Pictured are the Brandywine High School Class of 2014 students earning the top 10 grade point averages. In back, from left, are: Alexandra Wilson, Danielle Low, Trent Moskwinkski, Jacob Wright and Sara DeRosa. In front, from left, are: Taylor Clingaman, Allyson Perkins, Tammy Lee, Margaret Beaver and Jiaxin Teng.
Pictured are the Brandywine High School Class of 2014 students earning the top 10 grade point averages. In back, from left, are: Alexandra Wilson, Danielle Low, Trent Moskwinski, Jacob Wright and Sara DeRosa. In front, from left, are: Taylor Clingaman, Allyson Perkins, Tammy Lee, Margaret Beaver and Jiaxin Teng.

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Brandywine announces top 10

Published 9:21am Thursday, April 17, 2014

Co-valedictorians Trent Moskwinski and Jacob Wright don’t just share the honor of being at the top of the Brandywine High School Class of 2014, they also share the work ethic that got them there.

“A lot of it came naturally, but the most difficult part was making sure you put forth the effort all four years,” said Wright.

“Hard work and determination,” said Moskwinski. “It might sound cliché, but that’s about it.”

Moskwinski said he plans to study bio-chemistry and neuroscience at Indiana University. He wants to be an orthopedic spinal surgeon.

“My dad has had 11 back surgeries, so ever since third grade I’ve wanted to do that,” said Moskwinski, an All-Lakeland Conference tight-end.

Wright wants to study mathematics and actuary science at Michigan State University.

“I hope to be an actuary because I’ve always liked math. It’s really a math-related career that is not in the engineering field,” said Wright, a member of the 2013 Baseball All-State Academic Team.

Both thanked their parents for instilling in them a good work ethic.

The Brandywine Class of 2014 top 10 grade point average list includes:

 

Co-Valedictorian: Trent Moskwinski

Parents: Mike and Diane Moskwinski

College/Future Plans: Indiana University, Bloomington — Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon

Awards/Honors: Academic Excellence Award

Athletic Awards: Football: All-Conference tight end, Honorable Mention outside linebacker

Community Service: Greeter at Corpus Christi Parish; Chemistry Tutor

 

Co-Valedictorian: Jacob Wright

Parents: Edward and Pamela Wright

College/Future Plans: Michigan State University — Actuary Science

Awards/Honors: 2013 Baseball All-State Academic; Academic Excellence Award

Athletic Awards: 2013 All-Conference Football

Community Service: Volunteer tutoring at Brandywine Elementary and at Warren Primary Center

Salutatorian: Sarah DeRosa

Parents: Gary DeRosa and Carol DeRosa

College/Future Plans: Lake Michigan College — Sociology

Awards/Honors: DAR Representative; Rotary Student of the Month; Good Citizenship Award

Community Service: NHS Children’s Christmas Party; Madeline Bertrand Park Restoration Project; MS Activity Night

 

No. 4: Taylor Clingaman

Parents: Robert and Trisha Clingaman

College/Future Plans: Michigan State University — Elementary Education

Awards/Honors: LMC Dean’s List (ECA classes), Student Academic Recognition Awards; Citizenship Award

Athletic Awards: Soccer All-Conference Academic

Community Service: NHS Activities, Volunteer at Merritt Elementary; NYC Choir trip sang at NYC’s largest soup kitchen

 

No. 5: Danielle Low

Parents: Shawn and Jessica Low

College/Future Plans: IUSB — Marketing and Economics

Awards/Honors: MME Award, Academic Recognition, American Citizenship Award

Athletic Awards: Soccer All-Conference Academic

Community Service: Tutor Elementary Students, Volunteer at Brentwood Retirement Community, at summer soccer camps and at Merritt Elementary School Colonial Days. Active in Student Senate blood drives

 

No. 6: Margaret Beaver

Parents: Anthony and Kristyn Beaver

College/Future Plans: Michigan State University — Speech Pathology

Awards/Honors: Michigan Tech Society of Engineer Outstanding Math/Science work; American Citizenship Award

Athletic Awards: Soccer All-Conference Academic

Community Service: Altar Server at St. Mary’s Church, Volunteer at Summer Soccer Camp; Volunteer at Merritt Elementary School Colonial Days.

 

No. 7: Tammy Lee

Parents: Tammy Turpin

College/Future Plans: Lake Michigan College — Physical Therapy; play basketball

Awards/Honors: A/B Honor Roll All 4 years

Athletic Awards: Basketball: 2nd Team All-Conference 2013; 1st Team All-Conference 2014; 1st Team All-State 2014

Community Service: Worked concession stand at Notre Dame; Coach elementary girls basketball

 

No. 8: Jiaxin (Leah) Teng

Parents: Len Lehman and Tianjin Lehman

College/Future Plans: Lake Michigan College/Michigan Tech — Computer Programmer

Awards/Honors: Excellent Attendance every year; Certificate of Achievement in ECA Classes

Community Service: Worked Concession stand at Notre Dame

 

No. 9: Allyson Perkins

Parents: Joyce and Larry Perkins

College/Future Plans: Michigan State University — Criminal Justice, Probation Officer

Awards/Honors: Presidential Academic Award, National Honors Society, LMC Phi Theta Kappa

Athletic Awards: Varsity Softball

Community Service: Volunteer at Haunted House and Project Graduation Holiday Bazaar. Involved in NHS Projects

 

No. 10: Alexandra Wilson

Parents: Rebecca and Clarence Wilson

College/Future Plans: Michigan State University — Criminal Justice, FBI

Awards/Honors: All-Conference Academic Team; Citizenship Award, LMC Dean’s List (ECA Classes)

Athletic Awards: 2nd Team All-Conference Soccer

Community Service: Teacher Aid at Merritt Elementary; Volunteer at Niles Haunted House; NHS Childrens’ Christmas Party.

 

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