Tenacity key for this musician

2020 high school graduate and cancer survivor plans for a future in medicine


While he is known by many in the community as a gifted pianist, Jonah Grieser, who graduated from Logos School in Moscow on Saturday, said he plans to study medicine in college rather than pursue a degree in the arts.

Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia — a cancer of the blood and bone marrow — just before starting the fifth grade, he said this experience inspired him to care for others in similar circumstances.

Jonah’s mother, Hannah Grieser, said three and a half years of cancer treatment gave him a deeply personal insight into health care, noting it is not uncommon for childhood cancer survivors to seek a career in medicine.


“He overcame a lot — he missed almost his entire fifth grade year of school, just in and out of the hospital,” Hannah said. “He’s a really smart kid (and) was able to catch up on what he missed — he did a lot of it while he was away and jumped right back in with his class and was able to graduate with them.”

Jonah said he is particularly interested in oncology, the branch of medicine dealing specifically with cancer, but he is open to other specialties as well.

While he doesn’t plan to study music in college, Jonah said piano will always be a part of his life.

“I started when I was 3 — I was just playing around on the piano and then my parents decided ‘well, he seems interested, why not just give it a shot?’ ” he said. “It worked out, and I’ve really enjoyed it ever since … I’ve definitely had some great teachers who’ve helped me along the way that I’m thankful for.”


Jonah said he is particularly taken with music composed by Bach, whom, he contends, writes some of the most beautiful and evocative melodies.

“He just has such an ability to write both really fast and fun tunes,” Jonah said. “But at the same time, he can also write really beautiful slower tunes — both of which are really enjoyable to play because you get different textures and experiences.”

Jonah said graduating in the midst of a pandemic has not been ideal, but he’s grateful for the hard work his teachers have put in to ensure education was uninterrupted during the turmoil.

While he admits he’s “not amazing at math,” Jonah is known to at least some of his teachers for his determination to learn. Loren Euhus, who teaches math and physics at Logos, among other subjects, said that skill of perseverance will serve him well in whatever career he chooses. He said Jonah may not be the first student to come up with an answer, but he knows how to work hard and he doesn’t give up easily.

“That’s going to take him a long way — he’ll look at a physics problem or something tough and he’ll sweat it and struggle and he’ll come after school and figure it out,” Euhus said. “He will figure it out, I mean, he gets As — it doesn’t always click right out of the chute for him, but he’s … tenacious.”

Marilla Story Places 3rd in the Idaho Law Foundation Podcast Contest

“Thanks to my history teacher, Mr. Lopez for encouraging us in class to discuss and debate about important things, like the right to vote.”

Idaho Students Awarded in Statewide Law Day Podcast Contest

The Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program is proud to announce that three Idaho students were selected for prizes in the Foundation’s annual Law Day Podcast Contest. Student podcasts explored the 2020 Law Day theme celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Podcasts focused on a quote from Susan B. Anthony: “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” The prompt asked students to examine the importance of voting rights.

The top three student entries include:

  • First Place: Elinor Smith, Borah High School, Boise. Elinor is a senior. Her podcast focused on the importance of youth voting. She said she spent over 3 months working on her podcast and that “the best thing about making a podcast or doing any sort of journalism is that you don't have to know anything about anything. The host puts themselves in the place of the listener and learns new things to share with listeners.” Next year Elinor will attend the University of Montana where she plans to study journalism.
  • Second Place: Sophia Willmorth, One Stone, Boise. Sophia is a ninth grader. Her podcast explored what voters’ rights have looked like throughout the history of the United States. She said, “I decided that I wanted to answer the prompt by retelling the stories of some of the original suffragettes that I felt were integral to the passing of the 19th Amendment.”
  • Third Place: Marilla Story, Logos School, Moscow. Marilla is a tenth grader. She decided to create her podcast because her history class was studying voting rights and she found the topic fascinating and important. She also loved being able to incorporate music from the time period into her submission.


The Law Day Podcast Contest is open to Idaho high school students. Entrants submitted 5 to 10-minute audio podcasts and could create their podcast individually or in groups of 2 or 3. The contest was sponsored by the Richard C. Fields American Inn of Court. Their sponsorship allowed the Foundation to award the top three entries prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively.

Podcasts were critiqued by a panel of judges that included educators and attorneys. The judges scored the submissions on content, delivery, and production. One of the judges, Cindy Wilson said, “Creative educational activities like this contest provide the best opportunities for young people to learn how to have their voices heard in their communities. That's exactly what we saw in the excellent entries we judged; our future is in good hands with these students.”

The Idaho Law Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and judges for their support of the Podcast Contest. We appreciate their dedication to advancing civic education in our state.

