A look at the class of 2003

SNOQUALMIE - About every high school in the nation has two top students that are recognized at graduation as the valedictorian and salutatorian.

Mount Si High School, however, has been able to produce several top students this year. Seniors Nicci Landdeck, Tyler Farrar and Danelle Roth are all sharing the valedictorian honors along with senior Laura Hall as salutatorian.

The four will be honored at the Mount Si High School graduation on June 13.

Landdeck, a Valley native and star of the girls' basketball team who was named Kingco 3A MVP this year, will be heading to Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake to play collegiate basketball and study math.

"I learned so much from playing basketball," Landdeck said. "I was team captain this year, so I learned how to be a leader and how to be a role model."

Farrar will be studying finance at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma come fall. The Air Force brat has lived all over and sees the move to Tacoma as another learning experience.

"I just want to get my degree and start a career," Farrar said.

Roth will be choosing between environmental science and humanities studies when she starts at Western Washington in Bellingham. Her experience from a trip to Puerto Rico last year and volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium convinced her that studying and protecting the environment is a worthy cause.

"It's something that fascinates me and something that needs attention," she said. "I would like to do something that makes a difference."

Hall is off to Wisconsin to attend Beloit College. She would like to study theater, an art form she got involved with when she moved to the Valley her freshmen year of high school, but is also thinking about international studies. Whether she ends up in a consulate or on Broadway, Hall said she is looking forward to the learning environment she will be immersed in in the future.

"I hope to be surrounded by people who want to learn," Hall said.

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