class of 2010

Just a Girl and Her Horse. by Kamie Kahlo

Becky Wilson took this gorgeous photo of Hannah
with her grandmother's prize-winning horse Mazarati

My niece Hannah graduated with a 3.97! Her academic achievements were rewarded with the Deans Scholarship, the Fund Scholarship and the Pacific NW Title Scholarship. But is was her love of sport, her volunteer spirit and most importantly her dedication to horses that further solidified those scholarships and awarded her one more, the OHSET Scholarship for her work in an equestrian team.

So called extra curricular activities are often the spearhead of a young persons continuing education. We should always remember our bliss, work for it, nurture it and follow it wherever it may lead us. Hannah's ambition for being a genuine cowgirl isn't just family tradition, "It takes a lot of time and practice as well as a lot of patience. I have been lucky enough to have a grandma who shares my passion and would do anything to help me become the best rider, and person I can be." She has been taught the difficult lesson of try, try again. Literally being knocked off and getting back up to do it all over again, those are the types of skills that will carry this country girl through her major of Sports Business with a minor in Spanish.

I am so proud of Hannah's achievements mostly because all along the way, she has been kind and giving. She followed her dreams and they rewarded her well. You see for this young woman, college isn't just horseplay.

Selena Gomez Graduates Twice by Kamie Kahlo

Photo from Dave Tesh

Selena Gomez, everyone's favorite Disney 'bad girl' is home-schooled due to her insane schedule; Rebelious wizard one day, mysterious pop-star the next. Tween clothing designer on Monday making a wave for the environment Tuesday. (Look it up if you don't know what I'm talkin bout.)

It's no wonder that this busy super star graduated from high school twice in one day! Let me explain, or better yet, let Selena explain. She wrote on her Facebook page: "What are the odds... Today I graduated from high school and got my diploma!!!!!

"I also filmed my graduation ceremony in the upcoming movie 'Monte Carlo'. So in a weird way I was able to experience an official graduation, LOL."

While most high school graduates are looking forward to college, this 'Wizards of Waverly Place' starlet has other projects on her mind like filming in Budapest and kicking off a tour at the end of this month with her band, Selena Gomez & the Scene, which released their debut album 'Kiss & Tell' last September. What a life; What a graduate!

Chloë's Senior Project by Kamie Kahlo

A few months back Chloë Bell invited me to her senior project: Fashion Through the Decades. Chloë found clothing from thrift and discount stores and styled a couple from each era. I met this sweet girl, petite and blonde with anime eyes when she needed me to style her for some alternative senior pics so, I thought it would be great to see the beginnings of what might just be this young girl's career.

The show was great! The female models catwalked on stage to model their era's outfit. The girls were followed by male partners dressed appropriately to match, then a small dance errupted from the music playing. Each couple was sharply lit and in the finale, everyone jitterbugged, hustled and twisted together as a group.

Our little stylist and producer not only put on a good fashion show, she provided the guests with hand-drawn programs and coupons were handed out from the stores where the models clothes came from! In my school of fashion, you get an A+ Chloë!!

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Dear Graduate: A Letter to Rainbow by Kamie Kahlo

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My Dear Little Rainbow:

You took a different path when finishing your high school years. You enrolled in the local community college estranging yourself from the plastic world of teenagedom and thrusting yourself into the young adult world of collegedom. What happened next was quite remarkable; From failure came success, from humiliation came pride and from isolation came openness. Your graduation and accomplishments are much to be proud of and your very different path is something that I could have predicted being your precocious, ever rebellious aunt. I would like to share a few of your thoughts about the last days of THIS part of a long, strange journey:
... The coming summer is already jam packed with plans for self discovery, hot yoga, vacations, unfinished novels, and unadulterated romances. Plans to move out of my parent’s home has for a long time been my go-to fantasy on sleepless nights and empty days. As I complete my final projects and exams I feel a small amount of weight being lifted from me. I’m beginning to notice what little things I had no time to appreciate as a student. Smells, tastes, and sounds now seem magnified to me. I feel this sense of excitement and empowerment that has laid dormant in me for the past three years. Everything I've done during this time was leading up to this point. I've played with the idea of joining the Peace Corps, with visiting the elephant nature parks in Thailand, moving to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and driving from ruin to ruin on the boarder of South America. Each fantasy was more potent and more inspiring then the next while ultimately I've decided to establish myself somewhere in Portland with a job, an apartment, and a boyfriend. I think I'll let my fantasies turn torpid before I take that terrific leap across oceans and desserts and what not. Graduation takes place on the forth of June, the day after my nineteenth birthday. Hopefully I will acquire some sort of photograph or memento to remember these final days by and how exciting and wonderful they've been despite the problems I've adopted in my personal life.

... I firmly believe that I can have anything that I set my mind to.
I hope these images are just the memento you wished for and I KNOW that you can and will accomplish anything you set your mind to. Congratulations to you my little Rainbow! What comes next is purely up to you.

Your Loving Aunt,