Thursday, July 25, 2024

Breanna Loomis named 2024 CHS Salutatorian

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LEAVENWORTH – When Cascade High School’s 2024 Salutatorian Breanna Loomis sets her mind on achieving a goal, it’s hard to stop her from accomplishing it. This level of determination helped her reach such a high level of academic excellence, which she has been working for almost her entire high school career.

“It's a huge accomplishment. I'm very proud I got it,” said Loomis.

Loomis grew up in Dryden, where her family has been for generations. Throughout high school, her parents were a main source of support as Loomis put in hard work over long hours. When she needed a break to have fun, her best friend Madeline Black was always there for her.

Loomis stayed busy throughout high school, participating and even becoming the president of several clubs. Through Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Loomis learned valuable leadership skills and project management. With Interact Club, she was able to serve her community and beyond.

“It really helped me realize that the world is just bigger than Leavenworth, and as a community we need to be able to help each other to help other communities,” said Loomis.

However, Speech and Debate and Drama Club are tied for her favorites. Because both clubs had many of the same students, Loomis appreciated the opportunity to develop close friendships with many of them over the years. While Speech and Debate helped her clearly convey her thoughts to smaller groups, Drama Club gave her the confidence to speak to large audiences. CHS teacher Dwayne Allen, the advisor to both clubs, was one of Loomis’s largest influences, teaching her the most important lesson she’ll take away from her high school career.

“Try to look at both sides of things when there is an issue. Try to keep an open mind when you are faced with a problem, and just kind of like try to have a better understanding of what other people are thinking,” said Loomis.

If Loomis were to give any advice to incoming students, it would be to challenge themselves, and make the most of the experience.

“Don’t let taking harder classes scare you, and make sure that you're able to learn and grow both academically and personally from the classes that you're taking,” said Loomis.

Doing this, she says, helped her prepare for college. Loomis plans to attend Central Washington University in the fall, where she will study business.

Taylor Caldwell: 509-433-7276 or taylor@ward.media

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