Rosie Abraham At Sandusky High School, Rosie maintained a 3.78 GPA while serving on her school's student council, volleyball team and yearbook staff. One of her most passionate pursuits has been participating in Cardboard City every year through the Youth Advisory Council. In this work, Rosie has been able to promote homelessness awareness and inspire businesses all over Sanilac County to give generous donations. As a result, her group was able to raise thousands of dollars every year. A Big Fan of CSI Miami, Rosie is headed to Saginaw Valley State University this fall to follow her dream of becoming a forensic scientist/crime scene investigator.
Natalie Dakki Natalie is headed to the University of Michigan where she will pursue a career as an ophthalmologist, helping children the same way her ophthalmologist helped her when she began wearing glasses as a first grader. Natalie is committed to helping persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East. She works with local churches to raise money to ultimately purchase food, clothing and medicine for orphans and refugees. At Flushing High School, Natalie maintained a 4.06 GPA while balancing time with the Student Leadership Organization, an Environmental Action Group and the National Honor Society.
Y'sheki Davis Y'sheki maintained a 3.72 GPA while attending Flint Northwestern High School, while holding positions in Student Government, Key Club and as president of Jobs for Michigan's Graduates. She is headed to University of Michigan-Flint where she plans to study social work and social services. She counts her mother as being the most inspirational person in her life, helping Y'sheki pursue her dreams.
Joey Dawson Joey's brother stayed at a Ronald McDonald House when they were growing up, and Joey has always remembered the impact the medical team had on his ill brother. In fact, it has helped inspire Joey to pursue a career in the health field, as he heads off to Hope College this fall. Maintaining a 3.98 GPA at Gull Lake High School, Joey held memberships in the National Honor Society, Environmental Club and his school's cross country, track & field teams.
Taylor Fegan Taylor is headed to the University of Michigan this fall, where the 4.3 GPA graduate from Midland High School plans to pursue a career in medicine. Taylor credits her mother, a first-generation college graduate ' a degree attained when Taylor was 12 ' with inspiring her to always be her best. This high achiever played cello and harp with her school's symphony orchestra, while participating on the swim team and the school's National Honor Society.
Taylor Keppel Taylor has volunteered her time with children who learned how to play wheelchair tennis, as well as mission trips to Tennessee to repair homes in a struggling community. She is headed to Grand Valley State University where she plans to study for a career in optometry. At Calvin Christian High School, Taylor maintained a 3.96 GPA while playing on her school's tennis and volleyball teams, and as a member of the Spiritual Encouragement Team. She's been intrigued with the human eye for a long time, and now plans to make optometry her career.
Derek Phaneuf Derek maintained a 3.91 GPA at Plainwell High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the French Club and the Red Cross Club. He credits a special teacher in his life for helping him to look for the best in everything and also not take everything at face value. He is thrilled to chase his dream of becoming a history teacher, and will begin that step this fall as he heads to Western Michigan University
Heather Price Heather loves mentoring others ' great skills for her dream of becoming a teacher, just like her mother. And she is off to Western Michigan University to do just that. While at Thornapple Kellogg High School, Heather maintained a 4.11 GPA, while volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House youth board, the Girl Scouts, and participating in her school's Honor Choir and National Honor Society.
Simran Singh A community volunteer and school leader, Simran can't wait to start her educational journey into a medical career ' she's wanted to become a doctor since her middle school years introduced her to a love of science. The Portage Central High School graduate maintained a 4.7 GPA while serving as a student ambassador, member of the Rotary Club and the City of Portage's Youth Advisory Committee.
Hanel Yu Hanel is a model of responsibility and taking initiative, at both her school and in her community. She dreams of becoming a social worker and will major in International Affairs at McGill University in Quebec, Canada. At Grand Rapids Christian High School, Hanel maintained a 3.97 GPA while balancing involvement with her school's Debate Team and the National Honor Society and volunteering with Kid's Food Basket.
