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2016 Notable Graduates

2016 notable graduates from Spokane-area and Idaho-area high schools.

Bryant/TEC: Aaron Dahl

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Aaron Dahl is the notable senior from Bryant TEC. Aaron is very involved in karate. He is also an amazing student who works hard out at EWU while he is doing Running Start.

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Central Valley High: Caleb Johnson

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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.

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Cheney High: Aiden Hubbard

Community School: Megan McHale

Deer Park High: Savannah Haney

Deer Park Home Link: Ashley Hanson

Dishman Hills: Kayla Volmer

East Valley High: Cameron Dunlap

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Cameron Dunlap is the notable student from East Valley High School. He is involved with art, photography, and robotics.

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Ferris High: Sam Thompson

Five Mile Prairie: Yelizaveta Skoromnaya

Freeman High: Tristan Albrecht

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Tristan Albrecht, Freeman High’s notable grad, poses for a photo on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash.

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Gonzaga Prep: Mason Plese

Lakeside High: Grace Thomas

Lewis and Clark High: Jennifer Bashoor

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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.

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Liberty High: Jessica Trotter

Map: William Harrington

Mead High: Brayden Race

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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.

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Mead Alternative High: Addison Armstrong

Medical Lake High: Alex Garza

Medical Lake Alternative: Noah Miller


Noah Miller is the notable graduate from Medical Lake Alternative.

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Mica Peak High: Zach Anderson

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Mica Peak grad Zach Andersen poses for a photo on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Mica Peak High School in Spokane Valley, Wash.

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Mt. Spokane High: Tony Hazel

North Central High: Lexus Simmons

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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.

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North Star: Lyndsey Witmer

Northwest Christian: Scarlett Hwang

Oaks: Kialynn Palpant

On Track: Josiah Malesic

Riverpoint Academy: Justin Marbach

Riverside Alternative: Shelby Morgan

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Richard Morgan, left, had a heart attack and survived because his granddaughter Shelby Morgan, 15, knew CPR. Shelby had just taken a CPR class in school a few days before.

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Riverside High: Nicholas Snyder

Rogers High: Diana Ramirez-Torres

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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.

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Shadle Park High: Nick Katruska

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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.

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Spokane Valley High: Angelina Chebotareva

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Angelina Chebotareva, notable graduate at Spokane Valley High School, is a member of student government and prompted her school to institute an honor roll.

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St. George’s: Emily Tender

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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.

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St. Michael’s: Sam Welp

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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.

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Summit Christian Academy: Vlad Kirichenko


Vlad Kirichenko is the notable graduate from Summit Christian Academy.

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Three Springs: Makenzie Kirstein

University High: Mitch Carbon

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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.

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Upper Columbia: Polly Officer

Valley Christian: David Gilmartin

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David Gilmartin, the notable senior from Valley Christian, poses for a photo on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Valley Christian in Spokane Valley, Wash.

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Washington Academy of Arts & Tech: Natalie Peters


Natalie Peters is the notable graduate from Washington Academy of Arts & Tech.

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West Valley High: Meseret Dokken

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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.

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Classical Christian Academy: Rachel Dykes

Coeur d’Alene High: Colin Wereley

CDA Charter Academy: Michael Graves

Genesis Prep Academy: Elijah Schreibeis

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Genesis Preparatory Academy senior Elijah Schreibeis talks about focusing on wildlife management upon graduation from the Christian school in Post Falls on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

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Kootenai Junior/Senior High: Jenna Karpinski


Jenna Karpinski is the notable graduate from Kootenai Junior/Senior High.

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Lake City High: Khristian Paul

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Lake City High School senior Khristian Paul talks about earning the rank of Eagle Scout at his home in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

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Lakeland High: Cameron Marsh

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Lakeland High School senior Cameron Marsh has been a member of the swim team since his freshmen year at the school in Rathdrum. Photographed near Radiant Lake on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

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Lakeside High: Jubal Mitchell

Mountain View Alternative: Jesse Brown

New Vision High: Courtney Pannell

North Idaho Christian: Olivia Kinnick

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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.

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Post Falls High: Cara Swann

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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.

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Timberlake High: Jordan Nield

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Timberlake High School senior Jordon Nield talks about his love of music at the school near Spirit Lake on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

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Venture High: Mariah Miller

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