Student Profiles of Success - 2018 Graduate Focus

Boise & Beyond - 2018 Graduate Focus
Posted on 06/01/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Boise & Beyond - 2018 Graduate Focus Boise School District's 2018 high school graduates are preparing to succeed beyond high school. In the following videos, meet some of our outstanding 2018 graduates and learn how the Boise School District has helped them prepare for success in college, career and citzenship



Meet Boise High 2018 graduate Will Tanguy who is heading to the University of San Diego to study behavioral neuroscience.

Will was a panelist on “Idaho Reports”, a Public Televsion program on which he participated in a discussion about guns, violence, state laws and how to make things better.

Will attended Highlands Elementary School and North Junior High School on his way to Boise High School. He credits his many opportunities in the Boise School District in helping prepare him for success in college and beyond.



Meet Boise High School 2018 graduate Therese Etoka who is heading to Connecticut College to major in International Relations with a Political Science emphasis & minor in French.

She served as President of the Boise High School Humanitarian Club and as a Member of the Climate Justice League and currently works with refugees and immigrants.  She testified before Boise City Council for updated building codes (which they passed) and wrote an Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion on the topic.

Therese attended Pierce Park Elementary School and Hillside Junior High School on her way to Boise High School. She feels well prepared to succeed in college because of her experience in the Boise School District.



Meet Borah High School 2018 graduate Beck Dengler who is heading to Northwestern University to study pre-law and/or writing (playwright/author). He is a huge fan of Malcom Gladwell and hopes to write similar books some day.

Beck enjoyed participating in Borah's Debate Team and is already writing his own play! He was a student at Monroe Elementary School, and South Junior High School before attending Borah High School. As he prepares for life beyond Borah and Boise, Beck reflects fondly on his years in the Boise School District.



Meet Borah High School 2018 graduate Sophie Van Pelt. She plans to be the first in her family to graduate from college. She is heading to MIT in the fall on a full ride scholarship. She's already spent 6 weeks there last summer in the MITES program (Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science) taking classes from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. every day.

Sophie attended Jefferson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School and South Junior High School on her way to Borah High School. She credits Boise School District for helping her and other students prepare for post-secondary success.



Meet Capital High School 2018 graduate Fanisee Bias who will be the first person in her family to attend college. She will be on a  pre-law path at University of San Diego with the ultimate goal of creating laws/policy to help citizens both locally and nationally. 

Fanisee has a diverse background of experiences. She attended 6 different elementary schools, moved back and forth from Utah to Boise to Utah to Nampa to Boise as her family life changed.  She has used the challenges in her life to focus on doing good for others. 

Fanisee began an "act of kindness" club at Riverglen Junior High School and is involved as Co-President of Capital High's Gay/Straight Alliance.  One of her teachers wrote the following about Fanisee:  "She has been a peer mentor in the Special Education classrooms at Capital and shows nothing but respect for her fellow peers and wants to see that everyone succeeds." 



Meet Capital High School 2018 graduate Jai Bansal  who is heading to University of California, Berkeley to study Computer Science/Math and also to continue his involvement in environmental issues.

Jai was born in Boise (1st generation American) and moved back to India for 1st-4th grades where his father started his own business.  They moved back to Boise (Nampa/Eagle) for more opportunities and he started at Capital High as a sophomore. 

He loves computer science, teaches a computer class for 5th graders, and is taking multiple math courses at Boise State University.  He is interning at HP and working on artificial intelligence.  He is also an excellent ultimate frisbee player and was invited to try out for the U.S. National Team. 

He thanks Capital High School and the Boise School District for being so welcoming and supportive. 



Meet Frank Church High School 2018 graduate Abigail Larsen who is heading to College of Western Idaho this fall and ultimately planning to earn her Doctorate in Criminal Psychology. 

Abigail has overcome a great deal in her life and wants to use her experiences to help others. She thanks the staff at Frank Church High School and the Boise School District for being so supportive. 




Meet Megan Byres Timberline High School 2018 graduate who will attend the University of Colorado, Boulder this coming fall to study physics with an eye toward completing graduate studies in quantum physics.

Megan is a "1st generation American" in her family, as her parents emigrated from South Africa. She has been interested in physics since she was 5. She served as Timberline's Science Bowl Captain and plays the oboe in the school band.  She believes her education and experience in the Boise School District has prepared her well to succeed in college, career and in life.  



Meet Aaron Christensen Timberline High School 2018 graduate who is heading to BYU to study economics and finance. Aaron attended Adams Elementary School, Collister Elementary School's Highly Gifted Program and East Junior High School before attending Timberline High School.  He's enjoyed a wide variety of opportunities at Timberline, including Advanced Placement courses, band, athletics & clubs.   

He credits his well-rounded Boise School District experiences and education for preparing him to succeed beyond high school.