Sentinel Standout – September 2011 – Keith Clark

Keith Clark – husband, father, community volunteer and doctor of veterinary medicine – will appear as a candidate for the Central Valley School District Board of Directors in the upcoming general election.

Clark is the heavy favorite to emerge as the winner in the Nov. 8 vote, especially considering he is the only name on the ballot. Observers say the lack of school board contenders likely has something to do with the difficulty of the job and lack of compensation – the small stipend awarded to board members might just cover the cost of gas to meetings and school activities throughout the year.

Others point to Clark’s sparkling record of service and insight in his first four years on the board as one of the reasons for the lack of challengers this autumn. Clark currently serves as board president and has earned the respect of colleagues, teachers, students and parents throughout the district.

Central Valley Superintendent Ben Small said Clark has distinguished himself “a strong advocate for our students” who has campaigned on behalf of education with legislators and supported the district’s various capital bond and levy campaigns.

“Keith Clark is a steady leader who is committed to the best interests of Central Valley School District students,” Small said. “Keith can often be seen at school events and functions, supporting our students and reaching out to the community he serves.”

Clark, a member of the Evergreen Ward in the Spokane East Stake, was elected to the board in 2007 on a platform that emphasized improvements to the district’s math curriculum.

“I wanted to be an influence in guaranteeing the quality of education in the district,” Clark said. “I wanted to feel good about the direction the district was going.”... Read Full Story →

Sentinel Standout – August 2011 – Andrea Nelson

Few people noticed the simple gesture after the cheers had subsided at Mt. Tahoma Stadium back in May 2007.

Andrea Nelson, a sophomore from Shadle Park High School in Spokane, quietly handed her first-place medal in the 2-mile race to a competitor from Bellarmine Prep who had won the event but been disqualified for lane violations. Later, it turned out to be the debarred runner’s teammate who had stepped outside the chalk.

Andrea Nelson won two individual state titles in cross country at Shadle Park High School in Spokane.
Contributed Photo.

Eventually, the unique story of sportsmanship was included in the pages of the New Era magazine, an LDS publication for youth.

For Nelson, the decision was simply another chance to do what was right – not what was easy. Each November, at the Washington state Cross Country Championships, a similar scenario emerged. As one of the top 10 placers in each of her four years in high school (she won the state title as a sophomore and junior) Nelson was invited to participate in the Nike Border Clash featuring the best prep runners from Washington and Oregon.

The only problem – at least for Nelson – was that the race in Portland took place on Sunday. She politely informed race officials each year that she would not be running on the Sabbath.

“There never was a question,” said Nelson who grew up in the Spokane North Stake. “I knew I qualified for it but I’d set a standard for myself and it wasn’t that difficult. I knew it wouldn’t be worth it.”

While individual honors vaulted Nelson to a lofty place among the Spokane area’s best all-time runners, it was a team accomplishment that she places at the... Read Full Story →

Sentinel Standout – July 2011 – Ryan Romney

Most people who visit Liberty Lake, WA. are aware of the city’s award-winning trail system, well-maintained parks and level of civic participation that has made “community picnic” part of the everyday lexicon.

As a resident of Spokane County’s easternmost city, Ryan Romney understands that Liberty Lake is a great place to live. He and his wife, Jessica, are raising their five kids there. In addition to being an enthusiastic promoter of his adopted hometown, Romney also serves on the Liberty Lake City Council as one of seven elected officials who, along with a mayor, act as the city’s governing board, coordinating everything from the general budget to road maintenance.

Romney said he decided to throw his hat into the political ring as a way to make a positive difference. He was appointed to the City Council two years ago this spring and won an uncontested election that fall.

“I thought it would be good to have a contributing voice in the decisions made in our city,” he said. “I wanted to help steer public policy in a direction that coincided with my values and priorities.”

Born and raised in Hayward, CA., Romney visited family in the Spokane area as he was growing up. Now, he is glad to be here on a permanent basis.

“It’s an amazing place to raise a family,” he said.

Between Hayward and Liberty Lake, Romney ventured to Russia as part of a two-year mission for the LDS Church. He served in the Latvia, Riga Mission from 1994 to 1996.

