May 22, 2014 in Washington Voices

Deer Park’s Beal on track for success

By The Spokesman-Review
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Deer Park High School senior Jeremy Beal poses for a photo in math class on April 24. He plans to study music and some aspect of engineering at SFCC.
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Most of us remember that first day of high school. The nervousness about finding classes, getting lockers open, and most importantly finding a familiar face.

Jeremy Beal remembers it well, and that’s why for the past two years he’s been a part of the Link Crew at Deer Park High School. Link Crew leaders serve as positive role models, motivators and mentors to help smooth the transition for incoming freshman.

Counselor Catherine Oviatt has seen Beal in action. “He’s really supportive of all the students,” Oviatt said. “I always see him in the hallways reaching out to the freshman he’s assigned to.”

It’s not just an obligation for Beal, it’s something he truly enjoys.

“We just help guide freshmen through their first year at school,” he said. “You and a partner have a group of kids to interact with. You look out for them and make sure they’re doing OK. I just love that. A few of the kids have stayed close with me and become friends.”

His involvement with Link Crew is in addition to a very full high school schedule. Beal has been a part of both the football and track teams all four years – this in addition to playing drums with the band.

“He’s modest, positive and very comfortable with himself,” Oviatt said.

Teacher and football coach Keith Stamps agreed. “He’s just an outstanding young man,” he said.

Stamps has witnessed Beal’s responsibility and work ethic in the classroom, in the weight room and on the football field. “He had a tremendous senior season,” he said.

Beal has done well in track, as well. “I throw shot put, javelin and discus,” he said. “We have one of the best throwing teams in the state.”

In addition to his athletic prowess and leadership ability, Beal excelled in Spanish. He was nominated as a 2014 Spokane Scholar for World Languages. “Spanish came pretty easily to me,” he said. “I’ve been one of the top in the class.”

Yet as he eyes college, he feels it is track, rather than language, that will move him forward. He will go to Spokane Falls Community College next year. “It’s the easiest and cheapest route. I’m going to throw javelin for them,” he said.

Beal’s career plans involve engineering.

“The career field is so huge and there are lots of different areas to explore before I decide what to major in,” he said.

He’s not leaving his love for music behind. “I want to take music classes at SFCC and work with their community band,” he said.

Stamps is certain of Beal’s success but admitted his departing student is leaving a big hole at Deer Park High.

“We’re going to miss him,” he said. “He’s making Deer Park a better place.”

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