October’s athlete of the month stays busy throughout the entire school year. Junior Lily Blackmore is currently in soccer season but soon will come dance team, track and even golf. Through athletics and competition, Lily has learned to push herself in order to meet her goals.

“One life lesson I have learned from being involved in sports is that you are not ever going to be the best but you should always strive to be the best, meaning you are always going to have to be working on being better,” she says.

Lily thrives at soccer, being a starter on...

What second grade teacher Julie Holly brings to her students rises far above simple classroom learning. The Valley View Elementary School teacher has opened up a world of opportunities to a group of eager young students.

While homeschooling her kids, Julie had the opportunity to participate in special robotics days as well as extended robotics classes. It transformed her teaching.

“My instructional practices were changed through our homeschooling experience, and when I returned to the traditional public school classroom in 2016 I found a happy ba...

At just 10 years of age, Bonners Ferry resident Eva Willis has already found her passion. A dedicated and hardworking gymnast, Eva has received many awards for her performances and competitions.

Eva trains with STEP Gymnastics Training Center in Sandpoint and has been doing so for the past six years.

Her commitment and desire to succeed resulted in her being named the Idaho State Champion in 2017, winning first place in all four routines as well as all-around. Again this year, Eva repeated that accomplishment winning the state championship in bar...

A junior at Bonners Ferry High School, Abby Gorton has already made her mark in the history books of Bonners Ferry athletics. In cross country, Abby was the district champion and placed fifth at state while also breaking the 5k school record, and the spring track season has been remarkable!

Abby admits to having a great deal of stress before a race, something which is understandable considering her outstanding performances and the desire to do her best.

“I still struggle with this, but I have improved a lot by not overthinking it and doing what I...

A junior at Bonners Ferry High School, Victoria Rae says that being involved in athletics has taught her important life lessons that have already impacted her life in many ways.

“Patience is key,” said Victoria. “And if you want to succeed in anything, you have to put forth the effort. This is true in school, work and life in general.”

Victoria has played volleyball since the fourth grade and has been on the varsity team since her sophomore year playing the position of outside hitter. But it was when her mom, a coach for the Boundary County Middl...

As head coach of Bonners Ferry High School’s dance team, Lisa Dirks could not be more proud of her squad.

“The team works hard all year round gaining strength, flexibility, confidence and, of course, dancing,” said Coach Dirks, who has been coaching dance at the school for five years. “In a couple of the routines, all of the girls do their splits!”

This year’s dance team is comprised of nine young women: Lindsey Christopherson, a senior and team captain; Adrianne Brown, a junior; sophomores Lily Blackmore, Alisa Hannaman, Rilynn Henslee, Bridget...

Senior Kameron Hill has played basketball his entire high school career at Bonners Ferry High School. And like every high school athlete, he was looking forward to playing his final year as a senior and to the tradition of senior night, where he and his teammates are recognized for their dedication to their school during their final season.

But it was a day last July that would drastically change the course of Kameron’s life. Diagnosed with an osteosarcoma tumor in his knee, Kameron’s total treatment plan included 21 rounds of chemotherapy, whic...

The Bonners Ferry High School cheerleading squad is a hard-working group of six young women, each of whom Coach Andria Hedrick is extremely proud. Hedrick, who has been coaching the squad since September, is assisted by Nicole Fitch and Kailee Cordle, all of whom were members of the graduating class of 2011.

The squad is made up of Captain Katie Summerfield, Kaylee Worley, Kylie Underhill, Hailey Brooks, Isabella Sims and Nadia Fleck.

“All of their skills and teamwork makes this team an amazing group of ladies,” said Coach Hedrick.  

The squad pra...

Isaac Wilson

Senior Isaac Wilson began to play soccer in eighth grade; something he said was initially a challenge as he had to catch up with his teammates who had been playing the sport for much longer. But true to his nature, Isaac put in the time, practiced hard and quickly became successful.

When it comes to academics, Isaac also works hard. He is pursuing his associate’s degree while still enrolled at Bonners Ferry High School; something which takes a great deal of time and commitment.

“I may go to college if my future job requires it, and I...

Isaac Wilson

Senior Isaac Wilson began to play soccer in eighth grade; something he said was initially a challenge as he had to catch up with his teammates who had been playing the sport for much longer. But true to his nature, Isaac put in the time, practiced hard and quickly became successful.

When it comes to academics, Isaac also works hard. He is pursuing his associate’s degree while still enrolled at Bonners Ferry High School; something which takes a great deal of time and commitment.

“I may go to college if my future job requires it, and I...

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