“I loved the opportunity it gave me to serve and live in a completely different world,” he said. “I formed lasting friendships and connections with people that I met there that have lasted to this... Read Full Story →

Sentinel Standouts – June 2011 – The Kelloggs

They may be known as the Kelloggs and hail from Michigan, but there is nothing flaky about the Sentinel Standouts for June 2011.

Tim and Priscilla Kellogg began serving in the Spokane Mission Office last January and, according to Sis. Kellogg, have relished the opportunity to serve in “a beautiful part of the Lord’s vineyard.” The couple’s 18-month calling winds to a close on July 1.

“It’s been wonderful being out of the world,” Sis. Kellogg said. “We have really gotten to know each other and ourselves as well. It’s been like a honeymoon for us.”

Married for 43 years, the Kelloggs were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1976. The two met while employed at a community hospital in Traverse City, Mich., their home for 41 years. Bro. Kellogg worked as a laboratory computer systems manager and Sis. Kellogg was a nurse with an emphasis in special education.

Bro. Kellogg said the quality and character of Inland Northwest residents – both LDS and non-LDS – has made an impression during the couple’s time here.

“People in this area are just very kind and considerate,” he said. “We’ve been very impressed with their generosity.”

The Kelloggs have four grown children and 10 grandchildren, most of whom live in their homestate of Michigan. One daughter and her family live on the Westside of Washington in Issaquah. Bro. Kellogg said that while leaving family to serve a mission is not easy, the decision is one that has blessed their family in many ways.

“Things like hiking and fishing are for time, but a mission is for eternity,” he said.

Sis. Kellogg recalled that when she and her husband were set apart they “were promised that all of our children would proper financially... Read Full Story →

Sentinel Standout – May 2011 – Sean Howard

Sean Howard dug in at the plate earlier this month during a district playoff game against Rogers High School, ready to launch the pitch into one of several alleys at Avista Stadium.

Turns out the ball never had a chance.

Howard, the cleanup batter for Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, hit a soaring shot over the left field wall, one of two hits for the senior in a critical post-season win. For the season, Howard led the Bears with three home runs, 15 runs batted in and a slugging percentage (total bases divided by at-bats) of .740. He was second on the team with a .360 batting average. His stellar season earned him honors on the All Greater Spokane League second team.

Sean Howard is a two-year letter winner in baseball and basketball at Central Valley High School. He plans on attending BYU-Idaho this fall. Photo by Craig Howard.

On a different front, Howard digs in every day as a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. He participated in seminary, refrains from profanity and avoids substance use. Howard said seminary served as a spiritual catalyst throughout his four years of high school.

“Seminary is great because I’m able to get away from school where there is a lot of swearing and inappropriate things going on,” Howard said. “I can just focus on the gospel and becoming better spiritually. I’m able to feel the love of Christ and the spirit and take it with me throughout the day.”

In addition to earning two varsity letters each in baseball and basketball, Howard earned his Eagle Scout award at the age of 14. He maintains a 3.6 grade point average and plans on attending BYU-Idaho this fall. Howard said whether on the field or in the classroom, he understands the... Read Full Story →

Sentinel Standout – April 2011 – Lauren Archibald

As an all-league tennis player, it would make sense that Lauren Archibald might start each day with a heaping bowl of Wheaties.

Instead, the standout student-athlete launches the morning with a different rendition of “the breakfast of champions,” one that emphasizes spiritual nourishment.

Each weekday, Archibald attends early-morning seminary, studying the restored gospel of Jesus Christ along with fellow students at University High School in Spokane Valley. For Archibald, the daily study session sets the tone for the balance of her schedule

“It’s always a good way to start my day,” she said. “If I miss seminary, my day doesn’t go as smoothly as when I do.”

As ASB vice-president, a 4.0 student and a varsity athlete in soccer and tennis, the senior is putting a quality cap on four years at University. Even an injury plagued season in soccer – she sprained both ankles but still earned the “Respect” award from teammates – did not dampen her optimism, nor her view of “seeing happiness as a choice you make every day.”


Sentinel Standout – March 2011 – Charles Forsyth

Growing up on a farm outside Cardston, Alberta, Charles Forsyth discovered that a productive morning typically set the tone for a successful day.

