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Page 8 " Wednesday, September 5, 2012 The Adams County Record Community Spotlight Me " s Council Lumberjacks' Fierce Contender By Deb Wilson A shy child growing up in New Meadows and Fruitvale, Megan Perkins launches her fierce com- petitor alter ego on the volleyball and basketball courts of Council High School. Natural athletic talent and solid confidence from years of sports make her a hardworking con- tender who never gives up. Her skill at 3-point shots will probably place her as an outside wing this year for the Lumberjacks' bas- ketbaU team. " A junior at Council High School, she started basket- ball in the 3rd grade. She couldn't quite recall how a 3rd grader manages to reach the basketball hoop, but she did. Her family encouraged and supported her sports activities; mom coached basketball, and her sister coached her T-ball team. She ran track until she hurt her knee in 8th grade. In Council she plays basketball and vol- leyball, and cheers on the enthusiastic new cheer- leader squad. Megan gives it her all, on and off the court. She comes from a hard work- ing, career committed family. Her father Dave, a talented contractor, has had to pursue work else- where most of the last few years. He's back in North Dakota for a sec- ond lengthy stay, and spent many months in "Astoria, Oregon. Her mom, Laura, manages the complex, pro- ductive advertising depart- ment of the Adams County Record. Both of Megan's parents hail from small towns in Oregon. Megan spent her ear- lier childhood in New Meadows until her fam- ily's move to Fruitvale when she was 9. With her two older sisters, Codi and Kelsey, still attending the New Meadows school dis- trict, she continued there until 8th grade. The move to the Council school system was hard for her, but she also [ welcomed the 'chance / to make new friends. She knew some Council students as rival sports players in competition with New Meadows. Some of them are good friends now. Her best friends are Kassidy Pate, Hannah Bryson, Melyssa Geottling, and Michaela Lattimer, but all of her sports team- mates are important to her. In some ways She likes hanging out with the guys more though "because there's less drama," she explained. "Guys are pretty much drama free. If a girl loses a boyfriend, she just falls apart. If a guy loses a girlfriend, he just goes oh I lost a girl- friend but hey there are lots more7 Since school started, her schedule doesn't leave much time for hanging out this year. School runs from 8 to 4, volleyball practice from 4-6, and cheerleading from 6-7:30; followed by homework in pre-calculus, geometry, English and his- tory. School is challenging, but band always makes it better. She readily identi- ties herself as a "band geek" who loves the Beatles and Journey. Music teacher Jeff Parnett got her start- ed in the New Meadows band in 4th grade. She's tried other instruments but keeps coming back to her favorite, the alto saxo- phone. She says her small Council pep band under Mrs. DuBose is really fun, they enjoy precious time Chloe, Lily, and Abbie, a ple who have been inter- spent relaxing at home shy old cat named Claud viewed for this article, she with each other. Her sis- Mewington, and the 3 would like people to stop sweet horses pastured at being judgmental, and to her house keep her corn- start taking time to know paW. someone before they judge ter Kelsey, who graduated from New Meadows, has moved to Australia. Her oldest sister, Codi, is closer in Boise, and occasionally comes to town for spe- cial occasions. The busy She loves reading, espe- them. She remembers her ciallyhistorical drama. "It's own pain of being ridi- not like a television show culed in grade school. She or movie where there is hates racism and bigotry of nothing beyond what any form. She also wants you see on the screen;' people to be more forgiv- she said. "I feel like I'm ing. "I'd give second chanc- but it's hard to keep a beat household Megan grew when their ligh school up in has vanished, and drummers ledge to play it's uncomfortable to be so football and b~sketball, alone. However, she finds She and her morn work more time to draw. Like equally hard. They've the rest of her family, she grown especially close is very artistic, and shines with the rest of the fam-i at 4H and school sew- ily now gone. Megan says ing projects. Her 3 dogs, there when I'm reading. I-can develop my own imagination:' History intrigues her; social studies tops her school subjects. "I'm fascinated by what hap- pened way before my time," she shared. When reading about the holo- caust and world wars, especially Anne Frank's Diary, she developed deep compassion for the tragic events of real . people. "I feel for them;' she explained som- berly. She's moved by their lossesand betray- als, their fear, and their hope in spite of hope- lessness around them. She feels blessed to have a good family and two parents who have stayed together. That gratitude helps her find more compassion for those who have less. Already explor- ing colleges such as BSU, Idaho State and the University of Idaho, she plans to study psychol- ogy. "I want to help people whose lives are hard;' she explained. "I'd like to help them See their strengths and their positives and gain the hope and skills to make their lives better." Like other young peo- es," she affirmed. "People can change:' Megan says she draws her inspiration from her parents, her dad's parents Sandy and Jerry Perkins of Days Creek, Oregon, and her mom's parents Gloria and Benjamin Burgess in New Meadows. Her grandmother Gloria has survived multiple bouts of cancer with strong faith and belief in the support of people around her. Mom inspires her the most, Megan said, reminding her "all you can do is do your best:' Mom always encour- ages her and soothes her when her team loses a game. Megan loves the small town events like the rodeo and 4th of July, which draw people out she might not ever meet. Someday she would liketo see Ireland, just for the beauty of the land, and travel with some- one she cares for to other wonders of the world. She wants to take her people helping skills to Africa or China. After she's seen and been the places she wants and needs to go, she thinks she'll settle down to raise her family in a small town. She's looking forward to cheering the hometown team. Cambridge Principal Notes By Angie Lake'y-Campbell The first day of school I had students ask me where their iPads were. Good question. Over the summer, we explored the possibility of additional opportunities for our iPad project. Unfortunately, the opportunities did not come to fruition. However, we were able to learn agoing on towards that goal would ask that you keep great deal about what we on a daily basis, the idea of healthy snacks will need to effectively Last spring our dis- in mind when purchasing implement the use of iPads in the classroom. Our goal is to have the iPads in the hands of teachers and stu- dents as soon as possible, and there are a great deal of behind the scenes work some teams whb are not able to participate in the tournament after all. We trict adopted a healthitems for your special stu- have had to cancel the and wellness policy which dent. tournament. was written to encourage Our fall spor.ts schedule Activities next week healthy eating habits in shows a junior varsity vol- include a volleyball match our students. If you hap- leyball tournament to be in New Meadows on pen to be involved in our held here on SeptemberThursday beginning at 6:00. PAWS Pal program, we 8. Unfortunately, we had The football team will trav- el to Notus on Friday. We wish all teams the best of luck. As a reminder, home- coming week will be the week of September 10-15. Plans are being made now activities throughout the week.