Twenty-nine students engaged in all the rights of passage as the Enterprise High School Class of 2017 graduated Saturday afternoon: the two-by-two processional, the speeches, the slide show and class theme song, the walk across the stage to receive their diploma, the handshakes and the few private words with Principal Blake Carlson, the tassels turned, the hats thrown. Then, off to the reception room for the congratulations, the photos taken by proud moms, dads and grandparents –– and a relatively new tradition: the selfies with family and friends.

School counselor Lisa Farwell helped the seniors apply for hundreds of thousands of dollars of scholarships.

• Valedictorian Jacob Evarts will attend the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in Eugene in the fall, where he will study computer and information science. Jacob is the recipient of the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship, which will cover 90 percent of educational expenses, a UO Presidential Scholarship for $9,000 a year for four years, the UO Summit Scholarship for $6,000 a year for four years, the DeWuhs-Keckritz Educational Award for $5,000, the Elks Most Valuable Student National Scholarship for $1,000 a year for four years. Also the Elks Most Valuable Student State Scholarship for $4,300, a Soroptimist of Wallow County scholarship for $3000, the Hells Canyon Mule Days Scholarship for $1,000, the Enterprise School Employees Scholarship for $500 and the Enterprise National Honor Society Scholarship for $250.

• Salutatorian Wade Isley will take a year to gain experience in international agricultural trade or agricultural transportation; his career goal is to be an agricultural missionary. He will also be an Oregon FFA Foundation Ambassador for the next year, traveling to promote FFA to sponsors. He received the Tri-county Equipment John Deere Scholarship for $2,000.

• Morgan Anderson will take a gap year to train mules and run sled dogs in Council, Idaho. In the fall of 2018, she plans to attend college to earn a degree in Wildlife Biology. Morgan has received the Winding Waters Clinic Academic Scholarship for $500.

• Sarah Aschenbrenner plans dual enrollment this fall at Walla Walla Community College and Penn Foster online college in order to become a Veterinary Technician. She received the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, the EJ and Wythel Blokland Scholarship for $1,000, the Carpet One Floor and Home Scholarship for $1,000, the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Princess Scholarship for $500, a VFW Scholarship for $400, an Enterprise FFA Alumni Award for $200 and the FFA Cow Calling Scholarship for $150.

• Irini Baldessari is planning to go back to school in Germany. She has three more years of high school before she will attend university there.

• Trent Bales will attend Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton to study to become a diesel technician. He received the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, a Soroptimist of Wallowa County Scholarship for $1,000, the Oregon Fairs Foundation Scholarship for $1,000, an Enterprise FFA Alumni Award for $500, the Enterprise FFA Cow Calling Scholarship for $500 and a Hurricane Creek Grange Scholarship for $250.

• Rebecca Bateman will attend Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho, where she will study English education for certification as a high school teacher. She received the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, a BYU Scholarship for $1,000 a year for four years and the Grange Insurance Association Scholarship for $1,000.

• Claire Marie Beck will attend Blue Mountain Community College where she will study Animal Science. She plans to earn her master’s degree in Agricultural Education and to continue raising and showing Boer goats and Hereford cattle. She received the Hughes Family Scholarship for $1,175, the EJ and Wythel Blokland Scholarship for $1,000, the Enterprise FFA Alumni Scholarship for $500 and a Hurricane Creek Grange Scholarship for $250.

• Reagan Bedard will attend Mount Hood Community College in Gresham to pursue a degree in dental hygiene. She received the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, the Leland C and Erna N Ratcliff Scholarship for $1,550, the National FFA Scholarship for $1,000, the EJ and Wythel Blokland Scholarship for $1,000, the Soroptimist of Wallowa County Scholarship for $1,000 and the American Association of University Women STEM Award for $100.

• Charlotte Burkhardt is returning to Austria where she has two years of high school remaining. She will graduate in 2019 and plans to attend university in Austria.

• Jordan Collins will attend the University of Idaho in Moscow to study biochemistry. Jordan received the Western Undergraduate Exchange Tuition Waiver for $12,580 a year for four years, the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000, the EJ and Wythel Blockland Scholarship for $1,000 and the Enterprise National Honor Society Scholarship for $500.

• Whitney Evans will attend George Fox University in Newberg where she will major in biology and complete a pre-medicine track. She then plans to attend medical school. She received the George Fox University Scholarship for $16,000 a year for four years, a George Fox Scholarship Competition Award for $3,000 a year for four years, the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial for $2,000 a year for four years, a Soroptimist of Wallowa County Scholarship for $2,000, the DeWuhs-Keckritz Educational Award for $2,000, the Leland C. and Erna N. Ratcliff Scholarship for $1,550, the Rotary Club of Wallowa County Memorial Scholarship for $1,500, the Ford Legacy Scholarship for $1,000, the JB Thomas Scholarship for $1,000 and the Enterprise FFA Alumni Scholarship for $500.

• Clifford Galli will attend the University of Idaho to study electrical engineering. He has received the Western Undergraduate Exchange Tuition Waiver for $11,500 a year for four years and the EJ and Wythel Blockland Scholarship for $1,000.

