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The Class of 2018

Mead senior Azizullah Moltafet is going places, counselor says

When Azizullah Moltafet arrived in the United States in 2012 via Afghanistan, Russia and several countries in between, he didn’t speak a word of English. Neither did his mother and three younger brothers. ‘It was really scary,” he recalled. “We had no family – no friends. We didn’t know if we would have a home or food on the table.”

Mt. Spokane High senior Troy Ruffin ‘leads from the heart’

Never underestimate the power of a poster. When Troy Ruffin was in middle school he saw a classroom poster featuring the presidents of the United States. Next to President Obama’s photo was a question mark. “I stopped in front of that for a long time,” Ruffin recalled. “And then I thought

Ferris standout Michael Ervin blends athletics and music

On the court, at the track and in the classroom, senior Michael Ervin is seen by many as a great athlete or a top student, but in the hallways at Ferris High School, he’s music producer “Mikey Beatz.”

New Vision’s Chandler Roberts never gave up on himself

It was always going to be difficult for Chandler Roberts. Raised in what he describes as a dysfunctional home with alcoholic parents, Roberts said he just wasn’t going to give up on himself. Dawn Mackesy, principal at New Vision Alternative High School in Post Falls, said, “I remember the first time I met Chandler. It was at his 8th grade graduation. He walked right up to me, shook my hand and told me he wanted to come to my school. That fall we made it happen.”