Boyne area’s top graduates

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

The Boyne City School’s class of 2015 seniors graduated last week, valedictorians and salutatorians spoke at their graduation.

All the seniors plan to attend college in pursuit of furthering their education; some to return and share their knowledge and experience, others to move away and introduce other communities to their skills.

Boyne Falls Public School

• Kaylee Ann Herman, 17 of Boyne Falls Public School, daughter of Rob and Lori Herman, graduated as a valedictorian with a GPA of 3.92.

Her plans after high school include attending college at Grand Valley State University to become an occupational therapist. In 10 years time, she plans to be living in Northern Michigan as a successful occupational therapist and married.

“I liked the small school atmosphere and I did not like homework,” she said. “(I will miss) the great teachers at Boyne Falls School.”

Her parting advice to underclassmen is to never give up.

The salutatorian did not respond by press time.

Boyne City High School

• Garrett Fogo, 18 of Boyne City High School, son of Matt and Sue Fogo, graduated as a valedictorian with a GPA of 4.067.

Fogo has been a part of the cross country team and DECA throughout high school, and plans after school are to attend Hope college in pursuit of a liberal arts degree.

“I am thankful for everyone that has helped me achieve this accomplishment,” he said,

He enjoyed expanding his knowledge the most about high school and least liked standardized testing. Fogo said he will miss the community of Boyne City when he leaves.

• Katelyn Skornia, 18 of Boyne City High School, daughter of Dave and Lynn Skornia, graduated as a valedictorian with a GPA of 4.067.

Skornia has participated in drama, pride team and student council throughout her high school career, she plans to attend Michigan State University to study bio-systems engineering.

“I have been offered a professorial assistanceship position and will be doing undergraduate research in either bio-fuels and bio energy or sustainable agricultural practices,” she said.

Skornia said she liked that the teachers were passionate about their subjects during high school.

“I will miss all the people here, over the years, BCHS has become a home away from home and as such, everyone here is like family to me,” she said.

Parting advice to underclassmen is to enjoy high school because it goes by fast.

• Ann Durbin, 18 of Boyne City High School, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Durbin, graduated as a salutatorian with a GPA of 4.048.

Durbin participated in soccer, pride team, drama and student council during her four years and plans to attend MSU in pursuit of a degree in natural sciences, in hopes of becoming a wildlife biologist.

“I’ve worked hard to excel academically but I could not have done it with out the support of my family and the community,” she said.

Durbin said she most liked seeing her friends and having the opportunity to learn new things daily about high school.

“I will miss spending everyday with my close childhood friends,” she said.

Her parting words of advice to underclassmen are to work hard but also take time to enjoy the experience.

Concord Academy Boyne

• Nathan Priest, 18 of Concord Academy Boyne, son of Mark and Lynette Priest, graduated as a valedictorian with a GPA of 3.99.

He plans to attend Michigan Tech in the fall to study civil engineering.

“I’m not necessarily excited (to speak), but I’m honored to be able to speak some of the last words to my classmates,” said Priest.

Priest said he will miss the second family the school has formed for him.

“Work hard but remember to have some fun and make memories while you’re at it,” said Priest, to underclassmen.

• Sarah Marie Grose, 17 of Concord Academy Boyne, daughter of Kenneth and Tracey Grose Graduated as a salutatorian with a GPA of 3.92.

Plans after high school are to attend GVSU to study to become a doctor, she hopes in 10 years time to be working as a doctor near home.

“I’m very proud of my accomplishment,” said Grose. “I’ve worked very hard on my schoolwork and I’m happy that I have done this well throughout my high school career.”

She said she most liked the relationships she formed with her classmates.

“I will miss the comfort of my small school and knowing everyone around me,” said Grose.

Her parting words of advice to underclassmen are to avoid procrastinating because it’s not worth the stress.