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Valedictorians 2004: Jackson County high schools

Ashland

Amirah Said, daughter of James and Connie Said, plans to attend Western Washington University and pursue a career in education.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average; the Tommy Laird Kiwanis Scholarship; the Ashland Rotary Foundation Scholarship; National Honors Society; National Thespians Society; 11 Outstanding Student Awards including French, geometry, chemistry, English and theater; and first and second place in the Oregon Thespians Acting Competition in musical theater and solo monologue categories.

Camille Morris, daughter of Daniel and Cindy Morris, plans to attend Brigham Young University and pursue a career in elementary or secondary education.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average; AHS varsity tennis Outstanding Sportsmanship Award; Outstanding Student French I, geometry, introduction to art and French III; Student of the Year; manager of Grizzly branch of Rogue Federal Credit Union; National Honor Society; varsity tennis team captain; and Model United Nations.

David Morris, son of Daniel and Cindy Morris, plans to attend Brigham Young University and start his own business.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average; Eagle Scout award; and Student of the Year in French I, physical education I, foods and nutrition, French III, the media and advanced conditioning. He was first team All-Conference defensive back junior and senior year, first team All-Conference wide receiver senior year, received honorable mention All-SOC wide receiver junior year, was a member of the Gold Beach Football Camp All-Star Team, Les Schwab Oregon Bowl Football game selection, National Honor Society and served as captain of the varsity football and basketball team.

Ella Street, daughter of Bill and Jane Street, plans to study abroad in Thailand.

Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average, Best of the Best Artists, Honor Society, various Student of the Year awards, National Leaders nomination and voted Most Likely to Join the Peace Corps.

Savannah Laura Morgan, daughter of Lawrence and Lydia Morgan, plans to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara. She plans to study economics and journalism and pursue ballroom dancing and film acting as hobbies.

Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average and many Outstanding Achievement Awards including chemistry, French II, world religions, philosophy, video production and history.

Sarah Lane Camp,

daughter of Jessie and James Camp, plans to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average and Ashland High School Outstanding Student of the Year for Spanish I, biology, chemistry, Spanish III, functions, statistics and trigonometry and AP chemistry. She received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, Outstanding Chemistry Student of the Year from the American Chemical Society of Portland, and was a National Scholar nominee for the National Young Leaders Conference.

Matt Bolstad, son of Ron and Marilyn Bolstad, plans to major in political science at Willamette University in Salem and become an attorney or a politician.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, Speech and Debate State Champion 2003 and 2004, Speech and Debate Team captain, National Honor Society president, student representative on the Ashland School Board, and the Eagle Scout award.

Amy L. Langford, daughter of Rebecca and Rajan Kumaran, plans to attend Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. She is undecided about her career plans, but is interested in psychology and astronomy.

Her honors and awards include a 4.0 grade-point average; the Elks Most Valuable Student Award; Outstanding Student Awards for AP chemistry, statistics/trigonometry and Spanish II; and Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Butte Falls

Barry E. Parker Jr

., son of Justeen and Barry Parker Sr., plans to major in business management at the University of Oregon. He would like to own his own business.

His awards and honors include a 3.96 grade-point average; freshman class president; student body vice president; senior class vice president; Homecoming King; Future Business Leaders of America; Brain Bowl; varsity basketball; varsity football; varsity baseball; USAA National Mathematics Awards; USAA Business Education Awards; USAA National Honor Roll; USAA All-American Scholar Awards; USAA National Science Awards; U.S. Achievement Academy National Scholarship Awards; National Science Merit Award; Southern Oregon Math League Awards; SOU Brain Bowl Exemplary League Awards; FBLA State Business Leadership Conference in Portland; National Honor Roll Award; Outstanding Student in functions and statistics, geometry, introduction to business and biology; Outstanding Performance Award for Greater Tuna production; Superintendent's Honor Roll Awards; U.S. Leadership Award; National Leadership Award; Community Service Worker; three years of 2+2 college credited classes; and valedictorian.

Cascade Christian

Tiffany Smith, daughter of Tim and Barbara Smith, plans to attend LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, and possibly pursue a career in electrical engineering.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, State Scholar-Athlete, All-American Scholar, Bausch & Lomb Science Award, Kiwanis Student of the Month and the Marine Corps Scholar-Athlete Award.

Cori Brown, daughter of Scott and Cynthia Brown, plans to attend art instruction schools and George Fox University and pursue a career in athletic training or physical therapy.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, State Scholar-Athlete, ACSI Award for Academics, Kiwanis Award, All-American Scholar and the Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete Award.

Crater

Jed Taucher, son of Ed and Julie Taucher, plans to attend Oregon State University and pursue a career in medical research or a mathematics-related field.

