NASELLE - Dan White plans on spending a good part of his future in front of a computer monitor. The Naselle High School senior wants to write software or create special effects for the movies using the computer.
"I have a plan," Dan states. "I want to go to Lower Columbia College for two years and then transfer to Oregon State University and get a degree in computer science with a minor in multi-media."
White, who has spent all 13 years of his education in Naselle, says his computer classes helped him a great deal. He also lists Mr. Tom Trudell's "U.S. History" and Mr. Chris Clark's "Current World Problems" classes as his favorites, as well.
Dan is far from just a computer guru. He played baseball, basketball, track, and football. The popular White was Associated Student Body vice-president this year and has been active in Future Farmers of America and Knowledge Bowl. He is an honor roll student.
Dan said one of the biggest accomplishments of his life was starting for the varsity football team as a sophomore against South Bend. "We won that game," he remembers with pride. "In the 7th grade I wasn't convinced I wanted to even play football, but I ended up loving it."
White likes to play basketball wherever he can find a game and likes to drive the '85 Mazda to Naselle and just hang out. "It's an hour drive one way for me to just see a movie," the Grays River native explains. "The good side of living here is the hunting and fishing."
White's two best hoops games of his career were his last two. He had double-doubles in points and rebounds and did the same earlier in the season against a good Taholah team. Dan is known for his helpfulness among his peers and adults.
His sophomore year after a full day of school and a two and a half hour basketball practice he voluntarily stayed to help in the concession stand until after the girl's game because there was a no- show.
Dan says Pastor Jann Bailey and his wife Connie have been huge influences on his life the past 8 years. "Some times Jann kept me going. He had an influence on my religion and on how I feel about myself. He's a positive person who just makes you feel better."
"Of course my mom and dad have been great influences on my life, too." He says of parents David and Debbie White, "They gave me a good upbringing."
Dan's immediate plans are to work at a restaurant in Cathlamet this summer and ultimately live in either Oregon or California. "The high-tech jobs are in Oregon and the movie jobs are in California, so I'll probably have to live there." He adds with a grin, "If they move all the (computer) jobs to India I'm not going to go there."
This year Dan had the opportunity to travel to New York and Washington, D.C. He sites the Smithsonian as a high light of the trip and also being able to discuss issues with diplomats at the United Nations Building. His advice to future NHS students is simple. "Peace on earth," White says, and his life continues to reflect that motto.