Joseph Dakki Joseph maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Flushing High School and was first in his class of 295 students. He was president of the National Honor Society and the Maronite Youth Organization, and a member of the Student Leadership Organization, Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics honor society), and Peer to Peer Support for Students with Autism. Joseph is also an active member of and a volunteer for Our Lady of Lebanon church. In the fall, he plans to attend the University of Michigan and major in biochemistry and biophysics.
Veronica Dubravec Veronika maintained above a 4.0 grade point average and was third in her class at Rockford High School. She volunteered as a ski instructor for mentally and physically disabled students through the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Ski Clinic. In the fall, Veronika plans to attend the University of Michigan to study engineering.
Joshua Hahn Joshua maintained a 4.0 grade point average at West Ottawa High School and was first in his class of 560 students. During his eight years in the Boy Scouts of America, he held the position of president of his troop, and at only 15 years old, led the Philmont backpacking adventure as assistant trek leader. Joshua's involvement in music spans the pep and jazz bands at school, and Our Lady of the Lake parish youth band, the West Ottawa Pit Orchestra and the Holland Symphony Youth Orchestra. He earned a varsity letter in the Science Olympiad, a group Joshua considers 'track and field for the brain.' In the fall, he plans to attend Purdue University.
Grace Ignatious Grace maintained a 4.0 grade point average at West Ottawa High School and was first in her class of 120 students. Grace was a member of the National Honor Society and belonged to Upward Bound, Future Doctors of America, and Young Women for Change, an organization dedicated to empowering and bettering the lives of young Afghan women. She has also been an active volunteer with the Capital Area Humane Society. In the fall, Grace plans to attend Michigan State University and study biochemistry.
Caleb Myers Caleb maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Alpena High School while serving as president of DECA (an organization to prepare emerging leaders) and captain of both the varsity basketball and baseball teams. He also served as co-captain of the First Robotics Competition and the Remotely Operated Vehicles Competition. Caleb has logged nearly 2,500 hours of community service over the last four years. He has been a volunteer lifeguard, participant in the Word of Life Youth Ministry, a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) role model, and active in his community Bible study. In the fall, Caleb plans to attend Northern Michigan University and major in mechanical engineering.
Madeline Rayner Madeline was a National Honor Society member and has a wealth of community service, to include four years with the Mackinac Island Governor's Honor Guard. In addition, she earned varsity letters in swimming/diving and track. Madeline also participated for eight years in the Girl Scouts and has been Patrol Leader of her troop and an ambassador scout. She developed and initiated the 'That's Not Cool' anti-bullying program at her school to show her fellow students that turning away from bullying is not the right answer. In the fall, Madeline plans to attend Northern Michigan University and major in environmental science.
Brianna Sargee Brianna was president of the Chesaning Union High School Key Club whose members prepare meals every month for families staying at the nearby Ronald McDonald House. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She was captain of the varsity tennis team and volunteered at the middle school as the assistant tennis coach. Brianna was a tutor for fellow students and has assisted with international mission efforts to Ecuador and Guatemala. In the fall, she plans to attend Michigan State University where she will major in nursing.
Grant Simons Grant maintained above a 4.0 grade point average and was at the top of his class in both academics and servant leadership. He founded and was president of his high school's environmental club, vice president of the debate team, and treasurer of the High School Democrats of America. In the fall, Grant plans to attend the University of Michigan.
Cole Tompkins Cole was a National Honor Society member and earned varsity letters in both football and band, to include six years in the award-wining jazz band. He was also an active member of both the drama club and the quiz bowl team that won a district championship. In the fall, Cole plans to attend Kellogg Community College and then transfer to Ferris State University and major in pharmacy.
Meredith VanEssen Meredith graduated at the top of her class with a 4.0 grade point average. She was co-president of the Diversity Youth Program, served as a Special Olympics volleyball coach, volunteered at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, and participated in mission trips across the United States. In the fall, Meredith plans to attend the University of Michigan.
Brody Cragg Brody will be the first of his family to attend college. While at Chesaning Union High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club and competed on the school's track and cross country teams. After school hours, Cragg helped care for a homebound senior citizen and volunteered as a library assistant. In the fall, Brody plans to attend Grand Valley State University and major in economics.
