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Hayden High School graduates 18 on Sunday, nets $101K in scholarships

Austin Colbert

— Like any valedictorian, Hayden High School senior Jof Deckler has a plan for his future. His is a rather open-ended plan with no visible finish line, but it's still a way to give him a sense of direction with his adult life getting ready to take shape.

"I didn't want to go to a university not knowing what I wanted to do," Deckler said. "I wanted to find my passion here, in the comfort of my own valley and my own home."

Despite his 4.14 grade point average and Summa Cum Laude status, Deckler plans to begin his post-high school journey at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig. There, he hopes to find his passion in life and eventually move on to a four-year school.

Deckler was one of three Tiger seniors to graduate Summa Cum Laude and one of 18 to walk across the stage Sunday during their 2016 class graduation inside the Hayden High School gymnasium.

"I feel a lot of pride and very connected to my class. I'm very proud to have graduated with them," Deckler said. "Being with them for the last four years and being valedictorian, there is no greater honor. We appreciate each other and I feel greatly honored by them."

To date, the 2016 class has received $101,200 in scholarship and grant money for college. Among Deckler's haul is a two-year, $4,000 CNCC Vice President Scholarship.

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Hayden's most lucrative scholarship recipient this year is class salutatorian Zoe Flannery — also graduating Summa Cum Laude — who has been awarded more than $50,000 over four years to attend Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. Flannery plans to study marine biology.

"Between my freshman and sophomore year, I traveled to Australia with a program called People to People," Flannery said. "We went snorkeling and helmet diving like three or four different times while we were there, and I just fell in love with the ocean."

The third Summa Cum Laude graduate is Mackenzie Fry, who has been awarded more than $17,000 over four years to attend Montana State University. She plans to double major in biochemistry and chemistry in pursuit of a career in pediatric oncology.

Hunter Rummel graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Three students — Kenny Corriveau, Samuel Newman and Trent Seely — also earned a welding certification from the school.

"It's definitely a relief. It's been a long four years," Fry said about graduating. "We are really small and we have strong, strong opinions and aren't afraid to show it. That's something I will definitely remember. They taught me to fight for what I want."

The rest of the 2016 Hayden graduates include Garrett Camilletti, Tyra Camilletti, Nasia Chavez-Ramos, Emma Johnson, Judd Magee, Shaelynn Salazar, Jack Trapp, Jewel Vreeman, Thomas Wade, Lacey Warning and Jonathon Wright.

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