Friday, January 31, 2020

Kyra Ly:Junior Golfer of the Year

Cleveland golfer Kyra Ly, sophomore, was named the Oregon Junior Golfer of the Year by the Oregon Golf Association. The award is the OGA's top honor and is given to one boy and one girl each year. 
Ly has placed high in multiple tournaments throughout the year and maintains a +1 handicap. 
Coach Lauri Hausafus reports that Kyra "is a serious competitor and yet she always looks like she is enjoying her time on the course with her opponents. Other players respect her".
Ly maintains her status by sticking to a weekly training schedule. She has lessons once a week. She also practices as much as she can on her own after school and goes to the gym three times a week. 
Kyra won the 2019 Adidas Junior All-Star event, the 2019 Oregon Junor Golf Stroke Play event and the 89th Bob Norquist Oregon Junior Amateur. 
"I believe great things are ahead for this young lady," Hausafus said. 


7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Please join the Cleveland High School Foundation and the PTA for an evening of live music, laugh out loud comedy, delicious food, and refreshing drinks. We're raising funds to keep and sustain teachers, staff and programs at CHS. This is an evening you won't want to miss! 

Visit for more information. 

Carvlin Hall
St. Phillip Neri Church
2408 SE 16th Ave


Despite being a 16-year-old high school junior, Maxine McCormick enjoys sharing her flyfishing knowledge with adults. After all, she's the best in the world at what she does — flycasting, as in the art of throwing fishing line as far and as accurately as possible.
McCormick was invited to share  her story and show her technique for distance and accuracy at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show held recently at the Portland Expo Center. "I like helping people, giving tips and pointers. I want to start doing more of that," said McCormick, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in Portland with her parents for three years. 
McCormick won gold medals for accuracy in the 2016 and 2018 International Casting Sports Federation championship; in 2016, at age 12, it was against men and women. She also won the women's distance gold medal in 2018 with a whopping 189-foot, record cast.
McCormick began flyfishing with her father, Glenn, as a child. She joined the Golden Gate Casting and Angling Club, working with coach Chris Korich. Later, her father joined his daughter in flycasting competitions. "It was amazing how quickly she took to it," said Glenn McCormick, a teacher with Portland Public Schools. "It's just a hobby for her," Glenn said. "She loves fishing as well. She's a counselor at a flyfishing camp."
McCormick has some basic tips for flycasters: "It comes down to technique and not just hammering the rod. Doing the right technique and having the rod follow that, flow with your technique. The key things are grip and motion you do with your arm, which is more up and down, and stance is pretty important, too."  She credits her early success to "not having any bad habits. It's easier than adults trying to relearn it."


The students and alumni of Cleveland High School would like to thank Tom Grant for his fund-raising performance in the Cleveland auditorium on January 16th. 

Earlier posts to this site advised readers of the dilapidated state of the pianos used for our various music departments at the high school. As noted, most of the pianos in place were at or about 60 years old. Some were no longer functional, some could not be tuned properly and others were "held together by a string". Students use these pianos every day to practice, but find that they can’t play full scales because of broken keys, missing or broken pedals and tuning issues that aren’t able to be fixed. 

Nora Burkartsmeier, a 2019 Cleveland High graduate is an accomplished pianist and a member of the Cleveland High School Choir Program. She  made the decision to spearhead efforts to replace the aging and failing pianos that live in the music department. With the help of Kathy Walke from Classic Pianos, it was determined that only two of the school’s 13 pianos were worth restoring and something had to be done.

Tom Grant is a master instrumentalist, talented singer, and natural entertainer. He is also a soft-spoken Oregon native has been playing jazz piano for more than four decades here and all over the world. . He is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned musical artists and is also known for working  tirelessly for a number of charities. Over the past thirty years, his music has been a staple of homegrown giving for several non-profits. He was one of the original pianists of the Ten Grands concerts in Portland and Seattle, an annual event supporting music education. Tom also organizes an annual concert for a non-profit that feeds disadvantaged people

On January 16th, he performed on the Cleveland stage in order to help raise money to replace those tired pianos mentioned above. That drive still continues but we do want to thank Tom Grant for all that he did to help this campaign succeed. 


Are You A Member of the Alumni Association?
The Commece-Cleveland Alumni Association (CCHSAA) is approximately 1000 members strong. We have room for so many more and your membership makes you a part of the program to assist Cleveland High in its pursuit of excellence. 

