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‘Right people’ in life helped keep Shadle Park’s Katruska on path to graduation

When Nick Katruska was a freshman at Shadle Park High School, it began to look as if he’d follow the family tradition of not graduating from high school. His attendance …

On Track Academy senior has persevered, excelled

Josiah Malesic, an 18-year-old senior at On Track Academy, wants to connect with all things that creep, crawl and walk on four legs.

Rogers High senior plans for a future in medicine

The quinceanera is an important tradition in the lives of many young women of Latin American heritage. For Diana Ramirez-Torres, 18, it became an interstate and international event that finally …

TEC student lives without limits

A certain stereotype of home-schooled students chalks them up as sheltered, socially inept and limited in their world experiences.

CdA grad has entrepreneurial spirit

Now a high school senior, Wereley’s Affordable Lawn and Outdoor Services has grown into a business with corporate accounts and jobs booked months in advance.

Losing family in Oso landslide motivated Ferris grad Sam Thompson to succeed

As a high school sophomore, Sam Thompson suffered a tragedy most people couldn’t imagine. For Thompson, the massive mudslide that devastated communities near Oso, Washington, hit close to his home …

LC’s Jennifer Bashoor had to work hard to catch up, but did that – and more

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 …

After major instability, Mica Peak student finds potential

Perseverance and optimism are vital for Mica Peak graduate Zach Andersen, who was homeless for nearly three years before moving to Spokane in 2013.

At North Central, youngest of 10 finds her path

Lexus Simmons loves her mother, but because of circumstances is not able to see her very much. At age 17, Simmons is the youngest of 10 half-, step- and full …

New Vision’s atmosphere aids graduate’s fast track

In her sophomore year of high school, it was beginning to look like Courtney Pannell would never make it to graduation.

U-Hi’s Carbon graduating cancer-free after experimental treatment

In the midst of four cancer relapses during his high school career, Mitch Carbon came face-to-face with the fact that doctors had done all they could do for him. His …

Riverpoint student’s creativity takes him on engineering path

Justin Marbach, an 18-year-old senior at Riverpoint Academy, loves to let his imagination run wild when he builds structures.

Community School helped grad aim higher

The Community School defines itself as “a school of choice where every student can flourish in a personalized learning environment.” And for graduating senior Megan McHale, that’s exactly what it …

Lake City grad’s pursuits nothing trivial

Ask a trivia question about any major world event since 1914, and Lake City High School senior Khristian Paul can give you answers. Paul, 18, is passionate about history, or …

CV student sees beyond circumstances

Caleb Johnson sees a positive in most any situation. His bright-side perspective even extends to having had limited vision since age 4.

Mead’s Brayden Race faced cancer, then faced starting over in high school

Brayden Race learned a very adult lesson about the fragility of life as a sophomore in high school when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Adventurous spirit offers array of life experiences for CdA Charter grad

Michael Graves collects experiences.

Plane crash, brain injury mark challenging path for Cheney senior

The Cheney High School student survived a plane crash that killed the pilot, his uncle, 45-year-old Jay Uusitalo.

Classical Christian grad drawn to deep questions in sciences

Classical Christian Academy senior Rachel Dykes has tentative plans to study physics and perhaps, some day, the mysteries of space.

Deer Park grad designs her future

Deer Park High School senior Savanah Haney spent the first three years of her high school career juggling classwork with an unhealthy home life, spurred by her parents’ split and …

Deer Park Home Link grad connects at home and abroad

No matter what she’s doing, 18-year-old Deer Park Home Link senior Ashley Hanson can’t help but connect with the people she’s around. For Hanson, the people make the memories – …

Student dreamer envisions bright future after Dishman Hills

She’s 17. She’s writing a novel. And she does rodeos.

Gonzaga Prep senior a light in many communities

The first thing immediately noticeable about Mason Plese is the sincerity in his smile. When he looked around at the strangers surrounding him in Starbucks, they all returned it, glowing …

Physical limitations haven’t slowed East Valley High’s Cameron Dunlap

Cameron Dunlap was diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy at the age of 5, and by 7, he couldn’t walk. As he gets older, he adapts to muscle atrophy, and the …

After accelerated education, Five Mile Prairie’s Yelizaveta Skoromnaya aims for vet school

From a 9-year-old who didn’t speak a word of English to an accomplished student who finished four years of high school in three years, Yelizaveta Skoromnaya has traveled far.

Genesis Prep’s Schreibeis beat the odds

Elijah Schreibeis spent the first five weeks of life in an intensive care nursery, his tiny body medicated with morphine to counter violent withdrawals from the heroin and alcohol he’d …

Kootenai grad Jenna Karpinksi vaulted past shyness

Jenna Karpinksi struggled with shyness, but found ways to overcome it during high school.

A love of literature and a move opened up the future for Freeman’s Tristan Albrecht

Kathryn O’Connor, an English teacher at Freeman High School, frequently likes to refer to her student Tristan Albrecht as an “old soul.” Albrecht, 17, is mature for his age. The …

Grace Thomas sees science, politics in her future

Grace Thomas is driven and accomplished. A two-sport cheerleader, she also tackled six rigorous Advanced Placement classes at Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls and plans to attend Western …

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 …