Announcements and Achievements

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Opportunities for Students:

Model United Nations (MUN) – MUN provides an opportunity for students to gather together to debate relevant global issues. Participants get valuable lessons in speaking and collaboration skills. Eugene IHS students will participate in the Eugene MUN conference. MUN is open to all interested students.  Look for MUN meeting flyers in the hallways at school in the fall or contact the teacher advisor: Joanne Heidel ( or Steve Smith (

IB World Student Conferences – Every summer the International Baccalaureate Organization puts on IB World Student Conferences in different locations around the globe where students from all over the world come together to collaborate on projects with a humanitarian purpose. Check the IB conference website for details ( Scholarships are sometimes available through IBO! This is not a teacher-chaperoned trip. Interested students need to register with

Eugene IHS Travel Scholarship
Due to a generous donation from alumnus Brian O’Kelley, Class of 1995, Eugene IHS is able to offer a travel scholarship.  Over the last few years we have been able to award travel scholarships to students who probably would never otherwise be able to travel internationally. Past scholarship winners have traveled to Bhutan/India, South America, Guatemala/Mexico/Belize, Borneo/Singapore, Thailand, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Germany. Again, our thanks go to Brian O’Kelley, Sara at The Oregon Community Foundation, the scholarship committee, and the applicants. If you would like to contribute to the Alumni Travel Fund for Eugene IHS simply go to the Oregon Community Foundation website at: Once there click on “Support a Fund” to find out the different ways you can give back to Eugene IHS and who to contact, or you can call their Eugene office at (541)431-7099.

Please Donate to the Eugene IHS Travel Trunk
We have started a “travel trunk” for Eugene IHS student travelers in need of assistance. If you have items to donate, such as backpacks, lightweight clothing, hiking boots, etc., you can drop them off in one of our Eugene IHS offices or contact Deon Saraceno ( Thanks for supporting our world travelers.


Click here for a Historical Timeline of Eugene International High School highlighting how our school was formed and where we are today.


Eugene International High School, winner of the 2007 Goldman Sachs Foundation prize for Excellence in International Education, began 27 years ago in the Eugene School District.
Asia Society proudly presents the Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education. The national competition recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement in the field that promotes cultural awareness, world history, and a global curriculum as essentials in the development of the next generation of young Americans. Our school celebrated by hosting a 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Lane Community College Center for Meeting & Learning.  The theme for the evening was “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”  The program included Dwayne Adcock, original founder of Eugene IHS who spoke about the history of the school, former student and Eugene IHS benefactor Brian O’Kelley spoke on the future of international education, and  Halle Shirk, a current student and Project Our Turn creator offered her insights on the importance of an international education.  The evening kicked-off with the Lion Dancers from the Chinese American Benevolent Association and student performances from musicians to dancers provided wonderful entertainment! The event was attended by alumni, retirees, parents, and current staff and students. Click here to see pictures of our 25th Anniversary CelebrationEugene IHS was also the winner of the 2004 International Studies Schools Association (ISSA) Award for Excellence in International Education

For three years in a row, Swansong, a former Eugene IHS literary magazine, achieved a high ranking from the National Council of Teachers of Engilsh (NCTE)
NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines. The program’s mission is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines, seeking excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.  Swansong 2008 received a rank of “Superior,” and 2009 and 2010 received a rank of “Excellent.” Click here to view our recognition or view the NCTE PRESLM website.

Written by: Eugene International High School