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Future is bright for Imlay Top Ten


High school high achievers credit family, faith for successes


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May 07, 2008
They're just about there. Ready to don the blue and gold caps and gowns. To close the door on a major chapter in their lives and open wide the gates toward their destiny.

The Imlay City High School Class of 2008 will bid farewell to their high school days at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

The class boasts three valedictorians this year, beginning with co-valedictorian Christine Harbin.

Christine, the daughter of Kevin and Ellen Harbin of Imlay City, graduates with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She's been a member of the National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl Team and Spanish Club. Christine also played flute in the marching band throughout her years in high school. She's active in her church youth group as well.

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Christine plans to double in English education and Intercultural Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. She says her family has been the greatest influence in her life.

Meredith Muir will also take the stage as co-valedictorian with a per-fect 4.0 gpa. Meredith is the daughter of Robert and Sharon Muir of Imlay City. She's been a member of the National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl Team, marching band, wind ensemble and French Club.

Last summer, Meredith was chosen to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar and Girls' State. Active in her church youth group, she's been a Praise Team Leader and traveled to Russia on a mission trip. Meredith was also a middle school girls' Bible study leader and was chosen to participate in the MSBOA solo and ensemble for her achievements in band.

Meredith has received honor awards throughout all four years in high school in a variety of subjects. She aspires to become a high school science teacher and plans to attend Wheaton College. Ultimately, Meredith would like to serve in the Peace Corps, teaching in Africa. Jesus Christ has been the most influential person in her life.

Lindsey Van Dyk graduates as co-valedictorian as well, with a perfect 4.0 gpa. She is the daughter of Dennis and Carol Van Dyk of Imlay City.

Lindsey has been involved in the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club. She parti-cipated in basketball, volleyball and soccer and has also run varsity track. She earned the Daughters of the American Revolution Award and is active in her church youth group. Lindsey plans to pursue a career in nursing at Calvin College. She says her parents have been most influential in her life.

Salutatorian Stephen Krist graduates with a 3.99 gpa. He is the son of Jeffrey and Tamera Krist of Imlay City.

Steven participated in junior varsity and varsity soccer and marching band. He received a perfect attendance award for three of his four high school years, attained the BWAC All-Academic Team Award, and was selected for the 2008 winter Snowcoming Court.

Stephen serves as multi-media coordinator and student and worship leader for youth and childrens' programs at his church.

Stephen plans to major in Global Mass Communications at North Central University in Minneapolis.

Eventually, he would like to use his passion for technology, music and the creative arts by becoming a staff member at a church, where he hopes to produce morally sensitive films.

Brittani Lince graduates in the fifth spot with a 3.97 gpa. She is the daughter of John and Sabrina Lince of Attica.

Brittani has been listed on the academic honor roll all four years of high school, and she attained honors certificates at the Top Ten Banquets for the past three years.

She is a volunteer at Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden, and is employed at Hot 'n Now in Lapeer.

Brittani hopes to attend the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University to pursue a degree in Physics. Her ultimate goal is to become an astronomer. Brittani says her mom has always been there for her, and has had the most influence in her life.

In the sixth spot is Miranda Steffler with a 3.976 gpa. She is the daughter of Hugo and Sandra Leonardi of Imlay City and John Steffler.

Miranda has been a member of the National Honor Society and Art Society, as well as class council, where she served as vice-president. She participated on the varsity softball and basketball teams as well.

Miranda enjoys volunteering in the community, especially as a camp counselor at the MDA camp for youngsters.

She plans to major in Oceanic/Space Engineering and minor in Fine Arts and/or International Studies at the University of Michigan. She says her grandparents, Bill and Connie Bowman, have been most influential in her life.

Lucas Parsh, the son of Louis and Sandra Parsch of Imlay City, graduates seventh with a 3.96 gpa. He's been a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club.

Lucas would like to study Business Management at Michigan Technological University, and ultimately open up his own tire store or other retail shop. He says his parents have had been the most influential people in his life.

In the eighth spot is Laurin Blount, graduating with a 3.94 gpa. Her parents are Thomas and Judy Blount of Imlay City.

Laurin has participated in the marching band, and was drum major for three years. She was also a member of the Spanich Club and the wind ensemble, where she was section leader this year.

Laurin played on the tennis team throughout high school, serving as captain for two years. She also participated on the junior varsity softball team.

Laurin leads her youth group's praise band where she sings lead vocals and plays guitar.

She plans to major in English at Liberty University, with the ultimate goal of becoming a high school English teacher. She says her parents have had the most influence in her life.

Benjamin Deppong graduates in the ninth spot with a 3.93643 gpa. He is the son of Jeffrey and Annette Deppong of Imlay City.

Benjamin played basketball through his high school years. He was also a two-year member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club. Benjamin served as a volunteer coach for the Little League Basketball Program as well.

He plans to major in Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Benjamin says his brother Brian is the most influential person in his life.

Rounding out this year's Top Ten graduates is Christopher Walters with a 3.93640 gpa. His parents are Jon and Susan Walters of Imlay City.

Christopher participated in the school band through high school, and has been a member of 4-H clubs and the National Honor Society, where he served as vice-president.

Christopher participated on the football and basketball teams throughout high school as well.

He plans to study biochemistry as it pertains to medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Christopher says Imlay City High School science teacher Jeff Gartrell has influenced him the most as he helped him with his career choice in science.

Congratuations to Imlay City's Top Ten, and to the entire graduating class of 2008.

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