2024 Nominees

Sorted alphabetically by school name, then student name.

Levi Assaad

Calvary Christian School
  • 2024 Valedictorian
  • Academic All-State in Soccer
  • National Honor Society Secretary, Calvary Christian Chapter
  • Plans to attend Grand Valley State University to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering

Georgia Sparks

Fremont High School
  • 4.0 GPA & National Honor Society President, Fremont Chapter
  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, National Rural & Small Town Recognition
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award & Outstanding Michigan Student recognized by Governor Whitmer
  • Plans to attend Brown University most likely for a degree in Applied Mathematics

Levi Bol

Fruitport High School
  • 4.114 GPA (weighted)
  • 97th percentile for SAT score
  • AP student with 3 AP courses completed & 10 college classes completed
  • Plans to complete the Early College Program with an Associates Degree next year at Muskegon Community College & then transfer to a 4-year college to study Mathematics or Engineering

Jagger Schaendorf

Grand Haven High School
  • 2X Science Olympiad National Champion
  • U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate
  • National Merit Semifinalist
  • Plans to attend college and study Aerospace Engineering

Camryn Stroven

Grant High School
  • 4.0 GPA in High School & DE College courses
  • National Honor Society Member
  • Active in community service (Student Council & Church)
  • Plans to attend Cornerstone University to pursue a career in Education

Tyler VanderZanden

Hart High School
  • Presidential Scholar
  • All-State Academics in Cross Country
  • All-Regional in Cross Country
  • Plans to attend Kalamazoo College next year to study Psychology & run Cross Country

Jozlynn Nichols

Hesperia High School
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.9719 & First in Class
  • Student in Newaygo County Early College Program (MCC)
  • Member of National Honor Society & National Society of High School Scholars
  • Plans to continue attending Muskegon Community College & pursue Actuarial Science or Accounting

Zoey Carty

Holton High School
  • Class Valedictorian
  • Excellence in English
  • Excellence in Mathematics
  • Plans to attend a 4-year University for a Bachelor of Science degree & later attend Nursing School in hopes of becoming a Labor & Delivery Nurse

Madison Vernier

Mason County Central High School
  • 4.0 GPA
  • 1240 SAT score
  • H.G. Bacon Excellence Award
  • Plans to attend West Shore Community College to pursue a General Education degree & become a Massage Therapist

Clay Shoup

Mason County Eastern High School
  • 4.0 GPA & National Honor Society President, Mason County Eastern Chapter
  • All-State & Academic All-State in Basketball
  • 1000 Career Points in Basketball
  • Plans to pursue a career as a High School Social Studies & Science Teacher

Collin Khatir

Mona Shores High School
  • 4.436 GPA & First in Class
  • Completed 11 AP classes, 2 Honors classes, & AP Scholar with Distinction Award
  • NHS Environmentalism Committee Leader, Interact Club Board Member, Student Senate Member
  • Plans to attend University of Michigan & major in Engineering or Business

Richard Kroll

Montague High School
  • 4.0 GPA
  • Rural & Small Town Recognition Award
  • National Honor Society Member
  • Plans to pursue a degree in Education & become a Social Studies teacher

Quinn McKenna

Muskegon Catholic Central High School
  • 3.99 GPA (unweighted)
  • Ranked Top 10 in Class
  • National Honors Society Member, National Art Honor Society Treasurer, Class Vice President
  • Plans to attend college to study Engineering

Esteban Martinez

Muskegon High School
  • Valedictorian
  • 4.0 GPA
  • Honor Roll
  • Plans on pursuing and studying in Aerospace Engineering; wants to give back to his parents for everything they’ve done; and wants to continue to work hard while representing his Hispanic community.

Analea Wingard

North Muskegon High School
  • Cumulative 4.0 GPA (unweighted)
  • AP student with 9 courses completed
  • AP Scholar with Honors Award
  • Plans to attend a 4-year university to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry, eventually joining the field of scientific research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Cayden Decker

Oakridge High School
  • Completed AP Computer Science in 8th grade with 5/5
  • Two years ahead in Math since 7th grade
  • Early Math & English classes completed at Hope College in 6th & 7th grade for advanced kids
  • Plans to pursue a degree in Electrical or Chemical Engineering

Rei Dowdy

Orchard View High School
  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Recipient of Spanish 300 Award at Orchard View High School
  • Snowcoming Planning Committee, winning 2/3 years
  • Plans to travel to Spain before continuing her education at Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in Communications & minoring in Spanish

Abe VanDuinen

Pentwater High School
  • Cumulative GPA of 4.0
  • College Board National Rural & Small Town Recognition Award
  • Academic All-State in Cross Country & Track & Field (2021-2024)
  • Plans to attend Calvin University to study Music Performance & Archaeology while continuing to run in Cross Country & Track & Field

Josiah Kantola

Ravenna High School
  • 4.024 GPA, Top of Class
  • National Honor Society Member
  • Dual Enrollment student at Muskegon Community College with 19 credits
  • Plans to attend college and pursue a career in Interior Design

Alexandria Kuerth

Reeths-Puffer High School
  • Valedictorian
  • AP Scholar Award
  • Academic All-State
  • Plans to attend Northern Michigan University to pursue a career in the medical field

Zachary Horton

Shelby High School
  • 4.0 GPA
  • First in Class
  • College Board National Rural & Small Town Recognition Award
  • Plans to attend University of Utah to study Mechanical Engineering

Kyla Meyers

Spring Lake High School
  • Valedictorian
  • Academic All-State
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Plans to attend University of Maryland Baltimore County, majoring in Chemical Engineering with a focus on Biotechnology

Emma Croff

Western MI Christian High School
  • 4.174 GPA & Top of Class
  • AP Student in Spanish, English, Language, & Literature
  • Proficient in Spanish throughout school career
  • Plans to attend Ferris State University through their Honors Program, majoring in Dental Hygiene

Anna Mohr

White Cloud High School
  • Class Valedictorian
  • 4.508 GPA
  • Earned Academic Letter all 4 years of High School
  • Plans to attend Michigan State University & major in Neuroscience, go on to attend Medical School, & become a Pediatric Surgeon

Amelia Chen

Whitehall High School
  • 4.32 GPA
  • National Merit Scholar
  • National Honor Society Secretary, Whitehall Chapter
  • Plans to attend a four-year university & double major in Aerospace Engineering & Physics”

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