Friday, June 14, 2013


    Six students from junior classes at Hailey’s Wood River High School and the Community School in Sun Valley have been chosen as delegates to the annual American Legion Girls State and Boys State seminars to be held during mid-June at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa. The students are sponsored by the David Ketchum American Legion Post 115 and the American Legion Auxiliary.
    They are, from Wood River, Matthew Reidy, Mary Petzke, Annie Ashfield and Sodera Schulz and, from Community School, Jolie Blair and Taylor Adler.
    Ketchum native Peter Atkinson has graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology. Atkinson is a 2009 graduate of the Community School. About 350 degrees were conferred during Whitman’s commencement ceremony May 19 in front of an estimated audience of 4,000.
    The board of trustees of the High Mountain Institute has announced that former Community School administrator Nigel Whittington has been appointed the next head of school. He begins work in July at the small, educational nonprofit in Leadville, Colo. Whittington succeeds Molly and Christopher Barnes, who founded the school in 1995.
    Educated in the United Kingdom, Whittington taught at numerous schools in the eastern U.S. before arriving at the Community School, where he served 17 years as middle school director. Most recently, he was executive director of the Prairie Crossings Charter School in Grayslake, Ill.
    Wood River Middle School eighth-grade student Brock Mary was recently recognized by Princeton University’s gifted program. He plans to attend Princeton’s Summer Institute for the Gifted in New Jersey. Brock plays baseball, football and basketball and recently attended a Know Your Government conference in Boise through Idaho 4-H.
    Maggie Allen of Sun Valley has graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pace University in New York City. Allen received dual degrees in theatre arts and art. The commencement ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall on May 10. Daughter of Tom and Jane Allen, she is a 2009 graduate of Boise High School.
    Dan Todd, president of Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill, has won the Small Business Administration’s Idaho Small Business Person of the Year award for 2013, according to a May 15 Idaho Business Review article. Todd received the award at a lunch ceremony May 15 in the Boise Centre.  Smoky Mountain was started by Todd’s family in Ketchum 21 years ago and has expanded throughout the state. It now has 260 employees.
    Keller Gibson of Ketchum graduated May 12 from Beloit College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Beloit College (Wisc.) is a residential, liberal arts college with 1,250 students 90 miles northwest of Chicago.

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