Heppner's Maggie Armato placed second at the Elks Most Valuable Student State Competition Feb. 28 in Oregon City.

The day-long event included a luncheon, afternoon interviews and the opportunity for the 14 district champions to meet each other. The evening concluded with a dinner and an awards ceremony with an introduction of all the attendees and the announcement of the first- through third-place boy and girl winners.

Armato and all the district champions will now compete for the national awards. Her attendance was sponsored by the Heppner Elks Lodge. The 2009 Most Valuable Student Scholarship is for students who have shown great initiative in their communities and schools.

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