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EDUCATION , Three named as Cheney High Schoc!l salutatorians By JOHN McCALLUM Editor ConnorPmtt, Allison Sanchez and :  : ....... " : Jackson Spencer have been selected as :: :,i! salutatorians for the Cheney High School graduating class of 2015. Pratt is a life-long Cheney resi- dent. His mother is a chemistry teach- er at CHS and father is a financial advisor at Principal Financial Group. His favorite subjects are math and economics, which tie into his plans to attend Washington State University and hopefully study business. "I enjoythediversityof and ability to do many things," he said. Pratf s activities during school in- dude being a two-year member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's Leadership through Education, Activities and Personal Development (LEAP) committee. According to the WIA's website, LEAP is a leadership group made up of students from member schools that is involved in IAAevents, meetings and community projects. Pratt has also served as a student adviser to the Cheney School Board, Associated Student Body treasurer and a member of the Blackhawks baseball team, whose state-playoff win over Ellensburg he lists as one of the highlights of his school career. Spirit games were also a highlight, as was being a "CHS Boys" for football, one of the "crazy fans" who painted their faces and bodies to cheer on the Blackhawks. Pratt said his favorite teacher is Jeff Buffer "due to his many 'Butler- isms.'" Seeing friends in the halls and classes is what he will miss most after graduating, and plans to spend his time this summer playing baseball and golfing. Sanchez is originally from Co- lumbia, moving to the town of Ori- ent, Wash. about three hours north of Spokane and 15 minutes from the Canadian border, before coming to Cheney in 2009. Her mother works at Total Cosmetology Training Center Photo by John McCallum Cheney High School class of 2015 salutatorians from right to left: Conner Pratt, Jackson Spencer and Allison Sanchez. while her stepfather is a truck driver for JB Hunt. She also has two brothers. "We moved here because she (her mother) wanted to give us a better chance and opportunity to have a good life," Sanchez said, Her favorite subject is history, and her favorite CHS teacher is a tie between Butler and Connor's moth- er, Mary Margaret Pratt. Sanchez has been a member of the Blackhawks tennis team, National Honors Soci- ety, Spanish Club, 4-H and of several rabbit breeders' organizations. When it comes to what she will miss most about high school, Sanchez' answer can be summed up in one word: teachers. "The teachers are part of the reason that I love to learn," she said. "They make every day great and I will miss seeing them every day." Sanchez plans on attending East- ern Washington University and majoring in science. She's leaning towards a career in healthcare, thanks to a story her pastor told her one day at church about a group of doctors who are going to Ethiopia to provide medical care and share in ministry. "I thought, that sounded really cool and I would like to do some- thing like that," she said. Spencer's family moved to Cheney nine years ago in order for his parents to continue their education at Wash- ington State University's Riverpoint facilities in Spokane. His father is a doctor of physical therapy and his mother is a dental hygienist. He has one sister. Spencer's favorite subject in school is language arts because he "excels" in it. He gave a simple reason why he couldn't list a favorite teacher. "I don't have a special favorite because so many of them have done.so much," he said. Spencer has been active in Fu- ture Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Honors Society, Boy Scouts and served as a class of 2015 officer along with serving on the committee to update the ASB's constitution. He also competed on the Blackhawks' cross country and track teams, and lists backpacking and distance running among his hobbies and interests. Spencer plans to pursue a bache- lor's of arts degree in English from the University of British Columbia. He hopes to someday become a lawyer. One of the things he'll miss most about high school is being surround- ed by friends. After graduation he's looking forward to "the freedom that comes with being an adult." John McCallum can be reached at jss.om. Isherwood to study medicine at Whitworth University By AL STOVER Medical Lake High School se- nior Kris Isherwood has worn many hats throughout his academic career including Key Club secr6tary and National Honor Society president. Now he'll don one more - salutato- rian of his graduat- ingclass. As the saluta- torian, Isherwood Kris will speak at the Isherwood Medical Lake I-Iigh School graduation ceremony held at Eastern Washington University's Reese Court, Saturday June 6. Aside from participating in several clubs, Isherwood is mostly known for performing in the high school concert, jazz and Red Clay Combo bands. His love for music started when he and his brother Nick Isherwood were young. "Our mom is very musical and it became natural to us," Ish- erwood said. "Our parents have always supported us by buying expensive instruments and attend- ing all of our concerts." Isherwood lists Craig Johnson, the current director of the high school and middle school band programs as an influence. He said Johnson encour- ages his students to try their best and allow "their abilities to grow." "He'S probably been the best teacher I've ever had," Isherwood said. Isherwood mainly plays the saxophone, which he said "allows you to express many emotions." One thing Isherwood will miss about high O91 is performing with the band, which became like a fam- fly to him. He will attend Whitworth University in the fall. He plans on performing in the School's band and studying medicine. "A career in medicine is some- thing to fall back on, but l also want to give back and help others," Isherwood said. "I'd like to work in pediatrics with kids." Isherwood hopes to perform in his free time but doesn't plan to pursue a professional musical career after college. "I'll always play music in local bands, but my four years at Whir- worth will be the most music I'll do," Isherwood said. Al Stover can be reached at alss.am. Three Springs continued from page 2 living in Airway Heights, he hopes his first job after EWU wiU be in banking or insurance, which will allow him to save money to buy a home while working to- wards his long-term goal. "If all goes well, (I will) open up my own property management business," Romanyuk said. All four agreed that flexibility, and ability to work on their own time and their own pace, especiaUy through online coursework, Cheney Federal Credit Union Congratulates June Student of the Month Jaycelyn Simons 4th Grade  :::el e/:: ;::tr: ,rYC r e d, t Union 520 First Street, Cheney, WA 235-6533 www.cheneyfcu.com are keys to their successful graduation. "They all have re- sponsibilities beyond academics," Fitzgerald said. "That's why Three Springs exists. Not every- one fits into the regular school environment." "If I was put in a class, I would not have done it," Rodriguez said of graduation. "Since the pressure was on me, I got it done." John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneepress.am. [-w Kids 10 & Under Eat FREE ith 1 paying adult meal with a beverage Where others have branches--we have our roots. 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