The entries can be accessed from the Law Foundation’s website at idaholawfoundation.org. For more information about the Law Day Podcast Contest, contact Carey Shoufler, Idaho Law Foundation Law Related Education Director, at cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

About Law Day: Established in 1958 by President Eisenhower, Law Day is celebrated each year on May 1 to help Americans better understand the law and our legal system. Each year, Law Day is centered on a different theme to spotlight an important aspect of the law.

About the Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program: Founded in 1974, the Idaho Law Foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Idaho State Bar. As a program of the Idaho Law Foundation, Law Related Education is a civic education program that works to educate the public about the role of law in a democratic society.


by Justyna Tomtas for the Lewiston Tribune & Moscow/Pullman Daily News April 8, 2019
A team from Logos School has secured a trip to the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Georgia, while also landing job offers from one of the highest-ranking justices in the state.
The private Christian school has established itself as a fierce competitor at the mock trial state championship, securing 18 wins in the program's 25-year history.
"When you finish up and are getting ready to look for a job, send me a letter," said Idaho State Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody. "We're looking for law clerks. I mean that sincerely, because you all have done something special."
Brody, who was the presiding judge at the final round of the state competition, said she wished others she encountered while on the bench had the skills the students from Logos displayed. Brody was accompanied by Idaho Supreme Court Justice Gregory Moeller, who judged the semifinal event.
"Both of us came away wishing every lawyer that stepped into our courtrooms could be as prepared and as ready to argue their cases as you all were," Brody said. "It was truly, truly a privilege to watch."
The students were honored last week for their win at the state tournament, but the hard work put forth by the eight-member team is far from over.
"Think about this as a charge, because we still have some season ahead of us," coach Chris Schlect said during the celebration. "Our first practice is later tonight to get ready for a new case at nationals."
The students seemed prepared and ready to take on the new challenge and much stiffer competition, but not before they received some glowing accolades from some of their mentors.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson has helped the team since 2007, and became an attorney coach in 2013. He's spent countless hours helping the students hone their craft. "What I do for a living, I see a lot of darkness in the world and you are the exact opposite," Thompson said. "You glow and make things good because you are good. It really brightens my life."
In a heated competition at the state tournament in Boise, the "A team" from Logos just narrowly managed to defeat the school's "B team" in the semifinals. The A team then went on to secure the championship.
Though there was much reason to celebrate, the school also showed gratitude in emotional speeches to longtime coach Schlect, who has coached the team for 24 years.
Bennett Schlect, a senior on the team, led the charge with a speech to his coach and father. "He's taught us to be the most thankful team in the courtroom, to give it everything we have and to do our best in the glory of God, knowing that is what matters most," Bennett said. "... He created a mock trial team and program that will not crumble."
As a departing gift, coach Schlect was given a book with handwritten notes from coaches, students and attorneys who have worked with him throughout his leadership of the program.
"You've been called the Nick Saban of mock trials. You've been called a servant, an influencer, a friend and a leader," Bennett said. "The coach of the Ambrose School of Boise called you the greatest competitor that he's ever had to face."
After nearly 2½ decades, Schlect said it's his time to step down. He wanted to leave while the team was at its pinnacle and let someone new take the reins.
His last time coaching will be as he takes the team to the national competition in mid-May, where in the past the team has scored as high as fifth place.
"They can run with the best of them. They're a very strong team, but the competition is the best in the country," Schlect said, bracing for a rigorous competition.
Senior Nate Miller said his experience on the mock trial team and at Logos in general has prepared him for nationals and life after graduation. "We've learned to speak persuasively, pursue excellence and do our best in everything we do," Miller said.
Logos Superintendent Larry Stephenson said the classical Christian education provided at the school shapes the students into experienced public speakers, and in some cases expert competitors, from a young age. "The common denominator in our children is we expect the kids to do well," Stephenson said.

