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Student in the Spotlight - Gunnar Miller

Student in the spotlight

By Christian Weaner

During the talent portion of this year’s Mr. BFHS competition in March, senior Gunnar Miller wowed the audience, casually gliding down the center aisle of Becker Auditorium on his mountain bike and shooting up the stairs and onto the stage.

His bold biking act and charismatic persona throughout the evening helped him win the competition, but being named Mr. BFHS is just the latest of the many accolades he has achieved during his four years of high school.

Academically, Gunnar will finish in the top 10 in the Class of 2024, and he also received the North Idaho Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (NISTAR), a yearly award that recognizes two Bonners Ferry High School students who have exhibited academic and extracurricular excellence.

“I really enjoy the personal aspect of self-improvement,” Gunnar explained, describing his growth throughout high school. “I have also found [extracurricular activities] to be relaxing and a place to escape the stresses of life.”

In addition to his studies, Gunnar has participated in basketball and track and field. Competing in these sports has been challenging at times for Gunnar, but also extremely rewarding.

“I feel I have grown more in patience and problem-solving conflicts while at Bonners Ferry,” Gunnar noted.

“Playing sports and amazing coaches have influenced my growth,” he added. “My pole vault coach, Shasta Baisden, has been a huge influence.”

Outside of school and sports, you can often find Gunnar shredding the numerous trails located throughout Boundary County on his mountain bike. He also enjoys building models, playing video games and spending time with his friends.

“I really enjoy all the hiking and biking trails,” Gunnar emphasized, reflecting on what he enjoys most about Boundary County. “It helps me get outdoors, enjoy nature and get some fresh air.”

After walking across the stage in June, Gunnar will hit the ground running in his pursuit of a higher education. He plans to complete several college courses this summer before heading down to Lewiston in the fall, where he will attend Lewis-Clark State College and pursue a nursing degree. Gunnar hopes to eventually work in a hospital’s NICU one day.

Gunnar’s legacy at BFHS has been marked by academic diligence, athletic perseverance and personal growth, and he will undoubtedly continue to find success wherever his future endeavors take him.

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