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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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