Jessica Donihue Jessica graduated at the top in her class with a 4.0 grade point average. She served as Union City High School Student Council vice president, member of the school's concert and marching bands and competed on its golf team. She spent her free time volunteering for the March of Dimes Breadlift Program, multiple Red Cross Blood Drives and the Union City Book Fair. In the fall, Jessica will attend Spring Arbor University where she plans to major in Spanish.
Connor Kuipers Connor graduated with a 3.9 grade point average while serving as the vice president of the Holland Youth Advisory Council. At Holland Christian High School, he was a member of the jazz and symphonic bands, and the school choir. He attended several mission trips with his church, Christ Memorial; his most notable visit was to Honduras in Central America. Connor will attend Calvin College where he plans to major in medicine.
Autumn Monette Autumn maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Montague High School while serving as president of the school's National Honor Society and captain of the volleyball team. She continues to volunteer throughout the year for various events at the Nuveen Art Center and the Heartland Nursing Home. In the fall, Autumn will attend Saginaw Valley State University where she plans to major in nursing.
Rebekah Palmer Rebekah graduated from Tawas City High School with a 3.99 grade point average. She served as president of the school's National Honor Society and captain of her community's youth peer prevention team. During her free time she volunteered for Hospice Angelic Care and helped organize the local boat race event, as a member of the Heritage Coast Boat Race Committee. In the fall, Rebekah will attend the University of Michigan where she will major in Nursing.
Collin Tran Collin graduated as the head of his class, with a 4.0 grade point average from Msgr. John R. Hackett Catholic Central High School. He served as president of the school's National Honor Society and captain of the Quiz Bowl team. He was also a member of the school's Student Leadership Team along with Earth and Theater clubs. In his spare time, he volunteered for the Borgess Volunteer Services and the St. Mary's Parish Youth Group. Collin will attend the University of Michigan where he plans to major in biochemistry.
Jacob Wright Jacob maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Standish-Sterling High School while serving as president of the school's National Honor Society and captain of the school's soccer team. In his free time, he volunteered with the Midland Center for the Arts and Michigan Dairy Association as children's activity helper and served as a youth soccer referee for the Standish-Sterling Community Education Program. Jacob plans to attend Michigan State University for his undergraduate studies.
Nathalie Yanes Nathalie graduated from Wayland High School with a 4.15 grade point average while she served as vice president of the school's National Honor Society. She was a member of the school's debate team, key club and orchestra. In addition to her club participation, Yanes competed with the Wayland High cross country and track and field teams. Her community service work includes volunteering for the local YMCA and a greeter and lobby assistant at Metro Health Hospital. Nathalie will attend Calvin College where she plans to major in biology.
Diane Arthur During her time at Pine River High School, Miller achieved a 3.9 grade point average. She was the vice president of her student council and a member of the National Honor Society, Yearbook and LeRoy Community Choir. Miller was also the captain of the Pine River High School pep and marching bands. In the fall, Miller plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan Universityand major in photography.
Katherine DeRosa During her time at Coloma High School, DeRosa graduated first in her class with a GPA of 4.1.She was president of her student council. She was also involved all four years in the Coloma High School theatre and the Varsity Singers as well as two years in her church choir. In the fall, DeRosa plans to attend Grand Valley State University and major in communications.
Micaela DeRosa During her time at Coloma High School, DeRosa graduated seventh in her class with a GPA of 3.76. She was the treasurer of her student council, a member of the National Honor Society and the Math and Science Center at Andrews University. She was also the captain of the Coloma High School girls' basketball team. In the fall, DeRosa plans to attend Bethel University to study medicine.
Brittany Lane During her time at Muskegon High School, Lane graduated fourth in her class with a GPA of 3.93. She was an officer of the National Honor Society, a member of TRiO Upward Bound and played on the varsity volleyball team all four years. She was also a founding member of Youth United. In the fall, Lane plans to attend Michigan State Universityand major in nursing.
