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  • Head of the Class

    Meet the valectorians of 2013, 61 of the best and brightest minds from high schools across the Rogue Valley
  • Kasey Andrea Baker
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    • Here's a list of local graduations:
      Ashland High School: Was at 6:30 p.m. May 31, band shell, Lithia Park, Ashland.
      • Butte Falls High School: 7 p.m. June 2, gym at Butte Falls High School, 625 Fir St., Butte Falls.
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      Here's a list of local graduations:
      Ashland High School: Was at 6:30 p.m. May 31, band shell, Lithia Park, Ashland.

      • Butte Falls High School: 7 p.m. June 2, gym at Butte Falls High School, 625 Fir St., Butte Falls.
      • Cascade Christian High School: 7 p.m. June 1, at the school, 855 Chevy Way, Medford.
      • Central Medford High School: 1 p.m. June 8, high school auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale, Medford.
      • Crater High School: 8 p.m. June 5, Dutch Meyer Stadium,655 N. Third St., Central Point.
      • Eagle Point High School: 7:30 p.m. June 7, football stadium, 203 N. Platt, Eagle Point.
      • Logos Charter School: 10 a.m. June 1, South Medford High School theater, 1551 Cunningham Ave., Medford.
      • North Medford High School: 4:30 p.m., June 8, high school gym, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford.
      • Phoenix High School: 6 p.m. June 8, band shell, Lithia Park, Ashland.
      • Prospect Charter School: 7 p.m. May 31, high school gym, 160 Mill Creek Drive, Prospect.
      • Rogue River High School: 10 a.m. June 8, Chieftain Stadium, 1898 E. Evans Creek Road, Rogue River.
      • Rogue Valley Adventist School: 11 a.m. June 2, school gym, 3675 S. Stage Road, Medford.
      • Saint Mary's School: 7 p.m. June 7, Ginger Rogers Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.
      • South Medford High School: 7 p.m. June 8, Spiegelberg Stadium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.
      • Rogue Community College: 6:30 p.m. June 15, RCC Redwood campus, 3345 Highway 199, Grants Pass.
      • Southern Oregon University: 9 a.m., June 15, SOU Raider Stadium, Wightman Street, between Iowa Street and Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland.
  • Kasey Andrea Baker
    Parents: Ken and Carol Baker.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), AHS Top Performer.
    College plans: Southern Oregon University's Accelerated Baccalaureate Program with an elementary education major.
    Career plans: Elementary special education teacher.
    Parents: Alison Carey, Benajah Cobb.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: 2009 Humanities Student of the Year; 2010 American Studies Student of the Year; 2010 Journalism Student of the Year; 2010 Spanish Student of the Year; 2011 Pre-Calculus Student of the Year; National Honor Society member, 2011-2013; Math Honor Society member, 2011-2012; Math Honor Society president, 2012-2013.
    College plans: Harvard University.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Parents: Laurence Cooper, Lisa Sclan Cooper.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Second place in violin, Oregon State Solo Competition, 2013; third place in violin, Oregon State Solo Competition, 2012; All-State Orchestra, 2011-2013; winner of the 2012 Concerto Competition; soloist with the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon; OSAA State Tennis Competition, 2013.
    College plans: University of British Columbia.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Parents: Tony and Lisa Shelton.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Rotary Student of the Month, Outstanding Psychology Student, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, AP Scholar.
    College plans: University of Washington in Seattle.
    Career plans: Biochemistry.
    Parents: James Lebo and Katherine Hannon.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: National Merit finalist and scholarship, National Council of Teachers of English Writing Award nominee, Oregon Department of Education Writing Exam exemplar, PEO STAR National Scholarship, Ashland Soroptimist Scholarship, Ashland High School Alumni Association Scholarship, Ashland Elks Most Valuable Student Award, Ashland Education Association Scholarship.
    College plans: Major in animal behavior at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.
    Career plans: Small animal veterinary medicine.
    Parents: Dominique Sukles and Andrus Sukles.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Elks Most Valuable Student Ashland Award, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Mu Alpha Theta, Scholar Athlete of the Month.
    College plans: Bowdoin College to double major in government/legal studies and economics, both with a focus on international relations.
    Career plans: Pursue cross-cultural connections and the development of peace and prosperity globally.
