Valedictorians from 16 high schools across Jackson County share their achievements and their college and career plans.
Parents: David and Linda Young.
Honors, awards: National Merit Commended Student; Advanced Placement Scholar; National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society); co-captain of AHS's varsity soccer team; First Team All-Conference Defender, soccer; principal oboist and concerto competition winner, Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon; four-time Oregon Music Education Association State Solo Champion; two-time All-State Jazz Band; one-time All-Northwest Orchestra; two-time National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America; editor-in-chief of AHS's newspaper, the Rogue News.
College plans: Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., as a Wells Scholar, majoring in oboe performance (Jacobs School of Music) and perhaps in either environmental management or policy analysis (School of Public and Environmental Affairs).
Career plans: Music, one way or another.
Parents: Christina Lindquist and Scott Thompson.
Honors, awards: National Honor Society, Top Performer, Math Student of the Year, English Student of the Year.
College plans: Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and a semester at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Parents: Al Case and Linda Case.
Honors, awards: National Merit nominee.
College plans: Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.
Career plans: Science, teaching or research.
Career plans: Forensic science and/or law enforcement.
Paige Nicole Stephens
Parents: Terri Stephens and Jim Stephens.
Honors, awards: Member of Mu Alpha Theta; National Art Honor Society, secretary; National Honor Society.
College plans: Southern Oregon University Honors College.
Career plans: To work as a biologist in the great outdoors and get a big, beautiful dog.
Alice Marie Lockett Oline
Parents: David Oline and Kim Lockett.
Honors, awards: National Merit Scholarship; member of Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society; student tutor; Fresh Start counselor; AP Scholar; Math Team; varsity athlete, Nordic skiing, cross country and crew; props mistress for AHS's production of "The Three Musketeers"; and Best Blackberry Cobbler Maker, Northwest Youth Corps.
College plans: Colorado College.
Career plans: No plans yet.
Nicolas Daniel Chouard
Parents: Thierry and Jeanne Chouard.
Honors, awards: Student body co-president; Conference Player of the Year, 5A soccer; First Team All-State, 5A soccer; varsity soccer captain; Ashland Kiwanis Student of the Month; National Honor Society.
College plans: University of Miami Frost School of Music, majoring in music business with a minor in creative American music/songwriting.
Career plans: To work in the music industry as a songwriter or producer.
Parents: Timothy Killeen and Tonya Preston.
Honors, awards: AP Scholar with Distinction; Outstanding Academic Achievement in geometry honors, global studies and algebra II honors; editor-in-chief of Rogue News Online; co-president of Ashland Mu Alpha Theta; AP Scholar with Distinction, College Board; president of the AHS National Debate Club.
College plans: Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Career plans: Foreign Service.
Parents: Marilyn Schreiber and Mark Greenberg.
Honors, awards: Three-time, state doubles champion, tennis; National Honor Society; Math Honor Society; Scholar Athlete of the Month; AHS Top Performer.
College plans: Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
Career plans: I am interested in the health sciences and intend to pursue a career in medicine.
Parents: Mike Rogan and Mary Rogan.
Honors, awards: Co-editor-in-chief of Rogue News Online; two-time varsity baseball captain; Southern Oregon Hybrid Conference Player of the Year; All-State Honorable Mention, 2013; AP Scholar; National Merit Commended Scholar.
College plans: Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., majoring in math with a focus in statistics while also playing on the baseball team.
Career plans: To work in an industry in which I can apply statistics to predict and solve problems.
Parent: Melanie Mindlin.
College plans: Oregon Institute of Technology, majoring in mechanical engineering.
Career plans: Use math to address challenging design problems.
Parents: Ruthanne and Christopher Bray.
Honors, awards: Vice president of the National Forensics League Team with a Special Distinction Award from the club; National Speech & Debate Association state qualifier; class secretary; math league member; artist.