Amber Love During her time at Everett High School, Love graduated second in her class with a 4.14 GPA. She was the vice president of her student council, on the varsity tennis team and co-captain of the Everett Marching Band. Love is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been involved with Girls Scouts of America for more than eight years. In the fall, Love plans to attend the University of Chicago.
Bronson ManDeville During his time at J.W. Sexton High School, ManDeville graduated first in his class with a GPA of 4.01. He spent much of his time volunteering, including work with the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Capital Area Humane Society and End Violent Encounters, Inc. He received a varsity letter for bowling and was named captain of the J.W. Sexton varsity soccer team. In the fall, ManDeville plans to attend the University of Michigan and major in psychology.
Willie McClure During his time at Genesee Early College, a college-prep high school, McClure graduated third in his class with a 3.87 grade point average. He was the president of his student council, the ROOTS Group and the Alpha Esquires Youth Mentoring and Leadership organization. McClure was also a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Gates Award. He spent a lot of his time volunteering at Hurley Hospital, coordinating a clothing drive at his family's church and volunteering for the March of Dimes. In the fall, McClure plans to attend Michigan State Universityand major in biochemistry.
Joanna Miller During her time at Pine River High School, Miller achieved a 3.9 grade point average. She was the vice president of her student council and a member of the National Honor Society, Yearbook and LeRoy Community Choir. Miller was also the captain of the Pine River High School pep and marching bands. In the fall, Miller plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan Universityand major in photography.
Hannah Repasy During her time at Western High School, Repasy graduated first in her class with a grade point average of 4.0. She was the captain of the volleyball and softball teams. Repasy was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Spring Arbor Church Youth Group. In addition, she devoting much of her time strengthening her community through volunteering at food shelters and mission trips. In the fall, Repasy plans to attend Central Michigan University and major in social sciences.
Sarah Wagner During her time at Davison High School, Wagner graduated ninth in her class with a GPA of 3.97. She was a captain on the high school (American Cancer Society) Relay for Life team, a member of the National Honor Society and received a varsity letter for pom pon all four years. She also spent a lot of her time tutoring math students, instructing at the Davison Pom Pon Clinic and volunteering in the Hurley Hospital nursery. In the fall, Wagner plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University and major in biology.
Kevin Bey Kevin Bey is a high achiever with even higher hopes for his future. While maintaining a 4.0 at Alpena High School, Kevin successfully juggled varsity football and track, theatre arts, a job and many volunteer projects. He also joined the U.S. Army Reserves and recently completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The positive, humble young man is now transitioning to undertake the challenges and opportunities that Kettering University has to offer. He plans to major in mechanical engineering and minor in pre-law. 'I have huge plans for this world and truly would like to make the world as best a place as possible.' We don't have any doubt either, Kevin!
Casey Cooper During her time at Greenville High School, Cooper earned and maintained a 4.01 grade point average after being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in the first semester of high school. While dealing with treatments and numerous doctor appointments, she participated in National Honor Society, High School Book Club, served as president of the Culture and Diversity Club and participated in Helping Out New Kids, a program that assists freshman and transfer students as they adjust to change. She also volunteered at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for many years. Following college, Cooper hopes to do something to present herself as a role model in her community. In the fall, Cooper will attend Ferris State University where she plans to major in social work.
Andrea Cronk During her time at Harbor Springs High School, Cronk earned a 3.9 grade point average while also participating in National Honor Society, varsity soccer, high school musicals and jazz band. Her volunteer work has included service with the Petoskey Manna Food Project, Harbor Springs Food Pantry Food Drive and Hospice of Little Traverse Bay. In the fall, Cronk will attend the University of Michigan where she plans to major in humanities.
Linsdey Forker During her time at Lawrence Junior/Senior High School, Forker earned a 3.98 grade point average and graduated as valedictorian. She also served as S.A.D.D. president, National Honor Society treasurer, Student Council treasurer and participated in Science Olympiad. Her volunteer work included tutoring youth and volunteering at the local Senior Center. Following college, Forker intends to become a surgeon and later travel to Mexico and South America to help underprivileged populations. In the fall, Forker will attend Truman State University where she plans to double major in health sciences (pre-med) and Spanish.