    Parents: Christina Lindquist and Scott Thompson.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Junior year English class Student of the Year, Top Performer status, Rotary Scholarship.
    College plans: Oregon State University to major in physics.
    Career plans: Physicist or engineer.
    Parents: Joe Thornton and Brenda Thornton.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Varsity letter one year in volleyball, two years in basketball, three years in softball; Student-Athlete of the Month, March 2013.
    College plans: University of Oregon.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Parents: Helen and Duane Whitcomb.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Elks Most Valuable Student, First Place in local competition; National Merit Scholar; AP Scholar; varsity letter in cross country; National Honor Society.
    College plans: Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., to focus on science — possibly majoring in human biology with a double major or minor in psychology — then on to medical school.
    Career plans: Pediatrician, either working in public health in poor communities or focusing on childhood allergies.
    Parents: Jeff and Michelle Zundel.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Thespian Scholar, Red Cross Honor Society.
    College plans: Columbia University in New York.
    Career plans: Work with battered and sexually assaulted women.
    Scarlet Weaver
    Parents: Charlotte and Daniel Weaver.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Future Business Leaders of America, president and national qualifier (first in state in 2013 and 2012, second in state in 2011); outfielder, second baseman, 2nd Team All-League and varsity letter in softball; Honor Roll; Superintendent's Award.
    College plans: Rogue Community College for two years, then University of Oregon for a bachelor's degree in interior architecture.
    Career plans: To be an interior architect and make what people see on a daily basis beautiful.
    Anna Elise Gardner
    Parents: Doug and Jureen Gardner.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Internship with the Civil Engineering Co-op and Multiple Engineering Co-op program.
    College plans: Oregon State University to major in civil engineering.
    Career plans: To go into engineering and take part in what God has planned for me.
    Shyenne Bates
    Parents: Theresa Rodriguez and Nemechay Bates.
    GPA: 3.7.
    College plans: Rogue Community College for two years, then Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland.
    Career plans: Professional midwife and certified doula, possibly owning my own clinic.
    Parents: Valerie Mouy and Saroun Mouy.
    GPA: 3.8.
    Honors, awards: Part of Nationals for Forensics League, won tournaments in Speech and Debate, eighth-grade Honor Roll.
    College plans: Attend Rogue Community College, then transfer to Linn-Benton in the fall and then possibly to Oregon State University.
    Career plans: Become an engineer and own my own business.
    Holly A. Ironside
    Parents: Blake and Julie Ironside.
    GPA: 4.15.
    Honors, awards: Central Point Rotary Student of the Month, National Honor Society president, CAHPS Executive Council co-representative, Sparrow Club officer.
    College plans: Southern Oregon University to major in Spanish and possibly international studies or education.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Marielle Durand
    Parents: Gordon and Leslie Durand.
    GPA: 4.18.
    Honors, awards: Principal's Award for Academic Excellence, National Honor Society, Top 5% Award, Student of the Month in Photo Journalism, Student of the Year in Senior English.
    College plans: University Exploratory Studies through Oregon State University's Honors College.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Amanda Rose Hill
    Parents: John and Carolyn Hill.
    GPA: 4.04.
    Honors, awards: Pear Blossom princess, Big Town Hero High School Hero, Rotary Student of the Month, BIS Character Award, Honor Society secretary/treasurer, Sparrow Club leader, Community 101 leader, BIS Community Outreach Award.
    College plans: University of Oregon's Robert D. Clark Honors College to study applied mathematics and social sciences.
    Career plans: I hope to be doing something interesting and living up to my full potential.
    Parents: Denise Sutphin and Ron Sutphin.
    GPA: 4.04.
    Honors, awards: Central Point Rotary Club Student of the Month; BIS LEADS Award, 2011 and 2012; Principal's List, 2011-2013; Best Digital Portfolio, 2013; highest SAT score, 2013; Crater Equestrian Team's Most Improved Rider, 2012.
    College plans: University of California at Davis, majoring in animal biology.
    Career plans: Small animal veterinarian.
    Emily Dulany
    Parent: Karen Dulany.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: State Future Farmers of America degree; Eagle Point FFA vice president, three years; Southern Oregon FFA District vice president, two years; Student of the Month; Bill Gates Millennium finalist; State Public Speaking, all four years; two-time Jackson County Grand Champion Master Showman; Top 5%, all four years; Honor Roll.