Logos supporters celebrate new K-12 campus, seek construction funds

'Geronimo, Amen' prayer created Logos Daily News, September 26, 2016 By Shannon Quinn, Daily News Staff Writer Upwards of 700 people wandered a recently harvested 30-acre wheat field adjacent to Mountain View Park on Saturday afternoon, which will, as time and money allow, become Logos School's new campus. Babes in arms, elders with canes and all ages in between tramped over the stubbly field. Some played Frisbee, some volleyball and others examined the hills and dales of the property, marked to indicate where buildings, playfields and drives will spring up in coming years. "This is a combination of vision and gratitude," Doug Wilson, Christ Church pastor and Logos cofounder, said. "After 35 years of God blessing us I'm looking forward to this being the next big step up." For years, Logos has had a goal of expanding its ever growing school, in what previously was a roller skating rink to a campus with all of the academic, spiritual and athletic amenities for its K-12 students. Once, its creators questioned whether it would make it through its first year in a church basement with fewer than 20 students. The past three and a half decades have seen annual growth that necessitated expansion, Wilson said. It's a reality that was not even imagined during the early years, which began with a quiet family conversation, he said. "God loves that great two word prayer, 'Geronimo, amen,' " Wilson said. "The creation of Logos school was along those lines." In telling of the school's origins, he strove to identify where key players in the story were sitting - particularly his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Becca. "The germ of all of this came about in our living room when Becca, who was a toddler, was toddling around," he said. "Nancy said to me, 'Doug, I can't imaging handing her over to someone that we don't know, saying here she is, teach her about everything.' I didn't know anything about Christian education - zero - but I knew I agreed with that." What began as a minute Christian academy has grown to more than 100 students. The plot of land was dotted with signs of various colors, each noting where another campus feature will lie. "All of the blue flags represent buildings, green represents competition fields, red the main drive," said Gene Liechty, Logos' development director. "We're trying to give people an idea of what they're walking on." Liechty, who first announced the property's purchase earlier this spring, said he hopes people will get excited about the project. "We're trying to get people fired up," he said." It's one thing to get on it, it's another to get everything built." Liechty said as soon as the school has access to the property, work can truly begin, but a bridge over the creek running through it is the first order of business. That is no small project, but Liechty said the school plans to begin work on it in the spring. "The kids can use the property as soon as we can get the bridge in and the field in," he said. "Phase one is just getting all the infrastructure in. It'll be an entire year just getting the bridge and the playing fields in." The project has no timeline for completion, officials noted, and is dependent for the time being on the success of fundraising programs. While funds are of importance, Wilson pointed out, it's the people involved in the process who will make it a success. "God does not generally act with invisible rays from the sky. He works through intermediaries, he works through his people, he works through the gifts he assigns to his people," he said. "Isn't God good?" Shanon Quinn can be reached at (208) 883-4636 or by email to squinn@dnews.com.

Logos School Purchases 30 Acres For Move In Moscow

By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff writer Logos School has purchased 30 acres on the northeast side of Moscow where school officials plan to construct a new campus. Gene Liechty, the school’s development director, said the sale closed Feb. 26. The plan of expanding the school’s campus — which is currently on 2 acres on Baker Street — has been in the works for some time. “The school has been here for 35 years,” incoming Logos Superintendent Larry Stephenson said. “Logos has been looking for property for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Praise God this piece has come about.” Moscow Community Development Director Bill Belknap said the property is just east of Mountain View Park and has been examined for the purpose of a possible school site in the past. “It’s a location that was previously considered for the new Moscow High School, so it’s been under consideration for building a school in past years,” Belknap said. Although there are currently no renderings of what the school will look like, Liechty knows one thing for sure. “It will be a beautiful brick-columned campus,” he said. Logos is currently working with DesignWest Architects of Pullman in creating a plan for the campus and buildings, Liechty said, and he believes the school’s neighbors-to-be will be pleased with the outcome. “Some of the folks will be sad that development is finally occurring here,” he said. “What I think they’ll be happy about it that we’re building a beautiful school that faces the street and that there’s lots of green space.It doesn’t obstruct views in any way, and we’re putting in tree-lined streets so it’s going to be a beautiful entrance. It’s going to be the nicest looking school in the county.” Changes to the parcel won’t be evident for some time, as the school is still working to raise money for architectural designs and construction. “Buying a piece of land and building a new building, that takes money and that’s going to take time,” Stephenson said. “Being a private school, we have a very few people we pull from and we can’t just raise the tax base for everybody and get money.” Liechty said school officials have been encouraged by the donors they have met with so far. “We need to raise several million over the coming months so we can hopefully start getting sewer lines run, water lines run,” he said. Stephenson said the school has also received help from the 30 churches associated with it. “Our churches have always been supportive financially, as well as in prayer, and we’re thankful. God has allowed Logos to be able to serve and support here,” he said.

