Stephanie Whiter received a Master's degree in criminal justice from Boise State University. She is a 2004 graduate of Summit High School and the daughter of Stephen and Peggy Whiter, of Bend.
Jordan Gemelas has been named January's High Desert Hero by The Center Foundation of Bend. Gemelas, a senior at Madras High School, maintains a 4.1 GPA while participating in extracurricular activities — including serving as president of the National Honor Society, co-chair of the Jefferson County Cultural Coalition board, captain of a Relay for Life team and participating in varsity water polo, swim team and tennis. He also plays trumpet in the school band. He has been captain of the water polo and swim teams. He has also participated in volunteer activities, including writing as a student columnist for The Bulletin, playing piano at Madras United Methodist Church, and working with Link Crew and the Madras Aquatic Center Bash, and The Center Foundation's free physicals.