    College plans: Linn-Benton Community College for two years, then transfer to Kansas State University to major in agricultural education.
    Career plans: Secondary agricultural educator and adviser of the National FFA organization.
    Parents: Memori Ganey and Todd Hoefft.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Top 5% all four years, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Cougar Academic Award.
    College plans: Washington State University to study pre-medicine.
    Career plans: Transplant surgeon.
    Parent: Elia Gima.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Three-time Gold medalist in Prepared Speech for SkillsUSA; Gold medalist in T-Shirt Design, Preschool Teaching Assistant, and Quiz Bowl 2013 SkillsUSA; attended Harvard University Summer School Program; Top 5%, all four years; National Hispanic Recognition Program member; National Honor Society chapter president; Brain Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Academic Challenge team captain; drum major of the EPHS Marching Band; SkillsUSA chapter treasurer.
    College plans: Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences.
    Career plans: Dermatologist, later entering medical research.
    Parents: Don and Margie Calvert.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Top 5% Academic Class of 2013 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013); Jackson County School District 9 Outstanding Student Recognition; Oregon Pathways Scholarship.
    College plans: University of Oregon to major in International Studies with a focus in Latin America and Spanish.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Bryant S. Almanza
    Parents: Jeff and JoAnn Almanza.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete; boys swimming Freshman of the Year, Most Valuable Player junior and senior year, varsity letter all four years; Summit Scholarship through University of Oregon; Torch Honor Society; varsity band for three years; International Thespian Society for two years.
    College plans: University of Oregon to study biology with an emphasis in molecular, cellular, developmental biology, then graduate school for a master's degree and doctorate.
    Career plans: Biological research.
    Parents: Dan Ebert and Ann Ebert.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Student of the Month, varsity in cross country, wrestling and tennis, letter in choir, Torch Honor Society graduate.
    College plans: Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, after a two-year church mission.
    Career plans: Chemical engineering.
    Parents: Judith Anderson and Roger Funk.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Rotary Club Student of the Month; State Showcase Qualifier in Solo Acting; Regional Acting Finalist in Duo Comedic Acting; Medford Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Scholarship; Elks Regional Most Valuable Student Scholarship, First Place; Elks State Most Valuable Student Scholarship, Third Place; Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship, Runner-up; Melba Day Sparks-Henning Scholarship; Oregon Thespians Scholarship; Carpenter Foundation Scholarship; Cornish College of the Arts Theater Scholarship.
    College plans: Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, to major in theater.
    Career plans: Theater arts, including acting, directing, writing, composing and designing. I hope to make my own work by starting my own company of artists to create theater in a major city.
    Austin Kleinberg
    Parents: Greg and Kelly Kleinberg.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Sixth in nation in SkillsUSA architecture competition, first in state; AP Scholar with Honor; Presidential Scholar candidate; second in state in SkillsUSA quiz bowl team competition; first individual, Southern Oregon Math Team; Torch Honor Society historian; Academic Challenge team captain; varsity Brain Bowl team captain; preselected into Civil Engineering Cooperative Program.
    College plans: Major in civil engineering at Oregon State University's Honors College.
    Career plans: Civil engineering.
    Kayla Looney
    Parents: Ken and Jill Looney.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Soroptimist Student of the Month, NMHS Academic Honors Award, Honors Diploma, varsity letter in cross country, National Torch Honor Society graduate, 2011 Runner of the Year with Southern Oregon Runners, cross country Most Inspirational Award, University of Oregon Summit and Corrigan Solari scholarships, West Family Foundation Scholarship, Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators Student of Merit in Mathematics, Oregon School Association Farmers Insurance Scholar Athlete, President's Award for Educational Excellence.
    College plans: University of Oregon.
    Career plans: Undecided.
    Bryson Nelson
    Parents: Dustin and Elizabeth Nelson.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Discus Nation Scholarship finalist, Kiwanis Club Scholarship.
    College plans: San Diego City College, then transfer to a four-year university in California.
    Career plans: Undecided, but looking into the medical field as one option.
    Lewis Severson
    Parents: Lewis Severson and Lisa Severson.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Laurels Scholarship.
    College plans: Southern Oregon University to major in theater arts with a minor in writing.
