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Second in a series of stories of Flagstaff-area graduating seniors

Northland Preparatory Academy senior Taylor Bailey has a leg up on her future business management and administration classmates at the University of Arizona’s honors college. She’s already started her own business.

Bailey started a business selling pickle juice after running the food stand at her sister’s cross-country running meets. Turns out a number of professional runners use pickle juice to help recover after a hard race.

She was also one of the first girls on the school’s golf team and part of the first golf team at the school to go to the state championships. She’s also competed at the state level all four years in swimming.

Her senior year in school has been a bit of trial with all of the work of wrapping up a high school career and helping her mom deal with breast cancer. As well as being student body representative, a member of the National Honors Society and a mentor to sixth and seventh graders through the Peers program at NPA. She was recently named Youth of the Year by the Flagstaff Exchange Club.

Jacob McDaniel

Jacob McDaniel, a senior graduating from Northland Preparatory Academy, thought he wanted to study something in the career field of health, but an AP studio art class at NPA changed his mind. The class gave him free rein to use whatever materials he wanted to create an art portfolio. He’s now hoping to study visual communication and graphic design at Northern Arizona University’s honors college.

McDaniel said he debated the career change for several weeks before asking his girlfriend what he should do. She suggested that he pick something that he knew he enjoyed doing. He wants help design logos and other promotional items for movies like “Moonlight.”

McDaniel was a captain on NPA’s varsity basketball team and its baseball team. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, NPA’s disc golf team and of Grand Canyon Youth.


Erin Butcher

Basis senior Erin Butcher plans to attend Duke University this fall on. She said she wouldn’t be able to attend the prestigious school without an ROTC scholarship. She plans to study pre-med with a minor in Spanish.

She hopes to become an anesthesiologist. She likes biology and working with people, especially making patients comfortable.

Butcher said Basis, which she has attended since seventh grade, has really helped her to narrow down what career field she wanted to study.

“It helped me to focus with the option to explore college level courses,” she said. The rigorous college-prep classes at the school also helped her to learn time-management skills and how to manage the stress of college life. She also liked the smaller, more intimate, sizes of Basis’ classes.

Butcher has participated in Theatrikos’ Theatrikids program and performed in “Legally Blond.” She’s also a member of the National Honors Society and ran varsity cross-country.

Adam Skrocki

Adam Skrocki, a senior graduating from Basis, hopes to become a biomedical entrepreneur and create products that help others. His father is a doctor and Skrocki likes messing with technology.

He plans to attend Cornell University in the fall and concentrate on a degree in biomedical engineering. He wants to study new techniques in medicine such as nanotechnology.

In order to succeed, you need support, he said. Basis has given him that support through its teachers and curriculum.

Skrocki served as captain of the BASIS chess team and taught tennis and piano.


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