Spotlight on Youth



Kaleb Burris


The Hudson’s Bay Branch of the American Association of University Women awarded Certificates of Excellence in STEM subjects–science, technology, engineering and mathematics–to 50 local high school junior girls at a May 18 reception at Washington State University Vancouver. The juniors honored were:

Battle Ground High School

Kyla Pohl, mathematics; and Laura Shannon, science.

CAM High School

Kaitlin Pankratz, mathematics; and Bonnie McRae, science.

Camas High School

Sophie Shoemaker, mathematics; Meghal Sheth, science; and Christina Elliott, technology.

Cedar Tree Classical Christian School

Anna Reddington and Sarah Sheets, mathematics, science and technology.

Columbia Adventist Academy

Lindsay Salsbery, mathematics, Alix Farnsworth, science; and Patricia Booth, technology.

Columbia High School, White Salmon

Juliet Knowles, mathematics; Savannah Story, science; and Sonia Cortez, technology.

Excelsior High School

Hannah Shilling, science.

Firm Foundation Christian School

Anna Nelson, mathematics; and Heidi Rogers, science.

Hayes Freedom High School

Kara Blake, mathematics; and Phoebe Jud, science.

Hockinson High School

Meghan VanderMaas, mathematics; and Grace Gunderson, science.

King’s Way Christian School

Teagan Haden, science; and Halle Colf, technology.

La Center High School

Jenna Melanson, mathematics; Victoria Lamkin, science; and Rachel Lee, technology.

Prairie High School

Jamie Ferris, mathematics; and Paula Hoover, science.

Ridgefield High School

Sophie Miller, mathematics; Katie Collins, science; and Lauren Weatherford, technology.

River HomeLink

Mariah Curtiss, mathematics; Abigail Mihaiuc, science; and Olivia Martinsen, technology.

Seton Catholic College Preparatory High School

Samantha Ramsey, mathematics; Michaela “Katie” McNichol, science; and Jorie Freitag, technology.

Stevenson High School

Marina Levy, mathematics and science.

Summit View High School

Ester Rybalka, mathematics; and Camille Baker, science.

Washougal High School

Paige Moore, mathematics; Lenea Kelchner, science; and Inga Opalinska, technology.

Woodland High School

Kayla Moody, mathematics.


Kaleb Burris, a junior at Evergreen High School, placed third at the WMEA/WIAA State Solo & Ensemble Contest, April 26 in Ellensburg. Burris, a baritone, competed with 24 other state-level baritones in his division. He lives with his family in Battle Ground.

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