Submitted by Lori Standring

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Standring, a 2016 graduate of Del Norte High School, is in Mexico City for the next two years, serving a mission for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He left for his mission on March 13, 2018 to go to a six-week intensive Spanish Language immersion program at a Missionary Training Center on the grounds of a former school campus in Mexico City. It was especially exciting for him because his sister, Kira, a 2014 Del Norte High graduate, had started a Spanish-speaking mission herself at the same Mexico City Training Center when she was also nineteen, about two years previous to Daniel’s arrival.

The family has enjoyed seeing some similar photos emailed to them from the two siblings’ training time in Mexico City. While Daniel has now finished his training period, and has just recently arrived at his mission area headquarters, also in Mexico City, in the Southeast section, his sister Kira, was flown to the Spanish-speaking areas of Tempe, Arizona when she finished her training period. Kira finished up her mission and returned from Arizona to resume college at Brigham Young University in March of last year. She plans to pursue a career in Dental Hygiene. Daniel was also attending the same university, and living next door to his sister, before he left for his mission, and has plans to become a dentist when he resumes his studies after two years.

Daniel and Kira have shared many other experiences in their lives thus far, both being avid musicians with the high school music programs in the Madrigal Choir and all the bands (marching, concert, jazz and steel drums) and they also participated together on the varsity track team (Daniel in pole vaulting, jumps and sprints; Kira in discus and shot put) where both qualified for Redwood Area championships, and both also received All-League “White Star” honors for their athletic abilities on the varsity soccer teams at the high school.

Daniel achieved his Eagle Scout rank award in Boy Scouts of America, and Kira received the “Young Womanhood” recognition medallion in their church youth group. Daniel also received a North Coast Section Student-Athlete Scholarship, and was named the Most Outstanding Male Student in the County as a senior in high school, and Kira graduated with a 4.09 GPA and was awarded a Brigham Young University Scholarship to be part of their Color Guard in the Marching Band after being Del Norte High’s Drum Major for two years. They both received music and other scholarships from the Del Norte Scholarship Foundation, with Daniel being the first recipient of the Music Boosters’ newly established “Standring Legacy” Scholarship.

The siblings are from a long line of their five older brothers, James, Jason, Garrett, David and Mark, who likewise participated in the music and athletic activities at the high school and have all served missions for their church.

Daniel and Kira are the children of Dr. Jim and Lori Standring of Crescent City. Daniel is expected to complete his Mexico City mission in March of 2020.