Tribal member high school graduates share their future plans

Lila Ruby Barney graduated from North Eugene High School in June 2024. She is the daughter of Nicole Barney and Bull Parazoo Sanders, and the late Chase Tague. Her grandparents are Norm and Geneva Barney and Linda Robinson. Lila is a Klamath descendant and a Bishop Paiute Tribal member. After spending the summer with her Pop and Gram, Lila will attend Klamath Community College and plans to pursue a career as a mental health therapist specializing in art therapy. 

We are incredibly proud of Lila and her accomplishments. Her dedication, hard work, kind heart, and commitment to her education have been truly inspiring, and we look forward to seeing all the great things she will achieve in the future.

Hello! My name is Hunter James Parker. I graduated from Klamath Learning Center – Klamath Falls City Schools – Klamath Falls, OR, on June 8, 2024.

My mother is Jamie L. Parker.  My deceased grandparents are James and Dale Barney, and my deceased great-grandparents are Levi and Nora Barney. My aunt Jodie L. Barney. My future plans are to attend Klamath Community College in the upcoming Fall of 2024.

I’m 16 years old, in the 10th Grade. I completed 14 1/2 credits in my Freshman School Year 2022/2023 and 10 credits in my Sophomore School Year 2023/2024. Technically, I finished High School in January 2024. My GPA is 3.205.

This is one of the goals that was requested by my grandfather, James N. Barney, he asked me to do before he passed away to graduate from High School with a Diploma.  He will be gone three years this coming up November 2024.  Also, I would like to give a shout out to my mom, I would be here today if she didn’t encourage me to go to school and study hard every day. She is my main rock in life! Thanks, Mom!

Triston Leach, an enrolled Klamath tribal member, graduated from Mazama High School. Throughout all four years of high school, Triston was recognized as a scholar-athlete. He has received a scholarship and will attend Oregon State University in the fall. He wishes to pursue an education in Kinesiology and work with student-athletes. 

Triston’s parents, Christy and Billy David, are so proud to have another one of their children join the Beaver Nation!