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PHS valedictorians 2019

PHS valedictorians, from left, front, Florence Anderson, Lindsay Schell, Ella Skinkis, Hailey Matthews, Reya Fairbanks; back, Emma Matthews, Seth Staten, Rafael Grossman-Naples and Kena Bacho. Not pictured: Rhiannon Gudge.

Philomath High School's Class of 2019 features 10 co-valedictorians: Florence Anderson, Kena Bacho, Reya Fairbanks, Rafael Grossman-Naples, Rhiannon Gudge, Emma Matthews, Hailey Matthews, Lindsay Schell, Ella Skinkis and Seth Staten.

The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday on Clemens Field.

All 10 co-valedictorians are graduating with 4.0 grade-point averages.

Florence Anderson is the daughter of Paul and Paula Anderson. She has been involved in jazz band, Girl Scouts, Green Team and the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Concordia University in Portland to word toward a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Kena Bacho is the daughter of Craig and Marci Bacho. She has been involved in soccer, swimming, tennis and the National Honor Society and earned a Student of the Month honor for perseverance and was named a first-team academic all-American. She plans to attend Linn-Benton Community College to finish requirements for an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree and then apply to LBCC's nursing program in 2020.

Reya Fairbanks is the daughter of Scott and Elisa Fairbanks. She has been involved in soccer, swimming and the National Honor Society and earned a Student of the Month honor for academics. She plans to maintain dual enrollment at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College to earn a bachelor's degree in animal science with a minor in Spanish. Afterward, she would like to go to veterinary school at OSU.

Rafael Grossman-Naples is the son of Ari and Melissa Grossman-Naples. He has been involved in the Philomath High Robotics Engineering Division, Corvallis Youth Symphony and Willamette Valley Legislative Fellowship. He plans to attend Haverford College to pursue a political science degree.

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Rhiannon Gudge is the daughter of Brian and Erin Gudge. She has been involved with dance, theater, band and choir and has been earned Student of the Month honors on two occasions. She was recently named a National Merit Scholar from Tulane University. She plans to attend college at Tulane and pursue a degree in neuroscience and then go to medical school to become a psychiatrist.

Emma Matthews is the daughter of Chad and Shelly Matthews. She has been involved with volleyball, basketball, forestry, Future Farmers of America, choir, the National Honor Society and Associated Student Body. She earned a Student of the Month honor for service and volunteerism and won multiple team awards. She also served as a volunteer assistant basketball coach at the eighth-grade girls level. She plans to attend Oregon State University Honors College to major in mathematics and pursue a degree in education.

Hailey Matthews is the daughter of Chad and Shelly Matthews. She has been involved with the National Honor Society, Associated Student Body, basketball, volleyball, cross-country, swimming and choir. She was a Red Cross water safety instructor, prom chair, earned a Student of the Month honor for service and volunteerism and was recognized with several academic and athletics honors. She plans to attend Oregon State University Honors College to pursue a major in either political science or medicine.

Lindsay Schell is the daughter of Levi and Laura Schell. She has been involved with volleyball, tennis, Associated Student Body and National Honor Society and has been an honor roll student. She plans to attend George Fox University and major in biology and then go to physician assistant's school.

Ella Skinkis is the daughter of Randy and Karen Skinkis. She has been involved in volleyball, tennis, National Honor Society, AVID tutoring, the Link Crew, My Future-My Choice and Associated Student Body. She earned recognition as an academic All-American, Student of the Month honors for academics and leadership, and athletics honors. She plans to attend the University of Portland as an Air Force ROTC cadet with a double-major in math and physics.

Seth Staten is the son of Scott and Janette Staten. He has been involved in the National Honor Society, cross-country, track and field, jazz band, wind ensemble and played at the Western International Band Clinic for three years. He earned scholar-athlete awards and athletics honors. He plans to attend Oregon State University.

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Editor's note: Information on activities, honors and post high school plans are based on students' answers on a questionnaire.

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