Four Blaine County home educated students have graduated and are planning their future endeavors.
They are Lydia Fuller, Adam Marks, Moriah Price and Maxwell Durtschi.
Here are details about the local graduating students:
Lydia Fuller, daughter of Robert and Lucy Fuller of Ketchum, has been home educated for 12 years. She plans to attend The Masters College in Santa Clarita, Ca.
She received her diploma at the Idaho Home Educators Class of 2010 graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 22 on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. Lydia was among 48 home educated students participating in the ceremony at NNU's Brandt Center. It was the organization's 21st year of providing a graduation ceremony.
Besides her home studies, Lydia earned 18 college credits at the College of Southern Idaho's Hailey campus. Her accomplishments include acting and singing roles in local productions ("Annie" and "The Christmas Carol"). She has been a leader and teacher in AWANA Bible Club and a recipient of AWANA's Citation Scholarship Award. Lydia participated in a medical mission outreach to Mexico.
Adam Marks, son of Gary and Laurie Marks completes his home education this year.
His personal goals include music and missions to foreign countries. Adam has been an invaluable asset to his family as they look for ways to meet the needs of people in the villages of Belize. Next year, he looks forward to working with tribal groups in Peru and continuing his music studies.
Moriah Price, home educated for five years, has graduated with her high school diploma from A Beka Academy. The daughter of Wes and Laura Price of Bellevue plans to attend the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls to pursue a degree in the medical field.
She excelled in her course work and developed a love of reading and research. Moriah is an accomplished pianist. She has been active in a ballet program for the last 10 years and has performed in numerous ballet productions in the valley.
Moriah was awarded a leadership award for her ability. She spearheaded an effort to initiate a local shoe drive when she learned from her grandfather, who was working in Afghanistan, that there was a need to help local children there obtain shoes. She donated her time for church fundraisers to support a school in Ghana. Moriah also apprenticed for a local gardener for four years.
The son of Martin and Kitty Durtschi completed his high school education through a home school program with the support of Hailey's Wood River High School, John Hopkins University and Indiana University High School.
He plans to attend Dartmouth College at Hanover, N.H. and has aspirations to attend medical school.
Max is a National Merit Scholarship finalist, an AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and a John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Scholar. He has received Congressional Awards for community service.
He is an accomplished athlete who has competed around the U.S. and Europe as a Nordic skier and cyclist. Max is a two-time USA Junior National champ in cycling and is currently competing both as a professional cyclist for Garmin-Transitions, and for the USA National Cycling Development Team based at Izegem, Belgium. He skied for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, and ran cross country.