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One last gift before Eagle takes flight
One last gift before Eagle takes flight
The day before she graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School, senior Christina Chen performed county music singer LeAnn Rimes’ “Give” on her guitar at an assembly. “It don’t [sic] matter what it is—if you want it, give,” the song goes. It might as well have been describing Christina’s approach to the high school experience.

The National Honor Society (NHS) president who’d made other students’ prom dreams come true in a low-cost dress extravaganza, helped run the school’s annual food drive, and replied to third-graders’ letters to Santa organized one final gift for the school: a statue of a 4-foot-tall eagle, Bay’s mascot. The terracotta and bronze bird, with a roughly 3-foot wingspan, presides over the school’s courtyard from a raised flowerbed. Engraved on the basalt pedestal is “HBHS Senior Class 2013.”

It was a tangible thank you to those who’d nurtured her over the years. “There’s a lot of really good staff here. They really make it homey,” Christina said, mentioning math teacher and NHS adviser Eric Saueracker, Career Center clerk Cathy Zweig, and Career Guidance Specialist Linda Herrington as just a few.

She added, “I hope that future freshmen will see the statue and be inspired to work as hard as they can.”

The concept for the design, an eagle poised to take flight, was Christina’s. She served as the lead driver, working with Saueracker, ASB adviser Zach Desjarlais, Principal Bill Oman, and Associate Principal Jason Hattrick nearly all school year to turn her idea into reality. A movie night fundraiser and donations from students, as well as NHS funds approved by the student membership, paid for the statue, built by Jones Sculpture Studio Company.

“She’s one who thinks of others first. She believes in legacy and is passionate about Hudson’s Bay. We’re really proud of her,” said Hattrick.

Christina’s legacy included two years as the NHS president, one year as the International Club president, Running Start classes at Clark College, a place among the top 5 percent of her class academically, and a turn on the homecoming court. She will attend Clark College this summer and fall before transferring to Washington State University Vancouver with an associate degree. She plans to pursue a career in either pediatrics or internal medicine.

The day after the statue was installed, Christina and her younger sister, Bay’s Angela Hartrampf, peered up at the eagle poised for flight. “The seniors are in their final stage of childhood. They’re ready to leave the nest and fly into adulthood,” said Angela.

She was, of course, talking about Christina—this Eagle is ready to soar.

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