today’s honorary KisPians

It began as a notion, a vague good intention. It became a frequent thought and blossomed into a goal that no longer seemed absurd.

The final connection — the breakthrough moment when the impossible suddenly seemed possible — occurred during a conversation with lab mate Adrian Caple in a sixth-period Advanced Molecular Biology class in mid-October.

The pair couldn’t suppress their glee. They raced up two flights of stairs at Glacier Peak High School and barged into an American Government law class taught by John Bonner. In Mr. Bonner, they figured they had a kindred spirit, a willing co-conspirator and man of action.

They convinced him to step into the hallway to hear them out.

The seniors explained that they wanted to help Ali Steenis, a legally blind classmate, fulfill a dream of driving a car and they had devised the framework of a plan to make it happen.

And they wanted it to be a surprise…

…Family, faculty and classmates all were in on the secret. Ali is a young woman respected for the dignity with which she chooses to approach life’s challenges and the compassion she shows toward others.

On Saturday, it was her classmates’ turn to reciprocate her kindness


  1. mech
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm |

    Very cool.

    I like folks who find solutions instead of how things won’t work.

    “biotechnology class” in high school?

    Those kids will go far if they keep up like this.

  2. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm |

    ^ Yea. Great stuff all-around with this one!

  3. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 8:58 am |

    Already, she drives better than any single member of the Kennedy family!

  4. TomR, armed in Texas
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 9:06 am |

    Nice story for Christmas time.

  5. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 9:31 am |

    Nice story.

  6. geezerette
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm |

    Warms the heart.