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Capac's top ten boasts seven valedictorians


May 30, 2007
CAPAC — Seven—count 'em, seven—valedictorians top this year's Capac High School graduating class.

Along with their classmates, they'll take center stage at commencement ceremonies scheduled for 2 p.m. this Sunday in the high school gym.

Co-valedictorian James Hansen graduates with a 4.0 grade point average. He is the son of Troy and Susan Hansen of Capac. James has three sisters, Allison, Nicole and Samantha.

James plans to study computer engineering to pursue a career in gaming and simulation programming. Out of several university options, James says he's leaning toward Saginaw Valley State University.

While in high school, James participated in marching, jazz and concert bands. He enjoys reading, playing soccer, and listening to country and 'oldies' music.

Kylie Hill, co-valedictorian, also graduates with a 4.0 gpa. Along with younger brother Glenn, Kylie is the daughter of Robert and Marcelle Hill of Mussey Twp.

Kylie will study pre-med with an emphasis on neuroscience at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor this fall.

During high school, Kylie participated in the National Honor Society, marching band, Business Professionals of America (BPA), Spanish club, science club, class government and was a member of the cross country and track teams.

Kylie's hobbies include running, snowboarding and playing the piano.

Co-valedictorian Michael Hull leaves high school with a 4.0 gpa. He is the son of Art and Lisa Hull of Emmett, and has an older sister, Melissa, and a younger sister, Meghan.

Michael will attend Kettering to study mechanical engineering.

Michael was a member of the National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl team and varsity track and cross country teams for all four years.

He enjoys working on cars, riding an ATV, and mud bogging in the spring.

Another 4.0 gpa was racked up by Aaron Ransom, the son of Daniel and Mary Ransom of Emmett Twp. Aaron's brothers and sisters are Bradley, Crysta, Darla and Eric.

Aaron earned a full ride scholarship to Alma College where he hopes to study dentistry or neurology.

During high school, Aaron was involved in the BPA, PALS, the National Honor Society, French and science clubs and student government.

Aaron is involved as an officer in his youth group, and he enjoys playing the piano in his spare time.

Co-valedictorian Brian Sass graduates with a 4.0 gpa as well. Along with his twin brother Chris and brother Danny, Brian is the son of Joe and Mary Cornish of Mussey Twp.

Although he has yet to decide his major, Brian will attend Michigan State University this fall.

Brian was a member of the National Honor Society, football team and qualified for state competition this year as a member of the wrestling team. He's also involved in the weightlifting program.

Brian's twin brother Christopher Sass graduates with a perfect 4.0 gpa, too.

Christopher plans to study engineering at Michigan State University this fall.

During high school, Christopher was involved in the National Honor Society, and the football and wrestling teams.

Co-valedictorian Shane Sinda rounds out this year's valedictorians with another perfect 4.0 gpa. Shane is the son of Gene and Denise Sinda of Allenton. His older brother, Matt, is a junior at West Point and his younger sister, Taylor, is a sophomore at Capac HIgh School.

Shane plans to pursue a degree in computer science at Michigan Technological University, where he'd also like to participate in the ROTC program.

Shane was a member of the National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, football and track teams and was involved in student council. He also earned an MHSAA Scholar Athlete award from the state, and currently serves as president of the Four County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee.

Salutatorian Karl Hummel graduates with a gpa of 3.977. He is the son of Keith and Theresa Hummel of Imlay City, and he has three older siblings, Tina, Tonya and Kenny.

Karl plans to major in engineering at Michigan Technological University.

During his high school years, Karl was a member of the National Honor Society and the basketball team. In his spare time, he enjoys shooting hoops, watching tv and playing video games.

Stacey Charbeneau graduates in the ninth spot with a 3.976 gpa. Along with sister Samantha, Stacey is the daughter of Terry and Lynn Charbeneau of Emmett Twp.

Stacey will pursue an associate's degree at St. Clair Community College before transferring to Central Michigan University to complete studies in secondary education.

Stacey's hobbies include playing volleyball, reading and painting.

Rounding out this year's top ten is Kimberly Smith with a gpa of 3.925. Her parents are Cindy Smith of Capac and Greg Smith of Florida. Her siblings are Katie, Kelly and Eli.

Kimberly will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to pursue a degree in aerospace/aeronautical engineering.

Throughout high school, Kimberly was involved in the National Honor Society, science club and basketball and softball teams. She enjoys music, hockey, cooking and drawing.

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