The Most Outstanding Senior award is a tradition at Sandy High. The teaching staff submits nominations and the 10 students with the most nominations are the finalists. The finalists must submit an application, a transcript, an essay and undergo a live interview with the nominating committee. The winner will be announced at the commencement ceremony on June 12 and is awarded the Cliff O’Harrow Cup.
Here are the 2020 Most Outstanding Senior finalists:
Patrick Barrett is one of the salutatorians of the Class of 2020 and a member of the National Honor Society. He is a four-year member of the band program and has been a leader in the Pioneer Digital Media Club. Athletically, he has competed all four years in the cross country, skiing and track and field programs. He will be attending Montana State University in the fall where he will pursue a double major in Film and History.
Noah Brown is recognized by his peers and teachers alike for his quiet leadership, his stealthy humor and respect for others. He participated in football and track for 3 years, then worked outside of school to save for college. He earned an Honors Diploma and 48 college credits while at SHS, and will finish his transfer degree at Mt Hood Community College next year.
Tyler Callaway is a valedictorian and has also appeared on the Dean’s list at Mt. Hood Community College. He has been a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 4H. He has been an All-League selection in both cross country and track. He plans to study Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, competing in their cross country and track programs, and with the ultimate goal of becoming a Navy pilot.
Abby Carey is a valedictorian and member of the National Honor Society and president of the Green Club. She is a four-year band member, winning most outstanding band student her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She has also participated and volunteered through 4H. Athletically, she is a four-year member of the volleyball program and a black belt in taekwondo. In the fall, she intends to attend Montana State University, majoring in Civil Engineering, minoring in Environmental Engineering and joining Air Force ROTC.
Ryan Escareno is a member of the student Leadership team, serving as ASB vice-president this year. He has helped organize many school-wide events including the Canned Food Drive, Doernbecher and Think Pink week as well as volunteer as an aide with special needs students. He is a four-year letter winner and captain of the soccer team, three-year letter winner in football as well as competing on the tennis and track teams. He plans on serving his country by joining the Navy with the goal of becoming a Navy SEAL.
Sam Fox is a valedictorian and member of the National Honor Society. He competed for the football team for four years and the wrestling team for two years. He has volunteered for multiple events at school and the community, including the No Knock Canned Food Drive and middle school track meets. He has also earned his technical certificate in manufacturing. In the fall, he will attend Case Western Reserve University where he will compete for the football team and study nursing with the goal of becoming a flight nurse.
Ivy Hartman is a salutatorian and the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Pioneer Press. She is a member of multiple clubs, including Spanish Club, Key Club and National Honor Society. Her four-year involvement with the SHS choir program culminated in serving on Choir Council this year. She has received multiple academic awards at SHS and eight state journalism awards for her work on the newspaper. She will enroll in the speech pathology program at Portland State University in the fall with a goal of helping kids as a school speech pathologist.
Ami Minor has been on honor roll and is a member of National Honor Society. She has an extensive resume with the district as a technology intern in multiple capacities. She has been involved in the choir and drama programs as well as Key Club, Green Club and the Asian Youth Society. She is a third degree black belt in taekwondo and has participated in the Gresham Police Cadet program and the FBI Youth Leadership Academy. She plans on pursuing an education and career in cybersecurity and law enforcement.
Noah Perry culminated a four-year run on student council by serving as ASB President this year. He has also been a member of Key Club, Asian Youth Society and National Honor Society. He served as the Feature Editor on the student newspaper as a senior. He competed on the soccer team for four years, serving as a team captain this year and would have completed a fourth year on the tennis team this year, also as a team captain. He will begin a two-year mission for his church this summer and then will enroll in a four-year university when he returns.
Lynneah Tadano has taken an intensive array of advanced classes and is graduating from both Sandy High and the Oregon Transfer program at Mt. Hood Community College. She has been a member of many organizations at SHS including Mock Trials, HOSA, Literary Society and Key Club, for which she served as president this year. Having already achieved a community college degree, in the near future she hopes to land an internship in non-profits, human services or health care with the goal of finding a career in which she can serve others.