Vicksburg School Board Announces Top 10 for 2014

Top Ten Vicksburg High School students: front row: Alex Oswalt, co-salutatorian; Leann Mayberry, valedictorian; Danny Kosiba, co-salutatorian. Back row standing from left to right: Tyler Shephard, Jordan Smith, Jadan Norman, Troy Halseth, Matthew Lowes, Hanna Ouvry, and Kathryn Thamann.

Valedictorian Leann Mayberry took top honors, including nine Advanced Placement courses in her grade point average (GPA). Music was her main outside interest as she plays the guitar and was in choir. She plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she believes it is warm. She is the daughter of Loren and Susan Mayberry.

Co-salutatorian Alexandria Oswalt was also enrolled in the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC) all four years where she was named a Medallion award winner, one of 10 students chosen for this honor each year. She played on the volleyball and tennis teams all four years and received the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award. She also received the coveted Heyle Scholarship to Kalamazoo College where she plans to study biology. She is the daughter of Mike and Julie Oswalt.

Co-salutatorian Danny Kosiba played basketball, was selected for the National Honor Society, was active in Student Senate and has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He plans to attend either Hope College or the University of Michigan. He is the son of Lawrence and Christina Kosiba.

Troy Halseth has been dual enrolled in KVCC, taking advanced placement classes, and plans to continue his studies at the University of Michigan. He is the son of Randall and Jennifer Halseth.

Tyler Shephard had a great ACT score, was in choir, musicals, theater, and went on a mission trip to Romania. She has a choir scholarship to Concordia. She is the daughter of William and Cyndie Shepard.

Kathryn Thamann is captain of the track team and has held an internship at Denny’s veterinarian office. She hopes to enter a veterinary science program to work on small animals. She is the daughter of Thomas and Pamela Thaman.

Jordan Smith participated in theater and marching band, even though she was only in Vicksburg for two years. She volunteers with SPCA where she helps with walking dogs. She plans to attend Calvin College. She is the daughter of Tom and Melissa Smith.

Hanna Ouvry specialized in both academics and athletics. She played volleyball and softball for four years, and was in the Student Senate, Spirit Club, and National Honor Society. She plans to attend Ferris State University to major in pharmacy. She is the daughter of David and Maureen Ouvry.

Jadan Norman has been active in athletics with cross country and track, playing in the band, National Honor Society, taking advanced placement classes in biology and chemistry. He earned his Eagle Scout award by studying osprey nesting habitats in local lakes. He plans to attend Michigan State University to study biological chemistry. He is the son of Perry and Calisa Norman.

Matthew Lowes took Advanced Placement calculus and lots of science classes. He was captain of the lacrosse team and went on a mission trip to Philadelphia to help fix up a house. He will go to Albion College and play lacrosse. He is the son of Mike and Stephanie Lowes.

Other honors garnered by students in the class of 2014 are Jenna Fort, the daughter of Adam and Diane Fort, who received the Principal’s Leadership Award. Emily Barnum, the daughter of Jeffrey and Jill Barnum, won the DAR Good Citizen Award, and Alexandria Oswalt received the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award.

Educators were also honored by the graduates. Alexandria Oswalt chose Cheryl Hach whom she praised for teaching her how to learn and study. Danny Kosiba chose Kim Armitage because she taught him how to work and like biology. Leann Mayberry chose choir director Dustin Morris because choir was a significant part of her high school experience, especially the Superior rating for her solo at the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Troy Halseth chose Scott Willis who is a fun teacher to be around and taught him about succeeding in the workplace.

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