NAME: KELSEY HOEPER

NAME: KELSEY HOEPER

Age: 16

School: South Medford High School

Hometown: Medford

Parents: Frank and Cindy Hoeper

Academic accomplishments: English 2 Honors Student of the Year, 3.9-4.0 grade-point average since ninth grade, Torch Honors Society.

Other activities: I am a year-round competitive swimmer, I volunteer at Farmington and I play the flute.

What do you do in your free time? I like to read, play with my dogs and spend time with my family.

Favorite book and author: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

Last movie you saw: "Juno"

Favorite teacher and why: My favorite teacher is my seventh-grade English teacher, Cliff Cowley, who helped me become the writer I am today. My favorite teacher at South is Mr. Miller.

Plans for after high school: I plan to attend college, major in journalism/marketing, advertising, design. I also want to gain an athletic and academic scholarship.

What advice would you give younger students to help them get the most out of their school years? Always challenge yourself and strive to do your best in everything you do.

NAME: JASON WEISZ

Age: 18

School: North Medford High School

Hometown: Medford

Parents: John and Nancy Weisz

Academic accomplishments: 4.0 grade-point average, ranked No. 1 in class, advanced placement classes.

Other activities: Football four years: Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational; track two years; Math Team.

What do you do in your free time? Hunt, fish, lift weights, mountain biking and road biking, camping, woodworking.

Favorite book and author: "Call of the Wild" by Jack London.

Last movie you saw: "Rambo"

Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Offutt. He is the only teacher I have had who will present a conservative viewpoint.

Plans for after high school: I am going to the Oregon Institute of Technology and majoring in geomatics. I want to eventually own my own land surveying business.

What advice would you give younger students to help them get the most out of their school years? Get involved in an activity early on. It is a great way to meet great friends and stay out of trouble. Most importantly, listen to parents and teachers because they know more than you.

NAME: KRISTEN WELLS

Age: 17

School: North Medford High School

Hometown: Medford

Parents: Karl and Kelly Wells

Academic accomplishments: 4.0 grade-point average, AP Scholar with Honor, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Other activities: Treasurer of Sparrow Club, secretary of Torch Honor Society, team captain of Math Team, second chair flute in wind ensemble.

What do you do in your free time? Play piano, participate in church youth groups such as Caravan.

Favorite book and author: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.

Favorite teacher and why: My fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Montgomery, because we did so many fun things involving art and science, and he was so funny.

Plans for after high school: I plan to major in civil engineering so that I can pursue a career in civil engineering.

What advice would you give younger students to help them get the most out of their school years? Get involved in something you truly enjoy because it makes the things you don't enjoy more bearable.

NAME: BRADLEY MILLER

Age: 17

School: South Medford High School

Hometown: Central Point

Parents: Chris and Cathy Miller

Academic accomplishments: 4.0 grade-point average, Principal's List, National Society of High School Scholars, "Who's Who Among American High School Students."

Other activities: Jazz band, wind ensemble, pep band, Youth Symphony, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Brain Bowl, soccer.

What do you do in your free time? Hang out with family and friends, listen to music.

Favorite book and author: "Harry Potter" series by Rowling.

Last movie you saw: "Jumper"

Favorite teacher and why: I especially appreciate the way Mr. Russ Miller makes difficult concepts easy to grasp.

Plans for after high school: Civil engineering at Oregon State or the University of Portland.

What advice would you give younger students to help them get the most out of their school years? Get involved, it makes school more fun. Come to school with a good attitude.