College plans: First, Rogue Community College for an Associate of Arts degree, and then Oregon State University for a doctorate in earth sciences and minors in acting and art.
Career plans: Meteorologist for the National Weather Service and then either an actress or art teacher.
Parents: Jeff and Kim Shelton.
Honors, awards: Advanced Placement Scholar; Scholar Athlete, four years; Outstanding Performance in the Social Studies Department; Academic Excellence in 20 classes over four years.
College plans: I hope to participate in the Associate Degree Registered Nursing program at Rogue Community College, transfer to Oregon Health & Science University for a Bachelor of Science in nursing and to Southern Oregon University for a minor in Spanish.
Career plans: I would like to travel abroad as a missionary nurse. After that, I'm excited to see what happens.
Honors, awards: Medford Rotary Club Student Recognition.
Career plans: Elementary school teacher.
Parents: Greg and Libby Templer.
College plans: Air Force.
Parents: Patricia Bradshaw and the late Kerry Bradshaw.
Honors, awards: YMCA Teen Character Award, Pear Blossom Princess, Central Point Rotary Student of the Month, Citizenship/Leadership Award.
College plans: Mills College in Oakland, Calif.
Career plans: High school English teacher.
Parents: Angela Brown, Cliff Cook, Dallas Brown.
Honors, awards: Performing Arts Student of the Season, Bilingual Studies Student of the Year 2013, History Student of the Year 2011, Honor Society, Student Congress, Central Point Rotary Student of the Month January 2014, English Student of the Year 2014, University of Oregon Staton Scholarship, Summit Scholarship, Rotary Scholarship.
College plans: University or Oregon, majoring in Spanish and Communication Disorder Sciences and minoring in special education. I also plan to pursue dance and musical theater.
Career plans: Speech pathologist with a bilingual endorsement, world traveler.
Joely Ann Davis
Parents: Tjay Davis and Holly Davis.
Honors, awards: Honor Roll, Graphic Design Student of the Year, Pre-Calculus Student of the Year, Marine Science Student of the Year, Principal's Award for four years.
College plans: University of Oregon's digital arts program, working toward a bachelor's degree in graphic design. I may transfer to California Institute of the Arts for a master's degree in graphic design.
Career plans: Graphic designer — hopefully, one day, for Disney.
Parents: Marla and Kevin Howell.
Honors, awards: BIS LEADS (Leadership, Enthusiasm, Academics, Determination and Success) Award, BIS MVP, Principal's List, Top 5% of Crater High School, BIS character award nominee, and the recipient of the State FFA Degree.
College plans: University of Idaho, majoring in childhood development/elementary education and minoring in Spanish.
Career plans: I hope to become an elementary school teacher to make an impact on students' lives just like teachers made on my own life.
Parents: Tyrone Holmes, Angie Holmes.
Honors, awards: Honorable Mention All-State Basketball; Conference Defensive Player of the Year, basketball; First Team All-Conference, basketball; Second Team All-Conference Offense, football; Honorable Mention All-Conference Defense, football; football team captain; football scholarship to Missouri University of Science and Technology; National Honor Society, secretary; senior class treasurer; Link Leader; Student of the Month for October.
College plans: Missouri University of Science and Technology, majoring in aerospace engineering and playing football.
Career plans: Aeronautical engineer.
Parents: Clay and Jeannie Robinson.
Honors, awards: Top 5 percent, President's Volunteer Service Award.
College plans: U.S. Navy, enlisted as a linguist.
Career plans: To use my language knowledge and experience to become an FBI special agent.
Parents: Tangi and Jerry Poppe.
Honors, awards: Top 5 percent.
College plans: University of Washington.
Career plans: I aspire to be an art therapist and work with inner-city kids who have been through traumatic experiences.
Parents: Scott and Julie Downing.
Honors, awards: Oregon Association of Student Councils Southern Representative, 2012-2013; Associated Student Body vice president, 2012-2014; sophomore class president; "Most School Spirit" Award; September Mail Tribune Student of the Month; National Honor Society.
