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Edwardsburg honors top students

Published 9:01am Thursday, May 22, 2014

Five valedictorians will be graduating from Edwardsburg High School this year with grade point averages of 4.0.

“This is the most that I can remember,” Superintendent Sherman Ostrander said, who joined board members in congratulating the seniors and presented them with certificates Monday night during the monthly school board meeting.

The five valedictorians are Anne Makielski, Christopher Holston, Olivia Hartline, Elyse Clark and James Chapman.

Makielski is the daughter of Mark and Marta Makielski of Edwardsburg. She has carried the 4.0 throughout high school. She plans to attend Emerson College and major in political science and communications.

Holston is the son of Larry and Sherri Holston of Edwardsburg. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. He plans to attend Manchester University to pursue a degree in accounting and continue his soccer career.

Hartline is the daughter of Brian Hartline and Dana Gray of Edwardsburg. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. She plans to attend the University of Michigan and major in biochemistry.

Clark is the daughter of Timothy and Lynelle Clark of Niles. Throughout high school, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She will attend Union College in Schenectady, New York, to double major in neuroscience and theater.

Chapman is the son of John and Pamela Wegner of Edwardsburg. Throughout high school he has maintained a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in electrical and aerospace engineering.

Others are Michael Hinegardner, the son of Laura and Eddie Minix of Niles, who maintained a 3.946 GPA. He will be attending Michigan Technological University and major in mechanical engineering.

Madison Hatkevich is the daughter of Keith and Shelli Hatkevich. She has a 3.956 GPA. She plans to attend Trine University to study biomedical or chemical engineering and to play tennis for the Thunders.

Mackenzie McCracken is the son of Mitchel and Patricia McCracken of Niles. He has a 3.978 GPA. He will attend the University of Michigan and major in computer science.

Amanda Pilarski is the daughter of David Pilarski of East Lyme, CT and Christie Erwin of Niles. She has 3.986 GPA and plans to major in communications at the University of Notre Dame.

Dustin Long is the son of Bill and Kelly Long of Edwardsburg. He has a 3.990 GPA and plans to attend Michigan Technological University and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering technology and electronics.

In other business, Superintendent Ostrander received a distinguished performance rating on his evaluation for the 2013-14 school year pursuant  to the rating system required by Section 1249 of the Revised School Code, which shall be a rating of highly effective.

His contract was extended by one year for a total of five years to 2018-19.

“We do appreciate everything that you do and that you continue to do a great job. We do appreciate all your time and effort that you put in for the students and the school system,” board president Birdella Holdstread said.


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