.

All these free events provide an opportunity for our local families and children to expand their minds, increase self esteem, and have positive influences and self expression all while learning the meaning of community.  If you would like to participate, donate, volunteer or if you have any questions,  please call Sandijean Fuson at (541) 473-3470 and leave a message, or visit us on the web at All of The Drexel Foundation’s events are free and provide a positive atmosphere where creativity is encouraged. .  The community events put on by the foundation are successful because of the time and care of the volunteers and the eagerness to help from both staff and the volunteers. They are always looking for other to help involve the community by volunteering at the Drexel Events. So mark your calendars for the future upcoming events during 2019.

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2018 Film Festival Winners

Drexel Foundation’s 12th  Annual Children’s Film Festival & Film-maker Competition premiers many local films for Kids by kids and with kids in mind including the world premier of “ Para-annoyed”

            The Drexel H. Foundation's 12th film festival competition had another successful year with entries from many Western Treasure Valley artists. The film competition 1st place winner in the Youth 4-11 category sponsored by Oregon Shakespeare Festival  & Malheur Drug, was The Chaseby  Riggin Delong, Dustie & Roper Muncey. Taking 2nd place was Detective Sydney a story about 5 year old Sydney Hansen’s  mission to find a missing cat. In the 12- 14 age category Sponsored by  TVCC Foundation & Bogus Basin 1st place went to Sharing is Caring.  An  ensemble effort by Kaydra Stewart, Amber, Hannah, Rayanna, Abigail, Ben, and Gideon Hansen, ages 4-13 . This video was a fun story giving the message, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In the 15- 19 category sponsored by Ontario Auto Ranch & Anniversary Inn 1st place winner was Vote Isabel for Secretary by: Isabel Lastiri and second place was Vote Japheth for TreasurerBy Japheth Carlson. The Adults 20+ category sponsored by Wildhorse Resort &Casino first place winner was 2018 Bombing Keeney Pass  by KJ Fuson, Sam & Andrew McLaughlin. This was a video of these young men skateboarding down Keeney pass. Winning 2nd place was VHS Back to School  by  all the VHS teachers. It was a funny welcome back to school video for all students to enjoy. Third place was a cute film Emotional Test of Money by David Armstrong about how money effects your emotions.  All participants received a trophy and a prize bag full of cool prizes donated by the 2018 sponsors listed in the program.  Also, the first place winners in each category won a minimum of $50.00 gift cards & certificates. The “Best of Show”$100 cash prize went to the  film that was the judges favorite & most memorable of all entries. This year the middle school ensemble video  Sharing is Caring  took home highest honors trophy and cash.

Everyone enjoyed a lovely night of new films for kids by kids and with kids in mind. During the awards special attention was given to thank all Drexel Foundation sponsors & donors during the 2018 year.  At the film maker’s Reception sponsored by Oregon Media Production Association and Sun Valley Resort there was mingling among the filmmakers and  comments about the special effects from the crash course participants creating the new movie “Para-annoyed”. It is a spoof about the ghost hunter culture and the annoyed ghosts who have to deal with these intrusions.  There were numerous door prizes won. Acknowledgment was given and gifts presented to superstar volunteers Angela & Ron Smith for their contributions throughout 2018 at all the Drexel Foundations events. There was a special thank you  to Phill Stucker  for his writing, directing, shooting and editing this year’s crash course film. The crash course participants ranged in ages from 7 - 59, and were all involved as actors, sound technicians , lighting, grips, production assistants, cameramen, costume, and technical crew. Participants included: Director Phill Stucker, Screenwriter Phil Stucker; Assistant Director Sandijean Fuson, Camera #1 Kelsey Tolman, Camera #2 Phill Stucker, Actors: Catherine Booth, Ferny Cazales, Heather Cummins, Zina Cummins, Elisa Gaston, Manana Gomez, Alex Gomez,  Moses Hernandez, Jeena Jackson, Sam McLaughlin, Dustie Muncy, Darin Smith, Angela Smith, and  Ron Smith. Grips: Noah Carlson, Andrew McLaughlin, Caleb Voechting, Mike McLaughlin, Sound Technician & boom Mic: Illiana Carrillo and Alex Gomez, Clap board: Noah Carlson & Moses Hernandez, Documentary camera: Ferny Cazales and Editor Phill Stucker. “The group of participates got to create the movie with their input and thoughts. It was a very funny video and unique choice of topic. Every year the crash course film is different, but a few kids have grownup on screen being involved since they were quite young.” Said Sandijean Fuson, President of Drexel Foundation.

After the awards the final segment of the event was a showing of past movies created at the crash course. It was another highlight of the film festival. The special Presentation showcase sponsor were Carlson Law Office . The audience laughed & enjoyed the showing of the past 4 years crash course films Vanishing Vortex, and all three films in the “Thunderchicken” series.   All this years films can be found for viewing under the video tab of “Children’s Film Festival & Film Makers Competition” entries. The next two events the Drexel Foundation will sponsor is the Fall Celebration of the Volunteers, the Free Halloween movie at the Vale Downtown trick or treat on 10/31/from 3-5, and the annual Open House on Dec. 31st 9-12 at the Grand Opera House and Vale Hotel.  “Much thanks goes to Phill Stucker, the volunteers  and the businesses and individuals who give their time, money and donations to help make the Free Drexel Art Programs & community events worthwhile.” Said Fuson.  


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