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MCHS Announces 2017 Distinguished Graduates

Congratulations to these 32 Michigan City High School students, who are graduating with highest distinction (3.9 or above) and distinction (3.8 and above).

GRADUATING WITH HIGHEST DISTINCTION
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Skylar Brinkman

LaPorte, IN

Parents: Joseph and Estelle Brinkman

National Honor Society – Secretary; Student Council; French Club – Vice President; Steering Committee; Varsity Girls’ Golf – Wolf Award

College Attending: Loyola University

Major: Pre-Medicine; Biology

Skylar Brinkman


Haley Buchanan

Michigan City, IN

Parents: James and Jennifer Buchanan

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Spanish Club; Softball; Volleyball

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Early Childhood Education and Special Needs

Hayley Buchanan


Catelin Davis

Michigan City, IN 46360

Parents: Donovan and Jonita Davis

Foreign Language National Honor Society; French Club

College Attending: Rice University, Houston, TX

Major: History

Catelin Davis


Thaige Doran

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Stacie Jenkins and Rashaan Doran

National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering & Technology; Engineering Internship at Jacobs Engineering Group; Innovation through Design Thinking; BETA Club

College Attending: University of Kentucky

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Thaige Doran
Brandon Fetters

LaPorte, IN

Parents: Penny and Franklin Fetters

National Honor Society – (Induction speech on Character); Foreign Language National Honor Society; Hoosier Boys’ State – Election Board; 2nd place essay winner – Black History Month Essay Contest; Homecoming Escort

College Attending: Purdue University Northwest

Major: Social Work – Licensed Therapist

Brandon Fetters


Cody Friedrich

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Kurt Friedrich and Penny Helmpken

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Student Council – Treasurer; Golf Team; Business Department – Wolf Award

College Attending: Indiana University

Major: Finance

Cody Friedrich


Megan Gushrowski

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Jerry and Kathy Gushrowski

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Spanish Club – President; Gymnastics Team – 2016 & 2017 MVP; 10 year member of 4-H

College Attending: Manchester University

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

Megan Gushrowski


Jude Gussman

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Michael and Patty Gussman

Hoosier Boys’ State – County Chairman; Chess Club – President; Swim Team – Captain; Studied the evolution of the stars at University of Chicago;

College Attending: Indiana University (Bloomington)

Major: Astronomy

Jude Gussman


Karmen Halfacre

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Kristine and Gerald Halfacre

National Honor Society – President; Spanish Alpha Award Winner 2014 & 2016; English Alpha Award Winner 2015 & 2016; Volleyball – 4 year varsity letter recipient and 2016 Wolf Award recipient; WHME Student Athlete of the Week

College Attending: Undecided

Major: Biology

Karmen Halfacre


Jennifer Justice

LaPorte, IN

Parents: Tom and Connie Justice

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Alpha Yearbook – Editor; HOSA Club – Recorder; Varsity Tennis – 2 years

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Psychology

Jennifer Justice


Katherine Kovalcik

Michigan City, IN

Parents: James and Judith Kovalcik

National Honor Society; German Club; Student Council; South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement; Unified Track

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Undecided

Katherine Kovalcik


Mireya Mota

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Evangelina Robies Sanchez and Heriberto Mota

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Spanish Club; HOSA Club – President; St. Anthony’s Hospital Volunteer

College Attending: Valparaiso University

Major: Nursing

Mireya Mota


Keith Patejdl

Michigan City, IN

Parent: Hiroka Patejdl

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Swim Team – 4 years; Marching Band – Alto Saxophone Section Leader

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Engineering

Keith Patedjl


Kyle Patejdl

Michigan City, IN

Parent: Hiroka Patejdl

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Marching Band; Swim Team; Ping Pong Club

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Engineering

Kyle Patedjl


Nicole Pomeroy

Michigan City, IN

Parent: Robert and Donna Pomeroy

National Honor Society – Treasurer; Science Club – President; Spanish Club; Varsity Swimming – 4 years; Hoosier State Science Fair – competed 7 years

College Attending: Valparaiso University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Nicole Pomeroy


Allyson Richards

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Debby Blackie and Brian Richards

National Honor Society; Alpha Yearbook – Business Editor; Mathletes; Varsity Letter Winner in Volleyball and Swimming – 4 years; Represented the USA in Volleyball at the United World Games , Austria 2015

