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Tuesday, October 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Gonzaga Prep graduates a school record 13 Eagle Scouts

Considering only about 5% of Boy Scouts achieve scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, Gonzaga Prep’s class of 2019 is remarkable. Thirteen of its 117 graduates earned their Eagle Scout ranking. …


West Valley senior Kyle Mangum credits Hutton Settlement for his success

West Valley High School senior Kyle Mangum set two goals before graduation: complete 400 hours of community service and maintain a 4.0 grade point average.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

TEC at Bryant senior Caleb Schrader a quiet, thoughtful leader

Caleb Schrader, who will graduate from TEC at Bryant, hopes to attend Oklahoma Christian University and pursue math education. He also received offers of academic and choral scholarships from the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

Huong Nguyen found what she was looking for at Summit Christian Academy, and Canada’s next

Huong Nguyen walks to school every day, but her home is 7,000 miles away.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:42 p.m.

University High School senior Alena Saldivar is a motivator and organizer

Whatever it is, University High School senior Alena Saldivar gets it done.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Georgia to Kenya to Spokane: A world of opportunities opens up for Shadle senior Joseph Kamau

Joseph Kamau is set to graduate from Shadle Park High School with plans to pursue a passion for acting.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

Out of her shell, set to soar: Maddy Christiansen launches her future from St. George’s

When Maddy Christiansen talks about coming out of her shell, she looks all the way back to second grade, when she was so shy she would do almost anything to …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

Liberty Lake teen Grant Hill is valedictorian of STEM Academy’s first graduating class

STEM Academy senior Grant Hill has his sights firmly set on his future, with everything from his status as his class’s valedictorian to his volunteer work leading toward his goal …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Fully alive and notching goals, Riverpoint senior Peyton Lightsey thanks teachers

After undergoing hardships and health issues that would devastate many adults, Peyton Lightsey is rising from the ashes, stretching her wings and getting ready to soar.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

From refugee camp in Nepal to Spokane, senior Nilam Karki of Rogers High knows challenges newcomers face

Nilam Karki is set to graduate with the Rogers High School class of 2019


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:36 p.m.

Family, school play crucial role in shaping Oaks Academy senior Elenor Wiens’ career aspiration

Elenor Wiens loves people.


Three Springs senior Jacob Corrick now a leader, with a knack for carpentry

Students who’ve struggled in traditional classrooms often find their path to success in smaller alternative school settings.



UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:35 p.m.

North Star senior Gabriella Alvarez blossoms, finds her voice, and now encourages others

Once introverted and shy, North Star School senior Gabriella Alvarez overcame a speech impediment to find her voice through YMCA’s Youth and Government program.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:35 p.m.

Mt. Spokane High School senior, pilot and plane builder Nicolas Burrows is ready to take off

Nicolas Burrows is ready to take flight from Mt. Spokane High School in more ways than one.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Acknowledging help he’s received, Mica Peak’s Bol Pennington aims to give back

Bol Pennington is a “one-in-million person,” says student support official Star Chavez.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:36 p.m.

NWC senior Abigail Knudtson hopes to turn horse care hobby into career

Self-taught and motivated Abigail Knudtson , a Northwest Christian School senior, has plans of turning her love for horses into a career.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

Music plays central role in St. Michael’s Academy valedictorian Katelyn Gilchrist’s accomplishments

Many of us have trouble standing out in high school. Katelyn Gilchrist is not one of those people.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Mead High senior Corrie Grieves enjoys fencing, taekwondo and watching TV shows in German

Mead High School senior Corrie Grieves is not one to sit idle. The honor roll student seems determined to be in as many school clubs and activities outside of school …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

M.E.A.D. Alternative’s Christian Phillips turned things around, and now aims high: for Air Force

When Christian Phillips looks to his future, he sees a military career, and maybe someday owning his own nostalgia-themed store.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Medical Lake High senior Sierra Brock earns admiration for her resilience, tenacity

Despite the immense adversity that she has faced in her 18 years, Medical Lake High School senior Sierra Brock is no stranger to triumph.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Medical Lake Endeavors’ senior Kylie Smith is ‘living my real life,’ after ups and downs

Kylie Smith was born in Spokane 18 years ago to a drug-addicted mother, so her first few weeks of life were difficult. It didn’t get much better for some time.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

Map senior Faith Wisehart proud of ‘how far I’ve come’

Map senior Faith Wisehart hopes to pursue culinary arts and business in college and someday own a restaurant.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

G-Prep’s Taylor Kelly stepped out of his comfort zone and grew into leadership through service

Retreats at Gonzaga Preparatory School are important milestones in the student experience. They’ve been important to Taylor Kelly for another reason: He helps plan them.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

Lakeside High senior Rachel Koolstra wrestled plenty of obstacles

A rough start made a determined fighter out of Rachel Koolstra.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

LC senior Deanna Dwyer was late to science, where she shines, but don’t forget dance and three languages

Lewis and Clark High School senior Deanna Dwyer is the recipient of a $4,000 science award at this year’s Spokane Scholars Foundation Banquet. She speaks three languages but she said …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

Scar and all, it’s back to the ranch, where Liberty grad Levi Kettner is ‘always willing to help out’

Stretching across the back of Levi Kettner’s head, there is a scar – and a bald spot. A scar and a bald spot with a story.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:28 p.m.

Ferris senior Carly Crooks lost her mom, grew up quickly, and soars

As Carly Crooks strides down the hallways of Ferris High School, she looks around to the places where she’s accomplished so much.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Five Mile Prairie senior Estir Konstantin says faith, family, teachers helped her through adversity

It’s easy for a person to let adversity define or impede them. Estir Konstantin doesn’t do what is easy.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Enlightium Academy’s Hannah Yohe is on solid path again after serious injuries from auto accident

“Live the life you have, not the one you wish you had.”