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Introducing our 2017 CCHS Valedictorians and Salutatorians

May 25, 2017
By Cascade Chronicle

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! And congratulations to our Valedictorians and Salutatorians - here's what they had to say (listed alphabetically):

Valedictorians

 

Sean Hussey

What are your future plans?

I will be attending Seattle Pacific University to get an engineering degree.

How long have you been at CCS?

I have been at CCS twelve years, since first grade.

How has CCS prepared you academically for your future?

CCS has given me the skills and tools I need to prepare for an academic future. Specifically, the math program has helped me prepare for an engineering degree.

How has CCS prepared you spiritually/personally?

CCS has given me multiple examples of  disciple of Jesus, and has built a great Christian foundation.

What is your favorite memory of school at CCS?

My favorite memory of school at CCS is the homecoming senior year.

Who do you admire?

There are two teachers that I admire past normality. The first is Mrs. McCrady for basically teaching me to write papers with success and for approaching education seriously while still being funny. The second is Mr. Manchester for displaying an example of a Godly man, and for perfectly teaching me algebra, calculus, and statistics.

 

Grayson Jones

What are your future plans?

I am going to the University of Washington, and then to medical school to become a physical therapist.

How long have you been at CCS?

Since Pre-Kindergarten

How has CCS prepared you academically for your future?

The amount of work we have to do has taught me how to manage my time.

How has CCS prepared you spiritually/personally?

Mr. Eklund made me think deeply about my faith and not just blindly accept things. The people here have taught me how to be compassionate.

What is your favorite memory of school at CCS?

When Mr. Manchester tried to open a banana with an apple peeler.

 

Amanda Kasper

What are your future plans?

I will be attending Northwest University in the fall and studying to become a Nurse Practitioner.

How long have you been at CCS?

I have been at Cascade for eight years: second grade, fourth grade, and seventh through twelfth grade.

How has CCS prepared you academically for your future?

Cascade's rigorous classes and knowledgeable teachers have all taught me, not only in whichever subject I've taken, but also how to love learning itself.

How has CCS prepared you spiritually/personally?

The teachers, students, and administrators at Cascade create a supportive and loving Christian environment, and I have learned what it means to have a good relationship with Christ and with other people.

What is your favorite memory of school at CCS?

Some of my favorite memories at Cascade have been during our lunchtime "Book Club" my junior year, where my friends and I were able to eat together, joke together, and talk about the books that we read together.

Who do you admire?

I admire Mrs. Paige Wescott for her drive, energy, and passion for life. She has a heart to love and serve others in any way she can, and she models what it means to make the best of every situation.

 

Sarah Pemberton

What are your future plans?

I am going to the University of Washington Seattle, where I'll major in biology. I hope to pursue a career in medical research.

How long have you been at CCS?

I've been here for nearly fifteen years, since three-year-old preschool class.

How has CCS prepared you academically for your future?

I've been able to take many challenging AP and STEM classes, including AP biology. It was that class that helped me find my purpose before God.

How has CCS prepared you spiritually/personally?

CCS has provided me with a nurturing spiritual environment and brought a Christian worldview into every class. It's a place where my faith may be discussed freely.

What is your favorite memory of school at CCS?

AP biology class, after the AP test was over in May.

Who do you admire?

I admire Mrs. McCrady for her devotion to the students and laudable pun-making ability. I also admire Mrs. Barry, my junior high math teacher.

 

Kalina Whiteford

What are your future plans?

I am going to attend Pacific Lutheran University in the Fall of 2017. I intend on majoring in pre-medicine.

How long have you been at CCS?

I have been at CCS for 13 years.

How has CCS prepared you academically for your future?

The AP, concurrent, and Honors classes I have take throughout high school have challenged me and given me a better idea of what classes are like in college.

How has CCS prepared you spiritually/personally?

I have been able to receive a Christ-centerd education at CCS, which has allowed me to learn more about God.

What is your favorite memory of school at CCS?

My favorite memory of school at CCS was being a TA for Mrs.McCrady and Mrs. Warren.

Who do you admire?

I admire Jesus and the humility he showed when he was on earth.


Salutatorians

 

Jason Lim

What are your future plans?

I am going to the University of Washington, and then going to a prestigious medical school to become a neurosurgeon.

How long have you been at CCS?

I have been here since the second semester of seventh grade.

How has CCS prepared you academically for your future?

CCS sparked my interest in both STEM and humanities.

How has CCS prepared you spiritually/personally?

It showed me how some Christians view life.

What is your favorite memory of school at CCS?

When Jack T. sprayed lighter fluid during physics.

Who do you admire?

Sir Isaac Newston 

 

Abigail Zoccola

What are your future plans?

In the fall I plan to attend Azusa Pacific University and begin in their nursing program.

How long have you been at CCS?

I have been here seven years, since sixth grade.

How has CCS prepared you academically for your future?

Cascade Christian has allowed me to take several honors and AP classes. Being in small classes has made my learning more in-depth, where I could ask questions and my teachers were able to invest time and attention into my learning.

How has CCS prepared you spiritually/personally?

Cascade Christian has an environment that values relationship. Throughout my time at CCS I have made many life long relationships with my teachers and classmates, that have challenged me spiritually, and taught me more about myself.

What is your favorite memory of school at CCS?

The best memories I have are of spending time with my classmates. I loved decorating the school with the senior class on the night before color wars day.

Who do you admire?

My dad. He is my best friend. I hope to be more like him in the way he makes decisions, leads, and walks with the Lord. My dad has always seen the best in me and challenged me to be better than I was yesterday.

 

Colleen Houghton says:
May 26, 2017 12:53 AM CST
Blessed to watch and be part of the parenting group of the CCS class of 2017! Excited to see what God has in store for this entire class of unique and great students.