Membership also insures that you are kept informed about reunions, picnics, golf outings and other social events initiated by the alumni association. 

CHS played an important part in shaping our lives. Perhaps you want to "give a little back." Perhaps you want to know what is going on at the school today. Membership in the CCHSAA will help you reach either goal. Just click on the link above for your membership application.

Thursday, January 30, 2020





Please join us for the induction ceremony of our newest additions to the Mel Krause Athletic Hall of Fame. In February, 2008, the CCHSAA Hall of Fame was renamed after CCHSAA co-founder, premiere athlete and coach, Mel Krause. Mel passed away later that same year. Renaming our Hall of Fame in his honor is just recognition for this wonderful person who did so much for so many at Cleveland High School. 




The process for selection to the Mel Krause CCHSAA Hall of Fame requires that the athlete be nominated using the form found at this link-

If you would like to nominate a former CHS athlete (Commerce or Cleveland), please use the form here and send your nomination to CCHSAA at PO Box 82898, Portland, Oregon 97202 or email to


Jontae   Hardaway

Alumni, please take the time to follow this link to the Cleveland Clarion and read about Jontae Hardaway. His accomplishment and dedication are superior as is the writing about his feat.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020



Send us the information about your reunion to the Alumni Association's email at and wewill post to this site. Also, if you have a link on facebook, send it to us and we will include it here.

1960-60 Years
The Class of 1960 will hold their 60th reunion on August 8, 2020. 
A committee has been formed to decide on time, place, price, etc. 
Keep checking here for more information but, for now, save the date and make your travel plans to join us for that day and more on that weekend as we plan further. 
If you have any questions, call Dennis Maloney at (503) 742 1702 or write to

Click on this link to see more detail and a list of the classmates we have not yet been able to find
1965-55 Years
1970-50 Years
The Class of 1970 is having their 50th Class Reunion
September 19, 2020
Iron Fireman Collective (Ruse Brewery)
4784 SE 17th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97202
Contact is Mimi
1975-45 Years
1980-40 Years
1985-35 Years
1990-30 Years
1995-25 Years
2000-20 Years
2005-15 Years
2010-10 Years
2015-5 Years


Pictures from Multiple Reunions

Click here to find the pictures from your reunion. If you have more, send them to and we will get them on our blog.

Classes of 1948-1951

Class of 1949

Class of 1960

Class of 1963

Class of 1979

Tuesday, January 28, 2020



Each year, the Alumni Association reviews nominations from you, our fellow alumni, that enumerate the qualifications for selection as one of our Distinguished Alumni. Once the selections are made, the inductees are invited to be in Portland for induction ceremony held on the first Sunday in March. The intent, at that event, is to honor recipients and to convey to them our pride in their accomplishments. The day after induction, inductees are invited to meet with students in classes relevant to their career. This has been an enjoyable experience, as expected, for the students but we have been very pleased to hear how much the recipients have enjoyed that same inter-action.

The induction ceremony is open to all alumni and friends that would like to be included. Tickets are priced only to cover our costs for food and location. We do attempt to advise as many members of the recipient's class so that they might join in honoring their classmate.

Please click on the link at the bottom of this section to see the individual biographies of this most impressive group.


November 19, 2019 Rudy Soto of Nampa announced Monday that he’ll run for the 1st Congressional District seat currently held by GOP Rep. Russ Fulcher in 2020.
Soto, a Democrat, was born and raised in Nampa and is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the son of a Mexican immigrant. A first-generation college graduate, he also is a veteran of the Army National Guard. ““Rudy Soto’s roots in Idaho and experience fighting for strong bipartisan policies make him the right candidate to protect Idaho’s public lands, expand public education, and grow our economy.”
Soto, a Portland State University graduate, spent five and a half years in field artillery with the Oregon Army National Guard, and served four years as a military policeman with the District of Columbia National Guard. He also served as a legislative fellow, a policy analyst for the National Council of Urban Indian Health, a legislative assistant in the U.S. House, and most recently, as legislative director for the National Indian Gaming Association. He is making his first run for office in Idaho; he previously was elected student body president at Portland State.



Click on the Form Link on Next Line
Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form

Click on This Next Link for Criteria Suggested for Nominations

The Commerce-Cleveland Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Citations known as the "Order of the Feather" were first presented in 2009. There are now eighteen members of this illustrious group. Each and every one of those selected were nominated by someone like you.

