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2019 Senior Scholars

Coldwater High School has named its Senior Scholars for the 2018-19 school year. Students earn the academic recognition of Senior Scholar by earning a high cumulative GPA value in their rigorous courses at CHS and through their ability to perform well on a national standardized test like the ACT or SAT. A calculation is made using the combination of both areas of performance, which makes earning the Senior Scholar Award the highest level of academic recognition at Coldwater High School.

All senior scholars received a medal of academic excellence during Senior Convocation. They were also honored and recognized individually at Commencement.

Ella Budd

Ella Jean Budd is the President of the Interact Club, Treasurer of the Class of 2019, a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society, and is also active with the Coldwater High School Links Club. She is also involved with Youth in Government and T-TAB (Tibbits Theatre and Beyond). Ella participated in the the CHS musicals all four years and enjoys the theater. She is also a member of the Varsity Swim team and the Varsity Track and Field team. Ella has participated in Artworks, school art competitions, and has a painting hanging in the Coldwater Administration Center Board Room. She is a CPR-certified lifeguard and works at the Browne Aquatic Center. She will soon be a Certified Nurse Assistant. Ella has been accepted into the University of Michigan School of Nursing where she plans to study nursing and minor in Spanish. Ella is the daughter of Jeff and Rhonda Budd.

Jordan Clemens-Savage

Jordan Cae Clemens-Savage is a member of the Astra Club and has played Varsity Volleyball and Softball. She is also a member of the Burr Oak 4-H Club. She attends Pine Ridge Bible Church. Jordan has worked out with CrossFit for 4 years. Jordan will attend Hope College this fall to study exercise science and become a Chiropractor. She also plans to continue with her CrossFit training at college. Jordan is the daughter of Dustin and Erica Burritt.

Erik Corona

Ricardo Erik Corona is involved in many activities at Coldwater High School including Student Council, Interact, Astra, and National Honor Society. He is also the Class Council Representative for the Class of 2019. He is a member of the CHS Varsity Soccer and Boys Basketball teams. Erik attends St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. He will attend Saginaw Valley State University to study business this fall. Erik is the son of Ricardo and Gloria Corona.

Tiffanie Corwin

Tiffanie Mara Corwin (Tri-Valedictorian) is President of the Class of 2019. She is also the Historian for the National Honor Society, Sergeant at Arms for Interact, and a member of Student Council, Young Democrats, and Astra. Tiffanie is involved in USBC Youth Bowling and a member of the CHS Varsity Bowling team. She also enjoys CrossFit, bowling just for fun, and spending time with her friends. This fall, Tiffanie will attend the University of Michigan to pursue a career in neuroscience and eventually become a doctor. Tiffanie is the daughter of Danny and Marcy Corwin.

Daniel Dymond

Daniel Stone Dymond is a member of the CHS Marching and Symphonic Bands and has played trombone in the pit orchestra for three CHS musicals. He has been active in Youth in Government and involved with Boy Scouts, earning a star rank. He enjoys listening to music and reading books. Daniel plans to attend Kellogg Community College to get an Associate degree in business and see where life leads him from there. Daniel is the son of Blake Dymond and Muriel Rexford.

Ellory Farmer

Ellory Anne Farmer moved to Coldwater her junior year and has jumped right into many activities at CHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact, Young Democrats and the Yearbook staff. She is also on the Varsity Volleyball and Track teams and plays on Team Pineapple, a traveling volleyball team. Ellory introduced a very unique opportunity to give to the community this Christmas - the "Give a Kid a Game" drive collected hundreds of board games which were donated to families in Coldwater. Ellory enjoys traveling and going to the beach and hopes to start coaching volleyball this fall. She will be attending Otterbein University and majoring in Allied Heath to become a Pediatric Speech Pathologist. Ellory is the daughter of Todd and Julie Farmer.

Meredith Grife

Meredith Rae Grife is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Interact, and the Young Democrats. She has also been very active with Youth in Government. She runs cross country and also plays on the Varsity Girls Tennis team. Meredith has many interests – she likes to knit, macramé, and solve puzzles. She has had school artwork displayed downtown as a part of the Tibbits and Arts Alive programs. Meredith has been accepted into the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan this fall. Meredith is the daughter of David and Shana Grife.

Faith Herendeen

Faith Lynn Herendeen is a member of the National Honor Society and Interact. She is a member of the Varsity Girls Tennis team and and played on the basketball team her first three years at CHS. Faith is a member of Lockwood Community Church and the church youth group. She has volunteered with her church on several local service projects and will be travelling to Mexico this summer on a mission trip. Faith works at Culver's and credits her job with teaching her more about responsibility, cooperation, and time management. Faith loves spending time outdoors camping, hiking, stargazing, kayaking, fishing, and bicycling. She loves playing the guitar and sketching and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She wants to pursue a career where she can directly impact and improve life for others. Faith will attend Grand Valley State University and study behavioral neuroscience or psychology. Faith is the daughter of Rose Boardman.