These days, Forsyth still begins his routine at dawn – only, instead of bailing hay and milking cows, the 95-year-old can be found pedaling a stationary exercise bike. The 60-minute workout usually begins around 5:30 a.m. and is part of a Monday through Saturday regimen.

As a kid in Canada, Forsyth never had a bike. Sports were a luxury for someone who had the responsibilities of helping on a 200-acre homestead. Cardiovascular conditioning meant addressing a 4-mile round trip from his home to a one-room schoolhouse – by foot.

“We were on a ranch and there was a lot of work to do,” Charles said.

Without a tractor, tilling the land meant working by horseback. The farm was known for cattle and crops like wheat, oats and barley. In 1935, the family purchased their first automobile. Charles remembers he and an older brother saving half of the $1,100 cost. His parents covered the rest.


Sentinel Standout – February 2011 – Isaac Hawkins

As a student-athlete at Spokane’s Ferris High School, Isaac Hawkins understood the meaning of going the extra mile.

Hawkins won the 4A state individual cross country championship in 1995 and 1996, his junior and senior seasons at Ferris. Each of those years saw Hawkins follow up his autumn achievements with state track titles in the mile and 2-mile. Along the way, he found himself ranked among the swiftest prep runners in the U.S., finishing with the third fastest time in the mile and seventh best mark in the 2-mile.

Rather than dwelling on the accolades – which included becoming the first high school junior to win the Foot Locker Cross Country Regional Championships and earning high school All-American status in track and cross country – Hawkins continued to increase his stride.

After earning a scholarship to Stanford University, Hawkins traded in his running shoes for a full-time elder’s tag. He served a two-year LDS mission in the Philippines from 1998 to 2000.

“Going on a mission was like passing the Sacrament on Sunday,” Hawkins said. “I knew it was my duty.”


January 2011 Sentinel Standouts – Davenports

The hours are typical for a desk job – Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 – but for Elder Dennis and Sister Kari Davenport the work at the Spokane Mission office is anything but routine.

There was the time when Elder Davenport – known by missionaries in the field as the “Car Czar” for his responsibilities as the mission’s vehicle fleet coordinator – received a call from an elder serving in the Chewelah area. Some damage had occurred to the missionaries’ car while they were knocking on doors in a rural section of Stevens County.

The culprits? Some pesky farm animals.

“Just another day in the life of a fleet coordinator,” Elder Davenport said.

The Davenports are vital cogs in the wheels of a local missionary effort that encompasses 16 stakes, three states and part of Canada. They launched their one-year service mission last June after leaving their home in Republic, WA.

“As with many callings, we were a little awestruck at first, but we’ve always been happy to serve the Lord,” Elder Davenport said.

Elder Dennis and Sister Kari Davenport are part of the support staff in the office of the Spokane, Wash. Mission. The Davenports began their one-year service mission last June. Photo by Craig Howard.

While Elder Davenport oversees the armada of nearly 70 vehicles, Sister Davenport is responsible for an array of paperwork and recordkeeping tasks, including the processing of baptismal records. Beyond mere filing duties – “accuracy, of course is number one,” she said – Sister Davenport points to the residual joy of people joining the Church as the best part of her job.

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Sentinel Standout for December 2010 – Dave Orndorff

Since self-promotion is not on the priority list for Dave Orndorff, most people don’t know about his background as an All-American wrestler and starting football player at Oregon State University in the late 1980s or the fact that he once tried out with the New Orleans Saints of the NFL.

A member of the Belle Terre Ward in the Spokane East Stake, Orndorff would rather talk about the accomplishments of his sons or the latest feats of the University High School wrestling squad, a program he has helped coach since 1998.

After a stellar two years in wrestling and football at Ricks College – now BYU-Idaho – Orndorff moved on to the OSU campus in Corvallis, Ore. where he finished as a national runner-up in wrestling as a senior while earning second team All Pac-10 honors as a center on the football team.

One of his OSU teammates was a linebacker named Bronco Mendenhall, currently the head football coach at BYU. Dave also participated in the East/West Shrine Game, an annual football showcase featuring some of the best college seniors in the country.


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