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December 3 - 5, 2021

Mt. Angel Festhalle

Join us for a Kristkindle Market with authentic German and regional arts and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature Hazelnuts!

We hope to see you December 2021!

​Please congratulate Ibeth Gomez for winning our Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship!

The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce established ​The Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship​ in honor of our beloved Chamber Board member, volunteer, and friend upon her untimely passing in 2018. This scholarship is funded with proceeds from the Hazelnut Festival, a festival very near and dear to Maureen’s heart. Maureen was a tireless supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and volunteered her time for a wide variety of community activities. The scholarship was established to recognize a Kennedy High School senior who exemplifies Maureen's spirit through donating their time in assisting with community service and school activities.

Ibeth Gomez definitely exemplifies Maureen’s spirit of giving back to her community. Between volunteering, cooperative work experience and participating in school clubs, Ibeth gave almost 400 hours of her time to help others. Some of the organizations she volunteered with include the Chamber, Mount Angel Oktoberfest, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity and Providence Benedictine Nursing Center. She was a member of Leadership, FBLA, Health Occupations Students of America and National Honors Society. And those are just a few of the many groups she was part of.

When asked why community service was important to her she states, “Community service is important because it does not only help the community succeed as a whole, but it also helps students develop essential skills for their future.” “Volunteering is also important because it creates unity in the community that will essentially strengthen, develop, and improve the community as a whole. With that said, being a part of a community is a privilege that everyone should strongly stand for.”

Ibeth’s plans for her future include going to Western Oregon University to attain a Bachelors of Science in nursing. After acquiring her BSN, she plans to further her career and specialize in neonatal nursing.

This award is extra special because it is chosen by the family of Maureen Ernst. We can say on their behalf, that Maureen would be so proud to see all of these amazing students giving back to their community and would be especially proud to see someone as amazing as Ibeth Gomez to win this scholarship.

Congratulations Ibeth on winning this scholarship. We wish you the very best in your future and know you will make us all proud!

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