Triad Wins Oregonian Cup

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, September 4 2012 at 4:44 PM, Updated: Tue, September 4 2012 at 5:05 PM

Triad School in Klamath Falls was awarded the 'Oregonian Cup' this morning for the seventh year in a row.

The ceremony was an emotional one.

Headmaster Doug Dean accepted the Oregonian Cup in honor of Christina Wehr, a Triad School music teacher.

Dean notes that Wehr died a little over two weeks ago following a lengthy battle with cancer.

"The Wehr family are close friends of our family.  So it's more than just losing a teacher, it's a personal loss."

Triad grad Marc Hawthorne notes that Christina Wehr had a profound impact on students...

"I'm eternally thankful for that woman.  She's impacted my life more than, more than I thought she would when I was younger."

Headmaster Dean adds that Christina's husband, and Triad School founder David Wehr has taken a teaching position in Chiloquin.

"His desire was that the community at large would see Triad as something to be proud of."

Triad School senior Brittney Phelps says that Triad's Oregonian Cup is also something that students are proud of...

"Kind of overwhelming to think, 'I go to a school that earned that' - it's really an honor."

In accepting the award, Triad Headmaster Doug Dean referred to the trophy as the 'Christina Cup', in honor of Christina Wehr.

Christina Wehr was honored as Oregon's 'Air Force Teacher of the Year' in 2010...and Wehr's words then echo even stronger today...

"To be honored on behalf of my community, much less the state of Oregon, is an honor beyond what I can even express."

The 'Oregonian Cup' is awarded on the basis of academic scores, extra-curricular activities, athletics, and sportsmanship.

Triad School came out on top of 77 other schools in the state's '1-A' division.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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