• Valedictorians for 2007

    The Mail Tribune presents the top of their class, and we offer our congratulations on a job well done
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    Austin Harfst is the son of Robby Harfst and Susan Shammel.
    His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average; National Merit Commended Student; Kiwanis Student of the Month; 2006, 2007 All Conference Golf; first place parliamentary debate at Stanford University 2007; first place parliamentary debate at the University of Oregon 2007; first place public debate at Willamette University 2006; lettered all four years in golf.
    College plans: University of Oregon in Eugene.
    Career plans: "None at this point. I'll have to see what interests me in college."
    Elizabeth R. Wood is the daughter of Thomas and Malinda Wood.
    Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average; many Student of the Year awards in American studies, chemistry, choir (two years), math (three years), Spanish and stained glass and jewelry. Other honors include National Honor Society; the National Honor Society for High School Scholars; included in "Who's Who Among American High School Students."
    College plans: Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
    Career plans: To study American sign language and teach elementary age students.
    Shanndara McNamara is the daughter of Ky McNamara and Shereen Gordon.
    Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average; National Honors Society; National Honor Roll; Service Award — 2006 Mentor; Future First Citizen Scholarship Award; Ford Family Scholar Award; Ashland representative to sister-city, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2006; Ashland Rotary Foundation Scholarship; Mimi Scholarship; Oregon Retired Educators Scholarship; AHS National Honors Society Scholarship.
    College plans: Undecided.
    Career plans: "Follow my passions, stay involved, learn, discover, and be the change."
    Chelsey Boehnke is the daughter of John and Susan Boehnke.
    Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average; National Honor Society; three-time Science Student of the Year; Math Honor Society; three-time French Student of the Year; First Friday Art Show; Speaker Award: Model U.N. Scientific Committee; three-time English Student of the Year.
    College plans: University of Oregon School of Architecture.
    Career plans: Architecture.
    Victoria Rose Mayfield is the daughter of Karen Delsman and Marcus Mayfield.
    Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average; voted "Most Likely to Win Survivor"; Pear Blossom queen; team captain of 2007 State Championship Team, First Team All Conference in Cross Country; Oregon U-19 Rugby Team; Nordic ski team captain; three-time Math Student of the Year; Metal Sculpture Student of the Year; Math State qualifier; Math Honor Society; National Honor Society; 12-time varsity letter recipient; MedStars Health Professions Honors Camp; Kiwanis Student of the Month.
    College plans: Willamette University.
    Career plans: "I want to help people as well as explore and discover new frontiers. At this point, I imagine myself doing this by becoming a doctor or other health care professional who specializes in human development."
    Rachel Fine is the daughter of Doug and Susanne Fine.
    Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average; Rotary Youth Leadership Award; Rotary Club of Ashland Student of the Month; Outstanding Advanced Placement Chemistry Student; Outstanding Pre-Calculus Discrete Math Student; Outstanding Chemistry Student; Outstanding Spanish Student; Outstanding English Student; Elks Most Valuable Student, first place.
    College plans: Attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and major in biochemistry, pre-medicine track.
    Career plans: Pediatric oncology.
    Jordan Mackenzie Rooklyn is the daughter of Kimberly and Dale Rooklyn.
    Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average; Dairy Farmers of Oregon Top Ten Award; Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society; Oregon State Athletic Association Academic All-State Scholar Athlete; Outstanding Students of America; National Society of High School Scholars; Ashland Masonic Lodge No. 23 Scholarship Award; Ashland High School Booster Club Scholarship Award; University of Montana Presidential Leadership Award; Wendy's High School Heisman Award representative for Ashland High School; Oregon High School International Relations League MVP Speaker Award; City of Ashland representative to Guanajuato.
    College plans: Davidson Honors College in the University of Montana.
    Career plans: "Follow my loves and passions, hopefully making a difference in this world (and see the world as well)."
    Allison L. Ford is the daughter of David and Suzy Ford.
    In addition to a 3.98 grade-point average, her honors and awards include Outstanding Performance in Focus/Portfolio, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, Accounting 1, Business Math and Business Math 2, Yearbook, Geometry and Intro to Business. Other honors include Certificate of Participation in Future Business Leaders of America; National Honor Society; Certificate of Honor for National Honor Roll; Certificate of Participation for Valuable Contributions to PBS; Student of the Month for academic excellence; Certificate of Achievement for meeting state standards in science; Outstanding Leadership as secretary/treasurer of Natural Resources; President's Outstanding Academic Excellence; Certificate of Completion of Peer Mediation Training; Student of the Month; president of National Honor Society; class president in 11th and 12th grades; vice president and treasurer for FBLA; president of National Honor Society; vice president and secretary/treasurer of Natural Resources; Peer Helpers member.
    College plans: Rogue Community College.
    Career plans: Be a bookkeeper in the Rogue Valley.
    Ben Cummings is the son of Ken and Paula Cummings.
    His honors and awards include a 3.98 grade-point average; National English Merit Award; Who's Who Among American High School Students; Kiwanis Student of the Month.
    College plans: U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
    Career plans: Officer, U.S. Army.
    Kristen Haga is the daughter of Greg and Val Haga.
    Her honors and awards include a 4.17 grade-point average and the following scholarships: Zoey Tuers Memorial; Honor Society Tutoring; Ray's Food Place; Jr. Comet Sports; Central Point Rotary; Crater Cross Country; Future First Citizen; Pear Blossom Run; Pear Blossom Pageant; Oregon Retired Educators; Oregon Athletic Coaches Association; Southern Oregon University Provost; and Southern Oregon University President. Other honors include October Rotary Student; 2006 AP Psychology Student of the Year; 2006 AP U.S. History Student of the Year; 2006 AP English Student of the Year; 2007 AP European History Student of the Year; 2007 Academic Student of the Year; Principal's List; 2006 Southern Sky Conference Runner of the Year.
    College plans: Attend Southern Oregon University and run cross-country and track.
    Career plans: Become an elementary teacher for second and third grades.
    Brandt Nevin is the son of Jim and René Nevin.
    His honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average; Top 5 Percent; Honor Society member; Gold Gown; First Team All Conference quarterback of 2005; District Javelin Champion, 2006; District Pole Vault Champion, 2007; fourth place at the state track meet in pole vault and fourth place in javelin, 2007; Honorable Mention quarterback, 2006; 10 athletic letters; 10 Principal's Awards.
    College plans: Willamette University, majoring in business.
    Career plans: Become a business owner or a financial adviser.
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