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Foresthill High grad perseveres during challenging year

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Danielle Schefcik, 17, graduates Saturday from Foresthill High School. One of five valedictorians, the last six months have been especially challenging for the lifelong Foresthill resident. Her father, Michael, died suddenly in December. Principal Sue Lunsford said that finals were taking place at the time. Schefcik decided to finish her exam schedule without an interruption. “The loss was sudden and we would have understood if she had taken some time off,” Lunsford said. “She took the finals even though we said she should probably go home.” Schefcik will join other members of the school’s seventh graduating class for ceremonies that start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Foresthill’s Sebastian Stadium. What are your future plans? I’ll be going to college at the University of Nevada at Reno and I’m scheduled to be on the swim team. My plans are to major in sports medicine and become a physical therapist. What will you miss about high school at Foresthill? The whole school, the teachers and the students. It’s like a family and I’m going to miss them all so much. What activities have you enjoyed at Foresthill High School? Academically, my favorite class was anatomy, taught by Mrs. (Rebecca) Redding. All of Spirit Week was a great experience. I would spend all night working on the float. Our class was undefeated over all four years. And I really had fun playing powder puff football every year during Homecoming Week. I’ve been a year-round swimmer with the Sierra Marlins out of Folsom and because Foresthill doesn’t have a pool, I swam with the Del Oro team and took part in meets representing Foresthill High School. What are your plans for graduation weekend? I’ll definitely take part in Sober Grad Night and Sunday, a friend is having a graduation pool party with all the parents and graduates. And right after graduation, all 62 graduates are going to the park to have cake. At our graduation, Ms. (Lori) Goettle will read a biography on each student and I wrote something to remember my dad. He moved up here with my mom before I was born because he was an outdoorsy person. One thing we would do together was star gaze on the roof during the summer. What advice do you have for future students at your school to fully enjoy their experience? Get involved in as many things as you can because high school goes by fast. Also, let the teachers help you because they want you to succeed.