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Mrs.Secol-Hall is a new Special-Education Para at Blackfoot High School this school year! She got her bachelor’s degree in social work at Brigham Young University Idaho in Rexburg. Before coming to Idaho for college she lived in Massachusetts. She attended Assabet High School in Massachusetts where she got her Certified Nursing Assistant license and was active in her school doing cheerleading and volleyball.

When she was attending college she didn’t deviate from her first choice career path which was elementary education which quickly changed to social work and is now working on becoming a certified teacher. She chose this specific career path because it allows her to be a mother to her 4 children and be active in their lives where not many other jobs enable that decision. One of her children has also been the reason that she has pursued her work because she has a child who has some special needs and “seeing how much people were able to help her to reach where she is academically” has inspired her in unique ways that she hadn’t imagined before. Outside of her life at school Cassie Secol-Hall enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially when her family can sit down and put together a puzzle.

Mrs.Secol-Hall is loving her new job here at Blackfoot High and especially loving the kids that she is helping and her coworkers. Her favorite part of her job in fact is the kids she works with and learning about each kid individually and how she can help each one. If she could give advice to the other teachers at BHS she would tell them that they shouldn’t hesitate to ask questions because the other staff members are willing to help anyone. To the students of Blackfoot she would like to say that they should all pursue life and not live with regrets. She wants to be remembered at Blackfoot in a positive light with the message that “no matter what happens in life you can overcome it.”

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Ella Shutes
Ella Shutes, Staff Reporter
Elizabeth Shutes, known as Ella, is a senior here at Blackfoot High. Friends describe her as really smart, kind and confident. The 17 year old is a self-proclaimed extroverted introvert and is open with those she knows well. She grew up in Texas and has four siblings. Here in Blackfoot, she lives with her one year old twin siblings and her dog, Popeye. She also has seven cats that she takes care of; their names are Annie, Maggie, Bleach, Bailey, Eddie, Scary, and Fluffy. Ella decided to join the school’s newspaper for her final year of high school after hearing many positive things about the newspaper from friends.  Ella loves to travel. She has been to many places and plans to go even farther. Some of her favorite places to travel include New York, Alaska, Canada, and Texas. One of her favorite parts of Texas is near the Gulf of Mexico because of the turtle hatchlings that can be observed from the city of Corpus Christ. Next year, Ella will be going to Spain to visit her friend who was a foreign exchange student in her family a couple years ago. Sometime in the future, Ella would like to travel to the Balkan country Greece. She loves the beautiful water, the stunning cities, and all that is there in Greece. It is her dream place to travel to. Ella also loves music, whether it’s singing or listening to it . She participated in madrigals her sophomore year here. Musicals are her favorite type of music. Some musicals she enjoys include Rent, In the Heights, Mamma Mia and Wicked. Other things that Ella enjoys are crime shows, like NCIS, and listening to podcasts. Ella is a very busy person at school with her many clubs and activities. She loves to dance and has been dancing since she was 7. She has been on the dance team for 3 years now. This year, she is the military dance captain for the Fillies. Additionally to dance, Ella is the newly appointed president for the HOSA club. She is also a CNA student through ISU and now the Blackfoot High newspaper! Plans after graduation in 2024  are plentiful. Ella is planning on going to BYU Provo to get her undergraduate degree in nursing so she’ll have her registered nurse license. She would stay there to get her bachelor's degree so she can become a family nurse practitioner. Plus, of course, traveling as much as she possibly can in between. 

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