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Valedictorians 2018


Matthew Alexander Hageman

Parents: Mark and Sally Buck Hageman

GPA: 4.352 (weighted)

Honors, awards: Presidential Scholar at Oregon State University, National AP Scholar, National Merit Commended Scholar, Daily Farmers of Oregon Scholar Athlete, Kiwanis Club student of the month, Tornado Trifecta Award, first in class, Sci Clips Video Contest winner, National Honor Society, Top 20 Oregon 6A bands, 12-sport varsity athlete, captain of Brain Bowl, Science Bowl and Math teams and trumpet section leader

College plans: Oregon State University, study pre-nuclear engineering.

Career plans: Pursue a master’s degree before entering the workforce.

Taoyi Li

Parents: Yaping Liu

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: U.C. Davis Young Scholars Research Program, National Merit Scholarship finalist, National AP Scholar, Questbridge National College Match finalist and scholarship recipient to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sparrow Club ambassador, varsity wrestling, tennis and student representative to Medford School Board meetings.

College plans: Yale University

Career plans: Biotech or radiology.

Courtney Badura

Parents: Mark and Bethany Badura

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Second, fifth and fourth place in the Oregon state flute solo competition, sixth place in the woodwind quintet at state ensemble competition and fifth place with a woodwind trio, performer chosen in Jim Walker’s “Beyond the Masterclass” workshop, winner of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon’s concerto competition and soloist with the symphony in its fall concert.

College plans: University of Southern California, to study flute performance, earn master’s and doctorate degrees in flute performance.

Career plans: Symphonic playing and teaching, eventually at the college level.

Kate Bloomquist

Parents: Beth and Todd Bloomquist

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Honor roll, Torch Honor Society, NMHS awards for: outstanding musician, Choral Director’s Award, best actress in a play, best actress in a musical, varsity letter in music, Southern Oregon University high school honor choir, International Thespian Society membership, Principal’s Council Advisory Committee, Oregon All-State Choir, three years, second place in Oregon Solo and Ensemble Competition, Soroptomist NMHS student of the month and Violet Richardson Award for community service, George Fox University Psychology Department scholarship and George Fox University Presidential Scholarship.

College plans: George Fox University

Career plans: Doctorate in developmental psychology, specializing in childhood trauma and creative therapy.

Courtney Denn

Parents: Trevor and Jennielle Denn

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Captain of NMHS women’s soccer team, National Torch Honor Society, second team all-conference and honorable mention for Southwest Conference in women’s varsity soccer, student government representative for three years, nominated Kiwanis Club student of the month and voted “most inspirational” on women’s varsity soccer team.

College plans: George Fox University, to play soccer and major in cognitive science, followed with master’s degree.

Career plans: Speech and language pathology.

Andrew Donahue

Parents: Gordon and Jami Donahue

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Black Tornado Bands drum major, lettered in theater, band choir and soccer, member of first-place-winning large men’s ensemble at state, Awarded Honor Thespian, Torch Honor Society vice-president and first place in district solo competition for horn.

College plans: University of Oregon, major in music education, master’s in teaching or conducting.

Career plans: High school band director.

Rylee Karrick

Parents: Jodi and Tim Karrick

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Torch Honor Society, all-league girls basketball — first team in 2018, second in 2017 and third in 2016 — McDonald’s All-American girls basketball nominee, 2018, second place in state girls soccer, 2014.

College plans: Oregon State University, study molecular biology and biochemistry with a minor in psychology.

Career plans: Pediatrician.

Kiley Pauck

Parents: Kathy and Thad Pauck

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: second-place team, all-conference volleyball, student body president, NMHS honor roll, Torch Honor Society and Soroptomist student of the month.

College plans: Oregon State University.

Career plans: A career in music.

Apoorva Singh

Parents: Jaswant Singh and Suman Parmar

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Silver Presidential Volunteer Award, AP Scholar, NASA high-altitude balloon conference “Best Poster” award (K-12 division) and Torch Honor Society.

College plans: Oregon Institute of Technology,major in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technology.

Career plans: Cardiologist.

Madison Morgan

Parents: Jeff and Danna Morgan

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: First team all-conference women’s soccer, Torch Honor Society and honors diploma.

College plans: Gonzaga University.

Career plans: Pediatric surgeon.


Benjamin Hillen

Parents: Terry and Michele Hillen

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Presidential Scholarship recipient — Oregon State University, first in class, National Honor Society, Kiwanis Club student of the month.

College plans: Oregon State University — Honors College, majoring in electrical engineering and computer science.

Career plans: to become an electrical engineer.

Elaina Foley

GPA: 4.236 (weighted)

Honors, awards: AP Scholar with distinction, BACH student of the month, honor roll, student ambassador to Alba, Italy through Sister City organization.

College plans: Yale University, major in political science.

Career plans: To work in policy involving education or women/minority rights.

