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2021 Valedictorians

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Jackson County Class of 2021
Cammeo Cruz Ramirez
Dawson Isaacs
Dylan Empasis
Sophie Elam
Grace Norton
Grant Lulich
Rachel Martino
Taylor Denn
North Medford High School

Carmen Combs

Parents: Lisa and Chris Combs

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.284)

Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; National Honor Society White Tassel; Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); Medford Rotary Foundation Scholarship

College plans: Rogue Community College then four-year college in the Spring of 2022, English or other

Career goals: I want to use my degree to get a job that allows me to explore my creativity. Having a creative outlet in my job is a must and I would not be able to work at a job without one. What inspires me is the thought of having a job I love and that allows me to express myself in new ways.

Taylor Denn

Parents: Trevor and Jennielle Denn

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.237)

Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; OSAA Scholar Athlete; National Honor Society White Tassel; SOU Honor Cords; Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway and Pre-Professional Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); first-team all-conference junior and senior year for girls soccer; second team all-conference sophomore year; all-conference honorable mention freshman year; Ruth Hockersmith Memorial, Eastwood Baptist Church Scholarship; West Family Foundation Scholarship; Royce L. Money Chancellor’s Award; NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer scholarship (From Abilene Christian University)

College plans: Abilene Christian University, kinesiology and soccer.

Career goals: I would like to pursue a career in physical therapy so that I can work with people recovering from sports injuries and overall help people live their most physically mobile lives

Sophie Elam

Parents: Doug and Helena Elam

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.28)

Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; AP Scholar 2019; AP Scholar with Honor 2020; OSAA Scholar Athlete; Student Government Black Tornado Pride Cords; National Honor Society White Tassel; OASSA Student of Merit (science); SOU Honor Cords; Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); NMHS Pear Blossom Princess 2021; Miss Jackson County’s Outstanding Teen 2019; second-team all-conference soccer (2021); second-team all-conference pole vault (2019); Southern Oregon’s Top 10 Emerging Leader Representative; Elks Most Valuable Student quarterfinalist; PEO Star Award Nominee; NMHS Outstanding Orator Award (2019); PEO Chapter CP Carolyn Riechers Scholarship; Ryan Folsom Memorial Scholarship; Douglas and Beverly Coghill Memorial Black Tornado Athlete Scholarship; Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Foundation; Miss Jackson County’s Outstanding Teen Award Scholarship; Top Ten State Finalist Scholarship; Academic Achievement Scholarship; Teri Leeper Scholar Athlete Award; Pear Blossom Princess Scholarship; Red Cross for achievement in Blood Drives Scholarship; California Institute of Technology Merit Scholarship; Jacksonville University for academic merit; University of Puget Sound for academic merit

College plans: California Institute of Technology, environmental engineering and biology

Career goals: I intend to go into research specifically regarding ecological biology, carbon sequestering or artificial photosynthesis in order to combat climate change

Dylan Empasis

Parents: Mark and Kate Empasis

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.125)

Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; National Honor Society White Tassel; SOU Honor Cords; Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); University of Arizona Honors College; Robert and Rose Mary Hopkins Memorial Trust Scholarship; University of Arizona Merit Scholarship

College plans: University of Arizona, biology

Career goals: Once I earn my bachelor’s degree, I plan to attend medical school to pursue a doctorate degree

Dawson Isaacs

Parents: Timothy and Gretchen Isaacs

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.248)

Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; AP Scholar 2019; AP Scholar with Distinction 2020; Marines Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence; OSAA Scholar Activity; National Honor Society White Tassel; OASSA Student of Merit (social studies); SOU Honor Cords; Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway Visual and Performing Arts; Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); University of Oregon Top Scholar; WIBC Honor Band Participant; Robert Mary and Rose Mary Hopkins Memorial Trust Scholarship; Summit Scholarship University of Oregon; Corrigan Solari Scholarship

College plans: University of Oregon, music composition

Career goals: I want to write music professionally for movies, games and shows

Grant Lulich

Parents: John and Helene Lulich

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.347)

Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; AP Scholar 2019; AP Scholar with Distinction 2020; Air Force Academic Excellence (science); OSAA Scholar Athlete; OASSA Student of Merit (mathematics); Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); Black Tornado Alumni Scholarship; Medford Rotary Foundation in Memory of Robert Johnson Scholarship; Medford Rotary Foundation Scholarship

College plans: Cal Poly Pomona, aerospace engineering

Career goals: Get a good job

Rachel Martino

Parents: Ralph Martino and Rebekka Nicol

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.404)

Honors, awards: Gold Medal No. 1 In class; Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; Air Force Academic Excellence (mathematics); completion of the MSD Academic Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); Congressional Art Award; Black Tornado Pride Scholarship; Medford Rotary Scholarship; University of Colorado Chancellor’s Scholarship; Purple and Gold Scholarship; Summit Scholarship

College plans: University of Colorado Boulder, environmental design

Career goals: I want to design sustainable alternatives to common consumer goods as a way to reduce the overall environmental impact of our society

Grace Norton

Parents: John Norton and Terry Smith-Norton

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.303)

Honors, awards: Silver Medal No. 2 In Class; Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; AP Scholar 2019; AP Scholar with Distinction 2020; Marines Scholastic Excellence Award; OSAA Scholar Athlete; OSAA Scholar Activity (wind ensemble and band); National Honor Society White Tassel; Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway and Visual and Performing Arts; Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon; SOU Honor Band; Clark Honors College, University of Oregon; Athlete of the Week; State Flute Solo Competition Finalist; Flute Section Leader; Varsity Golf Team Captain

College plans: Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, biochemistry

Career goals: I plan on going to medical school to be a Pediatrician or OB-GYN

Cammeo Cruz Ramirez

Parents: Eon Ramirez and Carissa Gallery

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.078)

Honors, awards: President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; OSAA Scholar Athlete; National Honor Society White Tassel; SOU Honor Cords; Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); Award of Academic Excellence; cross country first-team all-conference; cross country first place regionals team award; top 10 all-time school history for 5K; Southern Oregon seventh-place individual regional cross country award; varsity cross country and track and field letter; The Carpenter Foundation Scholarship; Lane Community College athletic scholarship

College plans: Lane Community College, nursing

Career goals: Once I receive my degree I want to use it to help people of all ages to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. I am very interested in expanding my skills to help high school and collegiate level athletes with any injuries and physical ailments they may be experiencing. I have always been inspired by the amazing people around me, always inspiring me to work my absolute hardest and to have fun

Baylie Ward

Parents: Kristi and Doug Ward

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.182)

Honors, awards: Honors Diploma; President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence Gold Tassel; OSAA Scholar Athlete; OSAA Scholar Activity (cheer); National Honor Society White Tassel; Completion of the MSD Academic Pathway and Pre-Professional Pathway (Green Pathway Cord); NMHS varsity cheer team captain; Kiwanis Club Educational Award for Video Production; 2019 Level 5 individual cheerleading national champion; two-time OCCA cheerleading all-state champion; NMHS track “True Grit” Award; two-time top All-American cheerleader of NCA camp; 2017 Level 7 regional gymnastics champion; NMHS varsity letter for track; NMHS varsity letter (cheerleading); Ryan Folsom Memorial Scholarship; Medford Rotary Foundation Scholarship; BYU: Athletic Scholarship for BYU Cheer and Stunt; OCCA: All State 2018 second-place scholarship ($750); all-state 2019 first-place scholarship ($1,000); all-state 2021 first-place scholarship ($1,000); Arizona State University: Presidential Scholarship ($15,500 per year/$62,000 total); University of Oregon: Summit Scholarship ($4,000 per year/$16,000 total)

College plans: Brigham Young University, media arts and BYU cheer squad

Career goals: I want to use my creativity and passion for video editing to help others, either creating productions as a videographer, editing films as an editor or promoting organizations and raising awareness for important issues through video production

Megan Oakley
Grace Espinosa
Hannah Beers
Annabella Bushey
Marin Fraizer
Aubrey Miller
Molly Robertson
Peyton Terry
Bennett Thompson
Elizabeth Hall
Ian Grady
Sydney Beers
Yosalin Arenas
Hannah Easton
Reilly Eiynck
Keilani Sprague
Brandon Nguyen
Abby Long
Amanda Drane
Faith Bossard
South Medford High School
Megan Oakley