These awards are intended to highlight Commerce-Cleveland alums who have significant accomplishments in their chosen fields and who have become "beacons" for current students.

The award recipients are encouraged to visit Cleveland to share their experiences in classes related to their field of expertise. This sharing can truly enrich the students who will have tangible evidence of what is possible for them if they study and work hard while living an honorable life.

Nominations are accepted from alums as well as others who know and can truly represent the nominee's credentials. A committee of Alumni Board members will make the final determination of the year's award recipients in March of each year. Up to three awards may be granted each year and the honorees will be invited to CHS and to a reception in their honor.

Click on the Historical Pictures link to read about this year's winners and more about the criteria for selection.

If you know of an alumni that you believe would merit consideration as a "distinguished alumni", please fill out both pages of the nomination form shown below and mail them to the Commerce-Cleveland Alumni Association at PO Box 82898-Portland, Oregon 97202.

To read more about the criteria used to select from the nominees, please click on the link below.

Monday, January 27, 2020


CHS Royalty Pictures
2018 Princess Lindsey Hausafus

Find pictures of each member of the Rose Festival Court at

Sunday, January 26, 2020


The CCHSAA newsletter is published twice a year (March and October).

See past copies at
The newsletter is meant to keep fellow alumni informed about:
  1. Upcoming social events for alumni
  2. Recent alumni events including event pictures
  3. Alumni Association contributions to the school
  4. Recent activity reports from the CHS Principal
  5. Special features on students and teachers of merit
  6. Scholarships awarded by the scholarship committee
  7. Reunion information
  8. Information from  Commerce-Cleveland archives
  9. Athletic Hall of Fame
  10. Distinguished Alumni profiles
  11. Comments from CCHSAA President
We use this website to complement the newsletter
in hopes that we can  provide more information than
space allows in our bi-annual publication
We welcome your input and requests.

Saturday, January 25, 2020


The Cleveland yearbook adviser tells the Alumni Association that the school is in possession of 800 unsold copies of yearbooks from 2000 to the present. 

For $10 per yearbook paid to the CCHSAA (Cleveland Commerce Alumni Association), we will mail your book to you freight prepaid. The money will go back to the school using the various forms in which the Alumni Association, along with the school Principal,  chooses.
Please send your payment to:

Pat Dannen 
6709 SE Reed College Place
Portland, Oregon 97202


To commemorate the 100 years of Cleveland High School
a Centennial Edition Yearbook was assembled and published in time for the Centennial Celebration in 2016. The book is continually being updated. The current book covers from the school founding until the end of the 2018 school year.

The book features:
School History from School Yearbooks 1916-2018 
National News Headlines Relevant to Classes of the Times
"Best Pictures" taken from all yearbooks
Pictures of all Rose Festival Royalty
Pictures and Bios of our Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Pictures of all our Rose Festival Princesses and Queens
Pictures of all members of the Mel Krause Athletic Hall of Fame
Pictures of most student body presidents
Pictures of every yearbook cover since Commerce was founded.

To order your copy, go to You can then decide whether to order a hard bound edition or, for $10 less,  a soft cover . The added freight is less than $10 per book. The books usually arrive within 10 days of order placement. .

The 250-page book is priced to cover our cost of production plus $10 per unit sold that is passed on to the 
CCHSAA Scholarship Foundation.

The following pictures will give you a preview of its contents.

Friday, January 24, 2020


Donations to CCHSAA General Fund??  Click here to help

The Commerce Cleveland Alumni Association has been in existence since 2001. CCHSAA maintains the website you are now viewing. We also publish two newsletters annually for distribution to members of the CCHSAA. Our annual golf tournament/auction is our largest fundraiser of the year. The surplus from that event supports all the work CCHSAA does with the school. That includes donations to athletics, computer labs, the arts and a host of other activities at the school. We need help each year to insure that expenses do not exceed revenue. Membership dues cover the cost of the newsletter. All other expenses must come from the golf tourney and your donations. Please click here
to make a donation to CCHSAA general fund.


The Executive Committee


Make A Donation to the Scholarship Fund???


Each year the scholarship committee awards five scholarships to deserving CHS students. Any donations designated for Scholarship are combined with interest earned on monies invested for CHS by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to fund those five scholarships. Donations are critical to the continuance of this important funding for our best and brightest students as they pursue their continued education. We thank all of you for your help.

