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Move to Idaho pays off years later, Lakeland senior says

Megan Rauvola was a month short of her ninth birthday when her parents moved from Southern California to Rathdrum. “I told them ‘You are ruining my life,’” Rauvola said, smiling. On a recent drive with her parents, Rauvola, a Lakeland High School senior, offered a belated apology. “The 8-year-old me was wrong because it was the best thing you could have done for me,” Rauvola told them.

Tanzania trip changed Lakeland senior’s outlook

Two weeks spent teaching English to native students in Tanzania inspired Lakeland High senior Cameron Marsh to abandon plans of becoming a neurosurgeon to study global health. He hopes to work as a physician serving underprivileged communities.

Lakeland grad passed school through a lens

When you see Jessica Monroe, it’s not uncommon to see a camera in her hands. The 18-year-old senior at Rathdrum’s Lakeland High School loves art in general, but photography in particular, and has achieved success already in what she hopes will be her life’s work. She has entered Lakeland’s art competition for the past several years and has consistently done well in several of the categories. In her sophomore year, her photo of wildflowers in a water bottle was judged best in show.

Hayden home draws crowd with Christmas cheer

One guy’s dream of decorating his house and serving free hot chocolate has turned into an extravaganza of blazing lights, caroling choirs, a carrot-eating camel and visits by Santa in a Hayden subdivision. Each evening, Jeremy Morris and his wife, Kristy, have invited the public to join them from 6 to 8 p.m. in their front yard for a dose of holiday cheer. Publicity for the festivities, which run through Monday at 1473 W. Cardinal Ave., took off on Facebook. Within a few days, hundreds of people had liked the page.

Derek Bayley qualifies for Public Links

Derek Bayley, a Lakeland High graduate who has signed with Washington State University, fired rounds of 71 and 74 Tuesday at Palouse Ridge Golf Club to win a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier. Bayley finished five strokes ahead of Sean Packer, of Auburn, Washington. Bayley claimed the lone qualifying spot for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship July 14-19 at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kansas.

Heat is on for welders

For a group of Rathdrum high school students, the heat of competition Friday came from 5,000-degree cutting torches slicing through steel plates. Eleven students from Lakeland High School’s welding program took part in a timed exercise to determine which three will represent the school at a statewide competition in Boise next month.

Outdoor Writing Contest finalist: Dueling Predators

It is still dark as the boy quietly closes his truck door. Rifle in his hand and coyote on his mind, he starts on his way. Darkness and cold closes around him. The thermometer read 17 degrees when he left the house, but with this open-country breeze, it must be colder. His breath is a trail of vapor and his steps generate muffled crunches in the snow.

Idaho high schoolers tops in annual Outdoor Writing Contest

A story by Brook Tingey, a junior at Lakeland High School in Rathdrum, has been judged the best of 299 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2010 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school students. In “Wild goose chase,” Tingey explains that perfection isn’t required for a memorable father-daughter waterfowl hunt.

Outdoor writing contest: Wild goose chase

There were 20 seconds left, 19, 18… My fingers scrambled with the different colored wires. Ten seconds until the entire building is blown into oblivion. My life flashed before my eyes and I began to prepare myself for certain doom. With time running out, I began to pull on random wires, hoping to unarm the bomb… 3, 2, 1…

Lakeland senior learned to overcome shyness through 4-H

Alissa McCullough was a shy and bashful youth before joining 4-H. Not anymore. Over the course of a few years and helped along by the many activities offered through the organization, the Lakeland High School senior broke out of her shell. Since then, McCullough has transformed from a soft-spoken student into a humble yet confident young woman with plans to become an interior designer after high school.

Ready for the spotlight

Carson Sharrai is one busy teenager. The Lakeland High School senior is involved in everything from drama club to 4-H to athletics and is still able to maintain a grade-point average that earns her the privilege of being in the National Honor Society. While the 17-year-old’s interests leave her with little free time and are very diverse, Sharrai knows one thing for sure: she would not want to give any of them up. “I’ve always been busy,” said Sharrai. “There is never a dull moment, but it is worth it.”


Soft-spoken and polite, 18-year-old Chelsea Laud is humble about her accomplishments at Lakeland High School. Laud has attended school in the Lakeland School District since kindergarten and is one of the four valedictorians for the LHS class of 2009. “I’ve been a 4.0 (grade-point average) all through high school,” Laud said.