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    • Upcoming high school graduation ceremonies
      The following are some of the high school and college graduations scheduled around the valley. The three Crater high schools held their graduations Wednesday night.
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      Upcoming high school graduation ceremonies
      The following are some of the high school and college graduations scheduled around the valley. The three Crater high schools held their graduations Wednesday night.

      • Ashland High School: 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, Butler Band Shell, Lithia Park, Ashland.
      • Butte Falls High School: 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Butte Falls High School gym, 625 Fir St., Butte Falls.
      • Central Medford High School: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, high school auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.
      • Eagle Point High School: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, football stadium, 203 N. Platt Ave., Eagle Point.
      • North Medford High School: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, high school gym, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford.
      • Phoenix High School: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Butler Band Shell, Lithia Park, Ashland.
      • Rogue River High School: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, Chieftain Stadium, 1898 E. Evans Creek Road, Rogue River.
      • Rogue Valley Adventist Academy: 11 a.m. Sunday, June 3, school gym, 3675 S. Stage Road, Medford.
      • Saint Mary's School: 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.
      • South Medford High School: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Spiegelberg Stadium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.
  • Taylor Peña
    Parents: Eric and Debra Peña.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Presidential Academic Scholarship and Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship from Whitworth University, ROTC Scholarship Athletic Award, Kiwanis Student of the Month.
    College plans: Whitworth University, majoring in health sciences.
    Career plans: Medical field.
    Emily White
    Parents: Debbie and Joel White.
    GPA: 3.89.
    Honors and awards: U.S. Forest Service award for outstanding restoration and volunteer work in the community; two Oregon Youth Conservation Corps scholarships.
    College plans: Southern Oregon University.
    Career plans: Undecided, perhaps photo journalism.
    Sarah Chambers
    Parents: David and Patricia Chambers.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: National Torch Honor Society, three years; National Society of High School Scholars; Athletic Soccer Scholarship to Brigham Young University; varsity soccer, four years; captain of varsity soccer, two years; Player of the Year, 2010 Southern Oregon 6A Conference.
    College plans: Brigham Young University in the fall, majoring in chemical engineering.
    Career plans: Bio-medical engineering.
    Diane Jung
    Parents: Tae and Miky Jung.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: U.S. Presidential Scholar semifinalist, National Merit finalist, President Service Award, Burger King Scholar, Oregon Math League state qualifier, 2012 New York Music Festival Gold Award (with Siskiyou Violins), 2008 Los Angeles International Music Festival Gold Award (with Siskiyou Violins), All-State High School Orchestra, AP Scholar With Distinction, Soroptimist Student of the Month.
    College plans: Brigham Young University.
    Career plans: Dermatologist.
    Ashley Spires
    Parents: Kari and Mark Spires.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Rotary Club Student of the Month for March 2011, Southern Oregon University Presidential Scholarship, PEO Interchapter Scholarship, James Casey UPS Foundation Scholarship.
    College plans: Southern Oregon University.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Kendra Straub
    Parents: Ross and Tracy Straub.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Rotary Student of the Month, representative of Oregon at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, Medford's Sister City representative.
    College plans: Northern Arizona University, majoring in political science.
    Career plans: Law school, then pursue a career in law.
    Lexie Deats
    Parents: Michael and Sharon Deats.
    GPA: 4.0
    Honors and awards: SMHS Leadership, Link Leadership, Torch Honor Society, SMHS Varsity Math Team, YMCA Teen Character Award, Belmont University Academic Merit Scholarship, Rogue Federal Credit Union Waldene Terry Scholarship, Britt Festivals Foundation Scholarship.
    College plans: Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., for a bachelor's degree in Music Business with a Production emphasis.
    Career plans: To be emerged in the music industry by 2016.
    Hailey Einck
    Parents' names: Heather Einck and Gary Einck.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Cross Country Team Captain, Scholar Athlete, Academic Achievement Award from Oregon State University, Torch Honor Society member, Link Leader.
    College plans: Oregon State University, pursuing a major in pre-medicine and a minor in Spanish.
    Career plans: Pediatrician.
    Hanna Marie Jantzi
    Parents' names: Doug and Anne Jantzi.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Torch Honor Society, North Medford Rotary Student of the Month, Umpqua Bank/Chamber of Medford/Jackson County First Citizen Scholarship, Carpenter Foundation Scholarship, University of Oregon Dean's Scholarship, All-State Choir, District and State soprano soloist, Fine Arts Letter, Varsity Sports Letter in Volleyball, OISA Snowboard State Medalist, Links Leader, president of South Medford Adventure Club, Fellowship of Christina Athletes Leader.