A list of past donors can be found in past copies of our alumni newsletter. Those can be found at

Pictures of current and past scholarship winners can be found by clicking on the "Past Scholarship Winners" link on the right side of

Thursday, January 23, 2020


2018 Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations to this  year’s scholarship recipients listed in order of picture left to right: Georgia Hastie (Performing Arts Scholarship), Heather DiStefano (Media/Visual Arts Scholarship), Samuel Wagner  (Science/Math Scholarship),  Andrew Ho ((alter J. Cooney Business Scholarship) and Gwen Weber (Don Mitchell Ironman/Woman Scholarship).  Congratulations to our 2018 recipients. 

2015 Scholarship Award Winners

We wish continued success for these truly outstanding students.

Congratulations to this  year’s scholarship recipients listed in order of picture left to right: Andy Yu (Science/Math Scholarship),  Emma Hadley (Performing Arts Scholarship, Kendall Marlia Cooper (Communications Scholarship), Dahabo Amin (Don Mitchell Ironman/Woman Scholarship) and Anastasiya Guzenko (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship). We wish continued success for these outstanding students.

2014 Scholarship Award Winners
Left to Right
Callie Krevanko (Communications Scholarship)
Alex Chapparo (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Caroline Baber (Science/Match Scholarship)
Alexi Bloom Herring (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Molly Starr (Performing Arts Scholarship)

2013 Scholarship Award Winners
Left to Right
Luoyi Farestrand (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Jessica Faunt (Communications Scholarship)
Gabriel Rowell (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Mitchell Linegar (Science/Math Scholarship)
Joseph Cullen (Performing Arts Scholarship)
2012 Scholarship Award Winners
Front Row: John Niman, Susan Chen, Rachel Evans
Back Row: Stephen "Alex" Karter, Charolette Larson

Left to Right: Cassidy Bacon, Gudatu Wotcha, Kinsey White, Amanda Knutsen

Congratulations to
Amanda Knutsen (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship),
Gudatu Wotcha (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship),
Kinsey White (Communcations Scholarship), and
Cassidy Bacon (Performing Arts Scholarship).

2010 Scholarship Award Winners

Sara Hsu, Joellen Sweeney, Matthew Marquette, Katherine Barger

Congratulations to Sara Hsu (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship), Joellen Sweeney (Performing Arts Scholarship), Matthew Marquette (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship) and Katherine Barger (Communications Scholarship). We wish continued success for these truly outstanding students.



Congratulations to Matt Faunt (The Performing Arts Scholarship), Meng Paulsen (The Walter J. Cooney Scholarship), Lee Rosch (The Communications Scholarship), and Julia Steig (The Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship). Our best wishes for their continued success.

Aaron Opsahl (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Aaron Shirzadegan (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Mei Tsai (Communications Scholarship)
Haley Maddox (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Clay Knechtes (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship
Odie Hollingshed (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Ellen Freeman (Communications Scholarship)
Valerie Steig (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Sherry Cole (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Robert Wilckle (Ironman Scholarship)
Hannah Sanford (Communications Scholarship)
Justin Ralls (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Catherine Miller (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Hamrawit Gebretsadik (Ironman Scholarship)
Kaylie Shallis (Communications Scholarship)
Kyle Glenn (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Codie Lerien (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Kimberlee Burnett (Ironman Scholarship)
Jonathan Nelson (Communications Scholarship)
Michael Miersma (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Roman Jakien (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Natalya Verley (Ironman Scholarship)
Monica Lauritsen (Communications Scholarship)
Emily Cox (Performing Arts)
Gena Goodman-Campbell (Business Scholarship)
Holly Wolfe (Ironman Scholarship)
Elizabeth Carey (Communications Scholarship)
Megan Buscho (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Danielle Wilcox (Business Scholarship)
Kim Sprague (Ironman Scholarship)
Jennifer Stark (Communications Scholarship)
Dustin Bumgarner (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Sarah Oramas (Business Scholarship)
Jennifer Semke (Business Scholarship)
Jamie Doerr (Ironman Scholarship)
Kalin Schmoldt (Communications Scholarship)
Eugene Yakolev (Fine Arts Scholarship)
Yong Lee (Business Scholarship)
Jessica Landreth (Ironman Scholarship)
Amber Starks (Communications Scholarship)
David Cummings (Business Scholarship)
Trina Paulson (Business Scholarship)
Emily Burke (Ironman Scholarship)
Amy Voth (Business Scholarship)
Angela Mok (Business Scholarship)