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Congratulations to the Best of the Class 2024!


Together with Mercantile Bank of Michigan, 910 Media Group celebrates the success of our Northern Michigan young adults with Best of The Class 2024: join us this June as we highlight the much anticipated Northern Michigan Class of 2024 valedictorians!


You can find student profiles below. Take a moment to get to know them; these students have worked hard to earn top honors in their class, to get to where they are today and beyond.


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Best of The Class 2024 Valedictorian Gallery

 

  • Name: Kierra Joan Allen
  • School: Coleman Jr Sr high
  • Favorite Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Plans: Attend Indiana Wesleyan University for nursing.
  • Name: Chloe Faith Allen
  • School: Clare High School
  • Favorite Quote: “The most beautiful thing you can be is yourself.” - Barbie
  • Plans: I plan on studying Orthotics and Prosthetics.
  • Name: Ava Arnold
  • School: Atlanta Community Schools
  • Favorite Quote: "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
  • Plans: I am planning to attend Central Michigan University to pursue a degree in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts.
  • Name: Kurtis Allen Basler
  • School: Mason County Central
  • Favorite Quote: Shoot for the stars, so if you fall you land on a cloud - Kanye West
  • Plans: Engineering, Law or Mortuary Science
  • Name: Alexis Beeler
  • School: Traverse City West Senior High School
  • Favorite Quote: "A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities." - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Plans: Will be attending the University of Michigan for engineering.
  • Name: Cassidy Kay Benac
  • School: Hillman Jr./Sr. High School
  • Favorite Quote: Determination is vital to success, so no matter what life throws at you, keep your head up and continue to persevere.
  • Plans: I will be studying Secondary Education at Grand Valley State University
  • Name: Sydney Mae Bentley
  • School: Bear Lake
  • Favorite Quote: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." —Theodore Roosevelt
  • Plans: Dental hygiene
MacKenzie Bisballe
  • Name: MacKenzie Bisballe
  • School: Lake City High School
  • Favorite Quote: Take all the opportunities you can
  • Plans: Undecided
  • Name: Alison Bisballe
  • School: Lake City High School
  • Favorite Quote: Trust the process
  • Plans: Continue my athletic and academic career at The University of Madison- Wisconsin to study Elementary Education
Jackson Breckenfeld
  • Name: Jackson Breckenfeld
  • School: Harbor Springs High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see" - Jimmy Buffett
  • Plans: University of Michigan Engineering
  • Name: Clara Brown
  • School: Cadillac Senior High School
  • Favorite Quote: “I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway” - Taylor Swift
  • Plans: Baker College for Business
  • Name: Emerson Brown
  • School: Lasalle High School
  • Favorite Quote: Knowledge is power. - Francis Bacon
  • Plans: I intend to major in neuroscience and attend med-school after I complete my undergraduate studies.
  • Name: Rebekah Jane Burch
  • School: Traverse City Christian
  • Favorite Quote: Nothing is better than Buc-ee’s at 2:30am
  • Plans: Major in Biology at Calvin University
  • Name: Cameren Issiah Cass
  • School: Morley Stanwood High School
  • Favorite Quote: I am not a hero, but instead a medium that heroes use to do great things.
  • Plans: Emergency Medical Technician
Xavier S Catrell
  • Name: Xavier S Catrell
  • School: Shepherd Public High School
  • Favorite Quote: Live it up
  • Plans: Interior Design
  • Name: Ayrianna Crumpler
  • School: Harbor Springs High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Live everyday like its your last"
  • Plans: Elementary Education
Sophia DePaul
  • Name: Sophia DePaul
  • School: DeTour High School
  • Favorite Quote: Believing in yourself is the most important factor in achieving your dreams.
  • Plans: Attending the University of Michigan to study psychology.
  • Name: Anna Elmore
  • School: Cadillac High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Reflecting on where I came from helps me to appreciate and balance what I have now.” -Meghan Markle
  • Plans: Psychology, specialization in teen mental health
  • Name: Emerson Eustice
  • School: Cheboygan Area High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success" -- Arianna Huffington
  • Plans: Pre dental
  • Name: Regan Elizabeth Farmer
  • School: Cadillac Heritage Christian School
  • Favorite Quote: “If one person discovers Jesus because of what I go through, it will all be worth it.” -Melissa Henning
  • Plans: I plan on getting a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Biblical studies at Cornerstone University.
  • Name: Layla Garvon
  • School: Big Rapids High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks." - Tom Petty
  • Plans: I will attend Yale University for a major in Biochemistry and Theater Studies
  • Name: Alexis Leigh Germain
  • School: Coleman Jr/Sr High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life” - Dolly Parton
  • Plans: Attend Ferris State University for Dental Hygiene
  • Name: Haylee Groen
  • School: Cadillac Senior High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Plans: Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan
Hailey Hamel
  • Name: Hailey Hamel
  • School: Lake City High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try" - John F Kennedy
  • Plans: Attend Mid Michigan Community College to study Education
  • Name: Hanna Hinman
  • School: Inland Lakes Schools
  • Favorite Quote: "Be a little kinder than you have to"
  • Plans: Pre-Med/Emergency Medicine
Avelina Marie  Hollandsworth
  • Name: Avelina Marie Hollandsworth
  • School: Chippewa Hills High School
  • Favorite Quote: God said, “Love… as I have loved you.” We cannot love too much. ~ Amy Carmichael
  • Plans: I will be attending Michigan State University to become a veterinarian, double majoring in animal science and Spanish.
  • Name: Alexandra Hood
  • School: Houghton Lake High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” - Theodore Roosevelt
  • Plans: Plans to attend Clemson University to study Pre-Veterinary Science.
Amelia Jane House
  • Name: Amelia Jane House
  • School: Mackinaw City Public School
  • Favorite Quote: "Quit, don't quit... Noodles, don't noodles... You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present." - Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda
  • Plans: Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • Name: Troy Walter Johnson
  • School: Alanson Public Schools
  • Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • Plans: Education/teaching
  • Name: Mara Lynn Jolly
  • School: Marion Jr./Sr. High School
  • Favorite Quote: Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow - Vicent van Gogh
  • Plans: To finish my Associate Degree in Business through Baker College and hopefully run my own business one day.
  • Name: Grace Kidd
  • School: Brethren High School
  • Favorite Quote: “The whole point is to live life and be - to use all the colors in the crayon box.” -Rupaul Charles
  • Plans: Architectural Technology and Construction Management
  • Name: Jacqueline Hyunseo Ko
  • School: Mount Pleasant High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt
  • Plans: I am attending the University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts for a major in biochemistry on a pre-medicine track. Moving further, I want to go into medical school and pursue a profession of an organ transplant surgeon.
  • Name: Brady Scott Koenig
  • School: Cadillac High School
  • Favorite Quote: "You've just got to get in the starting gate and throw down whatever you've got." -Ted Ligety
  • Plans: University of Michigan studying Data Science and Statistics
  • Name: Laura Krans
  • School: Sault Area High School & Career Center
  • Favorite Quote: “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future” - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Plans: I plan on attending Ferris State University to earn my bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Then I want to attend dental school in hopes to eventually become an orthodontist.
  • Name: Lila Krchmar
  • School: Marion Public School
  • Favorite Quote: Slow progress is better than no progress. Stay positive and never give up.
  • Plans: Attend Central Michigan University to major in dance studies and minor in business
  • Name: Ellis James Larsen
  • School: Frankfort High School
  • Favorite Quote: "All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost." - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Plans: I will attend the University of Michigan for a major in Materials Science Engineering
  • Name: Katelyn Lilly
  • School: Cadillac Senior High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive"- Elbert Hubbard
  • Plans: Artificial Intelligence Degree
  • Name: Zoe Macaluso
  • School: Elk Rapids High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Plans: Government and Politics
Rebekah Mayer
  • Name: Rebekah Mayer
  • School: Montabella Jr/Sr High
  • Favorite Quote: "Never be so kind you forget to be clever. Never be so clever you forget to be kind" - "Marjorie", Taylor Swift
  • Plans: I plan to attend Central Michigan University to become an elementary teacher.
  • Name: Marisa Mazza
  • School: Cadillac High School
  • Favorite Quote: Be so completely yourself that everyone else feels safe to be themselves too.
  • Plans: Michigan State University/Elementary Education
  • Name: Averie Emerson Metiva
  • School: Harbor Springs High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Persistence is the most powerful force on earth, it can move mountains.” — Albert Einstein
  • Plans: Applied Geophysics
  • Name: Avery Meyer
  • School: Cadillac High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." -Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Plans: University of Notre Dame to study Architecture
  • Name: Ava Elizabeth Nettleton
  • School: Pickford Public Schools
  • Favorite Quote: “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” -Albert Einstein
  • Plans: Biology/pre-med
  • Name: Abigail Partenio
  • School: Houghton Lake High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene
  • Plans: To study Biochemistry on a Pre-Med pathway at Central Michigan University.
  • Name: Cameron Peterson
  • School: Rudyard Area High School
  • Favorite Quote: “It's not whether you got knocked down; it's whether you get back up.” ― Vince Lombardi
  • Plans: Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Name: Jazmyne Ress
  • School: Roscommon High School
