Venture High School: After falling into the wrong crowd, Keely Haynes transforms education and faith


For a while there, it looked like Keely Haynes was going to have a bumpy ride through high school and possibly through life itself. Not anymore.

She moved with her family from San Diego to the Kellogg area of ​​Idaho when she was 12 years old. During her freshman year of high school, as she described it, she ran into the wrong crowd, made bad decisions, was rude, and eventually got suspended for drinking in school.

It was not the child she had been, and her parents tried various schools and councils – then things clicked for her at Venture High School in Coeur d’Alene, an alternative school with a curriculum and environment. designed for students who weren’t necessarily booming. in a traditional classroom. She comes every day from Kellogg to take classes.

“I can’t say enough about Venture,” Haynes said. “They are great thanks to the teachers there.”

She also thanks her family and Real Life Ministries of Silver Valley, “who showed me loving guidance and support and called me when I needed it.”

Her teachers describe her as the kind of student who goes out of her way for others and shows random acts of kindness, such as buying coffee drinks for staff members without letting them know they’re from school. she.

Haynes loves bike rides, being outdoors and spending time with friends. Hikes or walks with his mother have become an integral part of his life.

She volunteers for Sunday babysitting at Real Life Ministries and has done youth group work there. She watches documentaries on television with her father – mostly documentaries with psychological themes or true crimes.

She said she values ​​her family and second chances and notes that it is her faith that teaches her to love people and do her best.

Haynes is dual-enrolled at North Idaho College and taking all of her classes on the NIC campus this year. She was accepted this fall to Grand Canyon University, a private Christian college in Phoenix, where she hopes to study forensic psychology.

“I’ve always been interested in the human mind and also how that interacts with crime,” she said. “I’m fascinated to know why people do what they do.”


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