    Career plans: Acting and comedy through the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
    Emily Ting Huan Tsai
    Parents: Ming Hui Tsai, Eileen Lee.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: President of Spanish Club for a year; board member of Interact club for two years; section leader in band for a year; selected participant in Oregon Ambassadors of Music, Western International Band Clinic, Southern Oregon University Honor Band and Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon; 50 and 100 hours' completion award for volunteering at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center; 4.0 GPA Honor Roll since freshman year; October 2011 Student of the Month for Rotary Club; Southern Oregon Math League Junior Varsity Award and Second Place event award; Torch Honor Society; Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship; Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund/Wells Fargo Foundation; Carpenter Foundation.
    College plans: University of California-Berkeley to major in chemistry.
    Career plans: Medical field, either as a doctor or surgeon.
    Zach Ward
    Parents: Lynn Ward and Harlan Ward.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Medford Alba Sister City ambassador, National Honor Thespian, Kiwanis Student of the Month, Rotary Scholarship, American West Bank Scholarship.
    College plans: Willamette University to pursue a double major in political science and French.
    Career plans: Diplomat or some other foreign relations position.
    Katie Jane Williamson
    Parents: Mark and Nancy Williamson.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: University of Oregon Summit and Solari scholarships; Rod Rumrey Scholarship; Vivian Coss Bateman Memorial Scholarship; Second Team All-State Softball, 2012, First Team All-Conference Softball, 2012 and 2013, Second Team All-Conference 2011, 2012 Softball State Champion, four-year varsity softball letter; two-year varsity basketball letter; Kiwanis Club Student of the Month; Torch Honor Society president; AP Scholar; President's Award for Educational Excellence; OSAA Farmers Insurance Scholar Athlete; Honors Diploma; Academic Honors Award.
    College plans: University of Oregon to major in biology and Spanish.
    Career plans: Become a doctor and travel the world through Doctors without Borders.
    Phoenix High School
    Kawita Kaur
    Parents: Tammy Kaur and Avtar Singh.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Young Peacemaker Imagine Award, Platinum Service Award, Social Science Student of the Year, Junior Cup Recipient (Outstanding PHS Junior of the Year).
    College plans: Pacific University for pre-medicine studies.
    Career plans: Surgeon specializing in oncology.
    Sydney Medel
    Parents: Michael Medel and Tracie Beall.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Freshmen Class representative, Sophomore Class president, fifth in the state for Floriculture.
    College plans: University of California, Berkeley to study biological sciences and possibly pre-medicine.
    Career plans: Medicine or biological research. Whatever I choose, I hope to make the world a better place.
    Isabelle Ann Tegner
    Parents: Amy Tegner and Jim Tegner.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Mediation Works' Young Peacemaker Award, State Future Farmers of America Degree, DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.
    College plans: Pacific University to study anthropology and biology.
    Career plans: Work with a doctorate in anthropology.
    Prospect Charter School
    Kevin Baker
    Parents: Bruce and Debbie Baker.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Math Student of the Year, 2009-10 and 2011-12; Academic Excellence in Economics, 2012; Top Overall Junior English Student, 2012; Defensive Player of the Year, varsity football, 2011 and 2012; Defensive Player of the Year, varsity basketball, 2012 and 2013; First in district in discus and going to state.
    College plans: Oregon Institute of Technology.
    Career plans: Engineer.
    Rogue River High School
    Victoria Marie Carroll
    Parents: Carole and Terry Carroll.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: All-American Scholar, Scholar Athlete, six-time varsity letterman, National Honor Society president, three-time Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic Achievement Award (team award).
    College plans: University of Oregon's Robert D. Clark Honors College.
    Career plans: Physician's assistant.
    Rogue Valley Adventist Academy
    Kendra Haugen
    Parents: Kenneth and Thresia Haugen.
    GPA: 3.77.
    Honors, awards: National Honor Society, three years.
    College plans: Walla Walla University.
    Career plans: Nursing and teaching music.
