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September Student Spotlight

Trazil Lane

Trazil Lane is a senior at Lummi Nation High School, a K-12 school located on the Lummi Reservation, with Lummi Tribal staff members preserving and teaching the youth historical/cultural traditions and language.  Lane is the male recipient of the September Student Spotlight.

A 6’3”, three-sport athlete, Lane excels in football, basketball and track and field. Along with great personal success, Lane has brought Lummi Nation not only pride, but also a winning reputation.

As a sophomore, Lane received Most Valuable Player recognition in the Northwest Conference after the Blackhawks’ basketball team was announced “Team of the Year” by Gov. Jay Inslee. In the same season, Lane was voted Class 1B Player of the Year by the Associated Press.  Last year he took home the 1B/2B State Title in the 200 meter, high jump, long jump and 4x100 meter relay. Lane was hesitant in continuing his football career as a junior, but after realizing the team needed him, he helped carry the Blackhawks to a historical win against rival Neah Bay in the 2015 1B Football Semifinals.

This humble senior is starts the year as the newest addition to the 2016 Bellingham Slam Pro-Am roster. Lane looks forward to setting personal records, welcoming fresh faces on the football field this fall, and leading his basketball team as a captain this winter.

When asked why sports and activities matter to him, Lane responded, “I just want to stay healthy, stay positive, have fun and be part of a tight-knit team.”

Lane added that he couldn’t imagine high school without sports and activities, laughing, “It would be a disaster.”

Lane loves playing in front of his family, which includes hundreds of friends and a community of fans that support Lummi Nation. The senior noted that he has learned a lot of lessons over his years of involvement in high school activities: how to create strong bonds with teammates, how to pick each other up when the mood is down, and the value of hard work.

Lummi Nation Football Coach, Baseball Coach and Athletic Director, Jim Sandusky, praised Lane’s character after seeing it on display the last three years.

“Trazil is a unique athlete with the abilities he possesses. A lot of it is God-given, but some of it is hard work to take him to the next level. He has a quiet confidence to him and is humble in his victories and respectful in his losses. He gives confidence to his teammates by his effort and outcome on each play or event.”

Looking back, Lane said he is going to miss the cultural education that Lummi Nation has provided him; as well as moments like winning the State Basketball Title as a sophomore while his teammates and brothers were on the court with him as seniors.

Looking forward, Lane is plans to finish his senior year strong and find the right college. He hopes to continue his career as a student-athlete during college, with dreams of ending up in the NBA.

Madison Ward

Madison Ward is a senior at St. George’s High School in Spokane, and is the female recipient of September’s Student Spotlight.

Ward competes in both cross country and track and field. Last year she took 1st in the 1B/2B State XC Tournament, placing 2nd her sophomore and freshman years. She currently holds the 2B State Title in the 800 meter and 1600 meter, both of which she has been running since the 4th grade.

St. George's is K-12 and has around 160 high school-age students. Ward’s graduating class totals 32. According to Ward, St. George’s success is a result of their enrollment cycle - the elementary level kids watch the older kids play sports, and soon enough they are the ones taking the field, court or track to be cheered on by the ‘new’ little ones.

With such a small student population, Ward spoke about the challenges of forming a girls cross country team. To combat this issue, Ward wears her St. George colors proudly while she runs neck and neck with the boys cross country team. Laughing, she explained that competing with the boys team is good for her: "it makes me push myself and it feels good to beat them."

Finding like-athletes to practice with has not been the only hardship in Ward’s high school career. “Madie has overcome a lot to reach the point she has,” said St. George’s Cross Country Coach, Josh Hayes.

She needed foot surgery after her freshman year and spent the entire summer and early part of her sophomore cross country season recovering rather than training. She suffered a stress fracture at the State Track and Field Meet her sophomore year and spent enormous amounts of time during the summer doing pool workouts and rehab to reach her former level by season’s end.

“She’s poured in more work than any athlete I’ve ever coached,” said Hayes. “I’m excited that she’s beginning her senior year healthy and expecting her best season.”

Ward has learned the value of hard work and setting and reaching goals through her years of running. She noted that high school would have looked a lot different if it were not for cross country and track, but undoubtedly Ward would have filled her time with other activities.

As a current volunteer at the Spokane Humane Society, Ward is a passionate animal lover. Between morning workouts, school, practice and volunteer time, she makes it home around 6:30 p.m. only to begin her homework for the evening. Described by her coach as dedicated, determined and focused, it is clear that Ward has learned the balancing act of an involved student-athlete.

Looking ahead, Ward hopes to maintain her State Champion status as a captain for the track and field team this year and hopes to attend college at a school in the Northwest, to stay close to family and friends. Once she is done at St. George’s, Ward plans to run in college while pursuing a degree in sports science or sports medicine.

From: Kathleen Hill 9/14/2016 1:37 pm

I have known Madison Ward since she was in the womb. Since a little girl she was a calm and assured person. She has grown into such a quality young women. She never wavered in her passion for all creatures great and small. She is one of the nicest and kindest people I know. She deserves nothing but the best that her future has to offer her.
I am proud to be a friend of Wards and if you know the family as I do you will understand where this amazing young lady gets her heart and soul from.
Kathleen Hill

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