College plans: Santa Clara University, majoring in economics or political science.
Career plans: Law and politics.
Benjamin J. Drach
Parents: John and Molly Drach.
Honors, awards: Top 5% of class, Honor Society, 2013 Champion of Champions in poultry showmanship.
College plans: Northwest Christian University, majoring in biology and possibly minoring in business. I also plan on getting my doctorate in chiropractic.
Career plans: Chiropractor.
Parents: Shawna and Dan DeVore.
Honors, awards: Top 5% of graduating class, National Honor Society, Footlocker Scholar Athletes Scholarship, Ford Family Foundation Scholarship.
College plans: To study psychology and human services at either Pacific University or Linfield College.
Career plans: To become a social worker so I can help kids in the community.
Parents: John Dechert Sr. and Lynne Dechert.
Honors, awards: Eagle Scout; Rotary Club Student of the Month, September; Top 5 percent, all four years; Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts.
College plans: University of Oregon, majoring in either history or mathematics. Once I have finished my undergraduate studies, I hope to attend law school.
Career plans: A lawyer.
Parents: John and Charlene Hanson.
Honors, awards: FFA proficiency awards in Swine Production, Agricultural Communications, Equine Science and Veterinary Science, Eagle Point FFA chapter reporter, FFA State Degree, Reserve Champion Swine Showman, Equestrian Team District Rookie of the Year, Top 5 percent.
College plans: Rogue Community College for the first two years, during which I will continue to ride horses competitively and be an assistant coach for my 4-H club and the Eagle Point Equestrian Team. Then I plan to transfer to Oregon State University to study veterinary science.
Career plans: I am going to earn my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and pursue a career as a small-animal veterinarian.
Parents: Jay Taylor and Lesa Moore.
College plans: University of Oregon, majoring in business and minoring in Spanish.
Career plans: Apply for an internship at Jackson County Fire District No. 3, then work toward getting an associate degree in fire science and an emergency medical technician-paramedic certification. My ultimate goal is to become a paramedic and firefighter.
Parents: Ryan and Trina Millenheft
Honors, awards: Community Service Award for more than 400 hours of service; Life Here I Come Award for having a solid plan after graduation; Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation College Scholarship; Loyola Marymount University Achievement Award; Oregon Diversity Award; Principal's List; National Honor Society; 4-H member and various 4-H awards.
College plans: Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, majoring in business/marketing.
Career plans: Fashion merchandising.
Parents: David and Theresa Jones.
Honors, awards: Football Coach's Award, Great American Rivalry Series Student Athlete Award, Kris Carey Memorial Scholarship, Oregon State University Academic Achievement Scholarship, Torch Honor Society Graduate, varsity football, varsity track and field.
College plans: Enter pre-engineering program at Oregon State University to study either mechanical engineering or construction engineering management.
Career plans: I would like to work for Boeing and engineer aircraft or for a large construction company and start out as an engineer and then move into management.
Parent: Toni Hothan.
Honors, awards: Torch Honor Society, French Honor Society, Student of the Month nominee.
College plans: Portland State University.
Career plans: I plan on going into the hospitality and tourism management industry and, hopefully, have my own event-planning company someday.
Connor Mc Loughlin
Parents: Kevin and Melissa Mc Loughlin.
Honors, awards: Outstanding Freshman Wrestler, American Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Student, National Torch Honor Society, North Medford Certificate of Recognition for "Being the Change," Rotary Student of the Month, Outstanding Senior Swimmer, U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, University of Portland Presidential Scholarship, North Medford Academic Honors Award, Medford Rotary Foundation Robert Johnson Memorial Scholarship, OSAA Farmers Insurance Group Athletic Scholar, OASSA Student of Merit (science), President's Award for Educational Excellence.