• Darby Gassett will attend Eastern Oregon University in La Grande to study nursing. She received an EOU University Scholar Award for $3,750 a year for four years, the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, a Soroptimist of Wallowa County Scholarship for $2,000, the Joy and William Dobbin Scholarship for $2,000, the Dobbin Nursing Scholarship for $2,000, the Leland C and Erna N Ratcliff Scholarship for $1,550, the William J. Dobbin Memorial Scholarship for $1,000, the Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship for $1,000, the Built Ford Tough Scholarship for $1,000, a Rotary Club of Wallowa County Scholarship for $1,000, the Chief Joseph Days Scholarship for $1,000, the Dick Quinn Memorial Scholarship for $1,000, an Enterprise FFA Alumni Scholarship for $500, an EOU Housing Award for $500, the Enterprise national Honor Society Scholarship for $500, the EOU Spirit Award for $250, the Enterprise FFA Cow Calling Scholarship for $150.

• Tiffanie George plans to enroll in Penn Foster University to complete the veterinary technician program. She will continue working at Double Arrow Vet Clinic this summer. She received the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, a Soroptimist of Wallowa County Scholarship for $1,000, the EJ and Wythel Blockland Scholarship for $1,000, the Winding Waters Clinic Scholarship for $500, the Enterprise FFA Alumni Scholarship for $400 and a Hurricane Creek Grange Scholarship for $250.

• Zyler Hermens plans to work in the aviation industry. He will attend the University of Alaska - Anchorage to study professional piloting and obtain his commercial pilot’s license. He received the Come Home to Alaska Tuition Waiver for $10,000 a year for four years, the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years and the E.J. and Wythel Blokland Scholarship for $1,000.

• Gwen Jenson will attend Eastern Washington University in Cheney and study occupational therapy. She received the Hughes Family Scholarship for $1,175 and the EJ and Wythel Blokland Scholarship for $1,000.

• Grant Jones plans to enter the workforce after high school and determine his career direction through experience.

• Kobe Ketscher will attend Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston to study kinesiology and work towards a Master’s degree from the University of Idaho in a dual-enrollment program. He received a Northwest Presidential Out-of-State Tuition Waiver for $8,900 a year for four years, a Lewis-Clark Achievement Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years and the Enterprise FFA Alumni Scholarship for $200.

• Casey Kiser will take a gap year and pursue a career in music. He received the Enterprise Education Foundation Scholarship for $400.

Autumn Landowski plans to • receive culinary training through the Job Corps and work in the culinary field with a goal of owning and operating her own bakery.

• Matthew McTee will attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. to study mechanical engineering. He received a Western Undergraduate Tuition Waiver for $10,500 a year for four years, the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years and the EJ and Wythel Blokland Scholarship for $1,000.

• Kacie Melville will attend Eastern Oregon University in the fall where she will study crop and soil science in a partnership with Oregon State University with a goal of using her degree to work as an Agronomist for a crop production company. She received an EOU University Scholar Award for $3,000 a year for four years, the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 a year for four years, the Monkhouse Scholarship for $2,000, a Maybelline Clark MacDonald Fund Scholarship for $1,000, the Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarship for $1,000, the Legacy Ford FFA Scholarship for $1,000, the Hells Canyon Mule Days Scholarship for $1,000, the E.J. and Wythel Blokland Scholarship for $1,000, the Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarship for $1,000 the Bank of Eastern Oregon Agriculture Business Scholarship for $500, the Enterprise FFA Alumni Award for $500 and EOU 4-H County Housing Award for $500, the Enterprise National Honor Society Scholarship for $250 and a Hurricane Creek Grange Scholarship for $250.

• Kevin Clayne Miller will attend Silverhawk Aviation Academy where he will work toward an associate’s of applied science in Aviation Science through Treasure Valley Community College with the intention of becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. He received the North East Oregon Aviation Foundation Scholarship for $2,000, the Hughes Family Scholarship for $1,175 and the Oregon Promise Grant.

• Tate Olsen plans to continue working for Triple Creek Ranch running cows and helping with farming.

Aaron Schaafsma plans to move to Lewiston, Idaho, and enter the job market. He plans to attend college later.

• Jacob Stampe will attend Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich., with plans to enter the maritime industry.

• Gabrielle Wells will attend St. John’s University in New York City to major in political science with the goal of becoming a human rights attorney or to work in the Foreign Service. She received the St. Vincent de Paul Merit Scholarship for $18,000 a year for four years, the St. John’s University Dean’s Scholarship for $4,000 a year for four years, the Hugh L. Carey Award for $3,000 a year for four years, the Clyde Holliday Outstanding Writing Award for $300, and the Enterprise FFA Alumni Scholarship for $200.

• Adrian Widener will receive training in the vocational education training program in La Grande with plans to become a police officer.

Both the Vivian Koerner Perron Memorial Scholarship and the E.J. and Wythel Blokland Scholarships are provided by the estates of former Wallowa County residents. Of the class of 2017, 12 students were National Honor Society scholars, nine received honors diplomas, and 11 attended Enterprise throughout their entire education K-12.

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