Parents: Sarah Henricksen and Dale Oakley

GPA: 4.0

College plans: Southern Oregon University

Career goals: Obstetrics nurse

Grace Espinosa

Parents: Amanda Long and Pablo Espinosa

GPA: 4.132

Honors, awards: Valedictorian

College plans: University of Oregon, molecular biology

Career goals: To become an obstetrician-gynecologist

Hannah Beers

Parents: Randy and Kathy Beers

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Honors diploma, National Honor Society

College plans: Bushnell University, Christian ministry

Career goals: I plan to be a missionary

Anabella Bushey

Parents: Gina and Trevor Bushey

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Varsity letter in dance team and choir; earned the provost award merit scholarship.

College plans: UC Davis, wildlife, fish and conservation biology, pre-veterinary

Career goals: I plan to become a veterinarian and work with the preservation of endangered species

Marin Frazier

Parents: Brenda and Donnie Frazier

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: PEO Sisterhood Scholarship; National Honor Society

College plans: Grand Canyon University, graphic design and advertising

Aubrey Millar

Parents: Ryan and Katie Millar

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.085)

Honors, awards: National Honor Society; ASB Vice President; two-sport varsity athlete

College plans: Brigham Young University

Career goals: I plan to study business

Molly Robertson

Parents: Gary and Denise Robertson

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Medford Rotary Scholarship; George Fox Merit Scholarship

College plans: George Fox University, psychology

Career goals: I hope to become a child life specialist

Peyton Terry

Parents: Greg and Rachel Terry

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Honor Society

College plans: Pacific University, biology and soccer

Career goals: After attending PA school to become a certified physician assistant

Bennett Thompson

Parents: Greg and Kelly Thompson

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Breakfast of Champs Student of the Quarter

College plans: University of Oregon, baseball

Career goals: Professional baseball player

Elizabeth Hall

Parents: Brian and Jill Hall

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Senior Class President; first in class; varsity tennis; varsity softball; DECA first place, regional competition

College plans: Brigham Young University, business and pre-medical

Career goals: Something in the medical/surgical field

Ian Grady

Parents: Sarah and Patrick Grady

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Speech and debate: third place at state in duo, fifth place in prose; organized spirit activities, rallies, and mentored freshmen; varsity tennis freshman year; National Honor Society; community service activities

College plans: University of Southern California, dramatic arts

Career goals: After completing college, my goal is to become a full-time actor in Los Angeles and act in as many projects as I can, including those on stage, on screen and voice-over work

Sydney Beers

Parents: Kathy and Randy Beers

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Graduating with honors

College plans: Oregon Institute of Technology, engineering

Career goals: I will be a mechanical engineer

Yosalin Arenas Alvarez

Parents: Cesar and Reina Arenas

GPA: 4.204

Honors, awards: U.S. Presidential Scholar (semifinalist); AP Scholar; lettering in leadership; Panther To Raiders Award

College plans: Oregon State University, human development and family science

Career goals: I want to start my own nonprofit named Angels on Earth which will help fundraise for pediatric patients and engage student involvement in the community

Hannah Rose Easton

Parents: Edward and Jennifer Easton

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.244)

Honors, awards: AP Scholar with Distinction; Secretary of National Honor Society; LINKS Leader; Eastwood Baptist Scholarship; Medford Rotary Scholarship; Senior Superlative for Kindest Heart

College plans: Simpson University, kinesiology

Career goals: Occupational therapy

Reilly Eiynck

Parents: Cindy and Randy Eiynck

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Honor Society; AP Scholar with distinction

College plans: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, STEM and swimming

Career goals: I am not set yet on a career plan, but I want to incorporate scientific research into my career

Keilani Sprague

Parents: David and Courtney Sprague

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Summit Scholarship; Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship; Medford Rotary Scholarship; Britt Foundation Scholarship

College plans: Central Oregon Community College, environmental sciences

Career goals: I have no specific career plans, but I want to continue my path in sciences in the future