Kirsten Reed

Parents: Scott and Tami Reed

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Honors Society members, leadership team members, honors and AP classes.

College plans: Oregon Institute of Technology, study pre-nursing, nursing and play on women’s golf team.

Career plans: Nursing.

Maizy Kesterson

Parents: Tommy and Ami Kesterson

GPA: 4.337 (weighted)

Honors, awards: WUE scholarship through Montana State University, Kiwanis Club student of the month (May), AP Scholar with honors.

College plans: Montana State University to study graphic design.

Career plans: Unsure.

Malia Sprague

Parents: David and Courtney Sprague

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Summit Scholarship at the University of Oregon ($24,000), Britt Foundation scholarship ($1,000), PEO Foundation scholarship ($1,500), Lundquist College of Business scholarship ($1,725), DECA business club national qualifier, DECA business club state champion, National Honor Society member (2016-2018).

College plans: University of Oregon to study business administration and marketing.

Career plans: not listed.

Robby Carle

Parents: Scott and Stacy Carle

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Discovery student of the month, Kiwanis student of the month, Rotary student of the month, marching band freshman of the year, Band Council President, Baseball — second team all-conference catcher (2017) and all-conference utility player (2018), bowling — rookie of the year, Colorado School of Mines Harvey Scholar semifinalist.

College plans: Colorado School of Mines.

Career plans: Chemical engineering and chemistry.

Zena Stevens

Parents: David and Tracy Stevens

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Biliterate seal in Spanish, varsity swim team, state qualifier in the precalculus division of Math Team and National Honor Society.

College plans: Pacific University, planning to double major in math and Spanish with a physics minor.

Career plans: Teach high school math.

Seth Cannon

Parents: Steve and Cyndi Cannon

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Russell M Nelson Presidential Scholarship, AP Scholar with Distinction and National Merit Semifinalist.

College plans: Brigham Young University, (after church mission), majoring in sociology and minor in psychology.

Career plans: Behavioral economics or law.


Micayla Dye

Parents: Robert Dye and Shawna Manfre

GPA: 3.6

Honors, awards: A leader for the CMHS flower and vegetable garden, student mentor at Wilson Elementary, volunteered for many school activities.

College plans: Undetermined, interested in environmental science and psychology.

Career plans: Own property and become self-sustaining.


Ian Shibley-Styer

Parents: Trish Styer and Mark Shibley

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Ashland Rotary student of the month, Ashland High School fall scholar-athlete, Ashland Class of 2018 “Class Clown,” AHS Top Performer, National Honor Society, AHS 2017 Outstanding Chemistry Student, Oregon State University Deans Engineering Scholarship and OSU Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship.

College plans: Oregon State University Honors College, pursuing a mechanical engineering degree.

Career plans: Developer and designer of renewable energy technologies.

Claire Pryor

Parents: Rina and Karl Pryor

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Rotary Youth Exchange student in Chile, youth representative on the city’s Climate and Energy Action Plan committee, robotics team captain, cross-country captain and varsity runner, also a varsity track runner and principal clarinet.

College plans: Harvard University, to study international relations and environmental policy.

Career plans: Work in foreign policy, preferably as a diplomat or an ambassador, focused on developing environmental policy and climate change.

Olivia Gower

Parents: Julie O’Dwyer and Andrew Gower

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Art Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Rotary International Exchange Student and Southern Oregon Best of the Best participant (2016 and 2018).

College plans: Double majoring in anthropology and political science at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. int eh honors program.

Career plans: Political adviser, U.S. diplomat, ambassador or ambassador to the United Nations.

Julia Hogan Laurenson

Parents: Jane Hogan and Chuck Laurenson

GPA: 4.2 (weighted)

Honors, awards: Ashland Rotary Club student of the month, Oregon State Thespian Conference Spotlight Award (for work with Project Up Club), Oregon State Acting Competition Showcase Performer, Oregon State Acting Competition state qualifier (three times).

College plans: Northwestern University.

Career plans: Performing arts, either as an actor, director, dramaturge, teaching artist or some combination of all four.

Madeline Shumway

Parents: Scott and Wendy Shumway

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Math honors program, co-editor in chief of the yearbook, president of Knit Wits school club.

College plans: Brigham Young University, to study astrophysics.

Career plans: Astronaut or working and doing research with NASA.

Adam Jones

Parents: Greg and Liz Jones

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Rotary Youth Leadership Scholar, three-time varsity player in basketball, National Honor Society and an Ashland High Top Performer (4.0 GPA for four straight years).

College plans: University of Portland, Shiley School of Engineering.

Career plans: Work with sustainable energy.

Julian Rice

Parents: Steve Rice and Tara Frazier-Rice

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Merit Scholar 2018, Cal Poly Merit Scholar, Oregon Invitational Math Tournament qualifier four consecutive years, placing second in geometry, first in algebra two and fourth in pre-calculus, Kiwanis student of the month, Co-captain of the AHS policy debate team, competitor in the first-place AHS varsity brain bowl team and a U.S.A. climbing competitor since 2014.

