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Get to know the top ten LSHS seniors

Published on Tue, Jun 7, 2011
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 Launa Blaine, Juliana Borges, Corinne Burke, Kamran Ali, Seth Whittington,
Leah Ray, Raelene Richmond, Malia McAvoy, Darin Nettleton, Shawn Cooper. 

 

Kamran Ali will be attending the University of Washington next fall where he plans on majoring in pre-medicine and majoring in biomedical engineering.    Over the past two years at LSHS Ali has challenged himself academically taking creative writing, photography, physics, advanced grammar, honors contemporary American issues and contemporary world issues, Advance Placement classes in calculus – AB and BC, chemistry, US history, art history, biology, and University of Washington Extension classes in English and Spanish.


Ali is motivated by his desire to become a doctor and believes his strength is his desire to succeed.  The class that he has learned the most in thus far is AP biology and names Mr. Kelly, his UW English teacher, as his favorite.
Ali states that the best part about LSHS is all the friends he has made and experiences he has had, and the part he likes the least is having to leave so soon.  While enjoying high school he has been involved in Knowledge Bowl,  HiQ and Senior Class Vice President.

This summer he planned to travel  to Pakistan to attend his cousin’s wedding and upon return again volunteering in a local hospital.  Ali has attended Lake Stevens schools since kindergarten and his parents are Mohammad and Rakhshanda Ali.
Launa Blaine will be attending the University of Washington this fall where she is interested in focusing her studies in the area of physics.  Some of the classes she has taken at LSHS include Advanced Placement courses in chemistry, English, calculus AB and BC, University of Washington Extension English and Spanish, physics, drafting, photography, British literature, creative writing, weight training, and honors contemporary American issues and contemporary world issues.
At LSHS Blaine’s toughest class is UW Extension English, it is also the class in which she has learned the most, and the instructor, Mr. Kelly, is her all-time favorite teacher.  She is motivated to get her work done so she can relax.

The best part of high school has been the people in her classes and the most difficult part is not getting enough sleep.  Blaine names the areas of math and science as her strengths.

This summer she is looking forward to camping, being with her friends, visiting Las Vegas, sleeping, listening to music, watching The Big Bang Theory and eating.  She has attended Lake Stevens Schools since kindergarten and her parents are George and Erika Blaine.

Juliana Borges has been accepted the University of Washington’s Honors Program next fall. Her current interest area of study is public health or global health and she plans on minoring in Spanish.  For the past two years at LSHS she has taken Advanced Placement classes in US history, calculus, and statistics; University of Washington Extension classes in Spanish and English; and classes in advanced grammar/advanced literature, chemistry, photography, design, careers in education, and honors contemporary world issues and contemporary American issues.

Borges cites calculus as the toughest class she has taken to date, and Spanish as the class in which she has learned the most, stating that she is on her way to becoming fluent in speaking the language.  Although it was difficult to pick out just one teacher as a favorite she picked Mr. Talley, her AP US History teacher.

Like most high school students, the part that she least likes is the early hour that school begins every day.  She states that the best part about LSHS is the many teachers she has met as well as the camaraderie she has found in playing two school sports.  She is motivated by her future and finds strength in her sense of determination.

This summer will find Borges working as a volunteer intern with United Way for about 15 hours a week.  She also plans to do some tutoring and have some fun during this upcoming “longest summer of my life,” nearly four months until school starts at the UW – September 28, 2011.

Borges attended Lake schools since first grade. Her parents are Mark and Dian Broges.

Corinne Burke plans on attending Northwest University and is interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. Classes that she has taken over the past two years include: Medical Assisting at Sno-Isle Skill Center, French, US history, math analysis, chemistry, calculus, contemporary American Issues and contemporary world issues, novels and writing exposition, and photography.

Burke is motivated by challenges and states that while her toughest class is calculus, that math is also her area strength.    The class that she has learned the most in is calculus and her all time favorite teacher is Mr. Hein.
At LSHS she has enjoyed her involvement in sports and her friends; she has least enjoyed the drama that goes along with life on the high school campus.

Corinne has been involved in basketball, track, church, and One Voice.  She has attended Lake Stevens schools for the past four years and her parents are Shaun and Tonja Burke.

Shawn Cooper will be off to West Point in New York  this summer where he will begin basic training and in the fall begin his academic course study where he would like to major in Chemistry Life Sciences. At LSHS Cooper has taken a steady diet of Advanced Placement courses including biology, English, US history and calculus.  Additional classes include German 3-4, leadership, physics, University of Washington Extension English, military history, honors contemporary American issues and contemporary world issues and leadership.

