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Senior Jamie Copeland Steps Up to New Challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Posted on January 16, 2018

HERALDNET.COM: Jamie Copeland, who lives in Snohomish, is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. The ASB president still tries new things, such as cheerleading this year, and pulls a 4.0 in a demanding honors and STEM program.

Q: You are the president of the Associated Student Body. What are you working on?

A: At the moment we have homecoming. Our school doesn’t have a football team. So basketball is our big sport. So we do our homecoming court and our homecoming in January, so we’ve been planning for that.

Q: What drew you to leadership?

A: The people I saw in leadership were kind of who I was striving to be. Like when I was in eighth grade and I was looking up at the seniors, I thought those people are really setting a good example. I wanted to do that myself. So I stepped up and got involved. It was a great way to get involved in school, too, and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed in high school.

Q: Why is it important?

A: Especially at this school because it’s such a small school, by being involved I’ve been able to help others, myself included, to find more friends and just have greater relationships with people. And also as the leader now … to go out more to people who don’t have a place and include them.

Q: What else are you involved in?

A: I’m on our (National Honor Society); I’m the vice president of service this year. I’m in cheer right now. I’ve done volleyball, basketball, track and field. And I’m in our STEM program right now. Actually me and the other person in it are going to be the two first who will be graduating with the STEM diploma.

Q: What is the STEM diploma?

A: So it’s science, technology, engineering and math. It’s a separate diploma, so you have to do different requirements, electives and classes. So I’ve taken computer science. I’m in engineering design now. I’ve taken video game design, web design. It also requires you to take four years of math and science, which also goes along with our honors program that I’m in as well.

Q: Why was this something you wanted to pursue?

A: I think probably just the higher diploma. I like math but I’m not a huge science person. But our engineering design class I enjoy quite a bit more than I thought I would. … I think I just wanted to figure out something I’d be good at, because I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do for college.

Q: What are your plans?

A: At this point I’m waiting for acceptance letters. … I’ve considered possibly doing elementary education or physician’s assistant or physical therapy, but I haven’t narrowed down on one. I kind of just want to do something where I can help people. With elementary kids, I feel like that’s a really vital time of their life where you can pour into them, and I love kids.

Q: Do you have any teachers you look up to?

A: There are so many mentors that have poured into my life and they really care about us here. I think that one that has been like my best friend is our teacher Mrs. (Ann) Gillis. She was my eighth-grade through sophomore year math teacher and she’s also the ASB adviser. So she’s taught me a lot. She’s a really good teacher, but on a personal level she also knows me so well. I’ll sometimes go in her office and we’ll just talk for an hour. She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve met in my entire life.

Q: This is your first year doing cheer?

A: All other years I played basketball. We went to state last year. … I just decided I wanted to go out with that as my last memory of basketball. Our boys team is supposed to be really good this year. So I decided to stay in the basketball realm and join something new. We went in blind, and it’s been so much fun so far.

Q: You’re also involved in your church?

A: I love going there and just spending time there. It’s been so much fun. I’ve gotten such close relationships with the people there. I just came back from a mission trip in July to El Salvador. It was just awesome.

Q: What does it feel like to be at this stage?

A: There’s a lot of different emotions that you feel. I feel the stress of “oh my gosh, I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life.” … I’m in that stage where I’m like I don’t really want to leave high school yet, but I’m also a little bit ready to go and just experience something new.

-Melissa Slager:

Led by senior trio, CPC MLT basketball team stays unbeaten

Posted on January 11, 2018

Erwin Weary, Jaide St. Lewis and Ryan Maxwell combine for 48 points in a 62-45 win over Tulalip Heritage.

  • By Cameron Van Til - The Herald
  • Friday, January 5, 2018 10:50pm

Erwin Weary is one of Snohomish County’s top scorers, averaging nearly 30 points per game with a smooth outside shot, rangy athleticism and impressive ball handling. “I’ve been a varsity coach for 20 years, and he’s the most skilled player I’ve ever had by far,” CPC-MLT coach Scott Moe said of his 6-foot-4 star point guard.

But the unbeaten Lions are more than a one-man show.

Weary, Jaide St. Lewis and Ryan Maxwell combined for 48 points and 36 rebounds Friday night, each recording a double-double as visiting CPC-MLT remained perfect with a 62-45 win over Tulalip Heritage in a showdown between the Northwest 1B League’s top two teams.

“At this level, not too many teams have that,” Moe said of the senior trio.

The Lions (12-0 overall, 6-0 Northwest 1B) were without second-leading scorer Jacob Schley for Friday’s small-school showdown, which pitted two teams that entered the night with numerous blowout victories and only one loss combined.

But CPC-MLT dominated from the start, rolling to a 34-13 halftime lead in front of an energetic crowd packed into the Tulalip Heritage gym.

The Lions have outscored opponents by 35 points per game this season, winning all but one contest by 16 points or more.

“Coach doesn’t even talk about (our record),” Weary said. “He just talks about getting better every day. We focus on winning practice. And if we can do as well as we do in practice every day, I think we can go a long way.”

Weary scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second and third quarters and grabbed 11 rebounds. St. Lewis, a 6-foot-2 forward, added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Maxwell, a 6-foot-3 forward, chipped in 10 points and a team-high 14 boards.

“Those guys are big and strong,” Moe said of St. Lewis and Maxwell. “It helps to have some size inside, and then combine that with a point guard like Erwin who’s 6-foot-4 and can handle the ball.”

Weary, an ultra-talented senior, is remarkably playing just his second season of high school basketball. Cut twice from the Edmonds-Woodway basketball program during his freshman and sophomore years, he briefly considered giving up the sport.

But after moving with his family and enrolling at CPC-MLT, Weary enjoyed a breakout junior campaign last season. The versatile lefty standout averaged 30 points per game — including a 54-point performance Dec. 22, 2017, against Rainier Christian — and led the Lions to the Class 1B state regionals.

Weary is putting up massive numbers again this season, yet more efficiently.

“He’s scored the same as he did last year, but on far fewer shots,” Moe said. “He’s letting the game come to him and really understanding what it means to make his teammates better.”

Despite the loss, Tulalip Heritage (11-2, 6-1) has already surpassed its win total from last year, when the Hawks went 10-13 in their first losing season since 2007-08.

The biggest difference this season has been a commitment to defense under first-year coach Cyrus Fryberg, who previously coached the girls basketball program. After allowing 52.1 points per game last year, Tulalip Heritage is holding opponents to 43.2 points per contest this season.

“We’re trying to play harder defensively than we’ve ever played,” Fryberg said. “And (it’s) been working. We’ve been really, really focused on what we’re doing defensively and just letting the offense come to us.”

Paul Shay Jr. had a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, who heated up after the halftime break with 32 second-half points.

The two teams meet again Jan. 26 at CPC-MLT.