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Big plans for Almont's Top Ten


Six valedictorians share spotlight in Almont High School Class of 2008


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May 14, 2008
Almont High School's Class of 2008 has a bright future to look forward to.

This year's top ten graduates include six co-valedictorians, students who have worked hard to achieve academic excellence.

All top ten students, and the entire graduating class, will begin the process of making their dreams come true. They'll celebrate their graduation with family and friends during commencement exercises at the high school at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 1.

Among those graduates will be Alexandra Eble, co-valedictorian. She is the daughter of Jim and Kelly Eble. During her high school years, Alexandra has been a dedicated student while also being involved in color-guard and softball activities. She has been awarded the bronze, silver, gold and platinum academic medals. Alexandra has also been an active member of the National Honor Society for two consecutive years. Alexandra will attend Michigan State University in the fall where she plans to study nursing.

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Co-valedictorian Lyndsay Klebba is the daughter of Virgil and Catherine Klebba. Lyndsay played tennis, varsity volleyball and softball, where she has acted as softball captain for the past two years. She is active in student council as vice president, the National Honor Society and the marching/concert bands. She led the marching band as drum major for two years as well. Lyndsay is enrolled at the University of Michigan, but is awaiting a final decision from Cornell University. She plans to study business and marketing.

Emalee Maus will share the stage as co-valedictorian as well. She is the daughter of James and Cherie Maus. Throughout her high school years, Emalee has excelled in the classroom as well as on the volleyball court. She has received the bronze, silver, gold and platinum academic medals. Emalee was also the recipient of the Lawrence Technological University Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. Emalee has participated in volleyball since her freshman year, serving as captain for three of those four years. Emalee was also awarded the position of vice-president of the National Honor Society. She will be attending either Alma College or Oakland University to study Criminal Justice.

Co-valedictorian Albert Sowers, III is the son of Albert Jr. and Kathryn Sowers. Albert has participated in marching band, track and field, the National Honor Society and the Almont Recycling Program. In band, he played the trombone and was section leader. He ran the 3,200 meter relay, 300 meter with hurdles, 800 meter run, and 1600 meter relay races during his two years in track. He also helped manage a plastic materials recycling program. Albert will attend Grand Valley State University in the fall and will major in Pre-Dentistry.

David Stroup also graduates as co-valedictorian. He is the son of Rick and Debbie Stroup. David has taken an active role at Almont High School, serving as president of the National Honor Society and the Almont Recycling Program. He is a member of the marching band where he is a section leader and principal trombone. David is a county math scholar, and will be attending Michigan Technological University this fall to study Biomedical Engineering.

Jessica Vanlerberghe rounds out the list of co-valedictorians. She is the daughter of Pat and Julie Vanlerberghe. During her high school years, Jessica has received bronze, sliver, gold and platinum academic medals as well as various achievement awards in the subjects of math, science, English, social studies, and French. Jessica took part in drama and is currently an active member of the National Honor Society and captain of the varsity dance team. Jessica will be enrolled in the Honors Program at Central Michigan University this fall where she will be majoring in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.

The salutatorian for the Class of 2008 is Ellen Glinski. She is the daughter of Frank and Pam Glinski. During her four years of high school, Ellen has strived for academic excellence as well as achievement in athletics. She earned bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards in addition to various other academic awards. As a varsity cross-country runner, Ellen was named captain her senior year. She also participated in varsity track and volleyball. Ellen will attend Oakland University this fall but has yet to decide her course of study.

In the 7th spot is Chris Creger, the son of Richard and Lisa Creger. Throughout high school Chris participated in sports such as football and baseball. He is also currently an active member in both the National Honor Society and Student Council. Chris received the bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards for his academic achievements. He is attending Grand Valley State University in the fall, where he plans to major in Pre-Medicine.

Kelsey DiPirro, the daughter of Gary and Janet DiPirro, graduates in the eighth spot. Between succeeding academically and making an impact on the community, Kelsey has shone as a member of the school and the community. Her consistent grade point average has ranged between 3.5 and 4.0, ending finally with a 3.93. Kelsey earned bronze, silver and gold academic awards. In addition to academics, Kelsey has participated in the high school equestrian team for four years and she played the role of Roxie Hart in last year's drama production of Chicago. In past years, she also participated in the high school choral, and Almont's Varsity Singers. Kelsey plans to attend Berklee College of Music next year in Boston where she will study Music Production and Engineering and Music Business.

Graduating ninth is Andrew Schoen, the son of Tom and Rose Schoen. Andy has attended Almont Community Schools since kindergarten. Throughout his years, he attained the bronze, silver, gold and platinum academic awards. He is also an active member of Student Council. Andy is a four year varsity tennis player and a two year varsity football and basketball player. Next year Andy will be attending Grand Valley State University where he plans to explore the medical field. Andy says he has high goals for his future.

Rounding out this year's Top Ten grads is Gina Wilkins, the daughter of Edward and Karen Wilkins. Gina is a member of the National Honor Society and received the bronze, silver, gold and platinum academic awards. She also earned the distinction of being in the Top 10 for all four years of high school. Gina has been a member of the Almont marching and concert band. In the fall, she plans to attend Michigan State University to pursue studies in either nursing or teaching.

Congratulations to the Top Ten graduates and to the entire Almont High School Class of 2008. May all of your dreams come true.

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