Larson ,Maitland top students at Kootenai

Gage Maitland and Brittney Larson earned top grades for the class of 2019 at Kootenai High School. Gage finished as salutatorian, and Brittney as valedictorian. 

Brittney Larson and Gage Maitland finish at the top of their class with valedictorian and salutatorian honors, respectively, for the class of 2019 at Kootenai Junior-Senior High School.

Brittney recorded a 3.728 GPA while Gage wasn’t far behind with a 3.554. The two students said they kind of knew where they would finish.

“It was a little bit of a surprise but I had been working for it,” Gage said.

“I always tried my best and this is the outcome of that,” Brittney said.

Both students have been involved with various activities during their high school career.

Gage participated in basketball, football, National Honor Society, 4-H and student council, serving as president. Brittney was involved with basketball, volleyball, 4-H, National Honor Society and student council as well serving as treasurer.

In addition to regular classes, Brittney has also taken dual enrollment courses to earn college credit. Both Gage and Brittney encouraged incoming freshmen and other underclassmen to make the most of the opportunities afforded to them in high school.

“Do your homework. You’re only here for four years. Don’t waste time doing dumb stuff,” Gage said.

“I would definitely encourage others to do the dual enrollment,” Brittney said. “It can get you so far ahead.”

Brittney plans to enroll in Carrington College’s dental assistant program. She has always been interested in the medical field. Gage will attend North Idaho College in a quest to become an electrician.

Gage is the son of Mike and Nancy Maitland. Brittney is the daughter of Mark and Kellie Wills.

Commencement for Kootenai Junior-Senior High School is at 1 p.m. June 8. There are 10 students in the graduating class of 2019.

Katie Ames, high school counselor, said this year’s class has been really enjoyable and great to be around.

“They are really hard working and really kind,” she said. 

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