Selena Hostetler

Selena Marie Hostetler (Tri-Valedictorian) is the President of the National Honor Society, Secretary of Interact, a member of Youth Engaged in Prevention, and a member of the CHS M3 Math Challenge team. Selena was the team captain for the conference champion Youth in Government Mock Trial Team. She serves as Secretary for the Branch County Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council. Selena is a National Merit Finalist and a Presidential Scholar Nominee. Selena is also a very musical person and a section leader in the CHS Symphonic, Marching, and Pep Bands. She has played in the CHS Musical pit orchestra throughout high school and is also a member of the Sturgis Wind Symphony. She plays keyboard in the worship band at the Coldwater Free Methodist Church and has also been the Assistant Music Director for the Children’s Christmas Program for 6 years. Selena enjoys reading, playing the piano and French horn, and spending time with her family. Family time will become more special next year as Selena will has been accepted and will pursue her degree at Princeton University. Selena is the daughter of Robert and Justine Hostetler.

Lucas Jones

Lucas Daniel Jones is the President of the Branch County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council and also serves on its Board of Directors. He has played many sports in high school, including Varsity track, tennis, football, and basketball, and has been a student representative for his BACC CAD/CAM class. Lucas attends St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. In his free time, he enjoys four wheeling, shooting contests, and hunting. He will attend the University of Michigan this fall, and after his undergraduate work he hopes to continue into the School of Dentistry at U of M. Lucas is the son of Josh and Carrie Jones.

Jayda Kelly

Jayda Lyn Kelly is the CHS Student Council Lieutenant Governor and is also a member of the National Honor Society. She is on the Varsity Swim and Dive team and has broken several school records this year. She is also a member of the Varsity Soccer, Basketball, and Track teams. Jayda enjoys giving swim lessons and coaching at the Browne Aquatic Center. She has travelled with the BACC Agri-Environmental Wilderness Expedition and is looking forward to seeing the San Juan National Forest in Colorado this summer. Jayda enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also having fun pulling pranks on her soccer coach with her teammates. Jayda is always helping with some project at CHS and she always has a smile for everyone. After high school, she plans to attend Calvin College and study nursing to become a nurse anesthetist. She will also be a member of the Calvin swim team. Jayda is the daughter of Brien and Danielle Kelly.

Kyle Krzyzanski

Kyle Ray Krzyzanski is the Secretary for the CHS National Honor Society and is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society. He is the Vice President of the BACC’s Business Professionals of America chapter and the Vice President of the Branch County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council. Kyle is the captain of the Varsity Boys Tennis and Boys Swim teams. Kyle is currently working at Century Bank and Trust under the OJT program through the Careers Center and has earned two industry certifications (Comptia A+ and Net +). Kyle attends St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. In his free time, he likes to play computer games, travel, play sports and spend time with his friends. This fall he will attend Davenport University and pursue a degree in cybersecurity. Kyle is the son of Jason and Jessica Krzyzanski.

Bryce Lafferty

Bryce E. Lafferty is a member of the CHS National Honor Society, Interact, and the BACC Business Professionals of America. He is also a Varsity Tennis and Baseball player. Bryce has volunteered over 100 hours for many charitable events through NHS and Interact. Bryce has worked at Sport Truck International with the OJT program at the Branch Area Careers Center. He likes to play a lot of euchre, listen to music, and spend time with friends. Bryce is part of the Early College Program offered at CHS and will attend Kellogg Community College next year and then transfer to Western to study Business Management. He is interested in having his own crop farm and becoming an advocate in the Agri Business field. Bryce is the son of Kevin and Melissa Lafferty.

Cameron Marteen

Cameron Kelley Marteen is a member of the CHS Symphonic, Marching, and Pep Bands and has also played in the pit orchestra for the Coldwater High School musicals. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact, and the Branch County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council. Cameron attends the Coldwater Free Methodist Church and plays trumpet for the Worship team. Cameron enjoys travelling and has been to 23 different states. This summer, he will travel abroad to visit Ireland and England. Cameron has been accepted into the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and also hopes to be a member of the Michigan Marching Band. Cameron is the son of Brian Marteen and Rebecca Mahood.

Payton Molnar

Payton Maurine Molnar is a member of the National Honor Society and Interact and has been on the Girls Tennis team all four years at CHS. She enjoys helping the community through her volunteer work with the National Honor Society and Interact with events such as the ABC Challenge and the Turkey Trot. She is a member of the First Church of Christ. She likes to play tennis and enjoys the outdoors, especially camping with her family in the summer. After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree leading to a masters in speech-language pathology. She would like to work with children in the future. Payton is the daughter of Jim and Kim Molnar.

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Scott Murphy (Salutatorian) is involved in many activities at CHS and in the community. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact, and Astra. He is also a Varsity Tennis, Varsity Basketball and Varsity Track and Field team member. Ryan is a 4-H Club member and on the Branch County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council. He has been active in many community service events though these clubs. This year, Ryan accomplished something that has not been done by a high school student in Branch County: He dual enrolled at KCC and was able to complete his certification to become an EMT, and even earned the highest grade in his class. Ryan’s hobbies include fishing, playing cards and sports. He will attend Hope College this fall and plans to work as an EMT during his undergraduate studies. Ryan plans to go on to medical school to become a trauma surgeon. Ryan is the son of Phil and Kelly Murphy.

