The 'brightest and best'
Promising futures for Imlay City High School's Top Ten grads
May 16, 2007Dedication. Leadership. Ambition. Inquisitiveness. Drive. Commitment. Imagination.
These are the intrinsic qualities that shape the lives of innovators and entrepreneurs, humanitarians and philanthropists. Tomorrow's leaders. Likely some of those future innovators will be from Imlay City High School's Class of 2007.
With four valedictorians and a salutatorian in the top ten graduates, the future looks bright.
Co-valedictorian Erin Brandt is the daughter of Curt and Theresa Brandt of Imlay City. Erin graduates with a 4.0 gpa, and has been a three year member of the National Honor Society.
Erin participated in varsity girls' golf throughout her high school years, two of which she served as captain of the team. She was also a three year member of the Quiz Bowl Team.
Erin plans to study computer science or another technology-related field at Michigan State University. She says her best friend Jen Klein has been the most influential person in her life.
Jason Pittenger graduates as co-valedictorian, too, with a 4.0 gpa. He is the son of Dean and Donna Pittenger of Imlay City.
Throughout his high school years, Jason participated in the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society. He was a member of the tennis team, earned all-academic tennis team honors, the all-conference award and was team captain. Jason was also a member of the varsity basketball team. Jason also earned the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science award and attained perfect attendance throughout his entire four years of high school.
Majoring in civil engineering with a minor in environmental engineering at Wayne State University is in Jason's future. He says his brothers Gene and Joel have had the most influence in his life.
With a perfect 4.0 gpa Katelyn Preisel is among this year's co-valedictorians. She is the daughter of Jim and Kim Preisel of Attica.
Katelyn participated in basketball, volleyball and softball, the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and served as class president during her freshman year. She was selected as a recipient of McDonald's/Channel 7 High School Scholar Athlete of the Week this past winter, and was the first Imlay City student-athlete to receive the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Award, one of only four recipients in the entire state.
Katelyn's talents also include playing the clarinet with the wind ensemble and serving as the drum major for the Spartan Marching Band.
Katelyn plans to attend Central Michigan University in the fall, where she will be part of the honors program. She hopes to join the Leadership Institute and the CMU Marching Band. Her interest is secondary education with an emphasis on social sciences and leadership. Eventually, Katelyn plans to tackle law school and run for a seat in the U.S. Congress. She says her parents are the most influential people in her life.
Rounding out this year's co-valedictorians is Caitlyn Schaller, the daughter of Jeff and Wendy Schaller of Imlay City. While maintaining a 4.0 gpa, Caitlyn served on the student council as vice president and representative, was secretary of her class council, a member of the Spanish Club, advertising editor of the yearbook and participated in SADD. She also served as historian of the National Honor Society.
Athletically, Caitlyn participated on the volleyball and soccer teams. She also finds time to volunteer with the Muscular Dystrophy Association youth camp and the Imlay City Youth Football League.
Caitlyn attended the Lead America pre-med conference in 2006, and attained perfect attendance awards in English, math and computers.
Caitlyn plans to attend Central Michigan University honors program to major in chemistry or biology before moving on to medical school. She hopes to become a pediatrician. She says her parents are always there for her, "no matter what," and that they've been the most influential people in her life.
Zachary Roszczewski is the salutatorian for the Class of 2007. He graduates with a 3.99 gpa. His parents are Gregory and Peggy Roszczewski of Imlay City.
Throughout his high school years, Zachary was a member of the basketball team. He also played varsity soccer, was selected to the district team and received BWAC all-league honorable mention honors. Zachary also participated in the Spanish Club and Art Society. He plans to study computer science and graphic design. For Zachary, Jesus has been the most influential person in his life.
Melissa Atkins graduates in the sixth spot with a 3.9919 gpa. She is the daughter of Paul and Marilee Atkins of Imlay City.
Melissa has been involved with her youth group at church, Bible Quiz, and received honorable mention in the 'Parenting Awareness' poster contest.
Melissa plans to pursue a degree in business management or graphic design. She credits her mom as being the most influential person in her life.
In the seventh spot is Eric Nash with a gpa of 3.98. He is the son of Mark and Lori Nash of Imlay City.
Eric has participated on the soccer team for the past four years, and is actively involved in his church youth group. He earned the Chancellor's Scholarship from the University of Michigan-Flint where he has a full four-year ride. Eric plans to major in computer engineering, and says his dad has influenced him the most in life.
Ranked eighth in this year's graduating class is Kyle Slinglend, the son of Douglas Slinglend of Davison and Wanda Slinglend.
Kyle is a student in the Inter-Media Program at the Lapeer County Ed-Tech Center.
He plans to work to save some money for college and pursue further education in a technical/digital design trade school in the fall.
Brittany Super is in the ninth spot with a 3.9761 gpa. She is the daughter of Gregory and Suzanne Super of Imlay City.
Brittany was active on the volleyball, softball and equestrian teams. She is the senior class president, a student council representative, member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club. She also was the advertising editor of the yearbook.
Brittany is active in the 4-H horses program and a member of the 4-H swine program.
She plans to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to pursue a degree in chemistry with pre-med requirements. She will then go on to medical school to specialize in pediatrics.
Brittany says her sister Ariel is the most influential person in her life.
Rounding out this year's Top Ten is Cassondra Angle with a gpa of 3.93. She is the daughter of Rhonda Racine of North Branch.
Cassondra is a member of the National Honor Society, and while at Wesleyan Academy, she played varsity basketball and was a member of the steering committee. At Wesleyan she also received the 'highest grade point average' award for three consecutive years, and the Christian Character Award.
Cassondra plans to attend Spring Arbor University to pursue a career in education.
She says her mom has had the most influence in her life.