Northwest NEWS

June 4, 2001

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Cedarcrest top scholars aim for the stars

by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor
   DUVALL - In a couple of weeks, Cedarcrest High School's top scholars will join others nationwide on platforms at commencement services, sharing their dreams, hopes and aspirations with their fellow graduates. These are the students who have achieved great success in the classroom ... the ones so much will be expected of in the future.
   At Cedarcrest, there will be three on the podium. And if they are representative of the rest of the country, the future will be in good hands.
   Poised, cheerful and confident, these three young women share a common goal to be of service to others. You might even say they are "on a mission."
   Two have kept a 4.0 GPA, and the other a 3.99 throughout high school. They did it while being involved in sports and a multitude of other activities. All are members of the Honor Society. But most notably, they say the work they have done with their respective churches has defined their lives and given them focus.
   Co-valedictorians Emily Fletcher and Candice Shepherd, and salutatorian Stacia Costello cite a deep Christian faith as the main driving force in their lives.
   Candice, a member of Carnation Bible Church, has been on two church missions to Mexico and one to a Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona.
   "Church has made me who I am," says Candice, who hopes to become a physician.
   Still pondering her choice of colleges, she says she will attend either the University of Washington, where she has a full scholarship waiting, or Western Washington University (only because it's a smaller school).
   She says it's likely she will enter the UW this fall as a pre-med student to pursue a career in pediatrics or physical therapy.
   Candice, who lives in Duvall with her parents, Jerry and Patty, and brother Torin, 14, is senior class president and is active in basketball, track and dance.
   "I love to tap dance," she said. "I did my senior project on dance choreography."
   Emily, a gifted artist,will be attending Whitworth College in Spokane this fall.
   "It's a small Christian school, far enough away so that I can be independent, but not too far," she said."I'm not too sure what my major will be ... maybe English."
   The most important thing, she insists, is doing something worthwhile.
   Emily likes to paint and did a wall mural for her senior project. She snowboards and participated in soccer and track as a freshman. Emily lives with her parents, Paul and KC, and younger siblings Colby and Clara in the Ames Lake area.
   Emily and Stacia are neighbors and members of the Bear Creek Community Church. Their mission work this summer will include a trip to Mexico.
   Stacia's parents are Shila and Wally Costello. She has two brothers, Ryan, 20, and Troy, 14.
   Stacia will attend Seattle Pacific University this fall, entering with an undecided major. Although she says she may study pre-physical therapy, she claims her real passion is drama. Last week, she was "Annie" in Annie Get Your Gun, a Cedarcrest drama production.
   She also plays soccer, is a former track runner and she skis in the winter. She based her senior project on a course she took on avalanche safety.
   Although the three grads won't be around to use the sports facilities voters just approved in the recent election, they are happy that future students will be able to use them.
   "I'm really glad it (the bond) passed," Stacia said.