William Reehl

William John-Thomas Reehl is a member of the CHS Marching, Symphonic, Concert, and Pep bands. He is also part of the Cardinal Choir and Balladiers. William has been an actor and singer in the CHS musicals. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact, and the CHS M3 Math Challenge team. In addition to his musical interests, he has also played for the CHS tennis, baseball, and track teams. William attends the Coldwater United Methodist Church, and in his free time he likes music (playing and singing), playing tennis and running, drawing and painting, and playing “Magic: The Gathering”. This fall, William will attend Michigan Technological University to study biomedical engineering or neurology. William is the son of Troy Reehl and Krista Searls.

Zach Rigot

Zachary William Rigot (Tri-Valedictorian, John Vance Award) is the Secretary of the Class of 2019, the Sergeant at Arms for the Interact Club, and a member of National Honor Society. He has been a Varisty Tennis, Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Baseball player for CHS and has earned Academic All-Conference and All-State honors as well as being named an Interstate 8 Senior Scholar Athlete. Zach is also a member of the Branch County Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council and Astra. When he has free time, Zach enjoys woodworking and the outdoors and playing Church ball with the Free Methodist Church. He loves to travel and see the world with his family, enjoys playing cards, and likes to read to keep up on the news. Zach is planning to attend UCLA to study biology. He plans to pursue a graduate degree and would like to live near a larger metropolitan area in the future. Zach is the son of Wesley and Connie Rigot.

Samantha Rodesiler

Samantha Christina Rodesiler is a member of the Interact Club and is a member of the Varsity Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer teams. She is one of our Interstate 8 Senior Scholar Athletes this year. Samantha attends the Coldwater United Methodist Church and has been a member of Branch County 4-H where she has participated in competition with her dog. She enjoys lots of sports, playing euchre, and listening to music. Samantha will attend Ferris State University in the fall to study Actuarial Science. Samantha is the daughter of Chris and Christina Rodesiler.

Claire Sheppard

Clarissa Ann Sheppard is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact, and the Robotics Club. Claire is an Interstate 8 Senior Scholar Athlete and is a member of the Varsity Golf, Gymnastics, and Track teams. She is also a Sunday School teacher and a Color Run volunteer. Claire has been involved with dance and dance competition for 14 years. In her free time she likes to read, spend time with her family and friends, and enjoy the outdoors – especially when it’s sunny! Claire will attend Calvin College this fall and plans to major in Engineering and Business Management. She would like to work as an engineering manager in the future. Claire is the daughter of Kevin and Michelle Sheppard.

Stuart Sobeske

Stuart James Sobeske was awarded the CHS Outstanding Math Student this year, and his teachers have recognized him for his brilliant mind for math. He is involved in many activities at CHS including National Honor Society, Interact, Robotics team, Marching and Symphonic Band, Youth in Government National Issues Forum, and the M3 Math Competition. Stuart has also been an actor and singer in the CHS musicals. He is an Eagle Scout and a former Guinness World Record holder for solving 80 Rubik’s cubes while riding a unicycle! Stuart enjoys reading, playing piano, musicals, video games, unicycling, and math. He will attend the University of Michigan this fall to major in mathematics. Stuart is the son of Joseph and Susan Sobeske.

Valy Yaldo

Valentina Yaldo is the Vice President of the Class of 2019 and a Student Council member. She is the National Honor Society Treasurer and the Vice President of Astra. Valy attends St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and is an altar server on Sundays. She enjoys many outdoor activities, especially swimming, kayaking, and bike riding. Valy will attend Michigan State Univerisity this fall studying elementary education and business. Valy is the daughter of Athir and Dina Yaldo.

Aisha Yehya

Aisha Amin Yehya is a member of the National Honor Society and Interact and is in the Education Academy program at the Branch Area Careers Center, where she is member of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. This year she taught in Mrs. Decker’s class at Max Larsen Elementary School. Aisha is a member of the American Muslim Society and enjoys activities and volunteering at her mosque. She is the only daughter in a family with seven children, so she stays busy keeping up with family activities too! She enjoys baking, family time, and spending time with friends. She hopes to travel in the future to the Middle East, Europe, and Dubai. Aisha will attend Kellogg Community College this fall and transfer to the University of Michigan to pursue a career in medicine. Aisha is the daughter of Amin Yehya and Noora Almuraise.

Andrew Zuzga

Andrew Francis Zuzga is the co-president of the Young Democrats and a member of National Honor Society, Interact, and Astra. He is involved with Michigan Youth in Government in the National Issues Forum program. Andrew works as a barista at Biggby Coffee and he enjoys traveling, history, government, and politics. He has been accepted into the James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University, where he plans to study international relations. Andrew is the son of Staci Pierce and Eric Zuzga.