Caleb Johnson poses for a photo during the 24th Annual Spokane Scholars banquet on Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Wash. Caleb has Estopia Amblyopia; he has very limited vision and is legally blind. He has a 3.942 grade point average, has taken 7 AP classes, and is an AP Scholar scoring 5s on all the exams he’s completed.
Jennifer Bashoor is the notable graduate from Lewis and Clark High. Jennifer transferred to LC in December of her junior year, coming to LC from out of state. Her classmates and teachers know her as one of the most kind, thoughtful, encouraging and compassionate young women they have ever met.
Brayden Race was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma (type of bone cancer) back in November 22, 2013, during her sophomore year. She had 23 runs of chemo and seven weeks of radiation (10 months total). She transferred to MEAD while undergoing treatment to keep up as best she could with school and then transferred back to Mead HS at the beginning of her junior year. Since the treatment, her physical abilities have been compromised. She struggled to just be able to walk after treatment. She was an avid softball player and has since given that up. Her plan after high school is to attend cosmetology school to become a makeup artist.
Lexus Simmons is the notable senior from North Central High. Lexus was chosen because she has overcome significant hardship. She has plans to go on to Eastern Washington University to study social work.
Diana Ramirez-Torres is the notable student from Rogers High School. Here she conducts research on bacteria through Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Program (PLTW). Ramirez-Torres hopes to attend Princeton or Brown.
What sets Shadle Park senior Nick Katruska apart from others is that he’s had to face many trials and has done so gracefully with a smile on his face. He has a strong work ethic and will be the first person to graduate from high school in his family.
Saint George’s senior Emily Tender has earned the International Baccalaureate degreee. She plays JV volleyball and varsity basketball. Her most remarkable accomplishment is being an international fashion model who has done shoots in Seattle, LA, New York and Tokyo.
Sam Welp, the notable senior for St. Michael’s Academy, takes aim with a bow during the Washington State Archery Tournament on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Mount Saint Michael’s in Spokane, Wash. Welp has been a star archer at the state level. He took 1st place in the state of Nebraska in 2014 (he boarded there for a year) and 2nd place in the state of Washington.
Mitch Carbon is the notable senior for University High School. Mitch has spent his entire high school career battling cancer. Four times he thought he had conquered it, and four times it came back. During this life struggle, he maintained an A average and did his school work from hospital beds, during his summers and as much as he could at school. Finally, in his senior year, through an experimental T-cell procedure, on his virtual death-bed, Mitch came through to the other side. He is now miraculously, 100 percent cancer-free. He is graduating with his class and he is going to attend Whitworth University in the fall.
Meseret Dokken poses for a picture at West Valley High School on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. She was adopted in May of 2009 by Jennifer and Chad Dokken from an orphanage in Ethiopia when she was 9 years old.
Olivia Kinnick poses for a photograph at North Idaho Christian in Hayden on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. She suffered from anorexia, the complications from which put her in the hospital at the end of her sophomore year. She has had a long road to recovery but is doing great. She thought her story may be able to help others.
Post Falls senior class officer Cara Swann sits in the shadow of the American flag at the school on Thursday, April 7, 2016. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club and is active in her church.