For 2013, Kuna High School has a three-way tie for valedictorian. Up until last week, both Gileann and Sarah Haley knew they were neck and neck for the title of the highest GPA, but Malia Peck said she had no idea she was that close. The 2013 valedictorians for Kuna High School are:
Malia Dawn Peck
Born in Logan, Utah, Malia has attended Kuna schools since first grade. Her parents, Duane and Suzanne Peck are both educators. Her older sister Adell is serving on a mission in Chile and her younger sister is just starting Kuna High School next year. She was on the honor roll all four years, won awards at the Idaho National Laboratory State Scholastic Tournaments, State Science Olympiad, and the State STEM Fairs. She was a Presidential Scholars Award semi-finalist this year, won the Mayor’s Award to Youth (2009), LDS Young Womanhood Recognition (2010), Clogging Team Nationals 1st Place (2010, 2011) and the National Merit Scholarship Program – Commendable Scholar (2012). She participated in KHS Choir, Marching Band, Concert Band and was the team captain in the First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition (2009, 2010). President of the Science Club (2011-2013), an officer of the National Honor Scociety (Historian 2011-2012, VP 2012-2013) and the team captain of the Science Olympiad (2012, 2013). She many more school, extracurricular and civic awards, honors and memberships. She most enjoyed Calculus I & II and AP Biology. She plans on attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to pursue, “Something requiring a microbiology degree, maybe research.”
Her advice to the class of 2014? “Work hard and make decisions you will be proud of.”
Sarah Nicole Haley
Sarah Nicole Haley was born in Boise but moved to Kuna when she was four and has attended Kuna schools since she was in kindergarten. She has been supported by her mother Julie, an executive administrative assistant at Micron, her stepfather Chad Ewing, a design support specialist at Idaho Power, her father Steve Haley, an IT project manager at Gonzaga University and her stepmother Stephanie. She has three siblings, Ashley (10), Nicholas (10), and Braden (6). She plans on attending Boise State University and study medicine. She is hoping to become a physician’s assistant or doctor and wants to volunteer on medical missions.
She earned varsity letters in track (2010) and cross country (2010, 2011). She won the Southern Idaho Conference Academic Award in track (2010), the Southern Idaho Conference Academic Award in cross country (2010, 2011, 2012), was on the 4A Girls Cross Country 2011 Academic State Champions team (2011), the Girls Advanced Conditioning Student of the Year (2012), won 4th place in state of Idaho in HOSA Medical Spelling (2013) and was HOSA Member of the Year (2013). She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Science Club, Honor Society (Vice President ‘12-’13) and HOSA (President ‘12-’13).
She wants to tell 2014 seniors, “It’s almost your time to shine as seniors! Make yourselves proud and pursue the things you are passionate about regardless of circumstances or limitations.”
Born in Manila, Philippines to Gines and Ann Tan, Gileann Tan has been attending Kuna schools for the last 9 years and has two siblings, Joshua (16) and Julia (11).
Gileann plans on attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her father is a phlebotomist in the Apheresis department at the Red Cross and her mother, Ann, is a fifth grade teacher at Endeavor Elementary in Nampa. She plans on studying to be a math professor in college or becoming a Broadway star. Her advice to the class of 2014? “Make the most of what you are given.”