2017-06-01 / News

23 Cedarville Graduates Share Memories, Prepare for the Journey Ahead

By Jacob A. Ball


Emma Bohn with her little brother Liam after graduation at Cedarville High School. Ms. Bohn plans to attend the University of Michigan beginning this summer. Emma Bohn with her little brother Liam after graduation at Cedarville High School. Ms. Bohn plans to attend the University of Michigan beginning this summer. Outside, rain was pouring down Sunday, May 28, as 23 students from the Les Cheneaux Islands area celebrated their graduation from Cedarville High School. An hour before the commencement, graduates had assembled in the cafeteria, many wearing caps designed to announce where they will be headed to next.

For most, it was a somber day as well, for they have been close friends from a young age, and Mindy Nordquist’s slideshow of photographs from their childhoods cast an emotional pall of warmth and reflection.

Remarks were shared by John Harman, Jonah Miller, and Alicia Kasper, who were graduated with top honors, and Marcie Fierek, administrative assistant for the school district, gave the commencement address. Mrs. Fierek congratulated the students and their families for the accomplishment and shared with graduates some advice she passes on to her three-year-old son:


The Cedarville High School Class of 2017 (front row, from left) Alicia Kasper, Leah Spiker, Madalyn Kologe, Emma Bohn, Leila Schlosser, Emily Lawson; (second) Heather McIntire, Mindy Nordquist, Kylie Hill, Elissa Griffin, Gina Augugliaro; (third) John Harman, Mason Sayles, Jayden Smith, Evan Rye; (fourth) Jonah Miller, Jonah Gough, Silas Dunn, Derek Burger; (back) Chase Massey, Kamen Labinski, Avry Freel, and Zach Claxton. The Cedarville High School Class of 2017 (front row, from left) Alicia Kasper, Leah Spiker, Madalyn Kologe, Emma Bohn, Leila Schlosser, Emily Lawson; (second) Heather McIntire, Mindy Nordquist, Kylie Hill, Elissa Griffin, Gina Augugliaro; (third) John Harman, Mason Sayles, Jayden Smith, Evan Rye; (fourth) Jonah Miller, Jonah Gough, Silas Dunn, Derek Burger; (back) Chase Massey, Kamen Labinski, Avry Freel, and Zach Claxton. “One, don’t be scared of the unknown. Two, don’t give up after the first try. Three, it’s okay if someone doesn’t want to play with you, go pay with someone else that wants to. Four, don’t pick your nose in public, better yet don’t pick your nose at all, use a [tissue]. Five, find your joy whatever it may be, and finally spread your wings.”


Graduate Mindy Nordquist (middle) with her parents, Keith and Cathy. Ms. Nordquist plans to begin her college career in Texas, where she has family. Graduate Mindy Nordquist (middle) with her parents, Keith and Cathy. Ms. Nordquist plans to begin her college career in Texas, where she has family. The class of 2017 is full of “bright, talented young adults,” she said, “who hold so much potential for the future.”

She implored the students to remember where they came from as they leave home for the first time.

Avry Freel will be attending Ferris State University in Big Rapids to pursue a career in golf management. He loves golf and wants to manage a course and instruct golfers in proper techniques. He looks forward to internship opportunities during college. He is a member of the National

Honor Society and is being graduated with bronze honors.

Heather McIntire will attend Alpena Community College and will decide on a career as her education continues. She hopes to stay in touch with her high school friends. She is also a member of the National Honors Society and is graduated with silver honors.


Graduate Derek Burger (right) with his grandmother, Marilyn McLeod, outside Cedarville High School following commencement. Graduate Derek Burger (right) with his grandmother, Marilyn McLeod, outside Cedarville High School following commencement. Kamen Labinski grew up around boats, just like many children in the Les Cheneaux area, and fell in love with them. He began to consider boats in his career plans, and now plans to attend Universal Technical Institute in Orlando, Florida, to earn certification in marine mechanics.

Emma Bohn will be enrolling in the University of Michigan this summer as part of the Summer Bridge Scholars program for incoming freshmen. The program allows new students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the atmosphere and curriculum of the Ann Arbor campus. She is undecided about her major. She is a member of the National Honor Society, is graduated with silver honors, and is a recipient of the Principal’s Award.


Chase Massey (front) and Zach Claxton laugh after they perform a handshake choreographed specially for the commencement ceremony. Chase Massey (front) and Zach Claxton laugh after they perform a handshake choreographed specially for the commencement ceremony. There are 23 students in the Cedarville High School class of 2017. Their class motto is taken from country star Tim McGraw: “ Chase your dreams, but always know the road that’ll lead you home again.”

The full class includes Gina Augugliaro, Emma Bohn, Derek Burger, Zach Claxton, Silas Dunn, Avry Freel, Jonah Gough, Elissa Griffin, John Harman, Kylie Hill, Alicia Kasper, Madalyn Kologe, Kamen Labinski, Emily Lawson, Chase Massey, Heather McIntire, Jonah Miller, Mindy Nordquist, Evan Rye, Mason Sayles, Leila Schlosser, Jayden Smith, and Leah Spiker.

The Cedarville High School Band performed opening and closing numbers commonly associated with commencement ceremonies, and a third piece featuring a medley of songs from the film, The Lion King. Graduating members of the band, Heather McIntire, John Harman, Silas Dunn, Alicia Kasper, and Leila Schlosser, joined their younger counterparts for the Lion King performance. Band Director Alan Jacobus embraced and congratulated each of his graduates following the performance.



Graduate Silas Dunn performs with the Cedarville High School band for a final time as they play a medley of songs from the film “The Lion King” Saturday, May 27. Mr. Dunn played the baritone clarinet for the band. Graduate Silas Dunn performs with the Cedarville High School band for a final time as they play a medley of songs from the film “The Lion King” Saturday, May 27. Mr. Dunn played the baritone clarinet for the band.

Jonah Miller delivers a speech during Cedarville High School graduation in John Duncan Gymnasium. Mr. Miller received the principal’s award, was graduated with full honors as a member of the National Honors Society, and was a member of the Red Cross honors program during school. He was one of three students to speak during the commencement, along with Alicia Kasper and John Harman. Jonah Miller delivers a speech during Cedarville High School graduation in John Duncan Gymnasium. Mr. Miller received the principal’s award, was graduated with full honors as a member of the National Honors Society, and was a member of the Red Cross honors program during school. He was one of three students to speak during the commencement, along with Alicia Kasper and John Harman.

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