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1/10/2003 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration planned at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Local middle and high school students and the superintendent of McMinnville Public Schools will focus on the theme "Give Peace a Chance" during a celebration at Linfield College honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium.

Students from Patton and Duniway Middle Schools and McMinnville High School will make brief presentations on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The students who will speak are Jon Moreland, Chris Dugger and Duniway Middle School; Heidi Buchheit and Kayli Ellingson, Patton Middle School; and Julia Cattrall and Robin Fey, McMinnville High School.

Maryalice Russell, the new superintendent of McMinnville Public Schools, will present the keynote address, "Give Peace a Chance." Russell was named McMinnville superintendent last spring. She came to McMinnville after 14 years in the Tigard-Tualatin School District, the last seven as associate superintendent. She had also served as a middle school and elementary school principal in the district prior to being named associate superintendent.

Russell has a bachelor's degree in physical education and master's degrees in physical education and administration, all from Portland State University. She has an Ed.D. from Oregon State University.

Marty Williams, a senior majoring in religious studies, will perform "Lift Every Voice." David Massey, chaplain, will present an invocation and benediction.

The program is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield Office of Multicultural Programs. For more information, call Barry Tucker, director of multicultural programming, 503-883-2574.