For Cooper the toughest class he has taken was AP US history, the class he learned the most in was AP biology, and his all time favorite teacher is Mrs. Aubol, science instructor.  He is motivated by the fact that he has been accepted to West Point.
At LSHS Cooper has enjoyed all the “cool” people he has met and has found strength in making friendships.  Other activities he has participated in include Boy Scouts, track, violin lessons, tennis, ASB leadership and Tae Kwon Do.

Cooper has attended lake schools since kindergarten and his parents are Sandra and John Cooper.

Malia McAvoy will be attending Brandeis University in Boston next fall where she will be double majoring in neuroscience and psychology.  Some of the classes she has challenged herself with at LSHS include Advanced Placement English, US History, and Calculus B/C; University of Washington Extension English/literature; leadership, video production and honors contemporary world issues and American issues.

McAvoy states that she is always up for a challenge and that she finds strength in martial arts. The class that she has learned the most in is UW English, which is taught by Mr. Kelly, who is her all-time favorite teacher.

Other activities she has been involved include ASB Leadership, Search and Rescue and piano.  This summer McAvoy plans to take Advanced Placement music theory.  She has attended Lake schools since kindergarten and her parents are Kimberely and Michael McAvoy.

Darin Nettleton will be attending Wheaton College in Illinois this fall where he will major in Civil Engineering.  Some of the challenging classes he has taken at LSHS include Advanced Placement classes in  B/C calculus, English, biology US history; University of Washington Extension Spanish; and pre-calculus,  band, physics, exposition and honors contemporary American issues and world issues.
Nettleton sites AP chemistry as the toughest class he as taken as LSHS, AP biology as the class he has learned the most in and science teacher Mr. Bob Ingraham as his favorite teacher.   He is motivated by the price of college and hopes that by taking hard classes he will reduce the cost of his college education.
Playing trumpet in the LSHS band is what he has liked best about LSHS and gum under the desks is what he likes least!   He sites his strength as being loud and outgoing.  Other activities he’s been involved in include band – Drum Major, cross country – Captain, and track.
This summer Nettleton is planning a mission trip to Puerto Rico.  He has attended Lake schools since 7th grade and his parents are Scott and Teresa Nettleton.

Leah Ray will be attending Western Washington University in the fall where she plans to major in elementary education. For the past two years at LSHS Ray got a taste for elementary education by enrolling in Careers in Education where she gained elementary classroom experience.  Additionally she took math analysis, advanced literature/composition, college prep math, physics, contemporary world issues and contemporary American issues and Advanced Placement classes in US history, psychology, and English.

Ray is self motivated, hard working and finds support from her family. At LSHS she has most enjoyed the Careers in Education classes she has taken and the opportunity to work with elementary aged children.  The teacher and class she has liked and learned the most in is AP psychology with Mr. Berg.

Other activities she has been involved in include teaching and working with children and tennis.  This summer she intended to continue working at Snohomish Public Library to save money for college. 

Ray has attended Lake schools since third grade and her parents are Ronay and Natasha Gibson.

Raelene Richmond plans to attend Everett Community for two years and then transfer to Western Washington University where she plans to major in math.   Over the past two years Richmond has taken the following classes: chemistry,
trigonometry, US history, Spanish, creative Writing, advanced grammar, pre-calculus, honors contemporary world issues and contemporary American issues, novels/American literature, digital design, food and fitness, Spanish 3-4, and advanced photography.

The toughest class to date for Richmond is advanced grammar while the class she has learned the most in is math analysis. Her all-time favorite instructor is math teacher, Mr. Hein.  She is motivated by challenges and believes that math is her strongest subject. 

At LSHS she has enjoyed the high school experience but least likes the drama associated with it.  Other activities she has been involved in include varsity tennis, Relay 4 Life, and part-time work at Polo Ralph Lauren.

This summer she plans to spend time with family and friends and do some traveling.  Richmond has attended Lake schools for the past four years and her parents are Rosie and David Richmond.

Seth Whittington will be driving across the state this fall to attend Washington State University.  Classes that Seth has taken over the past two years include Advanced Placement Calculus, US history, chemistry, creative writing, lifeguard training drafting, digital design, world literature, physics, advanced weight training, contemporary American issues and contemporary world issues, and Everett Community College classes in math and engineering.

Physics is the class where Whittington has learned the most, his all-time favorite teacher is Mr. Davis, and the toughest class he has taken is AP calculus.  He is motivated by sports and the outdoors and names athletics as his strength. 

The best part of LSHS is all his friends and the least favorable part of high school for Seth is the homework.  Other than school work Seth enjoys camping, lacrosse, basketball, rowing, fishing and hunting.

This summer he is looking forward to having some fun and getting a job.  He has attended Lake schools since kindergarten and his parents are Bob and Joan Whittington.

 
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