His awards and honors include a 4.11 grade-point average, AP calculus Student of the Year, National Merit Commended Scholar, Chemistry Student of the Year, Oregon State University Presidential Scholar, and the Administration/Faculty Academic Award.

Crossroads

Elizabeth D. Ortiz, daughter of Alicia A. Ortiz, plans to go to Rogue Community College then transfer to the University of Washington. Her long-term goal is to become a forensic pathologist.

Her awards and honors include a 3.21 grade-point average, the Principal's Award, Honor Roll, North Medford Rotary Extraordinary Student of the Year Award and an attendance award.

Eagle Point

Tracy Raymond Carter, son of Neil and Kathy Carter, plans to attend the University of Oregon and pursue a career in the medical or law field.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, Top 5 percent, Gold Gown, National Honor Society, National Honor Roll, Camp Royal, American Achievement Academy, Lions Club Student of the Month, Mail Tribune Student Standout, Prom Court, the Dean's Scholarship for the University of Oregon, Ben Brackin Memorial Scholarship, D-9 Community Scholarship and the Dean Collins Memorial Scholarship.

Staci Lynn Schenk, daughter of Brian and Chandra Schenk, plans to major in pre-nursing at Southern Oregon University. She plans to become a registered nurse and eventually a neonatal nurse practitioner.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, 2003 Girls State representative, Junior Gold Gown, National Honor Society, varsity letter in cheerleading, Principal's Award and senior class vice president.

Sarah Marie Erickson, daughter of Dave and Theresa Erickson, plans to attend Oregon State University.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, the Principal's Award and Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Adrian Brokowski, daughter of Joe and Lola Brokowski, plans to major in chemistry at Oregon State University and become a forensic scientist.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, three years in Who's Who Among American High School Students, National Honor Society, Lions Student of the Month and the Future Farmers of America Landscaping Management Proficiency Award.

Kristina Bateman,

daughter of Mark and Sue Bateman, plans to attend Oregon State University and major in horticulture/landscape design with a minor in Spanish. She plans to own a greenhouse and landscape design business.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, 13 varsity letters in basketball, softball, track and field, soccer and cross country, Gold Cord, Gold Gown, Top 5 percent for four years, Principal's Award and OSAA Scholar-Athlete.

Lindsey Ashton Vincent, daughter of David and Kristina Vincent, plans to major in animal science at Oregon State University. Because she was recently elected Oregon FFA state reporter, she is required to put off school until spring term 2005 to fulfill her state reporter responsibilities. She plans to pursue a career in animal nutrition or veterinary medicine.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade point average, National Honor Society, Top 5 percent of class, 2001 Oregon FFA Champion Livestock Judging Team, 2003 Oregon FFA Champion Floriculture Team, 2002-2003 Eagle Point FFA Chapter secretary, 2003-2004 Southern Oregon District and Eagle Point FFA president, 2004-05 Oregon FFA state reporter, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Monsanto Company Scholarship, OSU Diversity Scholarship, OSU Agricultural Honors Scholarship, Charley Givan Grant, SO Tallow Co. Inc. Scholarship, D-9 Community Scholarship, Eagle Point Lions Student of the Month and Mail Tribune Student of the Month.

Information on Sarah Herzog,

of Trail, was not available.

North Medford

Rachel Higgins, daughter of Troy and Astrid Higgins, will be an exchange student to Ecuador next year, then attend college in the fall of 2005. She plans to major in international business and would like to pursue a career in that field.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, National Honor Roll, Torch Honor Society and Who's Who Among High School Students.

Eric Searcy, son of David and Susan Searcy, plans to major in computer science at Oregon State University, then become a computer systems administrator or network analyst.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, OSU College of Engineering Dean's Scholarship, National Merit Scholar Award and Oregon State University Presidential Scholar.

Karen Patricia Thiebes, daughter of John and Nancy Thiebes, plans to study biology and play on the soccer team at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She is interested in molecular biology and hopes to study the effects of space environments on humans and other organisms. She would like to use a biology background to work for NASA.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade point average, the University of Rochester Humanities/Social Sciences Award and Scholarship, Torch Honor Society member and secretary, North Medford Rotary Student of the Month May 2003, Medford Rogue Rotary recognition for scholarship and leadership March 2004, Who's Who Among American High School Students, varsity soccer and co-president of Key/Sparrow Club.

