Three named to head of Evart High School class

EVART – As the Evart High School class of 2012 prepares for the next stage of life after high school graduation, three students will receive recognition as the school’s top performers.


Brady A. Hasse and Rachel C. Apsey will serve as co-valedictorians for the class of 2012.

Hasse is the son of Jeff and Cris Hasse, of Evart, and has earned a 4.0 GPA in a college prep curriculum including classes at the Math/Science/Technology Center.

Hasse is involved in many extra-curricular activities at Evart High School. He is a member of student government and National Honor Society. He has been an active member of Students Against Destructive Decisions for three years. Hasse is involved in sports, including football, basketball and track and field, serving as varsity football team captain. He is a scholar athlete, Second Team Academic All State in football, Big Rapids Pioneer All Area Team in football, Cadillac News All Area Team in football, Powercat Award for football, Old Spice Player of the Week and earned the Wildcat Award for track and field.

Hasse earned the Top Individual Project at the Science/Engineering Fair in 2010 and was awarded a trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair in California. He also has received the U.S. Army Certificate of Achievement and the Michigan Earth Science Teacher Association Award.

In the fall, Hasse will attend Central Michigan University. He is enrolled in the school’s pre-medicine program with a career goal of becomming an optometrist.

Apsey is the daughter of Mark and Sandra Apsey, of Evart.  She has excelled in academics and in the Evart High School community, earning a 4.0 grade point average while taking rigorous courses.

Apsey enjoys performing in music and dance. She has accumulated eight years of piano experience as well as seven years of acoustic guitar and alto saxophone experience. Apsey also has taken electric guitar and fiddle lessons. She has been involved with dance for six years, including Irish dance, tap, ballet, salsa and swing dance.

Apsey also is involved with Amplify, a senior high youth group at Crossroads Community Church, and has volunteered for the Sears Food Pantry.

Additionally, she serves as a production assistant at Spring Hill Camps in Evart where she developed an interest in performing arts technology.

Apsey plans on attending the University of Michigan in the fall. She will be working on a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology/Media Arts Connection with a career goal of being a Broadway producer or sound engineer.

She is one of only 20 applicants to be accepted into the school’s Performing Arts Technology program.


Joshua R. Renne will be honored as the school’s 2012 salutatorian.The son of Robert and Shanda Renne, of Evart, Renne has earned a 3.995 GPA while taking rigorous classes and attending the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center in the Allied Health Therapeutics Program, where he is a member of the National Technical Honor Society.

He has earned many awards such as the Eagle Scout Award. He is the Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop No. 120 in Barryton.

Renne is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Evart. Renne participates in the Evart High School Concert Band and Jazz Band, playing the French horn and trombone.

Renne also participates in football and track and field, has earned the Power Cat award and also is a Scholar Athlete.

Renne would like to join the Navy Reserves as a corpsman and attend college to complete a physician’s assistant program.

He will begin his college education at Mid Michigan Community College.