    South Medford High School
    Luis Ayala
    Parents: Antonia Rangel Gomez, Laura Velazquez, Patricia Soltz.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Kiwanis International Academic Excellence Award, 2012; Medford Rogue Rotary Student of the Month, May 2013; Kyle Singler's Hard Work Award, 2010; Touvelle Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation recipient, 2013; Questbridge National College Match finalist, 2012; Wrestling All-Conference Honorable Mention, 2013; SMHS Wrestling Most Outstanding Award, 2013; SMHS Wrestling Most Improved Award, 2012; SMHS Soccer Most Inspirational Award, 2010-11; SMHS Junior Varsity Soccer Most Valuable Player Award, 2010; SMHS Soccer Hard Hat Award, 2012.
    College plans: Pre-optometry program in the Honors College at Southern Oregon University, then transfer to Pacific University to study optometry.
    Career plans: Optometrist in the Rogue Valley. I hope to hold free eye clinics once or twice a year to help those who are in need of a checkup and glasses.
    Danny S. Barnes
    Parents: Dr. Stephen and Laura Barnes.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Oregon State University Dean's Engineering Scholarship and Academic Achievement Award, Jacksonville/Applegate Rotary Student of the Month, First Place Individual in Southern Oregon Mathematics League Competition, Oregon Invitational Math Tournament.
    College plans: Oregon State University to major in computer science.
    Career plans: Software development or other related field.
    Kealani Creech
    Parents: Donald and Christine Creech.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Army ROTC Scholarship.
    College plans: Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
    Career plans: Army physician.
    Riley Finnegan
    Parents: Greg and Geralynn Finnegan.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Best Driver; state qualifier for tennis; member of the Hufflepuff House; two-year, cross-town, North/South High commuter; second annual Mr. Miller's Favorite Student.
    College plans: Westminster College, Scholar's Program.
    Career plans: Save the world; become an environmental chemist.
    Alisha Gaffney
    Parents: Grier and Larry Gaffney.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Academic scholarship at Oregon State University, Senior Class president.
    College plans: Oregon State University.
    Career plans: Orthodontist, owning my own practice.
    Lily Hoffman
    Parents: Mary Ann Hoffman and Paul Hoffman.
    GPA: 4.0.
    College plans: University of San Diego to study mechanical engineering.
    Career plans: Engineer.
    Sarah Kapple
    Parents: Jeff and Kathie Kapple.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: National Torch Honor Society, three years; Scholar Athlete, four years; University of San Diego Alcala Award recipient; Athletic Cross Country/Track Scholarship to University of San Diego; varsity soccer, four years; team captain varsity soccer, three years; First Team All-Conference 6A soccer; varsity track, four years; team captain track; Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader; SMHS Link leader.
    College plans: University of San Diego, majoring in sociology.
    Career plans: Sociology field.
    Brianna Levesque
    Parents: Patrick and Debra Levesque.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: First Place Brain Bowl and Academic Challenge, Link leader, AP Scholar with Honor, Torch Honor Society, First in Class, cofounder of Dumbledore's Army Club, cross country captain.
    College plans: Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with a full ride scholarship, likely majoring in literature.
    Career Plans: Possibly becoming an educator and/or writer. I hope whatever I do allows me to build lasting relationships and leave a positive impact on the world.
    Madi Marcus
    Parents: David and Gina Marcus.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Student of the Month, Medford Soroptimist Student of the Month, Jacksonville Kiwanis Student of the Month, member of Champion Brain Bowl Team, selected to be a Link leader, Associated Student Body treasurer.
    College plans: Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., as a potential psychology major.
    Career plans: Undecided, but an occupation that both benefits society and me as a person.
    Rachel Mattson
    Parents: Gary and Donna Mattson.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Three-year member of National Torch Honor Society, Diversity Award Scholarship.
    College plans: Southern Oregon University, then transfer to a California university to complete a major in business and design.
    Career plans: Interior designer or company CEO.
    Austin Morgan
    Parents: Chris and Lorie Morgan.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Third Place at the Oregon High School State Alpine Ski Championships, Rotary Student of the Month, eighth place at the State Vocal Solo Competition in the Bass Division, All-Northwest Choir participant, Torch Honor Society, Link leader, fifth place in the district in pole vault.
    College plans: College of William and Mary to study music and science.
    Career plans: To become a physician. I've become passionate about the work my youth group is doing with orphanages in Uganda, and I plan to continue this type of social justice work.
