REED CITY — The annual senior awards night at Reed City High School on Thursday (May 12) was a special night in a variety of ways, not the least of which is the fact that it saw RCHS move away from the tradition of naming its top two students as Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

That is a first since the ‘tradition’ it began here nearly half a century ago — in 1963.

Instead, eight students in the Class of 2011 achieved the status of Senior Scholars. Each achieved at least 1700 points or higher based on their GPA and ACT scores, part of a new system “... allowing us to celebrate more of the success of more of our students,” according to RCHS Principal Tom Antioho.

All eight students were members of the National Honor Society. Those students are Miranda Adams, Michael Buss, Molly Golden, Brian Michell, Nicolle Ostrander, Cali Powers, Tyler Sundquist, and Scott Tilmann.

Miranda Andrews will attend Central Michigan University and study biochemistry/pre-med. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

She received an academic letter and pin, the Girl Scout Silver Award, received the Dean’s Scholarship for CMU, and the SAA Academic All-League award with Quizbowl. In addition to the Quizbowl, she was a member of the National Honor Society, and did volunteer work with Hospice of Michigan.

Michael Buss plans to study pharmacy at Ferris State University and intends to become a pharmacist. He was Academic All-District in Baseball, honorable mention in football, and All-League Academic.

Molly Golden plans to study Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound) at Ferris State University, intending to become an ultrasound technician.

She received her academic letter and pin, varsity letter and pin, Girl Scout Silver Award, and Dean’s Scholarship. She was active in cheerleading, Girl Scouts, the Math/Science Tech Center, and volunteer work.

Brian Michell plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University where he will study engineering. His career goal is to work at Boeing as an aerospace engineer.

He was All-State in track, taking both a third and fifth place, as well as a number of conference medals. He placed fourth all-state in wrestling and academic all-state; he was first team all conference two years, and 2nd team all conference twice as well. In addition, he was part of the Cadillac Dream Team four years, and one year on the Pioneer Dream Team.

Brian was in track and field four years, wrestling for four, and played football one year.

Nicolle Ostrander will study optometry at Ferris State and plans to be an optometrist.

She received Mu Alpha Theta Award, Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Achievement, US Army Certificate of Achievement, FSU Founders Scholarship, made Second Team All-Conference in the 100m dash, won the AFA Teen Scholarship, received a General Mills Scholarship, Team Leader Voc Award, and was basketball team captain.

In addition to participating in basketball and track, she also was assistant girls Reed City Middle School basketball coach.

Cali Powers hopes to attend either Concordia University or Ohio Wesleyan University, where she will study business management and administration. She says she hopes to “become CEO of a major company or at least close.”

She received her varsity letter her freshman year, academic letter, and academic All-State for Competitive Cheerleading. She participated in both sideline and competitive cheerleading.

Tyler Sundquist plans to attend Ferris State University and study pharmacy. His career goal is to become a research pharmacist. He received the CSAA Academic Conference award, and was part of Quizbowl.

Scott Tilmann intends to study nuclear engineering at the University of Michigan and plans to be employed as a nuclear engineer following his studies.

He was second team offense, All-League Football, received both first team and honorable mention in All-League Quizbowl, was Academic All League and Academic Honor Roll.

Principal Ahtioho had high praise for the students and their determination to do well in school as well as become involved in sports and other school-related activities, as well as reach out to the larger community in all sorts of volunteer work.