College plans: University of Portland, double majoring in biochemistry and Spanish and minoring in physics. I would like to go on to get a doctorate in biochemistry.
Career plans: Biochemist for either a private research company or the government.
Parents: Steve and Arlene Erb.
Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; OSAA Scholar Athlete; Future First Citizen; Rotary Student of the Month; "Most Inspirational," track and field; Honor Roll; Torch Honor Society; OSAA school representative; ASB vice president; state finalist, discus; SOU Academic Honors Award; Junior Class Scholarship; PEO InterChapter Scholarship; President's Award for Academic Excellence.
College plans: Southern Oregon University Honors College, majoring in biomedical science, minoring in Spanish and competing with the track and field team.
Career plans: A doctor or a physician's assistant specializing in pediatrics. I also hope to volunteer and travel with Doctors Without Borders.
Parents: Gordon and Jami Donahue.
Honors, awards: Honors Diploma, Thespian Scholar, activities letters in both choir and theater, Soroptimist Student of the Month in October, Western Oregon University Presidential Scholarship, Western Oregon University General Scholarship, Carpenter Foundation Scholarship, Ray's Charitable Foundation Scholarship.
College plans: Western Oregon University's honors program, majoring in forensic chemistry.
Career plans: To pursue a career in forensic science.
Parents: Beth and Todd Bloomquist.
Honors, awards: AP Scholar with Distinction, North Medford Student of the Month, Medford Rotary Student of the Year, North Medford Rotary Scholarship, Jackson County Republican Women Essay Winner, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, YMCA Teen Character Award, Medford Elks' Most Valuable Student Award, Soroptimist International of Medford Violet Richardson Award, Soroptimist International Northwestern Region Violet Richardson Award.
College plans: George Fox University as part of the William Penn Honors Program, with a major in mathematics or literature.
Career plans: I would like to eventually teach at the collegiate level.
Parents: Ed and Lynn Roussell.
Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; Military Scholars Music Award; University of Oregon Summit Scholarship; National Torch Honor Society; National French Honor Society; Oregon State Music Solo Competition; Student of the Month, February 2014.
College plans: University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in French.
Career plans: I hope to find a career that allows me to exercise my strengths in the arts and sciences.
Micah J. Furlong
Parents: Scott and Ann Furlong.
Honors, awards: Rene Descartes Award, sophomore year, as "Most likely to develop a philosophical concept so complicated that no one else understands," among other awards.
College plans: Baylor University as a University Scholar, double-majoring in philosophy and political science and double-minoring in history and religion.
Career plans: I hope to earn a doctorate in philosophy. I plan to write my doctoral thesis on the social contract theory and my Descartes-esque philosophy of "The Exchange of Freedoms." I hope to earn a professorship at a reputable establishment.
Parents: Charles Guy and Debra Harris.
Honors, awards: National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Advanced Placement Scholar, Bronze Phoenix High School Community Service Award.
College plans: University of Oregon, majoring in business and communication.
Career plans: I plan to pursue a career within my majors.
Parents: Charles Guy and Debra Harris.
Honors, awards: Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Advanced Placement Scholar, Bronze Phoenix High School Community Service Award.
College plans: University of Oregon, majoring in business and communication.
Career plans: I am not exactly sure what I want to do for a career, but I know I want to work in the business field.
Parents: Fred and Korina Skaff.
Honors, awards: Student of the Month, 2010-2013; voted "Sweetest Personality" by the class of 2014; National Honor Society; FFA Agriculture Program completer; 2011 grand champion in horticulture crops; PHS Student Athlete of the Year Stancliffe Award, 2012; U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, 2013; National Scholar/Athlete Award presented by the U.S. Army Reserve, 2013; varsity soccer, all four years; team captain, two years; Skyline Conference All-Star second team, 2012; Skyline Conference All-Star first team, 2013; varsity basketball, all four years; All-Conference Honorable Mention, 2014; varsity softball, all four years; All-Conference Honorable Mention, 2010; All-Conference First Team Infield, 2013; State Honorable Mention for infield, 2013.
