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Category: Academics

2023 Academics Nominees

Frankie Kendziera
Artios Academies of West Michigan
  • 4.0 Unweighted GPA
  • Valedictorian
  • Duel enrolled with A average both junior and senior years at Calvin University
  • Plans to study Education or Pre-Law at Wheaton College

Annelise Derrick
Calvary Christian School
  • Straight A Honor Roll for 12 years
  • Calvary Christian National Honor Society Vice President
  • Women Engineers Certificate of Merit from Michigan Technological University
  • Plans to attend college to pursue a degree in the humanities

Ian Oatis
Grant High School
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • National Merit Commended Scholar
  • College Board National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program Award
  • Plans to attend Taylor University and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Data Science

Gary Springstead
Fremont High School
  • College Board Rural Scholar
  • National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist
  • Fremont High School Academic Achievement Award
  • Plans to study at a four-year university

Hannah Black
Grand Haven High School
  • 2x Science Olympiad National Medalist
  • 10x Science Olympiad State Medalist
  • MSBOA Orchestral Ensemble State Finalist
  • Plans to study Environmental Engineering, Classical Studies, and Law

Margot Frendt
Grand Haven High School
  • Captain of the Grand Haven Cross Country team Senior year
  • Captain of the Grand Haven Varsity Soccer team Junior and Senior years
  • Cross Country – Academic All-State and varsity runner all 4 years
  • Plans to attend college to study Environmental Science
Kyla Streng
Grand Haven High School
  • Grand Haven Science Olympiad National Competitor and Medalist
  • Member of the National Honor Society and Leadership Committee Member
  • Michigan Department of Education Student Advisory Council Lead Writer and Participant
  • Plans to major in the STEM field, potentially through a Pre-Med track, and minor in Spanish

Kelly Vander Kodde
Hart High School
  • Ranked first in graduating class
  • Honor Roll member all years of High School
  • Graduating with 27 college credits from dual enrollment (West Shore Community College)
  • Three AP classes of Chemistry, English, and Biology
  • Plans to attend a four-year university and major in Social Work

Lona Richards
Hesperia High School
  • Graduating a year early at 16
  • Ranked first in graduating class
  • Currently maintaining a 4.0 College GPA
  • Lone Pine Chapter of National Honor Society Secretary
  • Plans to pursue a Business Administration degree and hopes to work for a nonprofit after college

Kate Conzemius
Holton High School
  • Valedictorian
  • President of the Holton National Honor Society
  • Graduating High School with 37 college credits
  • Plans to study business with a focus of Human Resources at Michigan State University

Charlie Banks
Mason County Central High School
  • H.G Bacon Platinum Award
  • Overall Sophomore Award
  • DAR Good Citizenship Award
  • Plans to attend a four year university after high school and pursue business and accounting

Madison Kaiser
Mason County Central High School
  • 1290 SAT score
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • H.G. Bacon Bronze, Silver, Gold Awards
  • Plans to study Environmental Science at Grand Valley State University

Kaitlyn Mickevich
Mason County Eastern High School
  • Valedictorian
  • 3.9 GPA
  • Two years of dual enrollment
  • Plans to get a Masters Degree in Social Work

Gavyn Stout
Mona Shores High School
  • 4.500 GPA
  • Ranked first in graduating class of 293 students
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Plans to study Pre-Med at Michigan State University

Silas Jancek
Montague High School
  • 4.434 GPA
  • 1290 SAT
  • Montague Student Senate Vice President 2023
  • Active in student leadership all four years at MHS
  • Plans to attend the University of Michigan

Hunter Schrink
Muskegon Catholic Central High School
  • Ranked in top 10 in class since 7th grade based on CAP scores
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Academic All-State for Football and Soccer
  • Plans to attend Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the fall

Troy McManus
North Muskegon High School
  • 4.0 Unweighted GPA
  • Harvard Prize Book Recipient
  • Passed all AP exams with a 4 or 5
  • Plans to attend Rose Hulman Institute of Technology or the University of Michigan to study environmental engineering

Jacklyn Wei
Oakridge High School
  • 4.254 GPA
  • Valedictorian
  • National Honor Society President
  • President and Advisor to Oakridge Interact Club
  • Co-Captain of the Robotics team
  • Academic All-Conference Volleyball
  • Plans to attend the University of Michigan on the HAIL scholarship with a focus in Biology

Emma Hillard
Orchard View High School
  • 4.0 GPA throughout high school
  • Ranked first in graduating class
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Participant in Early College program at MC
  • Plans to attend MCC for 2 years through the Muskegon Promise Program for an Associate’s Degree before transferring to a larger school to become a Biomedical Engineer

Grace Stoneman
Pentwater High School
  • Maintained a 4.0 throughout all of High School
  • National Honor Society Treasurer for two years
  • Pentwater Lake Association speech contest winner
  • Plans to attend the University of Michigan for a degree in one of the social sciences

Brynn Kantola
Ravenna High School
  • Top 5 in graduating class
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Basketball Captain
  • Four-year All-State Academic Athlete
  • Plans to pursue a human biology degree at Michigan State University, followed by a doctorate in physical therapy to become a sports physical therapist

Lauren Nelson
Reeths-Puffer High School
  • Valedictorian
  • Volleyball – Academic All-State
  • Lacrosse – Academic All-State
  • Plans to attend a four-year university (Michigan) and pursue a degree in nursing

Alexander Calixto
Shelby High School
  • 3.99 GPA
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • 2x Student of the Month recipient
  • Plans to attend Northern Michigan University

Jacob Kotkowicz
Spring Lake High School
  • Valedictorian
  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
  • Soccer – Academic All-State
  • Plans to attend Brown University with intended concentrations in Microbiology and Biological Anthropology, and later study medicine

Jonathan Clausing
Western MI Christian High School
  • Valedictorian
  • 4.272 GPA
  • Cross-Country – 2021 Academic All-State
  • Baseball -2022 Academic All-District 2
  • Plans to attend college for Pre-Medical Studies

Gabriela Reeve
White Cloud High School
  • High Honors and Valedictorian
  • 4-year All-A Honor Roll
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • 2x Academic All-State
  • Plans to continue her athletic career at the collegiate level while preparing for a career in either emergency or sports medicine

Allison Tate
Whitehall High School
  • NHD Senior Individual Exhibit National Runner-Up & National Top 30
  • NHD State Awards in Primary Resources, Oral History, Michigan Women’s History
  • Class President & Student Council President
  • AP Scholar with Honor & NEH Scholar
  • National Rural & Small Town Recognition Winner
  • Keynote speaker National Thalidomide Survivors Conference
  • Plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in International Relations/Studies, focusing on global environmental and public health.