Abigail Hayes During her time at Newberry High School, Hayes earned a 4.0 grade point average and participated in National Honor Society, was an officer of her Student Council, participated in track and field and band, and was part of the theater program, Portage Players. Her volunteer work included serving as Key Club president, a 4-H reading mentor, Art on the Lake Arts Festival and Kids Against Hunger. Following college, Hayes plans to become a doctor. In the fall, Hayes will attend Grand Valley State University where she plans to major in biology.
Alayna Klco During her time at Whitehall Senior High School, Klco earned a 3.99 grade point average and participated in National Honor Society and musicals and was captain of her cross-country team, track co-captain, a leader in her concert band and drum major of her marching band. Her volunteer work included Girl Scouts for 12 years, church usher and library volunteer. Following college, Klco's goal is to pursue a career working for the United States Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services. In the fall, Klco will attend Case Western Reserve University where she plans to major in Spanish and international studies.
Tosca Le During her time at Lakeview High School, Le earned a 4.0 grade point average and participated in student government as class president for two years, Key Club treasurer, National Honor Society and orchestra. Her volunteer work included service with Kids Against Hunger, the Salvation Army, the March of Dimes and tutoring. In the fall, Le will attend the University of Michigan.
Ashley Navarre During her time at Arenac Eastern Middle/ High School, Navarre earned a 3.6 grade point average and participated in National Honor Society, student government as secretary, yearbook assistant editor, varsity basketball and theater. She was also a member of Peer Assistant Leaders, Spanish club and the prom committee. Her volunteer work included working with the Arenac County Outreach, a center her family started after enduring two house fires, assisting at local blood drives and participating with a youth group in painting a church mural. Following college, Navarre would like to have a career in graphic design. In the fall, Navarre will attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she plans to major in graphic design.
Ta'Daviyon Reed During his time at Saginaw High School, Reed earned a 3.8 grade point average and participated in National Honor Society. His volunteer work has included the Saginaw Community Foundation's FORCE Youth Advisory Council, Saginaw High School's Teen Advisory Council and Student Council of Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy. Following college, Reed hopes to continue to make an impact in his community. In the fall, Reed will attend Howard University where he plans to major in biology.
Joshua Richardson During his time at East Lansing High School, Richardson earned a 3.90 grade point average and participated in National Honor Society, served as treasurer of Student Congress, an officer of Key Club and player on the varsity soccer team. His volunteer work included being a youth leader at Life Christian Church, East Lansing blood drives and America Food Shelter. In the fall, Richardson will attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he plans to major in finance.
Melissa Chavez Growing up as the daughter of two Mexican immigrants, Melissa did not learn English prior to entering school and reading quickly became a struggle. But throughout elementary school, Chavez entered a language program for native-speaking students and after years of hard work and dedication, she earned a 4.188 grade point average and graduating top of her class at East Kentwood High School. Following her undergraduate studies, Chavez plans to pursue med school and hopes to become a pediatrician.
Katie DeJonge During her time at Fennville High School, DeJonge earned a 3.76 grade point average while participating in student government and Students Helping Students Anonymously as well as serving as the captain of the basketball team. Outside of the classroom, she coached a fifth and sixth grade basketball team, committed 60 hours to Relay for Life and travelled on a mission trip to Australia. After college, DeJonge is determined to attend medical school and aspires to become a pediatric oncologist in order to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
Daria Gosztyla During her time at Bay City Central High School, Daria earned a 3.98 grade point average while also participating in National Honors Society, Cross Country and Choir. Outside of the classroom, Gosztyla volunteered more than 200 hours at YWCA Camp Meadows, a camp for children with special needs 5 to 13 years old. Following her collage, Gosztyla plans to pursue a career that impacts her community.