    College plans: University of Oregon, studying biology.
    Career plans: Nursing and/or physician's assistant.
    Karina Martinez
    Parents: Lourdes Alvarez and Jesus Martinez.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Honor Torch Society, Oregon Opportunity Grant, federal Pell Grant, Diversity Achievement Scholarship, Oregon Association of Student Councils, member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
    College plans: Oregon State University.
    Career plans: Major in child and teen psychology.
    Maddie Messmer
    Parents: Clark and Brenda Messmer.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Academic Achievement Scholarship at Oregon State University; Torch Honor Society; Britt Foundation Scholarship; Kiwanis November Student of the Month.
    College plans: Oregon State University Honors College, to major in biology.
    Career plans: I plan on going to medical school to study to be a surgeon.
    Christopher Jon Modrich
    Parents: Jaynie Sanger and Jon Modrich.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Ford Family Foundation Scholar; Oregon Retired Educators Scholarship; Kiwanis Student of the Month; Medford Rogue Rotary Student of the Month; Jacksonville Applegate Rotary Student of the Month; Western Oregon University Presidential Scholarship; WOU TRIO Partner Scholarship; WOU General Scholarship; WOU Tuition Scholarship; Torch Honor Society Member, three years.
    College plans: Western Oregon University, pursuing interests in theater and Spanish.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Name: Maddy Moran
    Parents: Mark Moran and Martha Ward.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Torch Honor Society member, Breakfast of Champions Award.
    College plans: Attend Oregon State University to study Spanish.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Taylor Patti
    Parent: Cecelia Patti.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Captain of the Speech and Debate Team; saxophonist and bass clarinet player for the school band; member of Academic Challenge and Brain Bowl teams; member of Torch Honor Society; 2010-11 Rotary International Foreign Exchange Student to Spain; winner of the Oregon State Bar Essay Contest, the Daughters of the Revolution Essay Contest, and the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest; multiple awards in the National Forensics League for Debate and Speech.
    College plans: Chapman University in Orange, Calif., likely studying biology and economics, then law school.
    Career plans: Lawyer.
    Grace Michele Pool
    Parents: Jeffery Pool and Jerilyn Hassell-Pool.
    Honors and awards: Most Creative, Most Likely to Suck Seeds, Tai Chi: Rod Kimble level, Mr. Miller's Favorite Student.
    College plans: Yale, Brigham Young University or the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.
    Career plans: Interning for the Bob Lablaw Law Blog, making a cornballer you can touch, punch dancing my anger out in a music montage, saving the prime minister of Malaysia, Operation Fiscal Jackhammer.
    Nicole Rutter
    Parents: Amee Gregory and Bruce Rutter.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Torch Honor Society and Interact Club member.
    College plans: Portland Community College, then Oregon Health & Science University's nursing program.
    Career plans: Registered nurse, then eventually a doctor in a neonatal intensive care unit.
    Jeffrey Sarsona
    Parents: Francis and Dana Sarsona.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: QuestBridge Scholar, AP Scholar, Scholar Athlete.
    College plans: Stanford University.
    Career plans: Engineer.
    Cole Sergi
    Parents' names: Bob and Theresa Sergi.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: AP Scholar, Kiwanis Academic Excellence Award, Rotary Certificate of Recognition, Dean's Engineering Scholarship, Academic Achievement Scholarship.
    College plans: Oregon State University Honors College; Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program.
    Career plans: Become an electronic and computer engineer to create and better new technologies.
    Janny Tan
    Parents: Jorene Huang and Jimmy Tan.
    GPA: 4.0
    Honors and awards: National Torch Honors Society, Best Honors World Studies student, University of Portland Presidential Scholarship, Elks National Foundation Scholarship, OREA Scholarship, treasurer of Interact Club, academic letter, activity letter, RYLA student, Most Dedicated Player (basketball), Breakfast of Champions recognition, SMHS Link Leader, Ford Scholarship, Rogue Federal Credit Union Harry Wright Scholarship, PremierWest Bank Scholarship, Rogue Valley Medical Center Emilia Tuttle Scholarship.
    College plans: School of Nursing at the University of Portland.
    Career plans: Nurse in an emergency department.
    ST. MARY'S SCHOOL
    Clara Kerwin
    Parents: Edward and Karen Kerwin.
    GPA: 4.13.
    Honors and awards: National Merit Finalist; First Place, Academic Challenge; Most Valuable Participant, State Mock Trial Competition; Scholastic Art and Writing Awards honorable mention; National AP Scholar Award; Rensselaer Medal for Science and Math; Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Standard International Award; St. Mary's History Award, Outstanding Academic Performance, Polyglot Award, Academic Honors Special Distinction, Outstanding Student in Ancient History and Outstanding Student in Freshman English; National Spanish Exam Silver Medal; AP Scholar with Honor Award; Oregon State Mathematics Association pre-calculus state qualifier; publication in "A Celebration of Poets" and "Cascadia."
