Dryden's Top Ten have big plans for future
May 30, 2007DRYDEN — Planning for the future while squeezing every drop of enjoyment out of the present is on the minds of a lot of Dryden High School's Class of 2007.
Valedictorian Mario Volante plans to work part time to save money for college and spend time with his friends this summer before heading off to Saginaw Valley State University this fall.
Mario, the son of Carl and Laura Volante of Dryden, leaves high school with a 3.855 grade point average. He was involved in football, track and field, and weightlifting, and enjoys video games, reading, playing bass guitar, riding 4-wheelers and playing ping pong.
Though he is unsure about his career path, Mario does know that he'd like to combine his math and science skills with the joy he gets from being around people and work that into a satisfying and successful profession.
Salutatorian Mallory Furgerson, daughter of Phil and Sherrill Furgerson of Dryden, graduates with a 3.810 gpa. She participated in basketball and softball, and also enjoys playing golf and hanging out with her friends.
Before heading off to Grand Valley State University to pursue an education as an emergency room physician's assistant, Mallory plans to work part time this summer and to spend time with her family.
In the third spot is Chelsea Riley, daughter of Lisa and Tony Freeland of Lapeer.
This summer, Chelsea will continue working at Hot n' Now to save for college. She also plans to enjoy herself.
Chelsea is currently enrolled in Eastern Michigan University on a $150,000 scholarship, and later plans to transfer to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to study engineering, with technical and/or biomedical engineering among the possibilities.
Chelsea participated in track and volleyball.
Jessica Stewart, the daughter of Jeff and Julie Stewart of Dryden, graduates fourth in her class.
Like many of her classmates, Jessica plans to work this summer and hang out with friends before heading to college in the fall.
Jessica plans to major in pre-med with a minor in psychology at Michigan State University. Her ultimate career goal is to become a surgeon.
Jessica enjoys running, including competing in marathons, a triathlon and a 12 hour adventure race. She also likes to rock climb, take bike tours, hang out with her dog, her boyfriend and her friends.
She participated on the varsity volleyball and soccer teams.
Graduating fifth this year is Elizabeth Cummings, the daughter of Larry and Nanci Cummings of Dryden.
Liz plans on entering as many equestrian competitions as she can this summer, hang out with her friends and enjoy the weather.
After that, she'll head off to DePauw University in Indiana. She'd like to pursue a career in the medical field or communications.
Liz participated in volleyball and softball, and in her spare time enjoys riding horses, water sports and snowboarding.
Sixth place graduate is Benjamin Orzel, the son of Mary Ann and Gerald Orzel of Dryden.
Ben wants to find a job this summer and would like to finish restoring his '85 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.
He'd like to pursue a career in automobile restoration and collision, and he plans to take classes at Macomb Community College this fall.
He enjoys football, track and field and working on cars.
Stephen DeCeuninck, the son of Lisa and Ken DeCeuninck of Metamora, takes the seventh spot.
Before enrolling at Michigan Tech this fall to major in business and engineering, Steve plans to work and hang out with his friends this summer.
His ultimate career goal is to own his own business in the biomedical engineering field.
Stephen plays basketball, baseball and football, and enjoys hunting, fishing, snowboarding and playing Wii.
Justin Klein graduates eighth this year. He is the son of Scott and Sandra Klein of Metamora.
During the summer, Justin plans on working, hanging out with his friends and staying at his cottage.
He plans to pursue a degree in accounting at Oakland University this fall. Eventually he'd like to start his own business in automotive design.
Justin enjoys playing basketball, football, baseball, ultimate Frisbee and golf. He also likes to swim, ride bikes, skateboard and play video games.
In the ninth spot is Jacob Clark, son of Sammy and Mary Clark of Dryden.
Relaxation and quality time with friends is on Jacob's list of things to do this summer.
He will attend Michigan State University's James Madison Program this fall, with an eye toward becoming an attorney.
Jacob was a member of the varsity baseball team, and enjoys playing football and basketball.
Rounding out this year's top ten is Samantha Betcher, daughter of Patrick and Diane Betcher of Dryden.
Samantha plans to have fun in the sun, travel and relax this summer. After that, she'll head off to Central Michigan University, where she's excited about continuing her education.
Samantha enjoys reading, running, spending time with family and friends and working.