Aberdeen High School named 14 top scholars for the Class of 2014. They each earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or better.
The daughter of Mark and Cindy Smith of Cosmopolis will graduate with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, to study trombone performance. She hopes to continue her music study in graduate school and eventually teach music at the college level, have a private music studio, and perform. Sadie is a Running Start student, a World Class Scholar, and was selected as a Washington Scholar alternate. She is a member of the AHS Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble, Grays Harbor Symphony Orchestra, Grays Harbor College Jazz Band and Jazz Choir, All Northwest Jazz Band, All-State Jazz Band, Northwest High School Honor Band, and Grays Harbor Bearcats Pep Band. This spring Sadie finished 3rd in the State Solo and Ensemble Competition in Ellensburg, the first Grays Harbor high school musician to finish in the top three in the past 15 years. Sadie is a four year graduate of the LDS Early Morning Seminary and has worked at the Aberdeen School District Administration Office for the past two years. She is a two year varsity letter winner in track and earned varsity letters in basketball and soccer. Sadie enjoys reading and composing music and teaches private piano and trombone lessons.
The son of Pamela and Roger Caba of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.99 GPA. He will complete his AS at Grays Harbor College before transferring to Eastern Washington University in Cheney to study physical therapy. He would like to someday own his own practice. Seth is a four year varsity letter winner in soccer and swimming and was chosen captain for both teams during his senior year. During his time at AHS he earned nine varsity letters and was a nine time scholar athlete. Seth is a member of the Washington Officials Association and has five years of experience as a Grade 8 soccer referee.
The daughter of Jennifer Miller and Jeff Timmons of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.98 GPA. She will attend Alderson-Broaddus University in West Virginia on a softball scholarship. She plans to study psychology and hopes to one day be an FBI profiler or a sports psychologist. Alexxi has earned 12 varsity letters at AHS playing soccer, basketball, and softball, and has earned All-League honors in soccer and softball. She is a seven time Top Scholar athlete and a 12 time Scholar Athlete. She is also a member of the Renaissance Action Team.
Ryan D. Thornton
The son Kristie and Douglas Thornton of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.98 GPA. He will attend Grays Harbor College before transferring to South Puget Sound Community College. He plans to earn his AA, study Fire Science, and become an EMT. At AHS, Ryan is a member of the Renaissance Action Team, the golf team, and the Leo Club. He is co-founder of the AHS Math Olympiad and a 3-year State participant. He works at the YMCA as a Youth and Teen Mentor. Ryan will graduate this June from the Grays Harbor Fire District #2 Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Academy and volunteers with Fire District #2.
The daughter of William and Joan Rabung of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.979 GPA. She will attend Richmond University in London, England, to study Business Management and Fashion Marketing. She hopes to improve the lives of young people by eliminating negative self-talk through the positive use of the media and fashion industry. Molly has been on the AHS golf and swim teams all four years and was named captain of the swim team her junior year. She is a member of Honor Society and the vice-president of the Leo Club. She has worked with both ASB and Leadership. Molly works at the YMCA and coaches youth swim team. She volunteers on park and beach clean-ups throughout the area.
The daughter of Chuck Nelson and Terri Watters of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.97 GPA. She will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., to study Electrical Engineering with a minor in Communications. While at AHS she has been involved in ASB, orchestra, and volleyball, where she earned two varsity letters and was named a Scholar Athlete. She is a World Class Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and the Leo Club, and has been a student leader at the Outdoor School for three years. Erika is a Silver and Gold Award winner and was the Rotary Student of the Month for October 2013. She has placed 2nd twice at the Washington State Math Council Regional competition and placed 2nd at the Washington State Radio Awards for her Public Service Campaign. With the SkillsUSA organization she has been chosen Sergeant-at-Arms and Vice-president of the local chapter. At the state level she has served two terms as president, and has been an Olympic Region Representative and three year member of the Board of Directors. At the national level, Erika has been elected the Region 5 vice-president and served as the Head Delegate.