Brandon Nguyen

Parents: Binh Nguyen and Julie Ho

GPA: 4.0

College plans: Rogue Community College

Career goals: Optometrist

Abbagayle Long

Parents: Craig and Sarah Long

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Valedictorian

College plans: Rogue Community College, Southern Oregon University

Career goals: Youth education teacher

Amanda Drane

Parents: Jennifer and Kevin Drane

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Graduate with honors

College plans: Community college, Oregon State University

Career goals: I plan on pursuing my dream of becoming a Veterinarian

Faith Bossard

Parents: Krysta and Matthew Bossard

GPA: 4.09

Honors, awards: Biliteracy Seal, $35,000 merit scholarship to University of Arizona; honors and AP credit

College plans: University of Arizona, dance

Career goals: To join a dance company in Europe or the United States

Trenton Lindsey
Central Medford High School
Trenton Lindsey

Parents: Kenda and Ron Lindsey

College plans: Portland Community College, Portland State University, political science

Career goals: Potentially pursue a political career in either local or state government

Reed Pryor
Milan Hague
Mia Rollins
Julie Corey
Alyssa Retiz
Zoe Zapf
Aiden Hosford
Indigo Pinder Magana
Josh Eskenazi
Mariella Ferris
Ellis Pryor
Ethan Smith
Ashland High School
Reed Pryor

Parents: Rina and Karl Pryor

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Merit Scholar; all-state cross country and track teams; AP Scholar

College plans: Harvard College, cross country, track and architecture

Career goals: Undecided

Milan Hague

Parents: Ann and Rob Hague

GPA: 4.0

College plans: University of Portland, mathematics and biology, pre-med

Career goals: I plan on pursuing the medical field and becoming a physician

Mia Rollins

Parents: Jani Rollins

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Math Honors Society; competed in Oregon State Math Tournament for 4 years; National Honor Society; National Art Honor Society; team captain, drill captain and team youth representative of AHS equestrian team; Oregon high school equestrian team Southern Oregon Youth representative; Key Club; Working Equitation United third place in North American Championships; Working Equitation United North American High Point Quarter Horse recipient; Southern Oregon University Best of the Best Student Art Show; Oregon State University Presidential Scholarship

College plans: Oregon State University Honors College

Career goals: Veterinary Medicine

Julie Corey

Parents: Wesley Corey

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Aspirations in Computing

College plans: Santa Clara University, engineering

Career goals: I am uncertain what my specific career path will be, but I hope to work in the engineering field

Alyssa Retiz

Parents: Valérie Stein-Retiz and Tony Retiz

GPA: 4.1

Honors, awards: National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; varsity tennis MVP, state semifinalist, district champion; top 10 academic all-state; Spring Scholar Athlete; first chair flutist; robotics team captain; 3-time FIRST Chairman's Award winner

College plans: University of Chicago, chemistry and french

Career goals: Work in the field of forensics as a forensic chemist

Zoe Zapf

Parents: Stephen and Suzanne Zapf

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Placed among top 50 girls in state for downhill skiing (2018); third-place districts for doubles tennis (2019); state consolation champion doubles tennis (2019); third-place districts for singles tennis (2021); Rotary Student of the Month (2021); National Honor Society Co-President (2020-21)

College plans: Whitman College, biology, pre-med, tennis

Career goals: Medicine

Aiden Hosford

Parents: Kimberly and Bryan Hosford

GPA: 4.18

Honors, awards: AP Scholar

College plans: Oregon State University, mechanical engineering

Career goals: My current long-term career goal is to become an entrepreneur by creating a successful engineering firm. After completing my education I intend to join the workforce and gain an engineering license in order to accrue the necessary experience and funding to establish my firm. My current interests are in energy generation technologies, such as miniaturized fission reactors (SMRs) which could be key to enabling long-distance space shuttle missions and space elevators

Indigo Pinder Magaña

Parents: Megan and Mathew Pinder

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: For all those who have loved and supported me, I feel honored.

College plans: Reed College, writing and the natural world

Career goals: I will write. Although, I haven't decided what I will write

Josh Eskenazi

Parents: Carrie and Joe Eskenazi

GPA: 4.09

Honors, awards: National Honors Society, AP Scholar

College plans: Oregon State University, natural resources and music performance

Career goals: Working with the National Forest Service, National Parks Service or a different state agency

Mariella Ferris

Parents: Austen and Clee Ferris

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Scholar athlete

College plans: None

Career goals: Unsure, interested in outdoor education, various art forms and environmental science

Ellis Pryor

Parents: Rina and Karl Pryor

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Varsity cross country and track teams; Brain Bowl president; Scavenger Hunt captain; Rotary Student of the Month; Kiwanis Student of the Month

College plans: Whitman College, politics and economics

Career goals: Becoming a teacher

Ethan Smith

Parents: Peter and Tracy Smith

GPA: 4.0 (weighted: 4.12)

Honors, awards: National Honor Society; National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation; AP Scholar

College plans: Linfield University, political science and history

Career goals: I want to become a political consultant or legislative aide

Ellie Laws
Allison Waters
Crater Academy of Health and Public Services
Ellie Laws

Parents: Natasha and Darryl Laws

GPA: 4.15

Honors, awards: Rotary Student of October; Academic Excellence for an Athlete; Honors Society member; CAHPS Executive Council Senior Representative

College plans: University of Arizona, biology

Career goals: Medical or nursing school after undergraduate; family medicine doctor is expected occupation currently

Allison Waters

Parents: Diane and Bryce Waters

GPA: 4.15

Honors, awards: Rotary Student of the Month; varsity soccer MVP; Most Inspirational Player for varsity basketball; CAHPS Compass Award; Principal's Award all four years of high school; voted second-team all-conference for soccer

College plans: University of Oregon, biology

Career goals: Eventually finding a career in the health care industry

Elizabeth Lotts
Jaidyn Campbell
Crater School of Business Innovation and Science
Elizabeth Lotts

Parents: John and Jaynan Lotts

GPA: 4.14

Honors, awards: BIS Leads Award; Dean's Scholarship; Crater Foundation Scholarship

College plans: University of Rochester, biology or psychology and Spanish

Career goals: I plan on becoming a psychiatrist with my own clinic

Jaidyn Campbell

Parents: Rebecca and Jay Campbell

GPA: 4.15

Honors, awards: Pear Blossom Queen; National Honors Society President; Principal's List (2017-2021); Crater School of Business, Innovation and Sciences Leads award (2020)

College plans: Santa Clara University, neuroscience and creative writing

Career goals: Become a neuroscience and behavior researcher with a focus on mental health research

Aubrey Welburn
Mahde Abusaleh
Crater Renaissance Academy
Aubrey Welburn

Parents: David Welburn and Breanna Autolitano

GPA: 4.17

Honors, awards: English Student of the Year (twice); AP English Student of the Year; Spanish Student of the Year. Renaissance Scholar; Ford Foundation; Rotary Scholar

College plans: University of Oregon Honors College, biology, pre-med

Career goals: In the future I hope to become an anesthesiologist, specifically at a children’s hospital

Mahde Abusaleh

Parents: Kadhemand Maha Alashkar

GPA: 4.18

Honors, awards: National Honor Society; top 5% of class

College plans: Oregon State University, nuclear engineering

Career goals: Nuclear engineering and petroleum engineering

Phoenix High School

Tarryn Hiett
Josephine Bolstad
Hailee Humphreys
Kassandra Skaff
Shelby Platt
Tarryn Hiett

Parents: Josh and Jen Hiett

GPA: 4.0

College plans: Brigham Young University, horticulture

Career goals: I want to work with plants

Josephine Bolstad

Parents: Brian and Kendra Bolstad

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Four years perfect attendance; four years Honor Roll; four-year varsity volleyball; four-year varsity basketball; four-year varsity softball; varsity cheer (senior year); all-conference honorable mention volleyball (sophomore year); Stancliff Award for best female athlete (junior year); first-team all-conference volleyball (junior and senior year); Most Valuable Player volleyball (junior year); all-conference honorable mention basketball (sophomore year); first-team all-conference basketball (junior year); first-team all-conference softball outfielder (sophomore and senior year); all-conference honorable mention utility player softball (senior year); varsity volleyball captain (sophomore and senior year); varsity basketball captain (junior and senior year); basketball Defensive Player of the Year (sophomore year); basketball Offensive Player of the Year (junior year); Christmas Classic Basketball All-Star Team (junior year); Student of the Month 2018; National Honors Society (sophomore and senior year); FFA Star Green Hand (freshmen year); FFA fourth-place parliamentary procedure districts; Jackson County Spring Fair FFA Crops Grand Champion Blueberries; 2018 FFA Chapter Contest first place creed speaking; DECA President (senior year); DECA first place in quick serve role play and overall testing; Superintendents Certificate (sophomore year); AP European History Outstanding Student Award (sophomore year)

College plans: Pacific University, women’s basketball

Career goals: Undecided

Hailee Humphreys

Parents: Heather and Nathan Humphreys

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: AP Scholar with Honor; four-time recipient of the Superintendent’s Award; National Honor Society

College plans: Oregon State University, mechanical engineering

Career goals: To work as a mechanical engineer for a Formula One team, with a focus on designing the next generation of Formula One racing cars to be more sustainable

Kassandra Skaff

Parents: Fred and Korina Skaff

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Vice president of the Phoenix FFA; Scholar Athlete; Medford Rogue Rotary Scholarship ($16,000)

College plans: Rogue Community College

Career goals: To work in the health care field

Shelby Platt

Parents: Josh and Jennifer Platt

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: OSAA Academic All-State; Superintendent Award; Scholar Athlete

College plans: Lewis & Clark College

Career goals: I plan on majoring in English to pursue a career in publishing or editing

Ryla Kirk
Eagle Point High School
Ryla Kirk

Parent: Shannon Kirk

GPA: 4.205

Honors, awards: Honors society; top 5% (9-12); AP Scholar

College plans: University of Oregon, biology.

Career goals: I will be on the pre-med track during my time at the University of Oregon, and I would like to become a doctor

Rogue River Junior/Senior High School
Jonwyn Ayres
Savanna Stillwagner
Jamie Andrews
Jonwyn Ayres

Parents: Tom and Cara Ayres

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: 2021-2022 Oregon FFA Association state secretary; 2021-2020 FFA Public Speaking LDE District, sectional, state (first place); 2021 FFA State Star Farmer State top four finalist; 2019-2021 FFA Southern Oregon District reporter, president; 2018-2021 Rogue River FFA chapter officer, president; 2020 FFA Job Interview CDE sectional, state (first place); 2020 FFA Agriculture Sales CDE district, state (first-place team, high Individual; 2020-2021 Western States Angus Queen

College plans: Black Hawk College, Kansas State University, agriculture communications; law school, agriculture policy and food labeling

Career goals: Over the years, through my work within 4H, FFA, and Junior Angus, it has become quite obvious that my passion is speaking up for agriculture. Ultimately, I am pursuing a law degree to eventually become an agricultural attorney. Contributing to the agriculture industry where it tends to matter most, the courtroom, and having an influence in policy making is exactly where I want to spend my time. I see myself concentrating on labeling laws, land disputes and environmental policies for animal agriculture, more specifically for cattle. Cattle and their positive effects on the environment is fascinating to me and I want to jump head first in stopping the misconceptions about their impacts

Savanna Grace Stillwagner

Parents: Justin and Christina Stillwagner

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Academic Scavenger Hunt (five years); national Honor Society (three years); sophomore class president; ASB vice president; ASB president; theater stage manager and student director; FFA (four years) chapter officer; floriculture coach; Oregon FFA state degree, Chapter Star (agri-science), chapter degree, Star Greenhand Degree, FFA Member of the Month; volleyball varsity letter; OSAA Academic All-State; volleyball Most Improved Player award

