Outstanding Students

Outstanding AprilOutstanding StudentsKayla Cocozzo, Capital High School, has a passion for music.  She plays the Alto Saxophone, is a member of the elite, audition-only vocal jazz choir and was selected as Drum Major of the Capital High School Marching Band.  Last year Kayla was principle chair Alto Saxophonist of the BSU Honor band and earned 1st place at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival.   Kayla’s passion might be music but she also holds a cumulative GPA of 4.13, is currently president of Capital’s National Honor Society Governing Board and is 1 of 2 winners in Idaho of the High School Hero Award.  She serves the Idaho Meth Project, is a member of the Capital’s Green Team, and has over 300 hours of volunteer service to the community.

Marissa “Moe” Metzger, Frank Church High School, is involved in many school activities that promote student health and wellness.  She is one of the students starting a suicide prevention program at Frank Church and teaches students to be an upstander when a fellow student is being bullied and harassed.  She is a member of the honor society and currently working to form an LGTQ Alliance on Campus.  She is currently enrolled in CWI and will transfer to U of I.  Her dream job would be a photo-journalist for National Geographic.

Connor Gray is Borah High School’s Student body President.  He leads by example and takes great initiative and follows through with all projects.  As a member of the basketball team he gave his best in every drill, practice and game and inspired the other team members to do the same.  Connor has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and ships out on June 8th for San Diego for boot camp and the school of Infantry at Camp Pendleton.  In 2016 Connor will be studying at BSU and applying for Officer Candidate School.  Upon graduation from BSU and OCS, Connor will be a commissioned officer of the USMC.  Semper Fidelis!!

Emily Volk, Boise High School, has received a National Merit Commendation, is an AP Scholar with Distinction and president of the National Junior Honor Society.  Emily is the founder and president of the Tea Club involving discussion and social engagement, accented with tea.  In addition to all her school activities, she is also a member of the Balance Dance Company, a pre-professional modern dance company.  She plays the violin and the piano and has superior ratings in all festivals where she performs.  She volunteers for many organization in the community while keeping her grades good enough to be accepted to Dartmouth University.



Dallas Nan from Timberline High School and Erica Albertson from Borah High School were honored as Outstanding students for October. Both of these students are truly outstanding. Erica has roles in several leadership activities and is a volunteer for several organizations. Along with her many other activities, she spent time in Ecuador as a Youth Ambassador.

Dallas says that Math and Science are the aphrodisiac of his educational diet. He belongs to numerous clubs at school that spark his intellectual interests. He also plays many sports but badminton is his favorite sport. He is looking for a university that has a badminton team. If he could study Chemical Engineering and participate in debate and badminton at the The University of California Berkeley his dream would be realized.