Maaliek Harris-Carter During his time at Carman Park-Baker Career Academy, Harris-Carter earned a 4.0 grade point average while serving as the editor of his school newsletter and playing junior varsity football. Outside of the classroom, Harris-Carter has provided childcare assistance for Hugs & Luvs and provided support around the office at ATS Consulting. Following his undergraduate studies Harris-Carter, who has entrepreneurial spirit, aspires to pursue a Masters degree in aerospace engineering, a PhD in Physics and start his own business.
Scott Hoelsema During his time at Zion Christian High School, Hoelsema earned a 4.0 grade point average while also serving as president of the student council, a member of the debate team and baseball teams. Outside of the classroom Hoelsema enjoys mentoring. He has been an active member of the Cadet program for more than six years. Today, he serves as a counselor leading fifth and sixth grade boys in activities and other educational projects.
Caitlin Huffman During her time at Pine River High School, Huffman earned a 4.0 grade point average and was the Valedictorian of her class. She also participated in band, cheerleading and National Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, Huffman's volunteer work has included being a member of the United States Youth Conservation Corps, a summer work program that helps restore, rehabilitate and repair the natural, cultural and historical resources protected as federally preserved places.
Kristi Karns During her time at Westphalia High School, Karns earned a 3.658 grade point average while also participating in National Honor Society, volleyball, cheerleading, track and field and the Clinton County 4-H mentoring program. Outside of the classroom, Karns has volunteered at St. Mary's Catholic Church, the American Red Cross and helped coach a junior high track team. She has already begun pursing her education in nursing, dual enrolling in courses at Lansing Community College. Following her undergraduate studies, Karns plans to earn a Master's degree in nursing and also plans to become a certified paramedic.
Jill Mast During her time at Centreville High School, Mast earned a 4.06 grade point average while also participating in quiz bowl, volleyball and student government. During her junior year, she dual enrolled at Glen Oaks Community College to begin earning college credit. Outside of the classroom, Mast has discovered a passion for mentoring. Her volunteer work has included FiveStar, an after-school mentoring program for middle school students, and the Centreville Mentoring Program, which pairs elementary students with high school mentors. After college, Mast aspires to provide aid to citizens in third world countries.
Megan Repasy During her time at Western High School, Repasy earned a 4.0 grade point average while being a member of the basketball team, serving as the captain of the volleyball team and being participating in 'Freshman Focus Mentoring.' Outside of the classroom, she volunteered for the National Leukemia Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Repasy, who has a passion for compassion, aspires to one day volunteer for the Special Olympics in order to help provide special-needs individuals with the opportunity to participate sports.
Myder Vang During her time at Western High School, Vang earned a 4.055 grade point average while participating in student council, freshman mentors and serving as the secretary for National Honor Society as well as the vice president of National Technical Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, she volunteered for the March of Dimes, United Way and Consumers Energy Family Day. Vang, a natural problem solver, aspires to one day produce affordable electric cars.
Samuel Abbott Samuel is a student of spirituality and a leader in faith. During his career at Paw Paw High School, Samuel was the captain of the tennis team and earned a 4.02 grade point average. Away from the classroom, Samuel spent most of his time teaching a local youth ministry group and children at his church's Sunday school classes. Currently, he is spending his summer as a glacier guide for a helicopter touring company in Juno, Alaska. Away from the helicopter, Samuel can be found climbing rocks and mountains or cooking on the grill. Collegiate plans will lead him to Spokane, Washington where he will attend Whitworth University and major in theology.
Shelby Denhof Shelby, a graduate of Rockford High School, shares a passion for community service. As president of Youth Initiative, the school's community service club, she helped with food and blood drives as well as fundraisers for organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The club also prepared meals for the sick and less fortunate. In addition to working with Youth Initiative, Shelby has dedicated more than 700 hours volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, John Ball Zoo and the North Kent Service Center. Shelby balanced her volunteer work with exceptional academics, earning a 4.3 grade point average. In the fall, Shelby will attend Aquinas College, majoring in English Literature and German.
