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Page 8 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 The Adams County Record Community Spotlight Jesse Bai:vd Young Man Moving On 18-year-old Jesse Baird, graduating from Meadows Valley High School this week, looks closely at the world around him and is not afraid to reflect upon its depth. Jesse knows the world can swallow him up once he leaves home. He's just begun to realize the immensity of its size. Until now he's spent most of his childhood, except for a while in California, in the same house in New Meadows, blessed with many area relatives and a famous grandmother, Sally Hubbard, once Queen for a Day. Jesse's bright brown eyes and thoughtful comments display curiosity and earnestness about life. He credits his hardworking parents with a really good work ethic. "'lhey have helped me learn to power through things rather than just complain about them;' he affirmed. That work ethic will come in handy when he leaves for Brigham Young University (BYU) this fall, a school so huge that it doesn't even need a street address--just Provo, Utah. His father, Ron Baird worked as a mason on local buildings and .fireplaces, including the library. He's gone now, swallowed up by the world, moved on to Coeur d'Alene. Jesse appreciates the times they had together. He doesn't get to see his dad a lot, but dad stays in touch through his eloquent letters. His older brother and sister are swallowed up too. Older sister, Chelsea, handicapped children lives in Alaska, and his under 8 years old. "Their older brother, Levi, is a handicaps were sad, but Marine repairing airplanes they loved the activities;' in North Cirolina. His he remembered. "They youngest sister, Becca, is were so happy and an active student a year innocent:' behind him at school. He's grateful for all of His morn, Kim Baird, his teachers, especially" works at C&M Lumber. Mr. Richards and Mrs. "She's a really good mom;' Rawlings, who have been he related. "I know kids are supposed to say that, but it's really trueY He admires her because she's not afraid to say what she thinks. "My room does what most people want bo do. Sometimes it can be embarrassing, but often it's just cool." Jesse will graduate class Salutatorian this week, with the second highest grade point average (GPA) of his class. Randi Smith beat him by 0.1 GPA point to be Valedictorian. constant role models and "She deserves the highest helpful guides for students; honor;' he affirmed, and for a supportive He has been president community that shows up of the school's academic at all the school events. decathlon (ADS)I which Four years of science field are the Quiz Bowl trips have shown him competitions, and a-worlds outside of New member of the National Meadows, and given him Honor .Society, where valuable skills in planning students not 'only display and problem solving. academic excellence, but He's appreciated the volunteer time to help the phenomenal work of the community. Last summer new. English and drama he volunteered with the teacher, Miss Linville, who Shining Stars program for has honed his acting and mentally and physically writing abilities. Jesse has Order your stamp= at the Adam= County Aeoord! Personal and Business stomps nde to ,_.-.[ ;. ,. order, regular 6 self Inking ouailoble, or lh,'2A 7"  refurbish gour old stamps.   " II or dro b and let us assist ou.  go P g g, " ......... s::: ...... ) Dew stamps deliuered In as little ostwo ' L::  :::: ...... dogs. " ::: !:::?:: FasL, afforaable qualiZy acted in every school play since 9 th grade. He enjoyed the total absorption, and the recognition was fun too. Recently in the Spring play Totally Red, a variation of themes on the Red Riding Hood story, he made his avant-garde debut as a co-director, and as a hysterically funny male actor playing the female Red herself. An avid reader, he strongly relates to the principle character Chris in Into the Wild, who writes, "Joy does not emanate only or principally from human relationships;" and "We just have to have the courage to turn agair/st our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living" Chris' words give Jesse courage to face an unknown future. Jesse contemplated on their meaning. "God has put it out there, you just have to reach for it;' he explained. Another favorite book, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, provides erratic poignancy and humor that remind him not to get stuck on the little things in 'life's journey. Showing promise as a writer himself, his creative Writing course and English assignments have molded his talents into artistically captivating literature. His theme poem, The Hue Cycle, begins... They hover in dgtrk cornersThe violet, violent thoughts of man... and continues through a sinister visual rainbow of man's existence. How does a graduating student prepare himself for the next step in life? Jesse's taken advanced classes, trigonometry, calculus ("the hardest class I've ever taken"), advanced chemistry and physics. He even-took a forensics class online this year through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA), which provided more interesting learning than he had imagined on crime scene investigation and substance abuse. "It's always good to stumble in'to things that catch your interest;' he said. He has learned how to cook his family recipe brownies and Baklava well enough to make friends and impress people. He also plays the piano well enough to get listened By Deb Wilson to. At home he treasures an Australian Aborigine didgeridoo, believed to be the world's oldest wind instrument. He shares a wide genre of music choices, especially Blue Grass. He chose BYU in part because of its proximity to national parks. It was in the Utah desert where the isolation, the incredible rock formations and the night sky helped him really see, and made him believe in,' "something for sure." The sheer size put his own life in perspective. He ponders how so many things all over the galaxies can be happening all at once. It reminds him of the National Geographic documentary Life in a Day, produced by Ridley Scott, how so many people go about living one day, all over the world. An ideal vocation eludes him just yet; he wants more experiences to make that kind of decision. He knows he wants to better the world around him. "Be a good person and do good things, no matter what;' he declared. For now, transitions, family, friends and summer forestry work with the Youth Conservation Corp are enough. He's insightful about the high school recognition he has achieved, knowing that the world will not continue to reward him for good behavior like his home town has done. "I know these moments will be gone when I leave here, but it's good to have a place to return to where people will still remember me;' he smiled. 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