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Jennifer Banach-Stein is 2009 Yelm High School Valedictorian

Jennifer Lynn Banach-Stein is Yelm High Schools 2009 class Valedictorian, with the highest grade possible over four years, 4.0 – straight As. Out of a class of 343, only one other student ascended to her lofty status, Niguel Quiroz. She is now a member of the prestigious National Honor Society. Jennifer is a former Childrens School of Excellence (CSE) student in Rainier.

Following in the tradition of her musical family, she was also a versatile band member all this time, playing alto and tenor sax, and her specialty, the temperamentally demanding French horn.

She also completed the New Market Skills Center Professional Medical Careers class. Here she job-shadowed at St. Pete’s hospital and worked as a student at Olympia Manor and the Capital Medical Center. She passed the state test at the end of the year and is now a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Jennifer plans to continue her studies in pre-medicine this fall at Pacific Lutheran University. For relaxation she enjoys video games and Frisbee.

Her mother, Carol Ann Banach, graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, was the Childrens School of Excellences first music director. Her grandparents, Mary and Rev. Dr. Richard Banach, retired United Methodist Minister, are Rainier residents & long time (1983) students at Ramthas School of Enlightenment in Yelm.

Posted by Steve on June 9, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink

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  1. Hi Kathryn,

    Yes, I appreciate your voicing your opinion.
    Thank you.

    And, I am certain Ms. Banach-Stein and her family appreciate your congratulations, as well, even with your expressed differences. To share your acknowledgment amidst your issue with Ramtha’s School
    shows the caliber person you are – humble & mature.

    I find interesting now that you raised the point, that last year’s Yelm High Valedictorian was also an RSE student
    in his childhood, Akel Hashim. He has just completed his freshman year at UW in Seattle majoring in Physics.

    Mr. Hashim delivered a very inspirational speech last year, in case you missed it:


    Comment by Steve on June 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm

  2. That’s honest, Kathryn.
    We, as a community, should not be divided by factions that want to split us apart based on what
    each of us as individuals honor as our God. Our differences are what make us unique and great.

    Far too long, religious intolerance has caused wars, suffering and untold loss of life. I hope someday we
    can be beyond that here.

    Unfortunately, property owners within the city got handed a major bill tonight in a Council-imposed Water Rate Increase without
    anyone else but me & one other person objecting. That’s sad, however must be what is wanted here by the majority by the deafening silence
    from the public.

    Comment by Steve on June 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm

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