College plans: Flagler College, secondary education (English) and theater

Career goals: I plan to become a high school English teacher

Jamie Andrews

Parents: Jeff and Tammie Andrews

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Honor Society

College plans: George Fox University, English, theater and education

Career goals: High school English and theater teacher

Mikala Nelmes
Prospect Charter School
Mikala Nelmes

Parents: Andrew and Lynda Nelmes

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Turning Point Dance Company Traveling Team Captain and several Writing Excellence Awards throughout high school

College plans: University of Oregon, business administration and dance

Career goals: I plan to pursue my dance career as a professional company dancer, and with my business degree I plan to later open my own dance company

Butte Falls Charter School
Haley Tomlins
Haley Tomlins

Parents: Leah Wattenburger and Fred Tomlins

GPA: 3.83

Honors, awards: Honor roll (9-12); Prudential Spirit Of Community Award; Certificate of Excellence (12); President’s Volunteer Service Award (12); Academic Excellence in Science (11); Academic Excellence in Health (11); Academic Excellence in English (11)

College plans: Rouge Community College and Southern Oregon University, biology, horticulture

Career goals: I would like to own my own greenhouse and start a community garden to teach sustainability

Naomi Bigboy
South Valley Academy
Naomi Bigboy

Parents: Lori and Tom Bigboy

GPA: 3.55

Honors, awards: Honor roll every month of high school and Rogue Community College; Student of the Month Award from the Kiwanis Club, November 2019; Regional Battle of the Books winner, 2018

College plans: RCC through next fall to complete AA in graphic design, take two gap years to work in the field and eventually go to Los Angeles for a Bachelors in Performing Arts

Career goals: Work as a graphic designer, and perform for Broadway or off-Broadway shows whenever possible

Rogue Valley Adventist Academy
Katelyn Savino

Parents: Joe and Jill Savino

GPA: 4.21

Honors, awards: New York Invitational Music Festival Gold medal; Exhibition of Stars Bud and Joanna Bishop Artistic Award; Brookings Harbor Friends of Music Young Artist Scholarship Award; Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon Concerto Competition Winner; OMEA District 8 Solo Music Champion; OSAA Digital State Solo Music Invitational Superior Rating

College plans: Southern Adventist University, business administration and music

Career goals: My goal is to pursue a career that capitalizes on my ability to help our society

Olivia Lacombe
Crater Lake Charter Academy
Olivia Lacombe

Parents: David and Katherine Lacombe

GPA: 4.35

Honors, awards: National Honors Society; No. 1 in class

College plans: Southern Oregon University, human services

Career goals: I plan to be a social worker so I can help families in many different ways

Olivia Brumble
Logos Public Charter School
Olivia Brumble

Parent: Trina Brumble

GPA: 4.513

Honors, awards: Associate degree of general studies; Alpha Zeta Pi, the Rogue Community College honor society; RCC President’s List; Oregon state biliteracy seal; honors diploma; Young Leaders award; Compassionate Citizen award

College plans: Brigham Young University-Idaho, applied mathematics

Career goals: Private pilot and mom homeschooling her children

William Kranenburg
St. Mary’s School
William Kranenburg

Parents: Amy and Andy Kranenburg

GPA: 4.10

Honors, awards: Cum Laude Society Member; Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Award; The Driven Award; Excellence in English Award; Excellence in Math Award; Excellence in Spanish Award; AP Scholar with Distinction; Varsity Mock Trial MVP Attorney Award; Varsity Mock Trial MVP Witness Award; Athletic Leadership Award; soccer first-team all conference; basketball second-team all-conference; captain for varsity soccer and basketball teams; member of state runner-up track team (Individual state bronze medalist); Scholar Athlete Award; medalist in piano sonata competition

College plans: University of Pennsylvania

Career goals: Plans to study economics, Spanish and music composition through both the general college and the Wharton School of Business with the goal of a career in international business and foreign relations

Nicholas Cramer
Cascade Christian High School
Nicholas Cramer

Parents: Patty and Russ Cramer

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: AP Scholar with Honor; Member of ASB; National Honor Society; Academic Excellence for biology, algebra 2, Spanish 2, Spanish 3

College plans: Oregon State University Honors College, geography and Spanish

Career goals: I hope to work for NASA or other similar organization.