The daughter of Brent and Lisa Boone of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.949 GPA. She will complete her AA at Grays Harbor College and then transfer to a four-year university to complete a degree in physical therapy. She plans to one day own her own physical therapy practice or work at a hospital. At AHS she has been a member of SkillsUSA, ASB, and the Leo Club, a community service organization. She has participated in both fastpitch and soccer. Stephanie enjoys video games, hiking and writing.
The son of Jim and Michelle Weiberg of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.948 GPA. He plans to attend Grays Harbor College before transferring to Central Washington University to study construction management. He hopes to become a construction manager at a large construction company. While at AHS, Jordan has been involved with the marching and pep bands, the Frisbee Club, and the golf team. He has participated in SkillsUSA demonstrating his carpentry skills. He would like to thank his family, friends, and teachers for their support during his time in high school.
The daughter of Todd and Renee Fisher of Cosmopolis will graduate with a 3.941 GPA. She plans to attend the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma where she will play soccer. She will study biology and minor in art in preparation for a career as a pediatric dentist. While at AHS, she starred on the basketball and soccer teams. She is artistic and enjoys drawing and painting.
The daughter Tim Medley and Stephanie Melton-Talevich, both of Cosmopolis, will graduate with a 3.93 GPA. She plans to attend Western Washington University in Bellingham to study business administration. She hopes to become an event planner. Meghan is a World Class Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Grays Harbor College Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Tyee Club service organization. At AHS she played soccer and tennis. She enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and riding Sea-Doos and quads.
The daughter of Tricia and Mike McIntosh of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.922 GPA. She will complete her AA at Grays Harbor College before transferring to Western Washington University in Bellingham to study Language and Spanish Language Education. She hopes to one day teach high school Spanish. At AHS, Amelia is a member of the Renaissance Action Team, Club Mud, and the golf team. She enjoys photography, videography, and design, and works part-time at Smitty’s In and Out in Elma. Amelia would like to express special thanks to her family, Senora Kasi Turner, and Ms. Cori Krick for all they have done for her.
The son of Tina Villa of Aberdeen and grandson of Rachelle and Murrel Logan of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.85 GPA. He will attend Saint Martin’s University in Olympia to study criminal justice. He plans to play baseball in college and hopes to have a chance to play in the major leagues. He also hopes to one day be a forensic detective in a large city. At AHS, Jordon competed in football, baseball and wrestling. His senior year he placed fourth in state in wrestling and was the academic state champion in his weight class. He is also a member of the Renaissance Action Team. Jordon added: “I would like to thank my mom because without all her help, love, and support, I would not be the young man I am today”.
The son of Amber and Chris Metke of Aberdeen will graduate with a 3.84 GPA. He will attend Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., to study advertising and marketing. He hopes to one day be a public relations specialist. He is a World Class Scholar, vice-president of FBLA, and vice-president of the AHS chapter of the National Honor Society. He was a four-time member of the Honor Roll and a four-time Scholar Athlete. He is a copy editor on the high school yearbook, a captain on the track team, and a member of Link Crew, a group that works to help freshman make a successful transition to high school. Miles also works part-time at Desert Sun.
The son of Susan and Brian Ball of Central Park will graduate with a 3.825 GPA. He will attend the University of Washington in Seattle to study computer engineering. He would like to one day work for AMD or Intel. At AHS, Samuel was a member of the marching and pep bands, and was a founder of the math team and Ultimate Frisbee Club. He has worked with the Outdoor School and the Stevens Overnight Camp, and been a Central Park Afterschool Volunteer for three years. He has helped with Food Ball at AHS and Feed the Hungry in the community. For his senior project, Samuel researched and wrote grants to raise funds to replace instruments and materials for the AHS drum line. He would like to thank his family, teachers, and friends for helping make him the person he is today.