Laney Search, Abby Kassa and Hannah Fingel announced as the Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians

Sarah Donnelly, Assistant Web Editor

Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians have been announced for the Class of 2017. Laney Search is the Valedictorian and Abby Kassa and Hannah Fingel are the Co-Salutatorians for this year’s Senior class.

Laney Search: 2017 Valedictorian

Laney Search has been announced the Valedictorian for the Class of 2017. Search has a cumulative GPA of 4.47. She has always been successful during high school and has worked hard to prepare for college and becoming the Valedictorian.

“I have always pushed myself to study and learn as much as I can,” Search said. “I have also taken many challenging classes in order to prepare myself for college and the many years of schooling still ahead of me.”

Throughout high school, Search has been very involved in multiple sports and cubs. She has played varsity volleyball and tennis, and is also the student council senior class vice president, math club president, and is involved in National Honor Society and HOSA.

“The hardest part of high school has been managing time between studying, sports, friends, and sleep,” Search said.

After high school Search will be playing volleyball at George Fox University. She is planning to major in biology and later go to medical school to become a pathologist.

Abby Kassa: Co-Salutatorian

Abigail Kassa is a Co-Salutatorian for the class of 2017. She has a cumulative GPA of 4.387.

Kassa has participated in sports throughout high school, through school programs and on her own. She was on the varsity soccer team sophomore and junior year and she also hikes, skis and backpacks.

Aside from sports, Kassa is part of the National Honors Society, and is the golf team manager.

“The greatest thing I have learned through this process is the necessity to find a balance between social [and] extracurricular activities and school,” said Kassa.

After high school Kassa plans on attending the University of Portland for the pre-medical program.

Hannah Fingel: Co-Salutatorian

Hannah Fingel is also a Co-Salutatorians for this year’s senior class. She has a cumulative GPA of 4.38.

“Take advanced classes to prepare you for your future… But I don’t think that you should take classes just for your GPA,” said Fingel.

Fingel is involved with a multitude of extracurricular activities at Sandpoint High. She is in National Honors Society, Math Club and French Club as well as participating in golf and Cedar Post.

Along with all of these activities, Fingel achieved the National Merit Scholar during her Senior year.  
Fingel is going to college for civil or environmental engineering. She does not yet know what college she will be attending.