March 25 • 08:15 PM

Big plans for Capac's Top Ten


May 27, 2009
CAPAC — Graduation week is upon the Capac High School Class of 2009 with Baccalaureate service this evening, Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Tomorrow, student achievers will be honored at an Academic Scholarship and Awards night beginning at 7 p.m. in the junior high gym.

Those events will culminate in commencement exercises at the high school's Harry C. Moore Memorial Gymnasium this Sunday, May 31 beginning at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m., and everyone is welcome to attend.

Five valedictorians will share the spotlight, including co-valedictorian Caitlyn Carrier, who graduates with a 4.0 grade point average. She is the youngest daughter of Cathy and John Carrier of Capac. Her older sister is Stephanie.

During high school, Caitlyn participated in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the National Honor Society and Science Club.

Caitlyn enjoys craft projects and travel in her spare time, and hopes to take more trips in the future.

She plans to study chemistry and French at Northern Michigan University.

Co-valedictorian Renee J. Crane also graduates with a 4.0 GPA. She lives with her parents, James and Rhonda, along with her siblings Rachel, Rebecca, Jacob, Jeremiah, Robin, and Joshua. Renee participated in the Business Professionals of America group (BPA) serving as its vice president, was community liaison for the National Honor Society, and was a member of Select Choir, the cross county team, school play, and is involved in her church youth group. Renee enjoys running and working out, reading, and singing.

She plans to continue her education at Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida to study communication arts and Air Force R.O.T.C.

Mary Alexandra Kreft, co-valedictorian, graduates with a 4.0 GPA as well.

She is the youngest daughter of Kathy and Paul Kreft of Emmett. Her siblings are Frances, Stephanie, and Jacob.

During high school, Mary was involved in National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, SADD, and student council. She is also a member of her church youth group.

Mary enjoys community service projects, and loves to cook and spend time with family and friends.

She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University this fall.

Co-valedictorian Bradley Ransom also graduates with a 4.0 GPA. Brad is one of five children of parents Mary and Daniel Ransom of Emmett. Aaron is his older brother, and he has three younger siblings; Eric, Crysta, and Darla.

Brad's high school involvement includes Business Professionals of America where he was elected and served as a state officer, the National Honor Society, student council, the Science Club, and Random Acts of Kindness club.

In his spare time, Brad likes to hang out with family and friends. He plans to major in International Relations at Aquinas College in the fall.

Rounding out the co-valedictorians is Taylor Sinda, Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. Taylor is the youngest child of Gene and Denise Sinda of Allenton. She has two older brothers, Lt. Matthew Sinda and Shane Sinda.

Taylor has been a member of the Four County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee for five years, currently serving at its treasurer. She's also serving as high school class secretary. Taylor's been a member of the National Honor Society, varsity basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track teams, and participates in the Captain's Group. Her hobbies include snowboarding and playing the piano.

Taylor has been accepted into the Honors Program at Central Michigan University as a recipient of the Centralis Gold Scholarship. She plans to major in athletic training as a pre-med avenue to becoming a Physician's Assistant in sports medicine.

Salutatorian Kortney Anne Smith graduates with a 3.893 GPA. Her parents are Kevin and Kristy Smith of Allenton. She has one older sister, Kayla.

Kortney participated in Business Professionals of America, the Science Club, and yearbook staff.

She enjoys camping, snowmobiling, and 4-wheeling with family and friends in her spare time, and especially likes to join her family in summer cookouts at her grandmother's house.

Kortney will attend the University of Michigan in Flint where she has been accepted into the Honors Program to study physical therapy.

Kathryn Thacker graduates with a 3.884 GPA. She is the oldest daughter of Dwayne and Beth Thacker of Mussey Twp., and has two younger sisters, Heather and Olivia.

Katie was involved in the National Honor Society, serving as president this year. She's been an active member of band, playing the clarinet and twirling baton for the marching band. She also belongs to the 24/7 Bible Club and participates in baton twirling recitals and competitions.

Katie likes to read, and enjoys sewing and other craft projects in her spare time. She will be continuing her education at Adrian College where she plans to major in elementary education in the fall.

Top ten student Andrew Robert Waggoner graduates with a 3.833 GPA. He is the son of Bettina Waggoner of Capac and Robert Waggoner of Brown City.

Andrew grew up in Warren and moved to Capac when he was 12 years old. He began attending Capac schools in the 7th grade and attributes the move with becoming a Top Ten student. Andy has been involved in music programs, playing the trumpet with the jazz band and as part of the vocal music group. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar and trumpet, read, and go snowboarding. Andy plans to major in psychology at the University of Michigan, Flint in the fall.

Patrick Gresell graduates in the top ten with a 3.829 GPA. He is the youngest son of Karen Gresell of Capac and Robert Gresell of Marysville. He has an older brother, Justin, and two sisters, Nicole and Jacqueline.

Patrick participated in football, soccer, and basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society.

When he's not in school, Patrick enjoys snowboarding and skateboarding. This fall he'll attend St. Clair County Community College to complete his basic classes before transferring to Kettering University to study business administration.

Jessica Bostian rounds out this year's top ten with 3.795 GPA. Jack and Jane Bostian of Imlay City are Jessica's parents. She has one brother, Justin.

Jessica participated in the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and 24/7 Bible Club. She loves to read and is very involved in her church youth group. Jessica also enjoys the outdoors, and like to read, write and discuss opinions and ideas with her family.

She plans to attend the University of Michigan to major in English and minor in psychology or Spanish with an ultimate goal to enter the field of education.

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