The Hoquiam High School class of 2017 will graduate at 8 p.m. Friday at Olympic Stadium. Here is a look at the school’s top graduates for 2017.
Christopher Smith is the son of Michael Smith. He is the valedictorian for the class of 2017 with a 4.0 grade-point average. After graduation, he will attend the University of Washington and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree. He wants to work for a major technology company and eventually start his own technology company. He has been on the track and field team for four years, basketball for three years, as well as football and cross country for one year. He is a member of the National Honor Society. He was the October Lions Club Student of the Month. He received both the Coaches Award and Most Inspirational Award for track in 2016.
Jack Adams III
Jack Adams III is the son of Jack and Linda Adams. He is the salutatorian for the Class of 2017 with a 3.997 GPA. He will attend Pacific Lutheran University where he will study biology and play basketball. He plans to attend medical school at the University of Washington and become an orthopedic surgeon. Jack has been a member of the National Honor Society. For the past four years he has played varsity basketball and three times was selected for 1st Team All League. In 2016 he was the league’s Most Valuable Player. He has been a member of the varsity football team for three years where he was recognized as 2nd Team All-League linebacker his senior year. In addition, he has been a Running Start student at Grays Harbor College this year.
Zach Spradlin is the son of J.T. and Lara Spradlin. He is ranked third in his class with a 3.93 GPA. He will attend Saint Martin’s University where he will study business. He plans to become a financial adviser. He has played baseball, basketball and golf. He has been president of the the National Honor Society. He has also been a member of FCCLA. Zach has been recognized as a Lions Club Student of the Month. He was a state qualifier in golf. He was twice named All-League in baseball, received honorable mention in basketball and was a member of the state championship baseball team.
Alexis Wonderly-Leonard is the daughter of Robin Wonderly and Robert Leonard. She is ranked fourth in her class with a GPA of 3.88. She will attend Grays Harbor College and then Saint Martin’s University. She plans to earn a degree in business management. She has participated in soccer, basketball, track and was a cheerleader. She has been in the Leadership Class and is the senior class vice president. She is a member of Grizzly Fusion, and chairman of the HHS Relay for Life Team. She was first Team All-League in soccer, Student of the Month for October and received a Grizzly Award in 2017.
Artimus Johnson is the son of Jennifer Johnson and Antoine Johnson. He will graduate fifth in his class with a 3.83 GPA. He plans to attend Linfield College where he will work toward his goal of becoming a family practitioner like his father. He has participated in football, track &field, and wrestling. He has been a member of The National Honor Society. He placed eighth and third twice in the 1A State Wrestling Tournament. He was recognized as All League MVP in football. He was recognized third in 1A Player of the Year polls. He was nominated for Athlete of the Year for 2016. He was a full time Running Start student at Grays Harbor College.
Courtney McCormick is the daughter of Daniel and Debra Evans. She is ranked sixth in her class with a 3.76 GPA. She plans to attend Grays Harbor College and then Washington State University. She plans to pursue a career in law enforcement. She has been on the track team for four years and volleyball for three years. She has been in band for seven years, jazz band for four years, in Police Explorers for two years and was in the high school musical theater program. Courtney has been a member of The National Honor Society, is a World Class Scholar, was selected for PLU Honor Band and WSU Honor Band. She was the September Lions Club Student of the Month.
Ryan Espedal is the son of Ronnie and Lisa Espedal. He is ranked seventh in his class with a 3.68 GPA. He will attend Central Washington University where he will pursue a career in the financial field. He has been involved in Leadership, Honor Society and Renaissance. He was a football team captain and was elected class secretary four times. He was a four year letterman in football, three years letterman in track and two-year letterman in basketball.
