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Page 8 Thursday, July 5, 2012 The Adams County Record Community Spotlight Katie evlcCall Wants to Make it Happen By Deb Wilson Katie McCall of Council, age 15 , waits impatiently for her future. "I'm Mrs. Ogden's pest;' she grinned. As her school counselor, Mrs. Ogden guides her research on colleges. Katie's looking for schools with a population 2000 or below, preferably with work-study programs in cultural anthropology. "I don't want to be lost in a larger school; she admitted. "I like the small school life:' Katie's lived with her parents, Paul and Carole Chapman, in a small house in Council since she was 4 years old. Her dad's a mechanic, and mom's always worked hard grooming dogs and baking cakes to stay home with her children. Katie's three older sisters, Keri, Tonya and Amie, are grown and gone. She barely remembers her original, very yellow, house in Emmett. "About all I could see were the floor tiles;' she explained. She has been battling serious vision problems her whole life, but they haven't slowed her down. Her morn says she was a very bright and hilarious child. "I don't remember being funny;' Katie protested. But she is extremely bright. She's fascinated with the ancient world. While other children watched cartoons, she read National Geographic and idolized the Discovery Channel. She tried to get her friends excited too. "I'd come to school brimming with the latest adventure of King Tut's wife's tomb exploration. I couldn't figure out why they didn't want to talk about it;' she related. "I used to annoy my friends; they didn't tell me then. They tell me now," she continued. "Did you know it was actually her aunt who was buried there, because they wanted to hide her belongings from grave robbers?" Art was her first love. Always interested in crafts, she wanted to become Van Gogh when she grew up. She's kept books of her sketches since age 9, filled with animals, dragons, fairies, and picture representations of her favorite poems. She collects beautiful glass beads to fashion necklaces and bracelets. Her scientific interests started with dinosaurs in kindergarten. "I told my teacher I wanted to be a paleontologist. She didn't know what that was:' she remembered. Carole shared the art of making beautiful celebratory cakes with her, teaching her how to sculpt elaborate cake toppings with fondant, a mixture of marshmallows, powdered sugar and butter. Her seventh grade Exploratory Science course combined all her worlds when Katie crafted a colorful, realistic volcano cake out of fondant, and the class ate it while watching a film on volcanoes. She also loves to read, especially J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Besides the stories, it's the creativity of the language that fascinates her, and the authenticity of Rowling's invented words Which are actually based on realistic Latin roots. Now fascinated with ancient humans, Katie aspires to be a cultural anthropologist. She wants to go to Greece and study mythology from the different city-states. Each city-state has its particular variation of stories of the Greek gods and heroes. She would like to read each version in its original language, and compare the differences. She also wants to discover why the ancient Neanderthals disappeared. "Neanderthals were omnivores, but more carnivorous than we are; she explained. "With very fast metabolisms, had to eat a lot more than modern humans. Did that drive them to extinction? What happened to them?" Fortunately, she's found an anthropologist friend on Facebook, who promises to take her on a site dig someday. "The library is her best friend;' said her morn. McCa[[Star00 on 00ce! ODYSSEY, Part 1 a musicJaafventure to man00, q00orts of U aft g, July 6th and July 7th at 8:30pm Special Guest Stars Ice comedian- Dan Hollander Adagio pair- Bert Cording and Molly Quigley-Moenkhoff Aerialist- SueEllen Quick Tickets in advance at the rink and Paul's Market $30 Adults, $25 Active Military, $20 Children 12 and under, On-Ice $50 Call 634-3570 x201 for tickets and details The Internet is her magic dream carpet. Proud of her daughter, mom does her best to answer Katie's questions and help her pursue her interests. Her parents have taught her the extreme value of education. "Try hard at school," they told her. they "Don't settle for a 2.0Y She carries a 3.83 GPA. While her head may often be in the intellectual clouds, Katie remains well- grounded in family and community life. She loves Lucky, her 5 month old Yorkshire terrier- chihuahua (my Tasmanian devil," she calls him) and Rastus, her 15 year old Yorkshire terrier- schnauzer. She misses her cat Tippy who died at 18, a great friend who unfortunately did eat her sister's parakeet. She's committed and compassionate. Her friends come to her with questions about how to deal with personal situations. Her parents helped her develop honesty and respect. "It's about accepting people for who they are," Katie explained. "If we don't judge them, maybe they can feel more confidence in their own lives: Katie volunteers with the Halloween trick-or- treat bus every year, and helps with the Santa House at Christmas. Dark haired and fair skinned, she makes a great elf, and loves creating costumes. "I'd wear a different one for every day of the year," she laughed. She's tutored students in her math classes and sings in the high school choir. "I love old Disney music; she confessed. As a cheerleader, she enjoys new routines her team is developing. They've made a float for the 4th of July parade and sold concessions to raise money for new uniforms. Her Students Against Drunk Driving (SAAD) group will be raising funds to go to Washington, D.C., where she desperately hopes to beg Mrs. Ogden into a tour of the Smithsonian museums. She can't wait to be 16 so she can find a real job. A leather "IDFY" bracelet adorns her wrist. She can't talk enough about the Idaho Drug Free Youth Summit, held every June in Coeur ddene. "So much happens there, and it's super upbeat and wildly fun. It's all about having a great life without drugs. They are enthusiastic at helping you be all you can be;' she praised. The intense teamwork and challenging activities build confidence in high school students to reach high and defy the odds of self destruction. She wants to go back as a team leader next year, and to start a local chapter of IDFY here. She's working on a slide show to promote the group. "Get the idea together, find the people and get the action going," she declared. "My friends there gave me feedback that I am wise," she related, uI know we need to inspire a more positive life." Her motto is all about living versus surviving. "Surviving is just doing the day-to- day things," she explained. "Living is about morals and values and purpose. Especially purpose." She can't wait to make it all happen. Please join us in celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of the 9Vw Meadows United Methodist Church building Saturday, July 7th from 7pm to 9pro - Concert and Dessert - Piano and Cello performances by professional local musicians Andrea and Jeff PametL Aler concert dessert; Pie and Ice Cream Sunday, July 8th at 10:30am N Commemorative Worship Service Guest Speaker:. Reverend Kim Fields, Assistant to Bishop for Oregon-Idaho DislxicL Fellowship and light refreshments to follow the worship service