Reed City High School names senior scholars
REED CITY — Little more than two weeks of school remain for Reed City High School students as their last day is set for Thursday, May 24. Late that day, seniors will participate in the 2018 commencement ceremony, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the school, located at 225 W. Church Ave., Reed City.
With years of hard work coming to a close, officials have named the senior scholars soon to graduate. Honored students, in alphabetical order, include Benny Chan, Jade Ebels, Mia Hille, Lorenz Hoernel, Allison Obermier, Britney Williams and Sean Wineman.
Chan is the son of Ying Chen and Fong Cheng. He participated in robotics his freshman and junior years of school and creative writing in his senior year, and took advanced placement (AP) calculus, computer science and world literature classes. Chan also worked at the family business during high school. He is proud to have visited family in Hong Kong and of being accepted to the University of Michigan in its computer science program. With graduation just a couple weeks away, Chan carries a 3.95 GPA. He plans to pursue a masters degree in computer science.
Ebels, the daughter of Heidi and Rob Ebels, was part of the robotics team, including being team president and elementary team mentor through her high school years. She also was part of the varsity A quiz bowl team, the National Honor Society, Creative Writing Club and 4-H, as a county council member, Michigan State Youth Leadership Council member and former club president. Ebels’ proudest high school achievement came when she was named a University of Michigan Class of 2022 Stamps Scholar, which includes a full ride to the university and is one of the most prestigious scholarships of the university, as only 21 students received the award this year. With graduation drawing near, Ebels carries a 3.9 GPA. She plans to attend the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in physics or a similar field.
Hille is the daughter of Daisy Gaffney and John Hille. Throughout high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society in her senior year and band in her freshman and sophomore years. She also helped in the middle school with standardized testing and in the high school with teachers’ daily duties. She is proud to have been accepted into the National Honor Society. Currently, Hille holds a 3.9 GPA. She plans to attend Ferris State University to major in accounting.
Hoernel, the son of Martin Hoernel and Lori Melzo, participated in quiz bowl, robotics, soccer and Big Rapids Martial Arts Club during his four years of high school. He is proud to have taken 21 math credits at Ferris State University, with the highest level being differential equations, linear algebra and calculus 3. Hoernel prepares to receive his diploma with a 4.0 GPA. He plans to obtain a PhD in physics, specializing in particle or nuclear physics, then entering the research field.
Obermier is the daughter of Linda and Michael Obermier. Through high school, she took part in wind symphony, marching band, woodwind choir, saxophone quartet, jazz band, competitive dance, recreational dance, high school dance team, talent revue, gong show, class council, National Honor Society, junior varsity and varsity volleyball and robotics. Obermier’s proudest achievement came when she was awarded the position of drum major of the marching band during her sophomore year. The position allowed her to work with and inspire students of all ages with her passion for music, she said. As graduation draws closer, Obermier holds a 4.0 GPA. She plans to attend the University of Michigan for health sciences.
Williams, the daughter of Brent and Karen Williams and Michelle and Nick Van Handel, participated in National Honor Society, softball and ski club throughout high school. She also is a certified lifeguard and swim instructor, was dual-enrolled and was part of the co-op at Ferris State University’s bookstore. She is proud to be able to start Ferris with sophomore status because of the college credits she earned in high school. With just a couple weeks before graduation, she carries a 3.8 GPA. Williams plans to attend Ferris State University to pursue a degree in health care systems administration.
Wineman is the son of Tim Wineman and Linda Ringler. He was part of the soccer team during his freshman and sophomore years of school and ran the gong show in 2017 and 2018. He is proud to have taken Ferris State University classes this year. He prepares to receive his diploma with a 3.97 GPA. Wineman plans to attend the University of Michigan in Dearborn to get a degree in software engineering and in computer and information science mathematics.