Jason Fennell, son of Dan and Kathy Fennell, plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in computer science at Harvey Mudd College, then go on to get his master's and doctorate degrees. He would like to become a network administrator and work for Google.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, Presidential Scholars Program nominee, National Merit Finalist, U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, OASSA Student of Merit for science, OSAA Scholar-Athlete, Rotary Club Student of the Month March 2004, Kiwanis Club Cluster Student of the Year in Web design 2003, Kiwanis Club Cluster Student of the Year in Networking 2004, Kiwanis Club Student of the Month November 2003, member of the Science Bowl team that placed in the top 16 from 2002-2004, President's Award for Academic Excellence, National Student-Athlete Day Award, Future Business Leaders of America Awards including state champion in computer concepts and network design team 2003, seventh nationally for network design team 2003, state champion in networking concepts 2004, second in state for Java programming 2004, and Vocational Industrial Clubs of America awards including state champion in computer maintenance technology 2003 and 2004.

Phoenix

John Feeney, son of Jim and Mickey Feeney, plans to major in business at the University of Oregon and pursue a career in the business world.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, first team All-State in soccer, Conference Champion in track ' 800 meters, U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, Outstanding Senior Business and Marketing Student, Presidential Academic Excellence Award, and the OSAA Scholar-Athlete Award.

Rebecca Nitcher, daughter of Galen and Mary Nitcher, plans to major in genetics at the University of California at Davis and pursue a career in genetic research in medicine or agriculture.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, the Harlan Mayfield Scholastic Award, Ashland Elk's Most Valuable Student, PHS Pear Blossom Princess, Oregon School Employees Association Guy Davis Scholarship, Toyota Community Scholar nominee, Phoenix FFA 2003-04 chapter president, and State Degree recipient.

Brian Bones, son of Barry and Marsha Bones, plans to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., and prepare for medical school and a career in nuclear medicine and radiology. He would also like to participate in the varsity soccer program.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average; Eagle Scout Award with bronze, gold, silver and silver-bronze palms; Ashland Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Award and Scholarship ' first place &

36;1800; Ashland Elks District Most Valuable Student Award and Scholarship ' second place, &

36;1400; Ashland Elks State Most Valuable Student Award and Scholarship runner-up; Gold Graduation Honor Cord; Thrivant Financial for Lutherans Scholarship; National Young Leaders Conference Nominee; Coca-Cola Scholars semi-finalist; Oregon Student of Merit in mathematics; Oregon Beaver Boys State delegate; PHS Math Team Award 2003, 2004; OSAA Scholar-Athlete Award; seven varsity sports letters; conference championships: soccer and basketball; PHS Volunteer Service Award; Phoenix Talent Education Foundation Scholarship ' &

36;468; Presidential Academic Excellence Award; Presidential Student Service Award; Senior Roundtable Honorary; U.S. Air Force Mathematics Award and Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Prospect

Shawna Scriven, daughter of Ron and Sherry Scriven, plans to attend Rogue Community College.

Her awards and honors include a 3.35 grade-point average, valedictorian, Scholar-Athlete Award and she is captain of the basketball team.

Rogue River

Laura Jones, daughter of Ted and Joan Jones, plans to attend the University of Texas in Arlington and become an engineer.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, three-year varsity basketball letterman, 2002 Siuslaw All-Tournament basketball team, 2003 All-Conference basketball honorable mention, 2004 All-Conference basketball second team, four-year varsity softball letterman, 2002 All-Conference softball honorable mention, 2003 All-Conference softball second team, awarded the Scholar-Athlete Award all four years and first place 2002 Mail Tribune Classroom Essay Contest.

Tiffany Smith, daughter of Patrick and Marilyn Smith, plans to attend Southern Oregon University's accelerated baccalaureate program and own a professional bridal consulting business.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade point average, valedictorian, Top 10 FBLA member, STARS member, National Honor Society member, student ambassador, Certificate of Initial Mastery and honor roll.

Rachel Love, daughter of Peter and Sherry Love, plans to attend Chapman University in Orange, Calif., this fall and double major in business and pre-med. She would like to pursue a career in either the medical field in cardiology or otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), or the business field, possibly in banking.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, National Honor Roll, Who's Who Among American High School Students, valedictorian, Honor Roll, Brain Bowl, State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt, Congressional Youth Leadership Council, Washington Mutual High School Intern Program, Presidential Classroom, National Student Leadership Conference, Golden Attitude, Chieftain Best, Star Fish Award, citizenship, sportsmanship, Green Status, Gold Status, Commitment to Excellence, Right Stuff, Elk's Outstanding Student Scholarship, Coca-Cola semifinalist and the Chapman University Dean's Scholarship.

Nicole Smedegaard, daughter of Jaqueline and Brian Smedegaard, plans to attend the University of Oregon, major in either English or medicine and continue art as a hobby.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, four-year Scholar-Athlete and varsity letterman in soccer, VFW Voice of Democracy District Scholarship winner, Art Club president, National Honors Society vice president, Elks scholarship second place local winner, OASSA Honor Team in anatomy and the USAA National Leadership Merit Award.

