GHS announces Class of 2020 All Academic Team students
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 1:32pm caleb
Madison Hehir and Georgia Barber named valedictorian and salutatorian
Grayling High School recently announced its Lake Michigan Conference All Academic Team students for the Class of 2020, a list that includes the valedictorian and salutatorian. Nominations for the All Academic Team are based on student grade point averages and SAT scores. After the valedictorian and salutatorian, students are listed in alphabetical order.
Madison Hehir has been named the Class of 2020 valedictorian. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Piper Wysko and Nathaniel Hehir. Madison will attend Michigan Technological University to earn a degree in chemical engineering, with a minor in alternative energy. She plans to pursue a career in the renewable energy field. Madison is a recipient of Michigan Technological University Presidential Platinum Scholars scholarship, the University Student Award scholarship, and the Michigan Competitive Scholar scholarship. She is a member of AP Society and the National Honor Society, serving as its secretary. Madison is an AP scholar and a member of Grayling Viking Renaissance. She has participated in band, robotics, and tennis. Madison volunteers her time tutoring high school students, middle school musicians, and has also assisted an elementary innovation club. Her hobbies include studying Japanese, recycling crafts, and gaming. Madison has 117 hours of community service.
Georgia Barber has been named the Class of 2020 salutatorian. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Andrew and Michelle Barber. Georgia plans to attend Grand Valley State University to major in biomedical science and minor in environmental conservation and sustainability in hopes of becoming an anesthesiologist with involvement in an environmental conservation organization. She is a recipient of the GVSU Award for Excellence Scholarship and the Lakers Go Abroad! Scholarship. Georgia is a member of the National Honor Society, AP Society, and is a member of Grayling Viking Renaissance. She is an AP Scholar, and has received the Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit. Georgia has participated in softball and Spanish Club. She volunteered her time as a tutor in GHS Help Center, assisting with Project Graduation events, and helping her neighbors with yard work and childcare. She enjoys art, playing softball, hiking, fishing, and walking her pets. Georgia has 100.5 community service hours.
Alexandria Alma, 18, is the daughter of Mark and Nicole Alma. She plans to attend Central Michigan University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation. Alexandria is a recipient of the Centralis Gold and Multicultural Advancement scholarships. She has 263.5 community service hours.
Kyah Birdsall, 18, is the daughter of Tanya and Kenny Birdsall. She plans to attend Ferris State University to major in biology, with a concentration on forensic biology. She is the recipient of the Ferris Founder’s Scholarship. She has 71 hours of community service.
Isabel Duba, 17, is the daughter of Kyle and Heather Duba. She plans to attend Central Michigan University to study environmental science. She is the recipient of the R. L. Kesseler Family Endowed Centralis/Honors Program Scholarship and the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship. She has 148 hours of community service.
Christina Gilkerson, 18, is the daughter of Jonathan and Bethany Gilkerson. She plans to attend Kirtland Community College for a transfer degree in arts and science. Christina has 83 community service hours.
Elijah Jackson is the 18-year-old son of Thad and Lisa Jackson. He will be attending Alma College in pursuit of a secondary education major. Eli is a recipient of the Alma College Presidential Scholarship, Scholars Summit Scholarship, and the Future Teacher Scholarship. He has 64.5 hours of community service.
Alainna Moffit is the 18-year-old daughter of Rich and Kelly Moffit. She will be attending Michigan Technological University to pursue a major in civil engineering and a minor in environmental engineering. She is a recipient of the Presidential Platinum Scholars, University Student Award, and University Student Enrollment Award scholarships. She has 100 community service hours.
Desmond O’Reilly is the 18-year-old son of Michael and Niki O’Reilly. He plans to attend Michigan Technological University to study biomedical engineering. Desmond is a recipient of the MTU Alumni Legacy Award, the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, the Presidential Platinum Scholarship, and the University Student Enrollment Award. He has 39 community service hours.
Sarah Rakoczy, 17, is the daughter of Ron and Ronda Rakoczy. She will be attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall to study pre-medicine. Sarah is a recipient of the SVSU Founder's Scholarship. She has 162.5 community service hours.
Katherine Snider is the 17-year-old daughter of Tom and Jill Snider. She plans to attend Northern Michigan University to study pre-med and biology to become a pediatrician or obstetrician. She is a recipient of the NMU’s Wildcat Achievement Scholarship Level V, the NMU’s Waldo Scholarship, and the College Board Opportunity Scholarship. She has 201 hours of community service.
Olivia Van De Ven, 17, is the daughter of Todd & Theresa Van De Ven. She plans to attend the University of Central Florida in the fall, majoring in global & international studies and minoring in leadership. Olivia has 89.5 hours of community service.