  • Favorite Quote: You don't fear change. You fear the unknown. If you knew the future would be great, you'd welcome the change to get there. Well the future IS great. Proceed. - Joe Vitale
  • Plans: I plan to attend Grand Valley State University and study neuropsychology.
  • Name: Madilyn Rose von Matt
  • School: Gladwin High School
  • Favorite Quote: “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
  • Plans: Elementary Education
  • Name: Bridget Ruiz
  • School: Sacred Heart Academy
  • Favorite Quote: Even if a door is shut, it may not be locked.
  • Plans: Education
  • Name: Ellery Schaefer
  • School: Cadillac Senior High School
  • Favorite Quote: I'm so glad to have had teachers who helped and supported me throughout these past four years. They helped me get where I needed to go.
  • Plans: Therapist, going to Michigan State University
  • Name: Kendelyne Zoe Schmidt
  • School: Brethren High School
  • Favorite Quote: "It is better to die of passion than of boredom." -Van Gogh
  • Plans: I will be attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor this fall.
Alexis Marie Shea
  • Name: Alexis Marie Shea
  • School: Brethren High School
  • Favorite Quote: "The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
  • Plans: Chemistry
  • Name: Luke Smith
  • School: Manistee High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Think deeply about simple things” - Arnold Ross
  • Plans: Study symbolic systems at Stanford University
  • Name: Matthew Stilson
  • School: Cadillac High School
  • Favorite Quote: "We cannot quit the paths we make, or we'll lose sight of ourselves"
  • Plans: I plan to obtain my Bachelor's of Network and Computer System Administration at Michigan Technological University
  • Name: Madison Lee Sutten
  • School: Marion High School
  • Favorite Quote: "All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them." — Viola Davis
  • Plans: Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Ferris State University
  • Name: Shelby Jean Swander
  • School: Grayling High School
  • Favorite Quote: Many students in the Class of 2024 deserve recognition similar to the top students because they worked equally as hard, or even harder, to reach their current position. Graduates do not need to wear a fancy medal, chord, or sash to be celebrated for completing a challenging chapter in their educational story. Everyone who put in time and effort throughout the past thirteen years of school should be proud of themselves, regardless of awards and recognition.
  • Plans: I am attending Michigan State University this fall to major in Agribusiness Management (B.S.). After I obtain this degree, I would like to work toward owning and operating an agricultural industry.
  • Name: Trenton Taratuta
  • School: Hillman High school
  • Favorite Quote: “Success is no accident, it is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, and sacrifice” -Pele
  • Plans: Exercise Science/Physical Therapist
  • Name: Sophia Taylor
  • School: Cadillac High School
  • Favorite Quote: "None of us are what we once were" - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Plans: University of Michigan to study Chemical Engineering
Madison Thompson
  • Name: Madison Thompson
  • School: Inland Lakes High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Your direction is more important than your speed." Richard L. Evans
  • Plans: I am attending the University of Michigan to study political science on a pre-law track.
  • Name: Madison Vernier
  • School: Mason County Central
  • Favorite Quote: Whether you succeed or fail, looking back and learning from your experience is part of life.
  • Plans: Massage Therapist
  • Name: Ethan James Wallace
  • School: Harrison Community High School
  • Favorite Quote: You will face many challenges through life and each one will help you grow, they might strike you down but use the challenges as stepping stones for your journey to reach higher points.
  • Plans: Journalism
  • Name: Bow Wardwell
  • School: Farwell
  • Favorite Quote: Shoot for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud
  • Plans: Computer Science degree from Michigan Tech
  • Name: Adam Williams
  • School: Kalkaska High School
  • Favorite Quote: "Even if you're on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."
  • Plans: Dentistry
  • Name: Avery Wilson
  • School: Beal City High School
  • Favorite Quote: “Life’s a climb, but the view's great”
  • Plans: I plan to attend Central Michigan University and pursue a degree in Computer Science
Jurgen Franz Griswold
  • Name: Jurgen Franz Griswold
  • School: Ellsworth Community School
  • Favorite Quote: "Enough love to make you kind, and enough trauma to make you funny" Author Unknown
  • Plans: Attending Tulane University as a Top Honors Scholar
  • Name: Taylor Ann Muth
  • School: Forest Area High School
  • Favorite Quote: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” — Isaiah 40:31
  • Plans: Bachelors In Business
  • Name: Andrew Spencer
  • School: Mesick High School
  • Favorite Quote: "There will be water if God wills it" - Roland Deschain - Dark Tower
  • Plans: U-M Biology - Pre-Med
  • Name: Miles Marsh-Robinson
  • School: Baldwin Senior High School
  • Favorite Quote: Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you see in others, exists in you. - Zig Ziglar
  • Plans: I intend on going to GVSU and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts. I plan on going into the art for a career path.

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