Ashley Marie Paladin
Ashley Marie Paladin is the daughter of Becky and Larry Paladin. She is ranked eighth in her class with a 3.64 GPA. She will attend Grays Harbor College and then transfer to a four-year university. She will study sonography and plans to become an ultrasound technician. She is a one-year letterman in basketball, three-year letterman in volleyball, three-year letterman in cheerleading and four-year letterman in fastpitch. She has been a member of The National Honor Society, is a member of FCCLA and has been involved in Leadership and Food Ball. She was a Lions Club Student of the Month for November. She received a Grizzly Award for 2017 and served as a cheerleading captain.
Ericka DuBore is the daughter of Kimberly and Lawrence Dubore. She is ninth in her class with a 3.66 GPA. She has been a Running Start Student at Grays Harbor College and plans to complete her degree there. She is interested in business and science. She has been a member of the Grays Harbor Symphony, a member of the Spanish Club, 4-H and marching band. She has been the Grizzly Prevention Squad president for three years, has been a YMCA employee since June 2016 and landscaper since December 2014. She was a two-time state qualifier in FBLA, was class president and went to state for grange where she was youth secretary. She was a Lions Club Student of the Month. She received varsity letters in band, soccer, cross country and wrestling.
Kayla Robinette is the daughter of Ramon “Ray” and Rachelle “Shelly” Robinette. She is 10th in her class with a 3.60 GPA. She plans to pursue an A.A. degree at Grays Harbor College and then a bachelor’s degree in psychology at a four-year university. Her dream is to pursue a career in law enforcement as a police officer. She has been a member of the HHS Grizzly Marching Band and lettered for four years. This year she is a drum major and a student director. She has been in jazz band and concert band. She was a Band Buddy Mentor. She was recognized as an outstanding band member in 2016 and has also been a part of her church’s drama team throughout high school. Since February 2016, she has been a Hoquiam Police Explorer. She won the 2014 Science Fair and received a Lions Club Scholarship. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She was the December Lions Club Student of the Month and received a Grizzly Award in 2017.
Isabel Hernandez is the daughter of Jeanne Paul and Roberto Ramos. She will graduate 11th in her class with a 3.59 GPA. She will attend Grays Harbor College this fall then transfer to a university to study elementary education. She also plans to earn her master’s degree. She has played fastpitch for two years, soccer for three years and basketball for four years. She has studied American Sign Language for the past two years, was also involved in Creative Foods which led her to being involved in teacher luncheons and cupcake competitions and received Academic Athletic Awards. She was recognized as Evergreen 1A First Team All League for basketball. Her classmates selected her for the Homecoming Court this year. She has been a member of The National Honor Society.
Katie Mudd is the daughter of Susan Manning and Richard Mudd. She is 12th in her class with a 3.53 GPA. She will attend Grays Harbor College where she plans to obtain a degree in nursing. Then she will transfer to Central Washington University where she will work on her bachelor’s of science in nursing. She has been a member of the Grizzly Gazette for two years. She has served as a student representative on the Hoquiam School Board for two years. She has been in choir for four years where she served as treasurer and was voted Most Influential. She has been on the yearbook staff and served as an editor. She is involved in Grizzly Fusion. She has been the ASB Treasurer, was a member of the Homecoming Court, received a Grizzly Award this year and a Pride Award for dedication.
Angelica Wells is the daughter of the late Angelique Wells Chase. She is 13th in her class with a GPA of 3.5. She plans to attend Grays Harbor College and then Saint Martin’s University earning a degree in business management with a minor in psychology. During high school, she played volleyball for four years, basketball for one year and fastpitch for three years. She has been a Grizzly Fusion mentor and she has been involved in Food Ball. She was recognized as the Career and Technical Student of the Month and received a Grizzly Award in 2017.
Madison Wood is the daughter of Nancy Wood and the late Mike Wood. She is ranked 14th in her class with a 3.5 GPA. She plans to attend Grays Harbor College for two years and then transfer to a four-year university. She has been involved in cheerleading, Food Ball and volleyball. She was a Logger’s Playday Princess, was selected for Prom Court and received awards as Outstanding Cheerleader, Most Spirited Cheerleader, the Coach’s Award and Wrestling Cheer Captain Award.