I get to play Paul Harvey today!
Back in May 2012, the Idaho Press-Tribune ran a story by reporter Nate Green about a young woman who was about to get an associate’s degree from the College of Western Idaho.
The woman, Kayla Grim, had had a rough time of it: She was pregnant when the time came to graduate from high school, and her relationship with the child’s father, Matt, was on the rocks. When she later enrolled at CWI, she and Matt were expecting another baby.
Kayla decided she needed to make a change. So she saved up for a down payment on a house and worked hard at school, finishing with a 3.9 GPA. She also reconciled with Matt.
That’s about where we left it, but this week, we got an email from Matt’s father, Henry Hamanishi. He wanted to give us “the rest of the story.”
As he put it: “Many times, the hopes and dreams of young people just don’t work out for many reasons. But sometimes they do when all involved work hard to make them happen.
“… Here is an update on Kayla. She has accomplished quite a bit. She went on to Northwest Nazarene University and obtained a B.A. in social work in 2015 and also completed (a master’s degree) in community mental health later in 2015. She did this by working part-time at the Nampa Costco Optical and still raising her two kids, Karly and Carter.
“She obtained her occupational license in social work from the State of Idaho that same year. The Nampa School District hired her as a social worker for several of their … schools, where she currently works full time.”
Kayla also made the decision to marry Matt, and the two tied the knot in February 2017! Karly and Carter participated in the ceremony as the flower bearer and ring bearer, respectively.
Matt has had several jobs, including helping the Nampa Boys and Girls Club, and is currently the accessories manager at Corwin Ford in Nampa.
The family moved into a brand new home this year, and, for one last bit of happy news, Kayla is expecting their third child in May.
Henry finished his note by saying, “I don’t know what the future holds (do any of us?), but both Kayla and Matt have worked hard to get to this point.”
And now you know the rest of the story! (Up to now, anyway. To be continued?)
Hats off (and flying through the air, with tassels and all) to Vivien Jackson and Lorena Aguilar on their shiny new degrees! Vivien, who is from Nampa, has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Montana State University, and Lorena, who is from Caldwell, has earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Washington State University.
Similarly, a nod of respect goes to U.S. Air Force Airman Austin Engum, who has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Airman Engum is the son of Doris Pemberton, of Middleton, and Kelli and Scott Engum, of Meridian.
Our applause now turns to our latest dean’s list students! These are:
n Noah Campbell-White of Nampa, Olivet Nazarene University
n Elisabeth Martin of Nampa, Fort Hays State University
n Eleanor Straight of Nampa, Wheaton College
n Marcus Waterman of Caldwell, Cedarville University
Now, to wrap things up, we need to congratulate Danielle Bradford of Melba, who has been awarded Alvernia University’s Veronica Founder’s Scholarship. This scholarship, which has a $16,000 value, will pay for about one semester of her schooling in the field of nursing this fall.
Phvntom, Inc. is a digital marketing company located in Boise, Idaho that creates websites, apps, and full-scale promotions/campaigns for other businesses. The views and opinions expressed in this article are strictly those of its authors and were not written by Phvntom. This article was originally published by Idaho Press.