OHS valedictorians going in all different directions
June 11, 2008 · Updated 10:57 AM
"Olympic High School seniors Dan Hoogestraat, Betsy Oesterhaus and Matt Froman have at least one thing in common as valedictorians.They're all very different.There are so many diverse people at this school, Hoogestraat said. It really is to our advantage.Although all three seniors share perfect 4.0 grade point averages as they count the days until next Wednesday's graduation, they don't seem to share common ambitions, philosophies or outlooks on life.Hoogestraat is an artistic academic. Taking advantage of both sides of his brain, Hoogestraat is just as content playing his trumpet in a jazz band as he is doing scientific research.(Music) gives me the freedom to express myself, Hoogestraat said. I'll always keep it as a hobby.With plans to attend the University of Washington this fall to study biology, Hoogestraat is set to be on the cutting edge of science. His distaste for menial tasks has Hoogestraat prepped to do what he must to escape the cubicle.I want to have my own lab and do research, Hoogestraat said. Right now, genetic engineering interests me.On the other side of Hoogestraat's psyche, Miles Davis is a hero. Although not yet ready to embrace the hand-to-mouth lifestyle of a beginning jazz musician, Hoogestraat wants to keep music at the front of his mind.We'll see how college pans out, Hoogestraat said. You never know. Oesterhaus, avoiding any stereotypical notions of valedictory scholarly stiffness, is also avoiding firm plans for now. I would be a dancer at Disneyland and just be happy, said Oesterhaus, who plans to attend Western Washington University as an undecided major. She sees Western Washington more as a step on her way out of state, not where she has to figure out the rest of her life. It would be wrong, however, to dismiss the yearbook project manager and S.A.V.E. member as flighty. Although she is a bit impressed by the plans of her fellow valedictorians, she maintains that her future plans are more about states of mind and restlessness. I always want to be ambitious, Oesterhaus said. I just don't know if I can be satisfied. Froman, the jock who wields a trident of sports in one hand and plans for Fortune 500 domination in the other, seems to be planning more good times ahead. A fan of barbecues, wake boarding and ESPN Sportscenter, Froman just wants to do the best he can and have fun at the same time.I want to be remembered as fun, energetic and athletic, Froman said.Nonetheless, he realizes which side his bread will be buttered on. Spots on the ASB executive board and honor society have taught him that standing behind a grill is not the fastest way to the top. I like leadership, Froman said. If I could help direct the focus of a company, that would be cool.Froman played football, baseball and soccer for Olympic, earning him a spot on the football team Pomona College in California, where he will matriculate this fall. He plans to study business, but he said he wants his cognizance to be deeper than his pockets. I don't want to be all monetarily driven, Froman said. I want to have a company with a conscience. If Hoogestraat, Oesterhaus and Froman are seen as completely unalike, they are similar in one way - or at least that's how the student body perceived them when they posed to get their picture taken. Oh look, said one student passer-by. The smart people."