Just four years ago, Ferris High School student Rawia Ahmed, a refugee from Sudan, did not know English. Now she is graduating with a 3.3 grade-point average and will attend Eastern Washington University in the fall.
Before Jennifer Bashoor moved with her parents from Florida to Spokane during her junior year of high school, she had never been further west than Kansas. Leaving the life she knew was scary, but her fears quickly subsided once she enrolled at Lewis and Clark High School.
St. George’s School senior Cody Mekus brought some students last fall to Frankie Doodle’s in downtown Spokane to interview a group of Vietnam War veterans. Mekus, a history buff, was compiling a database of area veterans for his Eagle Scout project. Mekus interviewed a man who said he had never found anyone he could talk to about one of his wartime experiences until then, and it felt good to get it off his chest. Mekus said the Army helicopter pilot “had one of the most interesting stories.”
Alyson Meginniss slept through her science class her freshman year because she was so bored. Flash forward to senior year, and Meginniss was teaching other students about electrical wiring as captain of the school’s robotics team. The difference? Switching from a mainstream high school to The Community School as a sophomore.
Adi and Ani Purohith are grateful for many things. The twin brothers are grateful for each other and consider themselves best friends. They are grateful for their parents, who sacrificed a lot to move the family from India to the United States when the twins were 2 so they could have a better education. They are grateful for their high school, where they have been able to grow in their faith and academics and form bonds with other students and teachers. And, they are grateful for God, who, as Ani Purohith said, is a main reason for everything they do.