Editor’s note: This is the seventh story in our 20th annual Standout Grads series about special graduates from the class of 2019. The series will appear on the front page every day through June 12.
Clatskanie senior Foster Evenson has a clear path forward. It just so happens that that road is a big loop.
The 4.0 graduate and student body president is getting ready to head to Oregon State University to study forestry. But after that? He’s bringing what he’ll learn right back home.
As a fourth-generation resident of Clatskanie, Foster feels the pull of his community. “I don’t try to make a big deal of my family,” he said, “But connections lead to more connections.”
Foster’s family owns the Evenson Logging Co., and he said his goal is to learn all about forestry science and business so he can fully join the family business. He knows he is starting from the bottom, just like anyone else his age, but he admits to having a very big reason to keep at it.
“I know eventually I’ll be able to run some very cool machinery,” Foster said.
He said his biggest accomplishment was being voted student body president by his peers. He campaigned extensively around Clatskanie High School’s student-run store, which he promised to keep open every day. “Sticking to my word has been the priority,” Foster said.
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The student store has earned $1,200 this year to fund student activities such as dances and sporting events. Foster called the experience an “eye-opener” in the value of leadership, and he plans to look for positions working with the student body at Oregon State. “Leadership is a real opportunity to grow,” Foster said.
Doing all this required him to face off with what he called his biggest hurdle: procrastination. He said he had a big problem with it, but learning to stay on top of everything was key to him being able to graduate with perfect grades.
His biggest source of support, he said, was undoubtedly his mother, Jennifer Evenson.
“She’s been so supportive,” Foster said. “She constantly comes to every event and she’s devastated when she can’t go. I couldn’t ask for more. She’s always been there for me.”
But, as with a lot of kids his age, Foster knows he has to find his way on his own as he heads to Corvallis. He says he isn’t worried about it, but he has to admit he’s feeling butterflies.
“I wouldn’t say ‘anxious,’ since I’m going to have people with me. But I am a little nervous, because I don’t know what to expect in college. I’m going from a small town to a huge school, but I’m always up to meet new people.”