College plans: Southern Oregon University, majoring in biology.
Career plans: Wildlife biologist.
Parents: Luca Dinelli and Eleanor Ponomareff.
Honors, awards: AP Scholar with Distinction; National Honor Society; Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; Honor Roll, all four years; Student of the Month, all four years.
College plans: Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Career plans: I am currently considering a career in the field of physics.
Parents: Kenn and Lori Biando.
Honors, awards: Outstanding High School Citizenship Award, Most Improved Choir Student for two years, Soprano Section Leader, Outstanding Environmental Science Student, Outstanding Biology Student, Outstanding Math Student, Outstanding Math 112 Student, Southern Oregon Math League, Dream$avers Superstar Scholarship Award, Rogue Valley Medical Center Successful Completion, Outstanding Sportsmanship, varsity volleyball, varsity basketball, Defensive Player of the Year, varsity cheerleader, varsity cheer captain, varsity track, Track Star with medals for discus, javelin and shot put, OSAA Certificate Of Participation In Oregon 1A State Track and Field, Certificate Of Recognition For DownUnder Sports, Top Scholar Athlete.
College plans: University of Oregon, majoring in pre-medical studies and minoring in mathematics. I also want to go to medical school.
Career plans: Neurosurgeon.
Parent: Colleen Gleason.
Honors, awards: Honors Diploma, varsity letter in cheerleading and track and field, fourth place in Health Care Administration event at the Future Business Leaders of America Regional Meet, Kiwanis Club Student of the Month.
College plans: University of Oregon's pre-physician assistant program, majoring in human physiology.
Career plans: Physician's assistant.
Parents: Robert and Kelly Gibson.
Honors, awards: First Team All-League, volleyball; second place for job interview event at FBLA regionals; Honors Diploma; varsity letter in volleyball and track.
College plans: University of Oregon's pre-medicine program, majoring in human physiology.
Career plans: I would like to go to medical school and become a pediatrician.
Parents: Holly and Lawrence Gordon.
Honors, awards: Two-time, state champion in business communications event with FBLA.
College plans: I plan to study technical theater at Western Oregon University.
Career plans: Stage manager.
Cassidi Alexandra Sandefur
Parents: Jere and Patti Sandefur.
Honors, awards: National Honor Society for three years, Honors English, Walla Walla Young Writer's Contest Grand Prize Winner 2014.
College plans: Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Wash., majoring in history.
Career plans: Professor of history, novelist.
Parents: Stacy Dunn and Laura Lunneborg.
Honors, awards: Two-time Student of the Month, Honors Diploma, Torch Honor Society, purple tassel recipient.
College plans: Oregon Institute of Technology to study medical imaging before proceeding to medical school.
Career plans: Radiologist.
Gabriel Kale Juul
Parents: Misty Stone and Greg Juul.
Honors, awards: ASB vice president; Student of the Month; Student of the Year; varsity letters in academics, activities and swimming; Whitman College's Paul Garrett Leadership Scholarship; Adventure Club captain.
College plans: Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
Career plans: I am interested in science and anticipate a potential career as a scientist with, perhaps, an environmental focus.
Parents: Mark and Wendy Boicey.
Honors, awards: National Merit Commended Student, speech and debate state competitor.
College plans: Oregon State University, majoring in biochemistry and biophysics.
Career plans: I plan to get a Ph.D. and go into medical research, specifically working with genetics.
Parents: Kevin and Tracey Parks.
Honors, awards: National Merit Scholar.
College plans: Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Career plans: Mechanical engineer and missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Cassidy Elizabeth Herick
Parents: Holly Herick and David Herick.
Honors, awards: National Honor Society, all four years; Scholar Athlete, all four years; Great Student Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Jacksonville.
