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Melissa Hager Class of 2012
Melissa will graduate from the University of Portland in May, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a social justice minor. She plans to move to Seattle upon graduation.
Jordan Ruiz Class of 2012
Jordan was recently offered a Teach for America position in Phoenix, AZ. He will be teaching secondary math for the Phoenix school district. This program is affiliated with Americorp and will help him get his masters degree while he's teaching. Jordan will graduate from Willamette University in May with a bachelors degree in Economics and a minor in Art History. He will depart for Phoenix late May/early June.
More alumni updates can be found in the Spring Cavalier Magazine - Alumni Edition
Blanchet Alum Jake Handran in the News!
Thomas Belleque Class of 2006
Thomas is finishing his fifth year teaching and coaching in Teller, Alaska (a small village 70 miles north of Nome). His high school boys team made it to state for the first time in school history. Thomas was named 1a Coach of the Year. He was selected to coach the 1a/2a all star team.
Thomas Plata Class of 2012
Tom earned a place on the Dean's List for the 2013-2014 academic year at Santa Clara University. This distinction is reserved for students who achieved a grade point average in the top ten percent of their class for the entire year.
Taylor Wolf Class of 2014
Former Blanchet Catholic First-Team All-State catcher and 2014 alumni Taylor Wolf is enjoying her freshman season as part of the St. Martin’s Saints Softball team. The Saints have a record of 20-4 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and have secured their spot as conference champions going into the GNAC tournament. Taylor has played in 22 games for the Saints while being an active member of the Benedictine Scholars, a scholarship program that focuses on student leaders carrying out Benedictine monastic traditions. Taylor is also a biology major with plans to pursue a career in physical therapy post-graduation.
Ruiz to Play for SEU
Aubrey Ruiz will play infield/2nd base for St. Edward's University softball team. Aubrey is also a class of 2014 graduate.
Sarah Frantz (Morrow) Class of 2005
After high school I went on to Boise State University in Idaho (Go Broncos!) then transferred to Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho where I received my B.A.S. in Web Development. Today I work for a prominent advertising and design agency, Perich Partners & Design, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as their Lead Web Developer. My work with Perich has me doing most of the nitty gritty behind the scenes stuff as it relates to web development. On the side, I also head up the Support Division of a very successful kickstarter funded blogging platform, Ghost. I write all of the platform support documentation. In my personal life, I'm married to Casey Frantz, a fisheries biologist I met in Idaho, and together we have two little girls, a 3.5 year old and an 18 month old. We also just recently purchased a home out in Michigan and this past May we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary.
Kendra Moe - Class of 2013
Dean's Honor Roll both semesters of freshmen year and attending Mills College as a sophomore. Wouldn't have gotten there without Blanchet.
Alex Tipton - Class of 2005
Graduate with Bachelors in Psychology - Cum Laude, from Western Oregon University 2009. Graduated with 4.0GPA and Valedictorian of Graduate school with Masters in Counseling Psychology from Corban University, 2013. Became Department Supervisor of Mental Health Skill's-Training department at Christian Community Placement Center- March 2014. Currently provide clinical supervision to over a dozen counselors and mental health professionals. Also working on book series with first novel approved for publishing. The book will be available on Amazon Jan 1.
Carla Valenzuela - Class of 2000
Married. I have a beautiful 6 month old daughter, Izabella. I have six step kids, so we have 6 girls and 1 boy. I'm running a restaurant, supervising 2 others, and in the program to get approved to buy my own store, which I already partially own.
Peter Rezac - Class of 2005
I am presently finishing my 8th year in the USMC> I am planning to be discharged in May 13, 2015. I am presently serving in Romania with 2/2 Wpns Company. The military ride has been very good and I'm glad I did it. I have a 5 year old daughter Isabella Marie, who I can hardly wait to spend more time with.
Tori Hittner - Class of 2012
Tori Hittner has been honored by Oregon State University’s Student Recognition and Awards Committee with the Waldo-Cummings Award. The Waldo-Cummings Award is regarded as the most prestigious acknowledgement given to undergraduates at OSU, recognizing academic excellence (minimum 3.5 GPA or better) and superior extracurricular achievements. Out of a pool of several hundred applicants, Hittner was one of 10 juniors presented as an award-winner at the All-University Student Recognition and Awards dinner held on May 14, 2014 at OSU’s Memorial Union Ballroom. Tori has maintained a 4.0 GPA in her two years of undergraduate work, majoring in Anthropology and History with a minor in Writing.