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Cum Laude Banquet honors largest number of graduates in Chelsea’s history

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Beach Middle School teacher Amy Doma (center) with students Hannah Greenstein (left) and Sydnee Liedel.
Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Fritz and Michael Bolt: Orchestra Director Jed Fritzemeier (left) with Michael Bolt.

By Crystal Hayduk

The Class of 2019 boasts the largest number of students honored with cum laude status in the history of the Chelsea School District.

Of 232 students graduating, 104 students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement at the 46th annual Cum Laude Honors Banquet on May 15 at Chelsea High School (CHS).

The strolling meal, consisting of hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches, salads, small bites, and impressive desserts, was co-hosted by CHS administration and the Chelsea Area Women’s Service Club.

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Retired elementary teacher Tami Gillingham (center) with Julia van Reesema (left) and Brady Fleszar.

Students are invited to the banquet if they have earned an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.667 over the course of their high school careers. