9&10 News Honors the Best of the Class for 2018

Wednesday afternoon Northern Michigan’s News Leader and Mercantile Bank took time to honor the best of the class from northern Michigan.

It was an opportunity for us to recognize the top high school seniors and the hard work they’ve put in during their high school career.

Our own David Lyden served as host and emcee of the event.

He shared his story of graduating from Fairview High School in Oscoda County before heading to CMU and eventually 9&10 News.

We spoke to a couple of the seniors about what it means to be recognized as the best of the class.

“It means a lot. It shows that the hard work has paid off, and it’s kind of something you can look back on and something tangible you can put all your hard work and assets towards,” said James Young, Valedictorian of Lake City High School.

“It’s exciting to be done with a certain part of your life and turn a new chapter. I want to go to Lake Superior State University up in the Sault and I think I want to study fish health,” said Stephanie Owens, Valedictorian at Engadine High School.

Mercantile Bank was the presenting sponsor for this year’s Best of the Class.

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