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2017 Senior Spotlight – Susie Avagyan

Susie Avagyan
Host Parents’ Name: David and Amy Jo Wrobel
Hometown: Gyumri, Armenia
Birthday: Jan. 1, 2000
Favorite colors: Red, black, pink, maroon
Favorite TV show: Sherlock
Favorite Movie: Chronicles of Narnia
Favorite restaurant: Cheesecake Factory
Favorite classes: Anatomy and Band
Hobbies/Activities: Singing, dancing, playing instruments (piano, bass clarinet), reading, sports
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? After Psychology class, I ended up “losing balance” in the hall and hitting my head. A visit to the ER and first stitches aren’t bad examples of American experience, are they?
What is your favorite memory from high school? Powder Puff game for a girl who had never seen American football and knew nothing about it, playing football and winning with the team is a great memory from senior year.
My biggest pet peeve is: When people chew with their mouth open and make noises.
Who are the most influential people in your life? My parents and my best friend. Worldknown people: Steve Jobs and Anne Frank.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss my new friends, my extra-curricular activities, hard practices and pride for results, the U-Knighted Spirit.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? In a huge medical clinic in my country, in Germany, or US as a doctor.
What is the best thing about being a senior? You realize now how responsible the next stage of life that is waiting for you.
What are your post-high school plans? Go back to my country, apply to Yerevan State Medical University, use my American experience and improve leadership skills to make a change in my community.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Step outside of your comfort zone and try new things without fear of failure. Ever tried? Ever failed? Try again, fail better.

Making the Grade – February 22, 2017

The University of Oklahoma Norman campus recently released its honor roll for the fall 2016 semester. Allison Johanningmeier of La Porte City was named to the President’s List which includes those students earning a 4.0 grade point for the semester.

Letter to the Editor – Janine Ambrose

To the Editor:
The headline in Sunday’s Courier is, “Grassley tries to ease health care concerns.” However, the article quotes Grassley as supporting repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The very fact that Grassley, Ernst and Blum are acting is the precise reason for health care concerns. Will coverage be dropped? Will insurance companies deny or limit coverage? Will young adults be tossed from the family policy? Will Medicare continue to cover wellness examines? Will the cost for Medicare prescriptions skyrocket? Will Medicare even exist? Will hospitals and doctors suddenly have huge unpaid medical bills from the newly uninsured working class? These and numerous other unanswered questions are direct result of the Republican insistence on repealing the Affordable Care Act with no clue how they replace it.
These eager-to-repeal Republicans have had 50 years to implement healthcare for all Americans. They have done nothing. They specifically have had 7 years to either amend the Affordable Care Act or construct their Republican replacement, but have not done so. Now they are tossing everyone’s health care off a cliff with no lifeline. When Republicans repeal health care, they will own the disastrous results and Grassley’s reassuring spin is not going to help.
Dr. Janine Ambrose
Cedar Falls

2017 Senior Spotlight – Jackie Barz

Jackie Barz
Parents’ Name: Mel and Jim Barz
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: Mar. 18, 1999
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Favorite Movie: Hush
Favorite restaurant: Longhorn Steakhouse
Favorite class: Lunch
Hobbies/Activities: Volleyball, basketball, and spending time with family and friends
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? Scoring for Columbus (super athletic).
What is your favorite memory from high school? Playing sports with my best friends.
My biggest pet peeve is: Slow walkers in the hall.
Who are the most influential people in your life? My parents.
What will you miss most about high school? The friends I’ve had my whole life.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Happy and successful in my career.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Late ins and not making up snow days.
What are your post-high school plans? Attend a four year university.
Your best advice to underclassmen? If you’re already late, you might as well stop at Casey’s.

2017 Senior Spotlight – Trey David Redman III

Trey David Redman III
Parents’ Name: Dave and Annette Redman
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: Mar. 29, 1999
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite TV show: Friends
Favorite restaurant: Tokyo
Favorite class: Anthropology
Hobbies/Activities: Fishing, lifting, and balling
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? I was trying to drift and I crashed into a stop sign.
What is your favorite memory from high school? Going on an agriculture field trip during an ice storm and everyone was slipping.
My biggest pet peeve is: People who take everything seriously.
Who are the most influential people in your life? Taylor Gang
What will you miss most about high school? Messing around with my friends every day.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Top of the chain.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Time goes too fast.

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