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IHSAA Names Spring Interscholastic Star Recipients

 BOISE, Idaho – Five Idaho high school juniors earned Interscholastic Star Awards earlier today. The awards are presented biannually by the Idaho High School Activities Association and its state championship sponsor, the United Dairymen of Idaho.

 Chaye Uptmor (Prairie High School), McKenzie Kennedy (Grangeville High School), Blake Bartschi (South Fremont High School), Pedro Galvan (Skyview High School), Harley Goul (Capital High School) were selected from an outstanding field of students nominated by their schools. Other finalists were Brandon Patrick (Notus High School), Peyton Goodman (Melba High School), RaAnna Dahle (Fruitland High School), Matthew Sato (Twin Falls High School) and Allee Young (Columbia High School).

 Chaye Uptmor, daughter of Roger and Chris Uptmor, is a junior at Prairie High School where she participates volleyball, basketball, track and cross country. She is also involved in student government and a member of 4-H. This year, Uptmor contributed to her community by being involved in the “Idaho County Shootout” which raised $10,000 for local food banks.

 Uptmor has already started on her senior project by raising $4200 for an all-weather track. In addition to the benefits to her school, this will also be beneficial to the local hospital’s physical therapy department, the BLM conditioning program and the health and wellness of her community.

 “Chaye Uptmor is exemplary in all walks of life. Her personality is welcoming, her smile infectious and her work ethic unmatched,” said Prairie High School Principal Carrie Nygaard. “She epitomizes what the Interscholastic Star Program is about.”

 McKenzie Kennedy, daughter of Mike and Tonya Kennedy, is a junior at Grangeville High School where she participates in volleyball, basketball and tennis. She is also involved in student government, FCCLA and BPA.

 Like Uptmor, Kennedy is also planning ahead for her senior project. As a certified Water Safety Instructor, she’ll spend next year teaching off-season swim and water safety courses with the hope to help children that are afraid of water. Proceeds from her classes will be donated to the Grangeville City Pool.

 “Throughout the halls of Grangeville High School, McKenzie Kennedy is known by all the students. Her popularity is not based on her label of being a successful three-sport athlete or because of her recognition from demonstration of excellence in the classroom,” said Grangeville High School Principal Steven Higgins. “[She] is known by her peers because of her positive attitude, caring demeanor and ability to accept everyone for who they are rather than for the group they are associated with.”

 Blake Bartschi, son of Bryan and Jodi Bartschi, is a junior at South Fremont High School where he participates in football, basketball, baseball and track. Additionally, he is the junior class president, a member of various music groups and was in the school play.

 As a member of the National Honor Society, Bartschi has participated in various food drives, blood drives, quilt drives and the “Shop with a Cop” project. For his Eagle Scout project, he refurbished a local memorial and built a pavilion for the community.

“The young students in our community love Blake,” said South Fremont Principal Larry Bennett. “He has shown the students in our schools – and the young kids in our community – that is cool to play sports and be in the band and choir. You will hear these kids say they want to play football and be in the band, just like Blake.”

 Pedro Galvan, son of Ana Flores and Bethany Raya, is a junior at Skyview High School where he participates in football, wrestling and track. He is also a member of the band and cheerleading team. He contributes to his school as a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club.

 In his community, Galvan has participated in Rake Up Nampa, Brush Up Nampa and Hands of Hope. These programs helped rake leaves, paint house and organized unwanted medical supplies to be donated to undeveloped countries.

 “Pedro is an outstanding student, athlete and musician,” said Skyview High School Principal Will Barber. “He consistently performs at a level of excellence and goes above and beyond expectations.”

 Harley Goul, daughter of Ashley Goul and Ferris Deal Goul, is a junior at Capital High School where she participates in cross country, track and is an on-court facilitator for unified basketball. She is also a member of the orchestra where she plays the cello. Goul serves on the student council and is a member of both the Key Club and the National Honor Society.

 For her community, Goul has logged over 200 hours at St. Lukes and was a counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association  2015 McCall Summer Camp. She has also participated in Girl Scouts, the Ronald McDonald House and the Idaho Meth Project.

 “Harley is an exceptional student-athlete that is a shining example of success at the interscholastic level,” said Capital High School Principal Sandy Winters. “Her leadership style is to lead by example. Her peers appreciate her friendly, accepting and hard-working attitude.”

Nominees for the awards are exemplary students participating in IHSAA-sponsored sports and activities. Applications include an essay, administrator recommendation, description of athletic and activity participation and an explanation of their service to their school and community.

Interscholastic Stars receive a $2000 scholarship to the college of his/her choice. The IHSAA, with the support of the United Dairymen of Idaho, also contribute $1000 to the recipients’ schools and $500 to the finalists’ schools.

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Upcoming Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • May 5           Idaho Gives Day
  • May 6-7       State Solo Music Contest
  • May 9          State Softball Pictures/Rosters Due
  • May 16-17   State Golf Championships
  • May 20        IHSAA Office Closed
  • May 20-21  State Tennis/Track/Softball Championships
  • May 30        Memorial Day - IHSAA Office Closed


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