    Carmen Mejia
    Parents: Cristina Sanz and Lorenzo Mejia.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Co-founder and lead coordinator of SMHS's Harry Potter Club; Scripps College merit scholarship; 2013 Pear Blossom Run scholarship from the Southern Oregon Runners; team captain and varsity letter, cross country and track; 2013 Most Valuable Player, cross country and track.
    College plans: Scripps College.
    Career plans: Engineering.
    Dellen N. Miller
    Parent: David Miller.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Cross-country team captain; state ski competitor; state singing soloist.
    College plans: University of Oregon.
    Career plans: Writer in literature.
    Kacy Nowak
    Parents: Rhonda Nowak and Jerry Nowak.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Western Undergraduate Exchange Program Scholar Award.
    College plans: Major in nutrition at Colorado State University.
    Career plans: Dietician or a nutritional scientist.
    Sam Pennington
    Parents: Mike and Sheri Pennington.
    GPA: 4.0.
    College plans: Two-year church mission, then University of Oregon.
    Career plans: Surgeon.
    Zachary Schneider
    Parents: Scott and Jennifer Schneider.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Engineering Dean's Scholarship, Academic Achievement Award and Honors College Scholarship for Oregon State University; Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program pre-select student; Academic Challenge Team Champion with scholarship; Brain Bowl Team champion; 4-Way Medford Rotary Speech and Debate winner; Student Congress Speech and Debate State champion; AP Scholar; varsity track hurdler; Torch Honor Society; Link leader.
    College plans: Oregon State University's College of Engineering, majoring in computer engineering.
    Career plans: Computer engineer in the research and development of a major technology company.
    Lilian Taft
    Parents: Barbera and William Taft.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Rotary Student of the Month; varsity letters sophomore year for basketball, junior and senior year for snowboarding.
    College plans: Lewis and Clark College.
    Career plans: Undecided, but something involving math and science.
    Chloé Thomas
    Parents: Veronica and Donovan Thomas.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Violet Richardson Award for volunteer work; Kiwanis Award 2012 for graphic design.
    College plans: Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design for graphic design.
    Career plans: Graphic designer and continue writing music.
    Niko Tutland
    Parents: Guy and Rosemary Tutland.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Eighth place in Tenor Division at State Solo Contest, two-time Southern Oregon Brain Bowl Champion, Academic Challenge Champion, All-Northwest and All-State Choir, Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, Torch Honor Society, Choir Council vice president, sixth in state 4x400-meter relay, track/cross country All-State and All-Conference Honorable Mention, Jacksonville Kiwanis Student of the Month, Pear Blossom Run Scholarship, Pomona Scholarship.
    College plans: Pomona College.
    Career plans: Rule the world.
    Andrea Van Pelt
    Parents: Susan and Frank Van Pelt.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Torch Honor Society, Oregon Institute of Technology Presidential Scholarship.
    College plans: Rogue Community College, then transfer to Oregon Institute of Technology's dental hygiene program.
    Career plans: Dental hygienist.
    Joslyn Ann Vargas
    Parents: Jill and James Vargas.
    GPA: 4.0.
    Honors, awards: Soroptimist International Student of the Month, May 2012; Soroptimist International Student of the Year, 2012; 2013 District Solo Festival, First Place, Mezzo-Soprano; PEO Oregon Scholarship; University of Oregon Presidential and Summit scholarships.
    College plans: Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon.
    Career plans: Secondary education.
    St. Mary's School
    Rayna Gasik
    Parents: Jonathan Gasik and Sally Lindsay.
    GPA: 4.03.
    Honors, awards: National Merit Commended Scholar, National AP Scholar, National Honor Society, Premio de Plata, National Spanish Exam, Scholar-Athlete, AP Biology Award, Trustee Endowed Scholarship and Miller Science Scholarship (Lewis and Clark).
    College plans: Biology major at Lewis and Clark College.
    Career plans: Research scientist.
    Amber Moore
    Parents: Curt and Ellen Moore.
    GPA: 4.03 unweighted.
    Honors, awards: AP Scholar, St. Mary's Student of the Year, Kiwanis Club Student of the Month, University of Rochester's George Eastman Young Leaders Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Study of Mathematics and Sciences, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award, president of Interact Club, secretary of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Commission, captain of the soccer team.
    College plans: University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, majoring in business administration and minoring in entrepreneurship and math.
    Career plans: To become owner of a coffee chain or other small business.
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