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Coupeville's top ten graduating seniors show passion in education and community

June 4, 2014 · Updated 9:29 PM
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Coupeville's top ten seniors are, from left, Briess Potter, Ben Etzell, Sean Donley, Ben Haight, Breeanna Messner, Heni Barnes, Megan Oakes, Jared Dickson, Brandon Kelly and Brett Arnold. / Megan Hansen photo

Coupeville High School’s top ten students in its 2014 graduating class encompass students who are passionate about education and their community.

While maintaining high marks throughout high school, these students do so while also participating in school groups, sports and various community activities. Many of the students are actively involved in church and other community programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. These students serve in roles of leadership in their school, even forming new groups.

Many have gone to state and national competitions with groups they are involved with, whether academic or sports related. Coupeville’s top ten is the cream of the crop.

They will join the rest of the graduating class in receiving their diplomas 6 p.m. Friday, June 6 in the Coupeville High School gymnasium.

HENI BARNES — VALEDICTORIAN

Time lived in Coupeville: 14 years

GPA: 4.0

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“I plan to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks for two years and then to transfer to the University of Wisconsin. I will earn a dual major in geology and geophysics and then hope to go on and earn a masters in planetary geology. I’ve have always had a passion for outer space and a strong interest in rock formations and geology in general, so combining the two seems like a perfect match for me! My ultimate goal is to work for NASA as a planetary geologist and astronaut mission specialist.”

JARED DICKSON —  VALEDICTORIAN

Time lived in Coupeville: 15 years

GPA: 4.0

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“After high school, I will be serving a two-year mission for my church in Lima, Peru. Following my mission, I will then be attending Brigham Young University and working to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. After BYU, I then hope to be accepted into dental school and receive my doctorate in dental surgery.”

BRETT ARNOLD — SALUTATORIAN

Time lived in Coupeville: 18 years

GPA: 3.99

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“I plan to attend Azusa Pacific University, a four-year private christian university. Here I will pursue a bachelor of the fine arts in the cinematic arts.”

BEN HAIGHT —  SALUTATORIAN

Time lived in Coupeville: 6 years

GPA: 3.99

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“I have been accepted to the University of Washington, with direct admission to the School of Engineering (specifically civil engineering). I plan to become a civil engineer, as this is a career interest I have had since the beginning of high school.”

SEAN DONLEY

Time lived in Coupeville: 10 years

GPA: 3.95

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“I will attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah ,in the winter term of 2015. I will gain a bachelor’s of science, then transfer to the University of Washington to enter their medical school program. I plan to graduate med school with a degree in general medicine.”

BENJAMIN ETZELL

Time lived in Coupeville: 15 years

GPA: 3.94

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“I have committed to go to Saint John’s University in Minnesota next year and am undecided on a major but will minor in exercise science and sport studies. I will also be playing baseball. Eventually, I plan on becoming a physical therapist or athletic trainer. My dad went to Saint John’s, so that certainly had an influence on my decision, but ultimately I chose it because of the great financial package they provided me with and the experience I had when I visited.”

BRANDON KELLY

Time lived in Coupeville: 6 years

GPA: 3.9

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“I plan to attend California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. I am attending this school in the major of computer engineering because I’d like to design software in my career.”

BREEANNA MESSNER

Time lived in Coupeville: 17 years

GPA: 3.9

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“After high school, I will be attending San Diego State University to pursue a degree in either organic chemistry or medical sciences. My favorite subjects are anything science based, and so by choosing either of these majors, I will prepare myself for my future. I plan to pursue a career in Medicine, and I believe that these majors will give me at better chance at succeeding in medical school.”

MEGAN OAKES

Time lived in Coupeville: 13 years

GPA: 3.8

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“I will be attending the University of Washington next year, with tentative career goals in journalism. Over the summer, I could possibly be going to Spain to participate in UW’s 21st Century learning program and earn credits through a student-led project. I also intend to take advantage of UW’s prolific study-abroad programs. I love travel, and hope to do so extensively after college.”

BRIESS POTTER

Time lived in Coupeville: 18 years

GPA:  3.75

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What are your plans after high school? Why?

“I will be attending the University of Utah, majoring in engineering and minoring in political science. I’ve been accepted into the Honors College and the College of Engineering. I plan to apply to the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U, and join a sorority. I love the engineering sciences and plan to focus my studies in either nuclear or nanotechnology engineering. It is my goal that after I have worked in the engineering field I will pursue a career serving in the U.S. government or diplomatic corps.”

 


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