CALDWELL — Shelby Howard is a lot closer to being done with high school than most of her peers. She will finish her high school requirements by the end of the semester but will continue to take college level credit at Vallivue High School through the end of the school year before attending the University of Idaho next year.
Howard said she will be only a few credits short of completing a full college semester by the time she steps on campus. To top it off, Howard is taking advanced placement anatomy and physiology and has racked up 15 concurrent college credits.
Howard has found success beyond the classroom as well. She played volleyball since her freshman year and was a part of the varsity team that placed third at the state tournament this year. She also competed on the Club Idaho and Starz all-star teams during summers. Howard was also on varsity track for two years as a sprinter and pole vaulter and is considering pole vaulting in college. She also competed for Team Idaho — an indoor track and field team.
Howard intends to study psychology after high school.
“Right now I want to get a minor in education and be a school counselor — something along those lines — or maybe a kindergarten teacher,” she said.
In her freshman, sophomore and junior years, Howard was class representative for Leadership, VHS’s student council.
With athletics, school and a 3.4 GPA, Howard still manages to find time to volunteer. She volunteered with the three-day St. Luke’s Sweet Kid summer day camp for children 3-7 who have diabetes.
Howard also volunteered with the Canyon County Festival of Trees last year and plans to again at this year’s festival Tuesday. With Leadership, Howard also mentored in kindergarten and third-grade classrooms.
What is your favorite high school memory?
“I would say just with all my sports, being able to be with all my friends and get that experience.”
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
“I guess with everything, deciding what I want to do, and sometimes second-guessing myself.”
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
“Read people’s minds, knowing that I’ll always have people supporting me and independent wealth.”
If you could give a piece of advice to someone your age, what would it be?
“Just to take advantage of the counselors at school — Mrs. Connie Benke — she’s been helpful with everything and wants the best for everyone. She helped me a lot through school.”