College Attending: Lake Forest College

Major: Biology

Allyson Richards


Sara Siegmund

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Anthony and Judy Siegmund

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; German Club; Student Council; Unified Track; Southshore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Pharmacy

Sara Siegmund


Sarah Smith

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Nancy and Tim Smith

Student Council President; Class of 2017 Vice President; Editor in Chief Cityzen Newspaper; Varsity Swim Captain; Varsity Soccer Captain

College Attending: Indiana University Bloomington

Major: International Studies

Sarah Smith

Kaitlyn Steinhiser

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Kristi and Patrick Steinhiser

Class of 2017 President; International Thespian Society President; Varsity Quiz Bowl Captain; Spell Bowl Captain; Editor of the Cityzen Newspaper

College Attending: Valparaiso University

Major: Political Science and Communication

Kaitlyn Steinhiser


Rhiggs Thomas

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Tom and Stephanie Thomas

Varsity Soccer – 4 years, 2 years Captain; NASA CELERI research project winner – one of two from Indiana selected for NASA’s experiment; Mathletes – tied for state leading scorer 2015/2016; Quizbowl Team (helping the team achieve two state berths in the past two years); CISV President – Michigan City Lakeshore Junior Board

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Rhiggs Thomas


Hannah Tubbs

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Donna and Scott Tubbs

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Wolf Award – Science and Music; Alpha Award – Spanish and Music; Edward L. Payne Scholastic Achievement Award; Swim Team – Captain – broke the 100 backstroke record; Color Guard MVP (2 years) and Captain

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Social Studies Education

Hannah Tubbs


Miszelina Twardus

LaPorte, IN

Parents: Ivana and Kris Twardus

National Honor Society; Student Council; Steering Committee; Spanish Club; Science Club

College Attending: Indiana University Bloomington

Major: Exercise Science

 Miszelina Twardus

Rishi Verma
LaPorte, IN

Parents: Sam and Vishakha Verma

National Honor Society – Vice President; Steering Committee; Robotics – Drive-Team Leader; Varsity Tennis; Fishing Club – President

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Rishi Verma


Nathaniel Volckmann

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Timothy and Rebecca Volckmann

National Honor Society; Steering Committee; Student Council; Varsity Baseball; Varsity Tennis

College Attending: Indiana University Bloomington

Major: Exercise Science

Nathaniel Volckmann
Elizabeth Werner

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Thomas and Sheryll Werner

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; Student Council; German Club; National Thespian Society – Vice President

College Attending: Indiana University – Bloomington

Major: Human Biology

Elizabeth Werner


Kaelie Winebrenner

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Dennis and Dawn Winebrenner

National Honor Society; Marching Band – Clarinet Section Leader; German Club – Vice President; Tennis Team; Theater

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Biochemistry

Kaelie Winebrenner


Emma Zaknoun

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Rana Hannoun; John Zaknoun

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; French Club – President; LaPorte County Leadership Program – Leader; Volleyball Team – Captain

College Attending: Indiana University Bloomington

Major: Psychiatry

Emma Zacknoun


Jonathan Zerbes

Michigan City, IN

Joseph and Jennifer Zerbes

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; German Club – President; Varsity Track and Field – Shot Put Thrower; Eagle Scout

College Attending: Indiana University Bloomington – Kelley School of Business

Major: International Business

Jonathon Zerbes

 

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GRADUATING WITH DISTINCTION
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Kaitlin Bildhauser

LaPorte, IN

Parents: Don and Cathy Bildhauser
National Honor Society; German Club; Student Council Treasurer (2015-2016); Student Council Vice President (2016-2017); Varsity Tennis – Captain

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Nursing

Kaitlin Bildhauser


Imari Mary

LaPorte, IN

Parents: Lori Majied; Robert and Amanda Mary

Foreign Language National Honor Society; French Club; City Singers

Imari Mary
Eryn Sitar

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Todd and Jennifer Sitar

National Honor Society; Foreign Language National Honor Society; State Champion for Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (5th, 4th, & 2nd place); State Champion for NASA: Capillary Action Competition (1st place); Varsity Soccer

College Attending: Purdue University West Lafayette

Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology

Eryn Sitar


Glorious Taylor

Michigan City, IN

Parents: Terri and Sean Fitzpatrick; Terry and Shannon Taylor

Principal’s Honor Roll; Academic Honor Roll; Student of the Month; MCHS Wolf Award; Wolvettes – Most Improved Award

College Attending: Indiana University Bloomington

Major: Undecided

Glorious Taylor