Sheila Garcia Born in California and raised in Mexico until the age of four, the only language Sheila could speak as a child was Spanish. Through extensive tutoring during elementary school, Sheila became fluent in English. During her career at Union High School in Grand Rapids, Sheila was president of the National Honor Society, completed an advanced placement English literature course, graduated first in her class and earned a 4.1 grade point average. In the fall, Sheila will attend Grand Valley State University and will majoring in psychology. In the future, she hopes to become a physician.
Hillary Karbowski Hillary leads by example. During her career at Three Rivers High School, Hillary was the captain of the soccer team and pep band as well as section leader, drill instructor and drum major of the marching band. In addition to her extracurricular activities, Hillary logged more than 500 hours of community service and was still able to earn a 4.18 grade point average in the classroom. College plans include attending Central Michigan University and majoring in biomedical science. After college, Hillary plans to join the Peace Corps in order to provide health care in developing countries.
Holly Kramer During her senior year at Pewamo-Westphalia High School, Holly assumed the caregiver role for her two sisters, then 13 and 5 years old, while her parents stayed near a hospital with her then year-old brother who underwent countless life-saving surgeries and blood transfusions. While taking on the responsibilities that accompanied this role, Holly's academic studies and dedication to her community never faltered. She maintained a 3.99 grade point average while serving as the captain of her basketball and softball teams. As co-chairperson of the Red Cross Blood Drive committee, she planned and implemented three blood drives at her high school. In the fall, Holly will attend Kalamazoo College and eventually, would like to become a physical therapist.
Brad Melpolder During his career at Hamilton High School, Brad balanced being a three-sport athlete with achieving academic success. He earned a 3.96 grade point average and as captain of the swim team, led by example and consistently shared encouraging words with his teammates. Much of Brad's work ethic and character can be attributed to his father, who lost his battle with cancer in 2004. Since then, Brad has been actively raising money for cancer research with organizations like the American Cancer Society's Rely for Life and Rural Rush. In the fall, Brad will attend Albion College and intends to major in business and mathematics.
Alex Ngo Alex is deeply rooted in community service. The Wyoming native's volunteer work has included the Juvenile Diabetes Walk, blood drives, Buck Creek clean up and tutoring students at a local elementary school. All of these experiences have impacted Alex's life profoundly and have given him confidence to pursue his dreams. During his time at Rogers High School, Alex earned a 4.06 grade point average and was the president of the National Honors Society. In the fall, Alex will attend the University of Michigan and plans to pursue a career in law.
Alyssa Owen When Alyssa was in the fifth grade, she was assigned the task of drawing, labeling and defining the elements of the human eye. Since then, her fascination with the human body, its function, structure and movement has never ceased. This passion led her to athletics. While attending Three Rivers High School, Alyssa earned a 4.12 grade point average and displayed exceptional leadership and perseverance as the captain of the volleyball and track teams. In the fall, she will attend the University of Michigan, majoring in movement science. Alyssa's vision for the future is to become a doctor of optometry and eventually open her own practice.
Gwin Simpson Gwin graduated from Tawas High School with a 3.91 grade point average and has a love for animals and her community. As a child, volunteering for elderly neighbors in her hometown of Whittemore sparked a passion for service that has endured to this day. Gwin's volunteerism has included working at the Hospice of Michigan, the St. Joseph Health System and the local nursing and rehabilitation center, which evolved into a summer position as a life enrichment assistant. Her passion for animals includes her active involvement in multiple 4-H clubs ranging from horse clinics to teaching children how to handle and care for rabbits. In the fall, Gwin will attend Saginaw Valley State to study veterinary sciences with dreams of becoming a veterinarian.
Erika Trigg In the fall, Erika plans on attending the University of Michigan to study clinical laboratory science and medical technology. Future plans include becoming a pediatrician and practicing in Michigan in order to give back to her community. Currently, the Saginaw native volunteers at the Mid-Michigan Children's Museum and with the Michigan Youth Leadership Achievement Program. While attending the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Erika earned a 4.022 grade point average and participated in the student council, instrumental band, the dance team and science fair.