Logos School Mock Trial Team Participates in National Competition

Logos School's Mock Trial team has a tradition of excellence and perseverance. Coached by long time veteran Dr. Chris Schlect, Logos School has won the state Mock Trial competition for Idaho sixteen times and is tied for most appearances at the national tournament. This year's team of dedicated student attorneys and witnesses did not disappoint, taking 7th place of 46 teams at the National Mock Trial competition in Boise the weekend of May 14. The path to this impressive top-10 finish, however, was not without pain and hardship. After losing the closely contested state championship to Ambrose High School in April, the Knights had two weeks where they prepared for the national competition without knowing if they had qualified to compete. Each state sends just one team to the national competition, but since Idaho was hosting the event, a second team would be needed if there weren't an even number of competing teams. But Coach Schlect pointed out that since the final bracket wouldn't be settled right away, the team "had to go all in and prepare as if they knew they would be competing."-even when it could all be for nothing. They held official practices three days a week, but preparations did not stop there: students practiced on their own or in groups six days a week on the national case, a (fictional) civil suit between a sheepherder and The Flying B Cattle Ranch involving the suspicious infection and death of a flock of sheep in Idaho. Of course, the good news finally came, and Logos students knew they would get to take their hard work to Boise. The week prior to national competition, the Logos Mock Trial Team scrimmaged themselves (A Mock Trial team prepares both a prosecution and a defense for each case.), and they got some unique assistance. The University of Idaho graciously opened up the courtroom at the Law Building, and local dignitaries Mayor Bill Lambert, Richard Walser, Latah County Commissioner, Kara Besst, CEO of Gritman Medical Center, and radio personality Evan Ellis selflessly volunteered to serve as jurors. After the scrimmage, jurors gave insight and advice that was "essential to our success in Boise," according to veteran witness Luke Mason, a junior. Mason's teammates this year wereDanny Bradley (sr), Sonya Isenberg (sr), Sofia Minudri (sr), Preston Evans (jr), Ethan Howell (jr), Luke Mason (jr), Regan Meyer (jr), and Emma Story (jr). At national competition in Boise, the team performed outstandingly. In four rounds, they were beaten only by the eventual national champions, Iowa. Logos senior Sofia Minudri was named one of only ten Outstanding Attorneys out of 500 participants total. Sunday morning after attending church the team drove home to a town they made proud through their hard work and dedication.

IHSAA Announces Schools of Excellence Recipients

The Idaho High School Activities Association announced the 2015-16 winners of the Schools of Excellence program earlier today. For the third year in a row, Logos School has been awarded 3rd place in our division - 1ADII. Congratulations Knights! The Schools of Excellence program is a yearlong, voluntary initiative where schools earn points in three areas: athletics, academics and citizenship. The citizenship component consists of a self-evaluation conducted by the school. The Schools of Excellence program is the most prestigious award a school can receive as it combines all aspects of our core mission for education-based participation. The 2015-16 Schools of Excellence recipients are being honored at the IHSAA Annual Meeting on August 3 at the Boise Centre.

Logos Students Feed the Need

Written by Shanon Quinn, Daily News Staff Writer, Friday, October 16, 2015
The Multi-purpose room at Logos school was buzzing with activity Thursday as students from all grades worked in shifts to mix and package 15,000 meals for donation to area fool banks for the annual Feed the Need project.
The event began last year when Logos partnered with Homestead Ministries to help stock food pantries for the cold months ahead.
Music played and children laughed and visited cheerfully while they turned measured bulk legumes, grains and spices into plastic packaging at an accelerated pace in order to meet an ambitious goal.
"I'm getting the system down," high school junior Boden Lloyd said between measuring ingredients and directing younger children to the spices. "We're trying to make 15,000. We're trying to beat our goal by 5,000 since last year."
"At the food banks we hardly ever get meal items, so it's great to get one thing that's a complete meal," said Paige Collins, executive director from the Council on Aging and Human Services. "This is especially awesome. We may get tons of other donations but this is more important than most of them because it has all of the pieces of a whole meal."
Linda Nickels said the Latah County Food bank also did well donation wise this year, with an abundance of produce from Backyard Harvest as well as individuals sharing from their own gardens. "Now most people are pulling their gardens up, so it's mainly apples and squash," she said.
"The numbers of people using has really climbed the last couple of years," she said, but for now the numbers are steadying.
But with winter right around the corner, both women expect an influx of families. Between the holiday season, high electric bills and lay-off time for seasonal workers, many need an extra hand.
Collins said the Logos and Homestead Ministries donation helps to fill in the gap before Thanksgiving, "When everyone and their mother wants to donate," she said. "And the kids are so excited about it, it just makes me happy in my heart."
To donate to the Moscow Food Bank, visit their location at 110 North Polk St in Moscow.

An Intramural Scrimmage

Logos Mock Trial Team Practices for Nationals Moscow Pullman Daily News, Friday, May 8, 2015 By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff unnamed A Moscow jury decided late Thursday that Detail Security Incorporated was responsible for damages incurred after one of its employees allegedly used a Taser on a young woman he perceived as a threat.

