Otsego’s Academic Top Ten span the spectrum of opportunity at Otsego High School; they take part in the arts, higher academic and social groups and athletics – and their future plans cover as broad a spectrum as their high school careers. Five young ladies and five young men make up this year’s top students. Each student will be featured in some way in either Swingout or Graduation events - leading their class into both venues, presenting awards or giving speeches. Below are the names of this year’s top ten students, their accomplishments and future plans.
Emma Bomeli, daughter of Ray Bomeli and Amy Perricone. Emma is the Student Council President, her class Vice President, a freshman mentor, tutor and women’s varsity track manager; she is involved in choir, National Honor Society, the Musical, Otsego Singers and her church youth group. Emma has received the Hope College Alumni Honors Scholarship and Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. She plans to go to Hope College to study social work; she hopes to one day work in a children’s hospital and hopefully for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, Emma plans to spend the first week in July on a mission trip in Ecuador.
Matt Chavez, son of David and Anne Marie Chavez. Matt is involved in football, wrestling and National Honor Society – he made the Academic All-State honor for football, was a state qualifier for wrestling and received the Medallion Scholarship from Western Michigan University where he plans to attend college in the fall. Matt is going into a career in Chemical Engineering.
Brian Cunningham-Rhoads, son of Kiran Cunningham and Russell Rhoads. Brian is a Freshman Mentor and Life Scout; he is involved in National Honor Society, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Choir, the Musical, SADD and the Varsity Swim Team. He received the Academic All-American Award as a scholar-athlete and plans to attend Kalamazoo College in the fall to enter a career in Biology, Health Care or Medical Research.
Gabriela Hawk (Gabbi), daughter of John and Maria Hawk. Gabbi is involved in National Honor Society, SADD, Quiz Bowl, Dare to be Different, Art Club and O-Club. She received the Damon Scholarship from Loyola University in Chicago but hasn’t yet decided whether to attend Loyola or the University of Michigan. She plans to go into pre-med. In addition to her high school activities, Gabbi volunteers at Allegan General Hospital.
Kara Kanwischer, daughter of Dan and Holly Kanwischer. Kara is a Freshman Mentor, tutor and Treasurer of the National Honor Society; she is involved in choir, the Musical, Student Council and plays softball and volleyball. She plans to attend Grand Valley State University and study Biopsychology and continue in a physical or occupational therapy grad program. Kara’s dream is to also study abroad in Ireland (and own a tea-cup pig.)
Ronald Knoll (Ronnie), son of Ron and Sandy Knoll. Ronnie is on the Debate Team, Student Council and in National Honor Society; he was also on the basketball team in 9th and 10th grade. He has received several scholarships: Presidential Distinction Scholarship, Ted Rozsa Endowed Scholarship and the University Student Award. Ronnie plans to attend Michigan Technological University and study Geophysics and Spanish. Ronnie also plans to pursue some of his favorite sports such as snowmobiling, dirt biking, snowboarding, biking, soccer, wakeboarding and others.
Lydia Moyer, daughter of Laura and Gerard Moyer. Lydia is her Class President, the Student Council Treasurer and a Freshmen Mentor; she is involved in National Honor Society, Choir/Musical, Otsego Singers, her church worship team and is a part of the volleyball and softball teams. Lydia plans to study Nursing at Grand Valley State University in the fall with plans to become a Neonatal Nurse.
Tim Ruesink, son of Mike and Sherrill Ruesink. Tim is involved in choir, tennis, swimming and the Musical and was in the band his freshman and sophomore years. He plans to attend Western Michigan University and study Engineering Design Technology.
Megan Voisard, daughter of Doug and Julie Voisard. Megan is involved in National Honor Society, SADD, O-Club, Freshmen mentoring and Yearbook. She played four sports during her high school years - volleyball (Fr./JV,) basketball (Fr./JV,) soccer (4 years) and cross country (Jr./Sr.) Megan will attend Western Michigan University in the fall to study flight science; she plans to become a pilot.
Alexander Wolf (Alex). Alex has been involved with Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) and plans to attend Michigan State University this fall to study Biomed.