    College plans: Princeton.
    Career plans: Neurologist, writer or diplomat.
    ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
    Courtney Farmer
    Parents: Ron and Kathy Farmer.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Math Team state qualifier, Outstanding Algebra 1 student, Outstanding Spanish 2 student, four-year varsity Equestrian Team athlete, four-year Southern Oregon High School Equestrian Teams Scholar Athlete, Sportsmanship award from Ashland High School Equestrian Team.
    College plans: University of Redlands, majoring in psychology.
    Career plans: Uncertain; possibly medical school to become a psychiatrist. Whatever I choose to do, I want to travel the world and learn about other cultures, while helping people along the way.
    Elise Hansen
    Parents: Dr. Gary Hansen and Judith Newton.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Outstanding Presenter at Southern Oregon University Seminar Symposium, National Honor Society.
    College plans: Major in neuroscience and piano performance at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.
    Career plans: Pursue a career in medicine.
    Sierra Houk
    Parents: Jason and Vanessa Houk.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Member of the International Thespian Society, Drama Club officer, Outstanding Junior Thespian, Outstanding Assistant Stage Manager for "Noises Off," Best Costumer for "The Importance of Being Earnest," Best Costume Mistress for "Haroun and the Sea of Stories," Community Access Television Award, twice winner of AHS Film Festival.
    College plans: Seattle University for digital art and design.
    Career plans: Creating online media and articles.
    Elias Opgenorth
    Parents: Jack Opgenorth and Mary Lindon.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: National Honor Society, Kiwanis Youth of the Month, AP Scholar, Elks Scholarship, OSEA Scholarship, Oregon State Snowboard Meet qualifier for three years.
    College plans: Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Lillian Thomas
    Parents: Ted Thomas and Diane Parry.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: National Honor Society.
    College plans: University of Oregon, undecided major.
    Career plans: Work in a field involving environmental science or possibly ornithology.
    Vivian Toll
    Parents: Scott Toll and Paris Geiken.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: National Honor Society, Math Honor Society.
    College plans: Gap year to explore, travel and work.
    Career plans: Interested in pursuing a career as an artistic director for a journal, or magazine focusing on world art, design, lifestyle and culture.
    BUTTE FALLS
    Mariah Moore
    Parents' names: Bennie and Rebecca Moore.
    GPA: 3.97.
    Honors and awards: Student body president; Honor Roll student; numerous softball awards, including Southern Cascade League Most Valuable Player, league First Team All-Conference Pitcher, league Honorable Mention Designated Hitter, 2011 All Conference First Place Team, Most Extra Base Hits and Second Team All-State; First Team All-Conference and team captain, volleyball; Junior Athlete of the Year; Commissioner and Scholar Athlete award; First Team All-Conference, team captain and Mail Tribune All-Star Game, basketball; regional, state and national recognition, treasurer, vice president and State Conference First Place in Parliamentary Procedure, Future Business Leaders of America; senior Homecoming Queen.
    College plans: Oregon Institute of Technology, majoring in diagnostic medical sonography and playing softball.
    Career plans: Ultrasound technician.
    CRATER ACADEMY OF HEALTH & PUBLIC SERVICES
    Amber Bleth
    Parents: Craig and Sandy Bleth.
    GPA: 4.17.
    Honors and awards: Sparrow Club president, Rotary Student of the Month, Top 5 Percent, Principal Award all four years.
    College plans: Seattle Pacific University to study political science.
    Career plans: High school teacher and eventually high school principal.
    CRATER BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE
    Gabriella DeSimone
    Parents: Mike and Dawné DeSimone.
    GPA: 4.04.
    Honors and awards: Principal's List, B.I.S. Leads, YMCA Teen Character, Rotary Club of Central Point Student of the Month, Crater School of Business, Innovation, and Science Raising the Bar Award for Leadership, Crater School of Business Student of the Year, KOBI Student of the Week, 1st Place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision at DECA State, Portland, and Top 20 Overall in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision at DECA Nationals in Salt Lake City.
    College plans: Agricultural Business Management at Oregon State University, with a minor in Spanish.
    Career plans: Continue being active in entrepreneurial enterprises as well as my family's business. Putting my business plan for 276 Cattle Co. into action is one of my primary career goals. Furthermore, community involvement will remain an important part of my life.