College plans: Cal Poly San Louis Obispo engineering program with an emphasis in computer science.

Career plans: Not listed.


Marina Croy

Parents: Daren and Heidi Croy

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: 2018 all-state cheerleading team member, Quest Bridge Scholar, Rogue Rotary student, Kiwanis student of the month, National Honor Society and member of Oregon’s top-ranked cheerleading stunt team.

College plans: Attend Washington and Lee University in Virginia, majoring in political science and journalism.

Career plans: Work for the C.I.A. or as a journalist in Washington, D.C.


Olivia King

Parents: Amy Schacht and John King

GPA: 4.08

Honors, awards: National Merit Finalist, Cum Laude Society member, Best Watercolor in Best of the Best regional high school art show, AP Scholar with Distinction, Excellence in Chinese Department Award and Excellence in Science Department Award.

College plans: Tufts University, Neubacher Scholars Program, double major in civics studies and political science.

Career plans: Work for equality and positive change.


Talisha Bullock

Parents: Deena Collier, with support of Amy and Brian Nahss.

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Teen Character Award, student of the year, student of the month, student school board representative, Ford Family Foundation Scholarship.

College plans: University of Oregon, major in physiology.

Career plans: Emergency medical technician or athletic trainer.


Malea Sandrock

Parents: Eric and Lisa Sandrock

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: Honor roll, Future Farmers of America grand and reserve grand champion in poultry showmanship and an open class winner in multiple division at the Jackson County Fair.

College plans: Southern Oregon University, majoring in business.

Career plans: Undecided.


Kaden Petersen

Parents: Chad and Rikki Petersen

GPA: 4.05 (weighted)

Honors, awards: Academic Excellence, BIS Leads Award, Central Point Rotary student of the month, Scholar Athlete and Crater Top 5 Percent.

College plans: Oregon State University, major in engineering.

Career plans: Work as an engineer for NASA or Space-X.


Dakota Merrifield

Parents: Louann Prince and Shavannah Bouge

GPA: 3.73

Honors, awards: Four presidential community service awards, National Society of Highland Scholars, Society of Torch & Laurel, student body president and speech and debate captain.

College plans: Attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study biology.

Career plans: Work in the biology and ecology field as a scientist.


Marcus Christiaan Wiggers

Parents: Marcel and Heidi Wiggers

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Honor Society, three years on Hawks varsity basketball and one year as captain of the basketball team.

College plans: Walla Walla University, studying history and pre-medicine.

Career plans: Dermatology or law.


Jacob Tambellini

Parents: Joseph and Kimberly Tambellini

Honors, awards: Varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball for four years and National Honor Society.

College plans: Southern Oregon University, with a focus in pre-medicine, followed by attending OHSU’s medical school with a focus in orthopedic surgery.

Career plans: Orthopedic surgeon.

Kayla Mantlo

Parents: Connie and Kristopher Mantlo

GPA: 4.0

Honors, awards: National Honor Society, varsity letter in soccer and participant in after-school drama program for 17 plays in six years.

College plans: Portland State University, pre-nursing degree with minors in foreign language and theater, followed by transfer to Oregon Health and Science University for master’s degree.

Career plans: Nurse practitioner.


Rowan Berry

GPA: 4.73 (corrected)

Parents: Jason and Leah Berry

Honors, awards: Logos honors diploma, associates degree of general studies from Rogue Community College, Alpha Zeta Pi (RCC honor society), multiple RCC President’s Awards, RCC Vice President’s Award and Logos Principal List, Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout award, selected for Portland State University Research Experience for undergraduates, presenting research at the American Geophysical Union international conference in 2017.

College plans: Brigham Young University, major in chemistry, pursue a PhD. in chemistry.

Career plans: Chemistry researcher.


Joshua Bruce

Parents: Caleb and Lisa Bruce

GPA: 3.84

Honors, awards: Gold, silver and bronze medals in cross-country and track, and first place in age group in the 18-mile Lost Creek Trail Run.

College plans: Corban University, master’s of divinity.

Career plans: Youth pastor and eventually a senior pastor.


Ryan Laws

Parents: Darryl and Natasha Laws

GPA: 4.11

Honors, awards: Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Central Point Rotary student of the year, University of Oregon Presidential Scholar, National Honor Society president and southern representative to the Oregon Association of Student Councils.

College plans: University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, studying political science.

Career plans: Become a lawyer and then a judge.


Kylie Mons

Parents: Ann and Brian Mons

GPA: 4.07

Honors, awards: English student of the year, zoology student of the year, advanced Spanish student of the year and Principal’s Award.

College plans: University of Oregon, studying biochemistry.

Career plans: To study neuroscience and medicine, possible cures for chronic illnesses and other diseases.

Compiled by Kaylee Tornay

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