2001: An Odyssey in Excellence

Published on Thu, Jun 7, 2001
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2001: An Odyssey in Excellence

A Message to Graduates from Dr. Gordon Dolman,
Blaine School District Superintendent

For the students in Blaine’s senior class, it was a heady mix of awards and recognition that were dominated by arts and academics!

Guided by the principles of cooperation, strength in numbers and common goals, the Leadership Class showed the way by addressing needs of the community. This group sponsored the annual food drive, purchased benches for the Blaine senior center and student courtyard and worked to make The Blender teen center a reality. Glen Hamburg organized a group that set a new Guinness World Record for a beverage can project and Cory Mudge headed up the Spring Fling.

Everywhere on campus were the multi-talented quartet of Kevin Hastings (Valedictorian), Devlin Montfort (Salutatorian), Steve Burden (Boy of the Year) and Haily Braumberger (Girl of the Year). Their skills ranged from academics and athletics to fine arts and community service.

The efforts of the class of 2001 resulted in many trophies: the math team took first in state for the third year in a row. The Knowledge Bowl team continued its winning ways in state contests. The stage band was first in the highly competitive Lionel Hampton competition. Talented musician Jesse Schumann capped off four years of All State recognition.

On the vocal side of the rehearsal hall, Colin Hawkins and Angela Stavinga continued to demonstrate why they are recognized as “Most Inspirational” and “Outstanding.”

In Blaine’s initial visit to the State Technology Student Association, our team of Ben Mallahan, Ryan Young and James Ong returned with a set of first, second and third place awards in various categories.

The Class of 2001 will leave the Borderite campus with memories of pep assemblies and homecoming activities that reflect today’s world. This group of young women and men will step into the future with knowledge of technology that did not exist when they began kindergarten – or even high school. Their’s is a constantly changing world and already they have shown the skills to adapt. The Odyssey of Excellence will continue.

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