Erica Bartholomew Erica's passion for teaching and mentoring students is evident through her extracurricular activities. Future Teachers of America, a volunteer for the Curios Kids Museum, youth group leader and Students Against Destructive Decisions are just a few of her activities. She wants to work with teenagers and excite them about education. This is why Erica will be attending Cedarville University in Ohio and majoring in Spanish to eventually teach secondary education.
Amanda Brenske Amanda graduated from Flushing Senior High School this year with a 4.045 GPA and is ranked third in her class. She is an extremely active in her community having volunteered her time at local food banks, soup kitchens, church mission trips, and in groups such as S.A.D.D ' Students Against Destructive Decisions. When she is not volunteering or maintaining all A's in the classroom, Amanda also has a part-time job. In the fall, she plans to attend the University of Michigan and pursue a career in pharmaceutical sciences.
Becky Hanson Becky, a graduate of Harbor Beach Community School, can add president of Student Council, editor-in-chief of the yearbook staff and student athlete as just a few titles she has earned. She plans to apply skills such as patience and perseverance that she has learned working on her family's farm as she attends Northwood University where she will study fashion merchandising.
Danielle Haydell Danielle graduated from Central Lake High School this year. In addition to serving as a tutor and mentor for younger students, she volunteers at her church, is a member if the National Technical Honor Society, and interned with the Three Lakes Association where she studied the condition of Michigan's lakes. As a student at the Mechanical Technology Academy, she has excelled in math and science. This is why she will be attending Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame and pursuing Engineering.
Meredith K Meredith is a graduate of Corunna High School and it is clear that she keeps a jam-packed schedule. As the vice president of the Youth Advisory Council of the Shiawassee Community Foundation, she helps to give grants to community programs that support local youth. She has also worked as a volunteer for several organizations, including the Red Cross Mobile Food Pantry, Corunna High School's children's basketball camp and the New Lothrop Nazarene's vacation Bible school. She plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall and major in political science.
Kasey Kushion Kasey graduated from Hemlock High School this year and, in addition to her part-time job, she has been a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, assistant coach for the Hemlock Middle School Pom Pom team, National Honor Society Secretary, a soup kitchen volunteer and a volunteer at Covenant Healthcare Hospital. Her involvement in the high school Pom Pom team has earned her a place on the Mid-American All-Star Team. Kasey plans to attend Central Michigan University this fall where she will study for a career as a physician's assistant.
Jade Lee Jade graduated this year from Berrien Springs High School as the top student in her class. While maintaining peak performance in the classroom, she served as the vice-president of the National Honor Society and the Business Professionals of America Club, volunteers with the Humane Society, Special Olympics and the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She has also received several accolades for her skills as a pianist. Jade has a strong interest in math and science and, in the fall, will attend the University of Michigan to pursue a career as a pharmacist.
Conrad N Conrad, a graduate of East Kentwood High School, has been anything but bored during his high school career. As a participant in musical theatre, marching band, wind ensemble, tennis, Spanish club, and secretary of the National Honor Society (just to name a few), it's a wonder that he has even had time to sleep. He has, however, managed to all of this and more while working a part-time job and maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Conrad plans to attend the Duke University in the fall.
Minh Nguyet Minh, a graduate of East Kentwood High School, has been a leader in the classroom and the community through her involvement in activities such as Student Council and the Red Cross. After a medical emergency struck her family a few years ago, Minh developed a strong appreciation an admiration for the doctors and technology that helped to save her mother's life. This experience will be her inspiration as she attends the University of Michigan in the fall and seeks a studies pre-med.
Stephanie Schutter Few people can say that they smile while washing dishes. Stephanie can and has done so for the past few years as a volunteer kitchen staff member at Bair Lake Bible Camp. Her commitment to her community is evident through the list of activities that she is involved with, including Toys for Tots, Red Cross, tutoring, and varsity sports. This involvement is in addition to maintaining a 4.3 GPA at Constantine High School. In the fall, she plans to attend the University of Michigan and study graphic design.