South Medford

Jeremy Durst, son of Dan and Gail Durst, has been accepted into the four-year jazz studies program at the University of Oregon and plans to pursue a career in music performance or education. His main instrument is the tenor saxophone, but he also plays the alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet, flute, guitar and piano.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average in academics and citizenship, first place Southern Oregon Music Educators Association District Solo and Ensemble Competition for the past three years, third place Oregon School Activities Association High School State Solo Competition 2004, auditioned for selection in the National Association for Music Educators All-Northwest Honor Band in 2003 and the All-State Jazz Band in 2004, Medford Jazz Jubilee All-Star Jazz Band membership for the past four years, and the Outstanding Musicianship Award from the University of Oregon Jazz Celebration and twice from the Nevada Reno Jazz Festival. He is a three-year member of the Torch Honor Society and served as president in 2003-04.

Amanda Grannen, daughter of Katie Grannen, plans to attend the college of engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and pursue a career in electrical engineering.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, the You Can Leadership Award from the National Guard 2004, Achievement over 4 Years Award from the Oregon Math Teachers Association, senior class president, junior class president, Torch Honor Society, drum major for two years, received Most Outstanding Drum Major at U of O Leadership Camp, ASB Award 2004 for Outstanding Leadership, Link leader, STARS teen leader, Western International Band Clinic participant and Certificate of Initial Mastery.

Antonia Mete, daughter of Tony and Dawn Mete, plans to attend the University of Oregon and pursue a career in bilingual education.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, the Jacksonville Rotary Award, Commitment to Excellence, Torch Honor Society Award, Scholar-Athlete Award, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Spanish Student of the Year, Medford Rotary Award and Southern Oregon Vicariate Award.

Corey O'Neill, son of Chris and Lori O'Neill, plans to major in pre-med at Oregon State University and become a doctor specializing in anesthesiology.

His awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, National Torch Honor Society, Rotary Academic Student of the Month, Who's Who Among American High School Students, All-American Scholar, Oregon Dairy Farmers Student-Athlete top percent, Language Arts Award, Leadership Award, USAA National Football Award, Southern Oregon Athlete of the Week, and Oregonlive.com soccer player of the week. In football: two-time first team All-Conference kicker/All State honorable mention, Conference Champions 2002, and school record for 47-yard field goal three times. In soccer: first and second team All-Conference/All-State second team, captain of the 2003 soccer state champions, Conference Champions 2000-2003. In baseball: first team All-Conference as a junior and senior, and All-State third team, captain of the 2004 Baseball Conference Champions.

Krista Morgan, daughter of Ezra and Deedee Morgan, plans to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and major in secondary education with an emphasis on counseling. She would like to pursue a career as a high school counselor.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, Outstanding Student Awards in sophomore mathematics and senior science, National Honor Society membership, Roland Crabtree Scholarship from Brigham Young University, and she received the Outstanding Student of the Month Award at the school board meeting on April 6.

Laura Buti, daughter of Marcus and Suzanne Buti, plans to attend Oregon State University and study medicine.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, the Medford Rogue Rotary Award, Who's Who Among High School Students, outstanding achievement for junior science and the Scholar-Athlete Award.

Deidre Krupp, daughter of Debbie Garner and Dave Krupp, plans to attend Southern Oregon University and study forensic science or genetics.

Her awards and honors include a 4.0 grade-point average, National Merit finalist, academic and citizenship honor rolls, orchestra and AP literature Outstanding Achievement Awards, Torch Honor Society high point winner, Brain Bowl vice president 2002-03, DECA secretary 2002-03 and Southern Oregon Math League team captain 2001-04.

St. Mary's

Michael Stout, son of Barbara and Carlyle Stout, plans to go to Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., play water polo and ultimate Frisbee, travel until he runs out of money and then get a post-grad job.

His awards and honors include a 4.05 grade-point average, Water Polo district Most Valuable Player and All-State Water Polo Second Team.

Amanda Kathleen Hall, daughter of Tom and Bonnie Hall, plans to attend the University of Portland this fall as a member of the University Honors Program. She hopes to major in life science with a minor in business administration. Her long-term goal is to become an optometrist or an ophthalmologist.

Her awards and honors include the University of Portland four-year Presidential Scholarship, AP Chemistry Award, Cum Laude Latin Award, Kiwanis Student of the Month December 2003, National Honor Society Scholarship nominee, Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, American Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Student Award, Maxima Cum Laude Latin Award, AP U.S. Government Award, All-League honorable mention awards in varsity volleyball and varsity golf, Scholar-Athlete five years, varsity letter volleyball team (three years) and golf team (three years), participant in 2A State Volleyball Tournament and 3A State Golf Tournament, Biology Excellence Award, Maxima Cum Laude Latin Award, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and Christian Leadership Award.