Plainwell’s Top 26 students have earned the highest grade-point averages among their classmates.
Grayson Betts is the son of Randy and Anne Betts and is the Class of 2014 Valedictorian. He will be attending the University of Michigan this fall where he will be studying nuclear engineering and waste management. Betts has been a member of Quiz Bowl for three years and ran cross country and track and field for four years. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and an AP scholar.
Dakota Blodgett is the son of Tamara Zellmer and Jeffrey Blodgett. He will be a Spartan next year at Michigan State University and will be studying business management with a minor in marketing and finance with a goal of working in the commercial airline business after graduation. Blodgett is a four-year band member, three-year Quiz Bowl member and one-year jazz band member. He is the president of student senate and a member of the National Honor Society.
Carter Bodnar is the daughter of Dwight and Stephanie Bodnar. This fall she will be attending the University of Alabama where she will major in chemical engineering. During Bodnar’s four years at Plainwell High School, she played basketball, mentored in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, was a PAL, participated in Red Cross Club, and was the sports editor of the Trojan Torch. Bodnar is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Meghan Boven is the daughter of Rick and Dawn Boven. She will be attending Western Michigan University where she will double major in speech pathology and dance. Boven has been a PAL for three years and is also a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. She was also on the Trojan Dance Team.
Josh Budlong is the son of Sean and Laurie Budlong. He is going to Saginaw Valley State University where he will play hockey for the Cardinals and study marketing in the business honors program. Budlong is the 2014 class president, is a member of the Kalamazoo Eagles hockey team, Plainwell High School men’s golf team and Plainwell High School men’s tennis team. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Annaliese Cole is the daughter of Brad and Kellie Cole. She will be attending the University of Michigan this fall where she will study actuarial science. During Cole’s years at PHS, she was on the varsity volleyball team, varsity tennis team, as well as a member of the Red Cross Club and a yearbook editor. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Mara Fazio is the daughter of Paul and Jennifer Fazio. She will be going to school this fall to study athletic training at Hope College. Fazio played four years with the volleyball team and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Shelby Hubbell is the daughter of Cindy Hubbell and Shawn Hubbell and is the Class of 2014 Salutatorian. This fall, Hubbell will be attending the University of Michigan where she will major in biomedical engineering and researching DNA and the human genome. Hubbell was in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, is a National Honor Society officer and has been a four-year varsity soccer player.
Jarrett Irish is the son of Jeff and Wendy Irish. He will be attending Western Michigan University this fall but is undecided on his major. Irish has been a four-year member of the football team.
Johnathan Klein is the son of David Klein and Sarah Hodapp. Klein will be a biology major at the University of Michigan this fall. He is an Academic All-American swimmer with the swim team and a four-year soccer player. He is also a member of the Red Cross Club and a member of the National Honor Society.
Elliot Loftus is the son of Robert and Jennifer Loftus. He will be going to South Carolina this fall to attend Furman College and study business. He is a four-year member of the soccer team and played two years of basketball. He was a member of the Quiz Bowl team and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Morgan Marsh is the daughter of Craig and Kim Marsh. She is going to attend Grand Valley State University to major in pre-med and minor in math. She hopes to become a hematologist. Marsh participated in soccer and basketball and was also a member of the Quiz Bowl team, Red Cross Club and a PAL. She joined the photography club, Trojan Fitness Club and she is a member of the National Honor Society.
Miranda Monroe is the daughter of Tom and Jane Monroe. Next year Monroe is going to major in chemical engineering at Michigan State University. She is a four-year basketball player, four-year soccer player, and a four-year cross country runner. She is a mentor for the Big Brother/Big Sister program, a yearbook editor and a member of the National Honor Society.
Jonathan “J.D.” Nord is the son of Doug and Nancy Nord. He will be attending Kalamazoo College this fall where he will be playing for the soccer team and studying business. He hopes to go on to graduate school to pursue a degree in sports administration and management. Nord has played four years for both the soccer team and basketball team. He was named team captain for both soccer and basketball his senior year. Nord is a member of the National Honor Society.
Monica Pavlack is the daughter of Ron and Kim Pavlack. She is going to enter the pre-pharmacy program at Ferris State University and will go on from there to get her doctorate in pharmacy to become a pharmacist. Pavlack played four years for the volleyball team and tennis team. She was in the musical “Beauty and the Beast” and is a National Honor Society member.
Bethany Peacock is the daughter of Randy and Cindy Peacock. This fall Peacock will be attending Grand Valley State University to study criminal justice. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Club and French Club. She also was on the basketball and cross country teams.
Kelsey Phillips is the daughter of Paul and Gail Phillips. She will be attending Michigan State University Honors College where she plans to double major in chemistry and biology. She hopes to be a biomedical researcher or pediatric endocrinologist. She was a four-year volleyball player as well as a member of the soccer, basketball and tennis teams. Phillips is vice president of student senate, a member of the National Honor Society, a PAL, a HOBY ambassador and was on the Quiz Bowl team.
Alex Scholten is the son of Arthur Scholten and Jim and Lynn Bingham. He is going to Central Michigan University this fall where he will major in biology and minor in chemistry. Scholten is a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar. During his four years at Plainwell High School, he was a member of the cross country, track and field and wrestling teams.
Steven Smit is the son of Mark and Nancy Smit. This fall Smit will be attending the University of Michigan to study pre-med to obtain a career as a medical doctor. He is a four-year member of the football and swim teams. He also participated in Quiz Bowl, is a National Honor Society member and a PAL.
Madison Spratt is the daughter of Todd and Chauntel Spratt. She will be attending Grand Valley State University this fall. She mentored in the Big Brother/Big Sister program and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is in concert choir and has been in high school musicals. Spratt also was a member of the cross country, track and field and soccer teams.
Anna Steele is the daughter of Jim and Mary Jo Steele. She plans to attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College and then move on to Western Michigan University where she will study nursing to become a neonatal nurse. Steele is a member of the tennis team and National Honor Society.
Jordan Stefl is the daughter of Brian and Carrie Stefl. She will be studying interior design at Eastern Michigan University this fall. Stefl is a captain on the soccer team where she is a four-year varsity player. She is a PAL and a member of the National Honor Society. Stefl was selected for Plainwell’s DAR Good Citizen Award this year.
Nicholas Swain is the son of Adam and Char Swain. He will be attending Kalamazoo College this fall where he will participate in the 3-2 program for engineering. He will spend three years at Kalamazoo College studying math and then move on to the University of Michigan to complete two years of engineering. Swain played for the Kalamazoo Eagles Hockey team and the football, cross country and track teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Club and a HOBY ambassador. He made the MSVMA Regional and State Honor choirs and participated in high school musicals.
Lukas Swoboda is the son of Jerry and Judi Swoboda. He will be going to Western Michigan University to study medical and mechanical engineering. Swoboda was a section leader in marching band, pep band and concert band. He represented the wind ensemble on the Plainwell Band Council. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a member of the baseball and tennis teams.
Karalyn VanSlambrouck is the daughter of Rich and Vicki VanSlambrouck. She will become a Spartan this fall at Michigan State University where she will major in political science and marketing. VanSlambrouck is a four-year varsity member of the swim team, three-year member of the tennis team and participated in two musicals, “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.” She is a member of the National Honor Society, DC Strong Club and Young Life.
Hannah Varley is the daughter of John and Kerri Varley. She will be studying engineering at the University of Buffalo and will also be playing volleyball for the University of Buffalo Bulls. Varley is a four-year varsity volleyball player and runs for the track and field team as well. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Red Cross Club as well as a member of the Quiz Bowl team.