Dowagiac’s Top 10 graduatesPublished 8:48am Tuesday, April 20, 2010
By JOHN EBY
Dowagiac Daily News
Future FBI agent Cassandra Stone and mathematician or scientist Kelsey Foote were introduced to the Dowagiac Board of Education Monday night at the middle school by Principal Paul Hartsig as valedictorian and salutatorian of Union High School’s Class of 2010.
Cassandra, daughter of Doug and Peggy Foster and Kevin Stone, leads her class with a 3.91 grade point average.
Her top eight high school activities include varsity basketball, varsity golf, band, cross county, National Honor Society (NHS), of which she is secretary, and Humanities Club.
Cassandra earned the Academic Award of Excellence, Academic All-Conference for basketball and was Chieftain Marching Band clarinet section leader.
She plans to attend the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Honor Program and the School of Law, Criminology and Deviance to become a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.
Kelsey, daughter of Christopher and Megan Foote, achieved a 3.85 GPA to rank second in her class.
The NHS treasurer also earned an Academic Award of Excellence, received an Elks scholarship and led her marching band section.
Kelsey plans to attend the Honors College at Michigan State University for a career in math or science.
Rounding out the Top 10 graduating seniors are:
3. Kyle James
Parents: Stanley and Dana James
Activities: Academic Challenge, Science Olympiad, yearbook and newspaper staff
Awards: high honors all four years, Academic Award of Excellence, Academic Challenge finals
College: Southwestern Michigan College (SMC), then transfer to an art institute.
Career: graphic design, computer programming
4. Haley Spencer
Parents: Greg and Cathy Spencer
Activities: volleyball, Academic Challenge
Awards: NHS, Academic Award of Excellence
College: attending the University of Michigan to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business education
5. Isaac Longden
Parents: Stephen and Cherie Longden
Activities: Chamber Choir, Chorale Choir, drama (portrayed Danny Zuko in the spring musical, “Grease”)
Awards: NHS, academic letter
College: SMC, Western Michigan University
Career: master’s degree in theater technology to “run my own theater in New York”
6. Matthew Collins
Parents: Kevin and Lori Collins
Activities: varsity soccer, SMC dual enrollment
Awards: Academic Award of Excellence, high honors all four years
College: SMC, then transfer to a university to obtain an electrical engineering degree
Career: electrical engineering
7. Cody Cox
Parents: Chris and Kara Cox
Activities: football, basketball, baseball, marching band, jazz band, Student Senate
Awards: NHS, Academic All-Conference for football, Capt. Samuel Felt Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)
College: attend Michigan State University
8. Elisabeth Gokey
Parents: Jennifer Edgerly and Gary Gokey
Activities: soccer team captain, equestrian team captain, 4-H and Relay for Life
Awards: high honors all four years, Academic Award of Excellence and most improved soccer player
College: SMC, then transfer to MSU to obtain her degree in veterinarian medicine
9. Ryan Daly
Parents: Dennis and Lori Daly
Activities: Business Club vice president, cross country, soccer, Humanities Club secretary
Awards: NHS president, Academic Award of Excellence, academic letter, high honors all four years
College: attending the University of Michigan to study business
Career: work in the business field
10. Michael Bomani
Parents: Michael and Martha Bomani
Activities: soccer, Academic Challenge, musical tech crew, Science Olympiad, Films Club
Awards: high honors all four years
College: attending Art Institute of Austin, Texas, attend Full Sail University via online classes, major in media arts and animation and study graphic design
Career: game developer for major corporation “and expand my own business, Bomani Studios”