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Best of intentions pay off for Rogers grad

Before she started at Rogers High School, Mia Sanchez set out to graduate with a 4.0 grade-point average. Four years later, she’s about to accomplish that goal and many others, perhaps with the help of a setback.

Dishman Hills graduate topped bullies, overcame deaths

Just 20 years old, Dishman Hills High School senior Kayla Posey has endured more than most people her age: She was bullied as a child, and as a teen lived through her parents’ deaths. The youngest of five children, Posey grew up in Bonners Ferry. In the first grade, after befriending a boy with a mental disability, Posey experienced physical and emotional bullying.

Post Falls sharpshooter earns marksmanship scholarship to Ole Miss

Randi Loudin is, literally, Post Falls High School’s shooting star. “I started out shooting trap and skeet when I was 6- or 7-years old,” she said. “When I was 13, I switched over to the Olympic-style rifle. I shoot both small-bore rifle (.22 caliber) and air rifle.”

History a focus at St. George’s, veterans cemetery

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.”

Cheney graduate lends a helping hand, speaks on suicide prevention

Any Cheney High School student who needs encouragement from a peer doesn’t have to look far for a pick-me-up. Senior Bradlee Powell knows what it’s like to hit rock bottom and recognizes the signs. “I’ve struggled a lot in the past with family issues and lack of motivation,” he said, “and I want to be available to others who find themselves in a similar situation.

Riverpoint graduate an innovator, leader

Danielle Flinn likes making stuff, and at Riverpoint Academy, she has the tools. Students at the alternative school in the Mead School District work together to solve real-world problems, diving into science, engineering and the humanities in classes such as biomechanics, and entrepreneurship and design.

Tremblay is driven to succeed

Chelsea Tremblay’s world changed forever during her junior year of high school. Her father went to the doctor to have a bump on his stomach examined. “He thought it might be a hernia,” she recalled.