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Thursday, January 22, 2015 Free Press Page 3 Contributed photos by Debbie Thomas/ Michael Anderson Elementary Welcome Home London Students and teachers from Michael Anderson Elementary line the fence to welcome back London Bowater. Second-graders rMakenzie O'Harrow, Megan Stapleton, Kristen Dickey and Paige Wilkins (right) wait to greet Bowater as she returns to Fairchild Air Force Base. Bowater returned home from Seattle Jan. 16 where she under- went treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia for the second time. Cheney High School AP Scholars Cheney High School has re- leased its list of students re- ceiving AP Scholars awards for 2014 AP Scholars with Honor, awarded to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 014 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3.0 or higher on four or more exams are Keith Emmert, Chris- tian Foster and Aimee Jenkins. AP Scholars, awarded to students who receive an aver- age grade of at least 3.0 on three or more AP exams, are: Shelby Beedle, Mckenzie Bissell, Anastaysiya Mayerchuk, Ben- jamin Parrish, Jaceya Prophet, Claire Schueman, Taylor Spicer, Elica Starr, Linsay Sweitzer and Kaylie Watters. continued from page 2 was a standout athlete, a wrestling champion and member of student gov- ernment. "All these regular ex- tracurricular activities, I was involved in all of it, and then I came crashing down," Hines said. At 19, after cycling between mania - the highs - and depression - the lows - and doing so every week, Hines came to the realization, in his mind at least, "I had to die," he said. "I was compelled, literally, by voices in my head, that were screaming at the top of their lungs if you will; voices In my head that I couldn't shut off or shut down, screaming in my head that I had to die," Hines said. That is what brought him to the bridge. The continued from page 2 how to communicate with his students and understood the meanings of their behavxors. "When you can't tell someone what you want, you have to act out," Edmondson said. "I got to know those kids on another level. I knew what all of their behav- iors meant. It was an eye-opener for me." While Edmondson was teaching in Tennes- see, his former teachers followed his progress. Everett decided to reach out to Edmondson to see if he wanted to come back to Medical Lake. Since Edmondson came back, Everett has jump itself is an experi- ence he chooses not to discuss in detail. "It gets a little bit tired," he said. "Yes I did jump off the Golden Gate Bridge," Hines said. "Yes, I sur- vived." His injuries were severe, including shat- tered vertebrae. The physical therapy was long and painful. "Get- ting full mobility is ex- tremely rare if one does survive the fall." But Hines has made the best of his second chance, despite its uncer- tain start. His epiphany, both literally and figurative- ly, came after attending church one day with his father. "'Hey Kevin, how'd you like to come and talk to our kids on Good Fridav?'" Hines recalled the parish priest ask- ing. "I just looked at him and said, 'about what to who?'" His dad assured the priest his son would do it. Hines was terrified, a novice speaker read- ing from a paper. "I was crying," he said. "In my head I'm thinking "this isn't going to help a soul.'" Then he got letters back from kids who told Hines they were active- ly suicidal and his talk helped. "It gave me the opportunity to pave a new path in my life." Hines spoke 85 times in 2014. "In thinking about it I should have died 14 years ago on Sept. 5 and I didn't," Hines said. "That allowed me to eventually fall into my destiny." He spoke of the well- publicized suicide death of actor Robin Williams in 2014 in Marin County - ironically just across the Golden Gate - and worked closely with him and has watched him work with students. "He's been a great resource for students and for parents," Everett said. "He's helped them un- derstand behaviors." While he is still get- ting used to calling his teachers by their first names, Edmonson has built a rapport with many of the students he's worked with. In addition to his role as a special behavior inter- ventionist, Edmondson is an assistant coach for the school's wrestling team. He was also an assistant coach for the football team. "I meet with some of the students and I tell them 'here's what I did' and 'here's how I became '" n successful, Edmondso said. "A lot of people have helped me out and I want to be that for the students." Besides working at the middle school and high school, Edmondson has visited Eastern State Hospital and Lakeland Village on a few occa- sions. He said he would like to build programs to help the people there. "My goal is to unify the 17-21 year olds (at the hospitals) who still need that education and to have a plan for them," Edmondson said. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. COm. MEDICAL LAKE 'DENTAL CLINIC Family Dentistry Family Dentistry Jessica M. Tollllon, DDS & Associates Pediatric Dentistry Bruce C. Tollllon, DDS how he touched so many lives. "But what about the other 83 people in Amer- ica that died of suicide that day?" Hines asked. "Why aren't we talking about them?" PaulDelaneycanbereact~ at pdelaney@cheney~eepress. com. VOTE NO FEB 10th ON $44,885,830 OF NEW PROPERTY TAXES ABOVE WHAT WE PAY NOW We just approved $79M in bonds in 2010. Now the District wants $44,885,830 more. Plus there are portables already in use at Sunset and Windsor so now another bond in 2020 for an $18,000,000 elementary? The remodel of the rest of the High School is already planned for 2025 for $42,900,000. The bond this year only provides for 10 years of growth so yet another new 8 classrooms will be needed by 2025. $5,500,000. That could be $111 Million in addition to the $79 Million in bonds, voted for in 201_.0, that we are already paying for. WE NEED TO SLOW DOWN THE SPENDING. THERE IS ANOTHER WAY TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS AT THE CHENEY HIGH SCHOOL FOR ONLY $11.6M Safety issues, congestion in the hallways, more room in the cafeteria, 13 new classrooms to replace six of the portables, and a new Three Springs High School (Alternative HS) building next to the High School, replacing two of the portables, can all be accomplished for about $11.6 Million. ,000,ooo Paid for by Bill Johns 12608 S, Scribner Rd, Chenev, Wa. 99004. taxpayersforefflcientschools@gmail.corn