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Capac's Top Ten graduates shine


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June 04, 2008
The Capac High School Class of 2008 had their moment in the spotlight at commencement exercises last Sunday, June 1.

This year, three co-valedictorians took center stage, as did two co-salutatorians.

Co-valedictorian Cassandra Ferrett graduates with a 4.0 grade point average. She is the daughter of Lloyd and Annette Ferrett of Imlay City.

Cassie has a brother, Chris, and one sister, Elizabeth. She plans to attend Bellarmine University, Oakland University, or Central Michigan University to major in physical therapy.

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During her high school years, Cassie has been involved in student government, yearbook staff, the National Honor Society, BPA (Business Professionals of America), SADD, and the French Club. She has also been a part of the St. Nicholas Youth Group and has spent many years on a competitive dance team.

Cassie's interests include animals, writing poetry, reading, dancing, singing, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

Alyssa Miller, co-valedictorian, also graduates with a 4.0 gpa. She lives with her parents, Scott and Diana, in Riley Township. Alyssa has one older sister, Karey. She plans to attend University of Minnesota where she will major in communications or journalism.

Alyssa has played soccer with the North Macomb club for over 10 years. During high school, she was an active member of student government, Spanish Club, Science Club, NHS, softball team, and Ski Club. She has traveled to Mexico and Chicago with the Spanish club, to Cedar Point for Physics Day, and to Vermont to ski. Alyssa has also qualified as a National Merit finalist.

Co-valedictorian Sarah Pouliot graduates with a 4.0 gpa as well. She is the daughter of Richard and Suzanne Pouliot of Capac. She has one brother, James, who also graduated from Capac Schools.

Sarah will attend Oakland University this fall to study biology. During high school she was involved in NHS, student mentoring program, yearbook staff, the Mock Trial team, Art Club, FFA, and SADD.

She loves art, writing, and being on the Mock Trial team.

Co-salutatorian Mackenzie Hackelberg graduates with a 3.977 gpa. She is the daughter of Roger and Lori Hackelberg of Capac. Mackenzie has one brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Kayla.

She will be continuing her education at Adrian College, pursuing a degree in music and social work. Mackenzie has been involved in the vocal music program, as well as musical productions. She participated on the varsity cross country team, yearbook staff, and NHS.

Justin VanBibber, co-salutatorian also graduates with a 3.977 gpa. His parents are Darrin and Linda of Emmett. He has a younger sister, Kristin.

Justin will be attending Wayne State University to study civil and environmental engineering. During high school, he was a three year varsity baseball player, a member of the golf team and Science Club. He enjoys playing guitar, golf, baseball, and spending time with family and friends.

In the sixth spot is Alexander Wegner, graduating with a 3.954 gpa. His parents are Karen Wegner of Emmett and Alex Wegner of Yale. Alex has an older sister, Alicia and a younger brother, Austin.

Alex received a scholarship from Michigan Technological University and will be playing football for their team. He plans to pursue a career in engineering after receiving his degree.

During high school, Alex was involved in varsity football, and finished in 6th place at States in his weight class this year with the wrestling team. He was also a member of the varsity track team, NHS, and Science Club.

Graduating seventh is Andrew Maul, who holds a 3.907 gpa. Andrew is the son of John and Rhonda Maul of Allenton. He has one younger brother, Eric.

Andrew will be attending the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona to major in a creative area, such as game art design and a minor in network security or Programming.

He has been a regional and state competitor with the BPA group, part of the student government, and a member of the boys' soccer and track teams.

In the eighth spot is Travis York, with a gpa of 3.904. He is the son of Wina Broska of Capac and Cory York of Emmett. Tarah is his younger sister.

Travis will be continuing his education at Macomb Community College before transferring to Oakland University to seek a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. His hobbies include hunting, playing football and baseball.

Melissa Sawicki, the daughter of Tim and Angie Sawicki of Yale, takes the ninth spot with a 3.881 gpa. She has one brother, Tyler, and one sister, Alana. Melissa plans to attend Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids with a scholarship she received for running. She plans to study exercise science while being a part of their cross country and track teams.

Melissa enjoys reading, running, cooking, singing, and "bonding with her amigos." She was involved in cross country and varsity track, vocal music groups and presentations, and a member of the Spanish Club.

Rounding out Capac's Class of 2008 is Brittany Friedenstab, the daughter of Sandy Friedenstab of Capac. She graduates with a 3.840 gpa. Brittany has a younger sister, Cassidy.

She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University, and possibly transfer to Ferris State to seek a degree in pharmaceuticals.

Brittany played volleyball for seven years, including high school and AAU participation. She has been a member of the NHS and mentoring program.

Brittany enjoys family, traveling, and hanging out with friends.

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