By Lindsay Scholes

I have a confession to make. I have failed in one of my many duties as college-bound high school senior: I have not toured a single college campus.

Not to say I have never set foot on one. I've stayed at Humboldt State University for a Chamber Music camp and performed there countless times; I stayed at the University of Iowa in Ames for an Odyssey of the Mind competition; I even went to Band Camp at a campus in Powell, Wyo. (Yes, I went to Band Camp.) However, I have yet to take advantage of the special tours and events designed for people like mepeople with the strange notion that devoting four years to school and school alone sounds like the experience of a lifetime.

Why? It probably comes down to my laziness, or my irrational fear of tourism. Of course, there's always the old excuse, andquot;I've just been too busy.andquot;

Fortunately, I can live vicariously through the adventures of others. Even more fortunately for me, so can you.

Admirable alumni

This past July, a group of DNHS students participated in an annual college campus tour through a Scholarship/Mentoring Program. The students visited a total of nine California campuses over a period of one week. Along with having the opportunity to get a feel for the campuses and sample the college lifestyle, the group met with some familiar faces.

At nearly every campus, the touring group met with DNHS alumni attaining impressive goals. These DNHS graduatesnow independent adultscertainly give their hometown something to be proud of. Not only that, they help make lofty dreams and goals seem more attainable to DNHS graduates. These individuals set outstanding examples, to say the least.

The stand-outs

It will be my pleasure, over the course of several articles, to introduce you to some of these alumni. It is my hope you will be as impressed as I am by their many achievements.

Many of us, for one reason or another, rarely have a chance to meet with our role models or visit the places we have only envisioned. Hopefully, in the days to come, the experiences and achievements of these individuals will inspire us all to pursue our dreams.

Lindsay Scholes can be reached at The Daily Triplicate at