Both sides were represented by the Logos School Mock Trial Team - Idaho's mock trial state champions. The team debated the real case of Andy Archer v. Detail Security nearly a year after the encounter left 19-year-old Archer - a college student on a full track scholarship - with a complex compound fracture to her femur when she was immobilized while racing up a flight of stone steps in the North Carolina state capitol. "What these young people have done represents a whole lot of work," their coach, Chris Schlect, said. "We were in Boise in March where we wound up ... arguing in front of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Randy Smith, who was presiding judge - which was one step away from the Supreme Court. And we prevailed." The team, which consists of Logos School students Summer Stokes, Preston Evans, Sofia Minudri, Lizzie Schlect, Jameson Evans, Danny Bradley, Luke Mason and Sonya Isenberg, will compete for the national title Thursday through May 16 in Raleigh, N.C. In order to make their practice run as true to life as possible, the team had the assistance of numerous Moscow residents, including as jurors Lt. Tim Besst with the Latah County Sheriff's Department, Grace Burnett of New Saint Andrews College, Pastor Douglas Busby of the Evangelical Free Church of the Palouse, News Director Evan Ellis of KQQQ Radio, Moscow City Councilman Wayne Krauss and Mayor Bill Lambert. Presiding over the case was Judge John C. Judge. In dark suits and with a professional bearing, the students argued their case for more than two hours before the jury deliberated - and avoided breaking into laughter even when the rest of the very full courtroom did. At the end of the session, Judge - although he had laughed along with the rest at the students' need to continually switch characters - commended the team for their hard work, professionalism and knowledge of the case they only had access to for four weeks. "I don't see law students performing as well as you have," Judge said. "You are champions."

Logos Headed to First Ever State Tournament

Knights begin title hunt Thursday in Boise Moscow Pullman Daily News, Tuesday, March 3 Logos boys basketball coach Matt Whitling doesn't have a special formula for how prepare his team for its first state tournament appearance in school history. It's his first time, too. "Us focusing on practicing hard over the next couple of days and playing the way we've played all season long is what we're going to do," said Whitling, who is in his tenth (non-consecutive) year with the team. "We're going to focus on one possession at a time and getting good defensive stops and having fun working hard on offense. It's a 'one possession at a time' goal for us. Part of it will be the fun of learning what it's like to be in Boise and play in the state tournament." The Knights enter the Division IA District 2 State Tournament with a 17-6 overall record, after punching their ticket with a convincing 80-50 victory over Cascade on Saturday in a play-in contest. Logos will begin its state title journey against MacKay at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at Caldwell High School. "We really have two objectives in that game: No. 1 is we want to work harder than them, and the second objective is we want to have more fun than they do on the court," Whitling said. "We're going to state with those two goals and one game in mind. If we're successful against MacKay then we'll bring those two goals to the next team we play. There's a lot that we have to learn as we go and we're excited to see what it's like." The Knights are led by their trio of seniors - Levi Wintz, Jonny Handel and Paul Ryan - all of whom have been playing Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball together since the eighth grade and were key contributors on last year's state championship track team. Ryan is set to run cross country/track at Washington State next season, while Handel will head to Lewiston to run for Lewis-Clark State College. But in the meantime, they have a state title to contend for. "It's a great group of guys, Whitling said. "They're not especially tall but they're very fast and they work very hard." Wintz is still unsure of his collegiate destination for next year (he's considering Idaho) but his play on the court has been nothing short of certain all season. The 6-foot-1 track star was recently named Whitepine Player of the Year and has had several games this season in which he surpassed the 20-point mark. He was joined by Ryan on the All-League First Team. "Levi has been the recipient of a lot of great passes from his teammates this year," Whitling said. "He's a great player but he's a part of the team. We've got guys who are getting good defensive stops and feeding him the ball and he has just done a great job of finishing." Whitling described the 5-7 Handel as the team's workhorse, who frequently sacrifices his body, as he did in Saturday's win over Cascade when dove into stands white attempting a steal. "He has the scrapes and bruises on his knees and forearms that we want him to have," Whitling said. "He's an aggressive guy and he really makes up for his height in work ethic." It will take strong efforts from all three seniors, including the point guard play of the 6-1 Ryan, for Logos to continue to make history and bring the school a basketball state championship. "The biggest thing that we focus on is defense," Whitling said. "We tend to be shorter than our competition and usually lighter. We have to really get after it on the defensive end. A lot of hard work and moving our feet on defense, and hustle, is where we start." The Logos boys basketball team is traveling to the state tournament in Caldwell (just west of Boise). Their first game is at 5:15 PST tomorrow (Thursday). You can watch this and all subsequent games this weekend at https://www.idahosports.com/ GO KNIGHTS!