College plans: Portland State University, majoring in environmental studies and minoring in Spanish and photography.
Career plans: Outdoor and environmental education.
Joshua Michael Baugh
Parents: Bobby and Kelly Baugh.
Honors, awards: Torch Honor Society, three years; varsity football letter, two years; Link Leader; iHigh Scholar Athlete Scholarship; DeArmond Scholarship; Homecoming King.
College plans: Pre-pharmacy at Southern Oregon University, then Oregon State University College of Pharmacy.
Career plans: Pharmacist.
Parents: Jeffrey and Karen Rice.
Honors, awards: Torch Honor Society, honored by Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Club.
College plans: I plan to either go on a church mission trip or attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and take as many classes about American Sign Language as possible to become fluent.
Career plans: To become an interpreter for the deaf and/or teach American Sign Language.
Parents: Mark and Jenny Orndoff.
Honors, awards: Varsity letters in basketball and track, First Team All-SOH Conference, Pokemon master.
College plans: University of Oregon, majoring in biology and pre-medicine; University of California, Los Angeles graduate program.
Career plans: Pediatrician.
Parents: Charlie and Cathy Winans.
Honors, awards: Two-time, All-Conference Honors, basketball; All-Conference Honors, football; South Medford Student of the Year; varsity letter in basketball and football, three years.
College plans: I plan to attend and play basketball for Colorado School of Mines.
Career plans: Petroleum engineer.
Parents: Rick Taylor and Barbara Taylor.
Honors, awards: Torch Honor Society, three years; SMHS Digital Journalism Student of the Year; ceramic piece was picked for the Best of the Best Art Show.
College plans: To travel and continue volunteer work for a year, then start college.
Career: My dream job would be either working for National Geographic as a traveling photojournalist or working as a groom for a national equestrian competitor.
Parents: Steve and Cyndi Cannon.
Honors, awards: Brigham Young University Heritage Scholarship; Pear Blossom Scholarship; cross country team captain; track team captain; MathCounts regional champion; Torch Honor Society vice president; two-time, cross country All-Conference.
College plans: Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, majoring in business administration.
Career plans: Serve a two-year church mission.
Parents: Angela Barry and Seth Barry.
Honors, awards: Medford Rotary Student Recognition.
College plans: I plan to take prerequisites for a nursing degree at Oregon State University before transferring to Oregon Health & Science University. I would also like to get my master's degree.
Career: Specialized nurse.
Parents: Rhonda Drake and Henry Michalke III.
Honors, awards: South Interact Officer, Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, Medford Madness Coordinator, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Junior Volunteer, Link Leader, SMHS Leadership Team, MedStars Honors program participant, Future First Citizen Scholarship, DreamSavers Scholarship, Fairy Godmother Scholarship, Pear Blossom Queen Scholarship, Oregon Retired Education Association Scholarship, Jacksonville Lions Club Scholarship, Harrington Family Foundation Community Quarterback Scholarship, P.E.O. Interchapter Scholarship, University of Portland Arthur A. Schulte Jr. Scholarship, scholar athlete, Breakfast of Champions Award, Soroptimist Student of the Month.
College plans: University of Portland School of Nursing.
Career plans: To work as a nurse in an intensive care, coronary care or family birth unit.
Parents: David and Tami Lohman.
Honors, awards: Student of the Year, English Award, National Latin Exam Summa Cum Laude, Honors with Special Distinction, AP U.S. History Award, AP U.S. Government Award, Scholar Athlete Award for track and field in 2011 and 2012 and for cross country in 2010, Human Geography Award, Polyglot Award, Oral Communications Award, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award, Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State Award, Biology Award, Ancient History Award, John P. Healey Drama Award.
College plans: Yale University, double-majoring in theater and either political science or biochemistry. I also intend to one day earn a graduate degree.
Career plans: I want to be a professional actor, and if that doesn't work, I will go to medical school and become a doctor.