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Students graduate from local schools

Editor’s note: Because of editing errors, some students or their photos were omitted from the graduation lists published in Thursday’s Voices. Northwest Christian School

Haylah Alkumeidy spreads her wings

Not all teens learn best while sitting at desks during a traditional six-hour school day. Haylah Alkumeidy is one of them. When she transferred to M.E.A.D. (Mead Education Alternative Division) after her sophomore year, she was depressed, withdrawn and failing all her classes. “At the time, I didn’t know how to learn,” she said. “Sitting down for six hours wasn’t working. I felt frustrated. I felt like an idiot.”

Libby Center

Class of 2009 Craig A. Betcher

Bancroft

Class of 2009 Patricia A. Schauman

Reaching for mountaintops

When 18-year-old Nicole Esmay was younger, she thought she’d probably scale Mount Everest one day. The North Central senior loved to rock climb and spent hours improving her skills at an indoor climbing gym in Spokane. But at age 13, her body began holding her back. She started coming down with strep throat on a regular basis and experienced symptoms of fibromyalgia, marked by fatigue and widespread pain.

Jacob Sabata doesn’t let disability get in his way

Jacob Sabata says the most challenging thing about high school has been “making new friends and keeping up with my work at the same time.” It’s a balancing act many teens can relate to, but Sabata has had other challenges as well. Teacher Randy Mickelsen said, “Jacob has CP (cerebral palsy). He struggles with speaking, and ambulating is a bit difficult.” Yet according to Mickelsen, Sabata is one of the most active and involved leadership students he has. The 19-year-old senior maintains a 3.9 g.p.a. and is a member of the National Honor Society. Last year he started a Key Club (Kiwanis International High School Program) at the school. “He volunteers for everything,” Mickelsen said. “He’s smarter and more on top of it than most of the students here.”