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Mead senior Azizullah Moltafet is going places, counselor says

When Azizullah Moltafet arrived in the United States in 2012 via Afghanistan, Russia and several countries in between, he didn’t speak a word of English. Neither did his mother and …


Mt. Spokane High senior Troy Ruffin ‘leads from the heart’

Never underestimate the power of a poster. When Troy Ruffin was in middle school he saw a classroom poster featuring the presidents of the United States. Next to President Obama’s …


Deer Park Home Link senior took unusual route to Running Start

Like many high school graduates, Miguel Robles has a good GPA and has taken some Running Start classes, but he got there in a more unusual way. Robles was home-schooled …


Senior Amelie Beresford-Wood credits Coeur d’Alene High for helping her grow as actor

Amelie Beresford-Wood is bursting with energy. Combined with a strong work ethic and a healthy dose of natural talent, it’s easy to see how the senior has made such an …


Deer Park senior Sahvana Morri aims to be a journalist

Watching the world around her in the last two years convinced Deer Park High School senior Sahvana Morri that she wanted to become a journalist.


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Three Springs senior Destiny Ogle back from near death with new zest for life

Destiny Ogle remembers the day: August 21, 2016. It was her father’s birthday and her family had gathered to celebrate.


Ferris standout Michael Ervin blends athletics and music

On the court, at the track and in the classroom, senior Michael Ervin is seen by many as a great athlete or a top student, but in the hallways at …


New Vision’s Chandler Roberts never gave up on himself

It was always going to be difficult for Chandler Roberts. Raised in what he describes as a dysfunctional home with alcoholic parents, Roberts said he just wasn’t going to give …


Church, family are Kootenai High senior Gracie Nelson’s priorities

Gracie Nelson doesn’t know what the future has in store for her. She’s confident, though, who knows her future.


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. …


Transition programs offer post-graduation life skills

June is a special time of year for all graduates, and that includes the students graduating from Spokane Public Schools’ Secondary Transition Program for disabled students.


St. George’s Ceci Bergquist continues fight: Student body president graduates amid tumor

Ceci Bergquist is president of the St. George’s School student body, a four-year captain of her high school basketball team, a member of the Ronald McDonald teen board, and she’s …


Medical Lake Alternative’s Barry Martin credits the school for helping turn his life around

Barry Martin credits Medical Lake Alternative High School with helping him turn a corner on his life.


Coding is in his blood – and his name: Classical Christian senior a budding tech entrepreneur

Sometimes a name just fits. Elisha Coad knows how to code with the best of them. A senior at Classical Christian Academy in Post Falls, Coad already boasts a resume …


Paid job just Project Search student Aries Barry’s first step in drive for independence

After several successful internships, Project Search graduate Aries Barry has achieved the first of many goals by landing a paid job in the kitchen at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute.


‘Role model’ Malik Cheek likes internship and work through STEP; aims for employment

Malik Cordell Cheek is considered nonverbal, but his larger than life personality has won him friends and admirers in school and in life.


From derby to life, Timberlake senior Koa Hester believes in taking advantage of opportunities

Koa Hester knows all about jams – not the sweet kind that goes on toast, but rather those short matchups that are part of roller derby. Hester joined the Pixies, …


Cheney valedictorian Elizabeth Potter wants to mentor, be of service to others

Elizabeth Potter, a senior at Cheney High School, spent ages 8 to 12 growing up in Thailand. After six years, Potter returned there during February and March this year to …


Erin Andrew credits Mica Peak for turning his life around: “It’s weird to be actually good at school”

At school, Erin Andrew is the type of guy to stand up for others and push everyone to be their best. In the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, Andrew …


Community School senior: Mom made her strong and mom’s doctor inspired her career choice

India Smith defines herself as someone who plans to change the world in one way or another. As a young African-American woman, Smith has faced adversity her entire life. However, …


Avid reader simply excels: Eagle Peak senior Bjorn De La Rosa is driven to know how things work

Even though Asperger’s syndrome has its struggles and challenges, Bjorn De La Rosa, a senior at Eagle Peak at Pratt School who also has albinism, has found a way to …


Focused on career: Largely self-taught, Post Falls senior says his photography business is earning revenue

Post Falls High School senior Jacob Guy turned a passion for taking pictures into a sustainable career path. He’s made a name for himself with his own business, That Guy …


A passion for politics: WV’s Tajadin Mohammed finds craft in student government

West Valley High School graduate, Tajadin “TJ” Mohammed, has spent very little time standing still. With a passion for advocacy and involvement, Mohammed has found his calling in student government …


Beyond academic rigors, Lewis and Clark senior Thorne Garvin finds time for service

Lewis and Clark senior Thorne Garvin starts his average school day taking math classes at Gonzaga University, after which he heads to the Tigers’ downtown campus where he finishes the …


Life settled down thanks to adoption: EV senior plans to study nursing at EWU

When Shaylor Leyk was 11, she didn’t go to school much. She and her drug-addicted mother bounced from location to location in Vancouver, Washington, and Leyk was frequently left alone …


NWC standout exemplifies qualities of servant leader

Brett McKenzie could easily be considered “that guy.”


Creative wheels spinning for Riverpoint Academy’s Zachary Zschoche

Last year Zachary Zschoche created a gear box that turns elaborately designed discs in opposite directions, creating what’s called at Moire effect, on a whim. Zschoche previously attended Mt. Spokane …


Setting course with grit, smile: Lakeside senior discovers inner strength amid heartache

One of Lakeside High School senior Taelor Sheats earliest memories is hearing her parents screaming at each other over who would get custody of her in a divorce.


Spain’s Soto finds second home at Genesis Prep

Most foreign exchange student programs last one school year. Jorge Soto, who hails from Spain, loved his experience in North Idaho so much, he worked to extend it. His school, …


Liberty senior Daniel Knudson is at ‘high point,’ won’t dwell on past

Daniel Knudson, a senior at Liberty High School, is a success story that’s still being written.