It’s graduation time, and the Boyne City Gazette recently asked the area’s salutatorians and valedictorians what they plan to do now.
• Emily Matelski, 18 of Boyne Falls is graduating as salutatorian from Boyne Falls Public School with a grade point average of 3.93.
After graduation, Matelski said she plans to attend North Central Michigan College.
Matelski’s hopes for her future are to be graduated from college and teaching preschool.
“My advice for underclassmen would be to enjoy the time you have in high school because it goes by in a blink of an eye,” she said.
Matelski added, “What I liked most about school was how close our whole class is with one another and that is something I will definitely miss when we graduate.”
• Kathryn Miller, 17 of Boyne Falls, daughter of Mike and Kathi Miller is graduating this year as valedictorian of her class with a grade point average of 3.98.
Miller plans to attend Ferris State University and pursue a career as a pharmacist. She plans to be working in a Walgreen’s Pharmacy in “someplace warm.”
Miller shared advice for underclassmen:
“Don’t sweat the little things like a bad test score or an embarrassing moment,” she said. “It won’t matter in a month.”
Miller said what she will most miss about high school are her friends, sports and her teachers.
“I liked the social part of school the most, and I disliked studying,” she said.
• Rachel VanHoesen, 18, daughter of Eillis and Donna Vanhoesen, from Concord Academy Boyne graduated as a valedictorian with a grade point average of 3.98.
VanHoesen’s plans include attending Central Michigan University in pursuit of becoming an elementary school teacher.
VanHoesen gave advice to underclassmen, drawing from her experience of high school
“Assignments and papers your teachers give you aren’t for them, they’re for you,” she said. “They do everything they can to make you an intelligent person so in the future you can be successful and independent.”
VanHoesen said she’d miss her classmates, and what she enjoyed during her high school career was “bonding with peers and learning new things.”
• Josiah Schmidt, 18, of Concord Academy Boyne, is the son of Andrew and Sandra Schmidt.
This salutatorian earned a 3.91 GPA.
“I feel good about my accomplishment because I tried my hardest to achieve it,” he said.
Josiah plans to attend NMU.
“I plan on attending NMU to study in their Pre-Med program,” he said.
His advice to underclassmen: “Never give up and never surrender.”
Josiah said he most enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at his school, adding that the homework could be overwhelming at times.
“I will miss being young, as though I will be leaving my youth behind at this school,” he said.
Josiah added, “I would like to thank all my teachers who have taught me all I know.”
• Boyne City High School salutatorian Landon Kartes, son of Mike and Beth Kartes, graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. His top academic accomplishments while in high school included United States Army Reserve, National Scholar Athlete Award, Academic All-Conference, All-Academic Soccer (All-Conference). His top extracurricular activities while in high school included track, soccer, National Honors Society and the Youth Advisory Committee. His future plans: “Study commuter or mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan.”
• Boyne City High School valedictorian Courtney Weldon graduated with a 4.024 grade point average. Her parents are Jim and Becky Weldon. Her top academic accomplishments while in high school included Lake Michigan Conference 2014 All Academic Team, MHSAA Scholar – Athlete Award Nominee, MIVCA Individual All-Academic Award, 2014 Best of the Class Program and The United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award. Her top extracurricular activities while in high school included the National Honor Society, basketball, volleyball and track. Her future plans are to attend CMU in the fall, aiming at a degree in either Pre-Med or Education.