    CRATER RENAISSANCE ACADEMY
    Sara Quackenbush
    Parents: Roy and Sue Quackenbush.
    GPA: 4.04.
    Honors and awards: Principal's Award all four years, Math Student of the Year.
    College plans: Brigham Young University in Utah to major in fashion design or sewing with a minor in Spanish.
    Career plans: Fashion/costume designer.
    EAGLE POINT HIGH SCHOOL
    Chloe Hanks
    Parents: Kevin and Susan Hanks.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Varsity cross country — Most Valuable Player, varsity letterer, Coaches' Award, Oregon State Top 10 Team Academic Award, Principal's Award, Most Inspirational Award; varsity track — letterer, Principal's Award; basketball — Principal's Award; Southern Oregon Math League; Top 5% — Bronze, Silver, Gold and Eagle awards; National Honor Society president; Gold Gown; Middle School Cadet; Sports/Activities Camera Person; Academic Challenge; Peer Tutor; Oregon Girls State; Rogue Community College Electronics Program student; Rogue Community College Honor Roll student; Rogue Community College's Most Outstanding Student Award for Electronics Technology; EPHS Honor Roll; Rotary Club Student of the Month; voted Most Likely to Succeed; Young Women's Recognition Award; Honor Bee Award.
    College plans: Attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, to study electrical engineering and the Russian language.
    Career plans: Work in a research lab specializing in solid state and analog devices.
    Amanda Kady
    Parents: Greg and Gina Mattson.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Mail Tribune Student Standout, Outstanding Citizenship Award, Top 5 Percent all four years, Eagle Award, Principal's Award, student body vice president, Honor Society secretary, student representative on School Board.
    College plans: Oregon State University for athletic training, then George Fox for physical therapy.
    Career plans: Physical therapist.
    Lesley Neilson
    Parents: Tussin Neilson and Norman Neilson.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Top 5% all four years, September 2011 Lions Club Student of the Month, Honor Society, Gold Gown Recipient (Top 10 students of junior class).
    College plans: Southern Oregon University.
    Career plans: Dental hygienist.
    Carolina Regalado
    Parents: Maria and Salvador Regalado.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Varsity volleyball team captain; All Conference Volleyball Honorable Mention; All-League Setter; Gold Gown recipient; Camp Medical Detectives; Latina Youth Coalition; Rotary Student of the Month; Top 5 Percent recipient; Academic Honor Roll; Wendy's Heisman Sports recipient; March of Dimes nominee; Pear Blossom Princess 2012; Gates Millennium Scholar; Community 101 coordinator; Oregon Girls State representative; Rotary Leadership representative; Outstanding Senior Female Award.
    College plans: Attend either Concordia at Texas or Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and gain athletic achievement in the sport of volleyball.
    Career plans: Obtain a post-secondary education in the field of pre-medicine, then continue my education at a medical school to become a doctor or surgeon.
    Jenna Richardson
    Parents: Daniel and Lori Richardson.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Top 5 Percent, Honor Society, Medford Rotary Student of the Month.
    College plans: Arizona State University, to study biology and pre-medicine.
    Career plans: Anesthesiologist.
    PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL
    Kya McAlister
    Parents' names: Mark and Debi McAlister.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: ASB president, published author: "Volumetric Studies of the Right Ventricle Using Anatomically Accurate Latex Models," three-sport athlete.
    College: U.S. Naval Academy.
    Career plans: Flight surgeon.
    PROSPECT CHARTER SCHOOL
    Morgan Victoria Thompson
    Parents: John and Sandi Thompson.
    GPA: 3.82.
    Honors and awards: FFA president, student body secretary, varsity volleyball captain.
    College plans: Oregon State University.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    ROGUE RIVER HIGH SCHOOL
    Ben McBee
    Parents: Mitch McBee and Ron and Amanda Valle.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Four-year basketball letterman, recipient of the Solari Scholarship at the University of Oregon.
    College plans: University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication.
    Career plans: I will become a journalist and hope to one day work for National Geographic.
    Stephanie Schultz
    Parents: George and Dawn Schultz.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors and awards: Four-year honor roll member, student of the month for the Rotary Club of Grants Pass, Ford Scholar.
    College plans: Western Oregon University, then medical school.
    Career plans: To become an emergency room doctor.
    ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST ACADEMY
    Chelsea Stewart
    Parents' names: Rod and Cindy Stewart.
    GPA: 4.02.
    Honors and awards: National Honor Society; Second Place, Walla Walla Young Writer's Contest Junior/Senior division for poetry and short story; Senior Class president; two years Student Government member.
    College plans: Major in psychology and minor in theology at Walla Walla University in College Place, Wash.
    Career plans: Undecided.
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