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For East Valley senior, ASB stands for All Students Belong

East Valley’s Devonte Gorman wants everyone to be included.


East Valley online school kept skater in rink

East Valley Online senior Sasha


Gonzaga Prep senior continues to share love of her Irish heritage

Bailey Plumlee, a senior at Gonzaga Preparatory School, has hobbies including painting and drawing, but one she has shown much dedication to: Irish Step Dancing.


Spokane Valley High senior uses Scout knowledge gained since kindergarten

While the Girl Scouts are best-known for their cookies, the commitment to community service that the organization inspires in its participants has a much greater impact than a box of …


STEM student relishes time at Riverpoint

Riverpoint Academy is an innovative, award-winning, project-based STEM and entrepreneurial high school in the Mead School District. And it’s been a perfect fit for Cierra Dalzell.


Upper Columbia senior embraced boarding school, relies on faith

KateLyn Ruud embraced academics and activities at Upper Columbia Academy.


New Vision grad Del Rosario peddling to success

Noah Del Rosario rides his bicycle everywhere, no matter the weather. He rides to his morning job at McDonalds, and to his classes at New Vision Alternative High School in …


Senior Mikayla Melchert brought Rachel’s Challenge to her school

Mikayla Melchert, president of the student body at Post Falls High School, figured out some time ago what she wanted to accomplish and part of her goal was assuring others …


Five Mile Prairie senior hopes to be surgeon someday

Senior Bogdan Vyshnevskyi is going from homeschooling and Five Mile Prairie School to the University of Washington’s physiology and pre-med program. He intends to become a cardio-thoracic surgeon.


From home-school to Lakeland High, senior on right path

Lakeland’s Maggie Mayer has five older brothers, and when she came along “I was treated like one of the guys. No special treatment. Just ‘toughen up buttercup.’ ”


Joy in outdoors turns into right path in school for Mountain View senior

There’s nothing that Thomas Stark likes better than exploring the woods of North Idaho – camping, hunting, fishing and just seeing what is out there to see and discover.


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017

CdA Charter grad puts ideas into action

Mason Magee, a senior at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, has a resume that rivals a successful 40-year-old.


Mt Spokane High School senior tries to raise awareness of homeless humanity

After participating in an eye-opening mission trip in San Francisco, Mt. Spokane High School senior Michelle McDonald started Project HOPE, a club for homeless outreach.


Lewis and Clark High School senior successful by just going for it

Minutes before stepping into a debate tournament, Lewis and Clark High School senior Ashley Amado received an email from Stanford University. Knowing she wouldn’t be able to focus on anything …


Impaired vision just a hurdle for TEC senior

Emily Darjany slowly eases her way into a wooden chair at the dining room table, wrapping her hands around a mug of hot tea. It takes her a few minutes …


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017

New culture, new language, no problem for Ferris High graduate

Just four years ago, Ferris High School student Rawia Ahmed, a refugee from Sudan, did not know English. Now she is graduating with a 3.3 grade-point average and will attend …


Rogers High School senior propelled by perseverance

The epitome of resilience, Jatayah Phelps has traveled far and wide to get where she is today. Living a life impoverished, Phelps had no consistency in her life until she …


Balancing school, work earns full ride for University High grad

U-Hi’s Cassandra Staker is bound for Whitworth, and thanks to good grades and hard work, her tuition is covered.


Hearing no impediment to music goals of CdA High senior

Coeur d’Alene High School senior found his home in music.


Setting an example for her son drives On Track senior

A telephone conversation with On Track Academy senior Billyann Davis also includes her 2-year-old son, Zander, whom she credits with providing her the motivation not only to complete her high …


Deer Park’s Cody Bollum takes advantage of every opportunity

If Cody Bollum had a mantra or motto during his high school years it would’ve been: “Get Involved.”


Deer Park Home Link program was a perfect fit for Anna Smoll

Deer Park Home Link senior Anna Smoll plans to study vocal performance at George Fox University.


Northwest Christian senior conquers cancer complications

For most young adults, high school is a time of self-discovery and independence, a place to learn about life and figure out the future. For Abby Peterson, high school did …


Variety of programs in less traditional setting aided development of interests for Dishman Hills senior

Even when traditional educational programs aren’t working out for them, many students are reluctant to explore their options in a new setting. Dishman Hills senior Zach Davis is thankful that …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017

West Valley grad never let cancer get in way of success

West Valley’s Ryan Hawkins kept up with school work through cancer treatments. He plans to attend University of Washington, and one day work on the video game “World of Warcraft.”


After losing mom, Liberty High School senior turns to sports, family

Despite almost 10 years of emotional obstacles, Liberty High School senior Garrett VanSlyke never chose failure.