George Fox welcomes 12 Oregonian Academic Achievers in 2014

George Fox welcomes 12 Oregonian Academic Achievers in 2014

This fall, George Fox will welcome 12 incoming freshmen named to The Oregonian's 2014 Academic Achiever list, more than any other private university in the state. Academic Achievers are Portland-area students who were designated as valedictorians or top academic achievers by their respective high schools (see a list of all the 2014 Academic Achievers here).

Below is a listing of where some of the 475 achievers – consisting of 298 girls and 177 boys – are heading. The list represents 99 schools. Students averaged a 4.07 GPA.

  • 75 Oregon State University
  • 31 University of Oregon
  • 23 University of Washington
  • 14 Portland State University
  • 14 Stanford
  • 12 George Fox University
  • 9 University of Portland
  • 8 Brigham Young University
  • 8 University of Southern California
  • 5 Harvard University
  • 1 Reed College
  • 1 U.S. Air Force Academy
Adela Boanca

Adela Boanca  - Centennial High School (Gresham, Ore.)

Activities/Honors/Interests:
National Honor Society, speech and debate, varsity tennis

Majors of Interest: International studies and political science

Aliya Whitehill

Aliya Whitehill  - Cleveland High School (Portland, Ore.)

Activities/Honors/Interests:
Fourth-year intern at Northwest Children's Theater, National Merit Commended Scholar, Cleveland High School A-choir

Major of Interest: Chemistry

Anastasia Reinhardt

Anastasia Reinhardt  - King's Way Christian Schools (Vancouver, Wash.)

Activities/Honors/Interests:
National Honor Society (president), AAUW recognition in science, serving in middle school ministry

Major of Interest: English (William Penn Honors Program)

Christian Meneses-Zurita

Christian Meneses-Zurita  - LEP Charter High School (Portland, Ore.)

Activities/Honors/Interests:
President of Minister of Student Affairs, 2012-13 PIL All-League 5A soccer honors (first team in 2013; honorable mention in 2012)

Majors of Interest: Spanish and business

Kelsey Bennett

Kelsey Bennett  - Oregon City High School

Activities/Honors/Interests:
Band (concert band and marching band), National Honor Society, salutatorian

Major of Interest: Nursing

Shelby Ellis

Shelby Ellis  - Oregon City High School

Activities/Honors/Interests:
National Honor Society, Honors Wind Symphony and Marching Band, playing the ukulele

Major of Interest: Elementary education

Helen Tkach

Helen Tkach  - Oregon City High School

Activities/Honors/Interests:
National Honor Society, Link Crew (leadership club), church choir

Major of Interest: Mechanical engineering

David Guild

David Guild  - Portland Christian High School

Activities/Honors/Interests:
Track and field, 2013 Portland Christian scholar athlete, National Honor Society

Majors of Interest: History and political science

Marina Sakhashchik

Marina Sakhashchik  - Rex Putnam High School (Milwaukie, Ore.)

Activities/Honors/Interests:
The National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society

Major of Interest: Nursing

Laurel Thorsell

Laurel Thorsell  - Rex Putnam High School (Milwaukie, Ore.)

Activities/Honors/Interests:
National Honor Society, band, health services program

Major of Interest: Nursing

Edward Hernandez-Corchado

Edward Hernandez-Corchado  - Reynolds High School (Troutdale, Ore.)

Activities/Honors/Interests:
National Honor Society, Guitar Club, volunteer at local Catholic Church (St. Annes)

Major of Interest: History

Elise Burks

Elise Burks  - Sandy High School (Sandy, Ore.)

Activities/Honors/Interests:
National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Band Club, wind ensemble, pit orchestra, pep band, Mission 4 Mexico, Compassion Sandy, Birch Community Services, Sandy Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, Academic Achiever (three years), Junior Music Festival Award (four years), pottery and ceramics, sewing, quilting, beading, food preservation, gardening, volunteer work, baking, cooking

Major of Interest: Nursing

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