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Bright futures for Imlay City's Top Ten


Three valedictorians, three salutatorians in this year's graduating class


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May 13, 2009
IMLAY CITY — A trio of valedictorians and salutatorians top the Imlay City High School Class of 2009.

Co-valedictorian Emily Cutler graduates with a 4.0 grade point average. She is the daughter of Chris and Sally Cutler of Imlay City.

While in high school, Emily participated in the French Club and the National Honor Society. She also served as junior class treasurer and senior class publicity manager.

Emily is a member of the Imlay City United Methodist Church Youth Group. She plans to attend Adrian College in the fall.

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Emily says her parents have been the most influential people in her life.

Co-valedictorian Mason Day also graduates with a 4.0 GPA. He is the son of Kenneth and Deborah Day of Imlay City.

Mason participated in wrestling throughout his high school years, and played football for all four years as well. This year he was captain of both teams. In football, Mason was voted defensive most valuable player and was selected on the first team All BWAC as a linebacker.

Mason is president of the student council, and has put in many hours of service to his school and community. He will attend Cornell University in the fall to major in agricultural sciences/pre-med. After that, Mason plans to attend graduate school for agricultural engineering or medical school.

Mason credits friends Jake and Joe Kopins as the most influential in his life.

"They were like brothers to me and taught me much about how life works and things that are necessary to know but are not taught in school," he says.

Rounding out the co-valedictorians is Brooke Medaugh, who graduates with a 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of Christopher and Maribeth Medaugh of Almont.

Brooke participated in varsity softball and volleyball, earned the DAR Good Citizen award, was a member of the student council, class council, French Club, History Club, SADD and National Honor Society, where she served as president.

Brooke was selected on the first team BWAC for volleyball and was a Girls' State delegate.

Brooke plans to study at the University of Michigan's College of Pharmacy this fall. She says her parents have been most influential in her life so far.

Kelly Duquette is among this year's co-salutatorians, graduating with a 3.99205 GPA. Her parents are Joe and Donna Duquette of Imlay City.

Kelly participated in student council, and was on the varsity softball team in grades 9-11. She plans to major in either business or finance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Co-salutatorian Becca Hibbler also graduates with a 3.99205 GPA. She is the daughter of Allen and Karen Hibbler of Imlay City.

Becca participated in tennis, 4-H, the French Club and was secretary of the National Honor Society. She was also a member of the school marching band and wind ensemble. Becca is a member of the Imlay City Christian Reformed Church.

Becca plans to study early childhood and elementary education at Calvin College. She says her parents have had the most influence in her life.

Ervin (EJ) Radelt rounds out the co-salutatorians with a 3.99205 GPA as well. His parents are Marty and Ann Radelt of Almont.

While in high school, EJ ran track, was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble and the National Honor Society. He is also involved in his church's youth group and is leader of his church's praise band.

EJ plans to attend Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he will be involved in the university's Honors Program and study music business. He says his grandparents have been the most influential people in his life.

Graduating in the seventh spot is Molly McNary with a GPA of 3.98410. She is the daughter of Randy and Susan McNary of Imlay City.

A member of the marching band as a section leader and in the wind ensemble as well, Molly participated on the tennis team and in the National Honor Society. She is a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Molly plans to major in political science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She says all of her teachers have influenced her life, beginning with Mrs. Sillers, Mrs. Kapustka and Mrs. Kandell.

Also ranked seventh is Denise Soulliere, who graduates with a 3.98410 GPA. She is the daughter of Jerome and Cheryl Soulliere of Attica.

Denise participated in track and the National Honor Society. She served on class council and volunteered for the HERO program.

Denise also was a four-year member of the competitive cheer team, serving as captain. She was also voted most valuable player.

Denise plans to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to study nursing. Her goal is to become a registered nurse at a hospital and possibly to travel with the volunteer group Doctors Without Borders.

Denise's mom has had the most influence in her life.

In the ninth spot is Gregry Blount with a GPA of 3.94922. His parents are Allan and Diane Blount.

Gregry received many academic excellence awards throughout his high school years, and participated in varsity tennis, the marching band and wind ensemble.

Gregry is a member of his church's praise band and has participated in several dramas at his church.

He plans to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA to pursue a degree in computer science. He hopes to have a career in informational technology.

Gregry's parents have been most influential in his life so far.

Rounding out this year's top ten graduates is Brianna Jackman, who graduates with a 3.94438 GPA. She is the daughter of James and Denise Jackman of Imlay City.

Brianna participated in varsity basketball and softball, the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Art Society. She received citizenship awards and was listed on the honor roll.

Her Arson Awareness poster took first place in state competition as well.

Brianna plans to study forensic science, chemistry and art at Grand Valley State University.

She says her older sister Tara has been the most influential person in her life so far.

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