Class of 2014 grad Miranda Boltz is a quiet young woman with a lot that might surprise one upon first meeting her.
It quickly becomes apparent that Miranda is a team player—in fact, if there is a team being put together for a sporting event it’s likely that Miranda will be there. She was voted most valuable player in basketball during the 2012-2013 season.
In Boundary Minor hockey she won the Heart trophy in 2010-2011 and the Hart trophy in the 2011-2012.
What stands out on her brag sheet is her participation on school sports teams. Grade 9 through 12 she played forward on the basketball team, left/right mid- field soccer and right side centre on the volleyball team.
Outside of school she’s been goalie on Boundary Predators hockey teams since Grade 5 and, for the last three years, has played on the Rock Creek ladies fastball team.
She’s been giving back to the sport too; she’s been a hockey official for the past three years and is now certified as a Level 2 official.
She said that hockey is her favourite sport.
Her short-term goals are to land a summer job—she doesn’t have one lined up yet. The job will allow her to bank some money before entering Okanagan College in the fall to study practical nursing.
When asked why nursing and why OK College, Miranda explained, “I like to help people and the school is closer to home and has smaller classrooms.”
Having a Plan B is always a good idea, so Miranda said she will submit applications to College of the Rockies and Thompson Rivers in case OK College is full.
Her desire to help people has been expressed at BCSS through participation with Spirit Club and student council.
At the time of her interview, student council was running a food drive and Spirit Club had just finished a fundraising campaign for cancer research and Locks of Love, something that was very meaningful for her personally because her grandfather was taken by cancer.
After his passing, the Boltz family rallied around Miranda’s grandmother and together they have organized the JLB Memorial Kettle River Run each June to raise funds for the B.C. Cancer Foundation of Southern B.C.
This year will see the fifth annual running of the run that is growing in popularity each year.
Miranda has an effective resume to show to potential employers. She’s currently still employed to carry out the janitorial duties at the Midway Public Library and worked at McMynn’s Family Foods over the 2013 summer school break.
Miranda moved to the Boundary from the Kimberley-Golden area with her family when she was in Grade 5. She likes it here, saying it’s not cold.
She recalls being very shy when she started at BCSS. But says her involvement in sports has allowed her to feel comfortable in opening up. That’s good. She’s got a lot to offer her school, her teammates and her community.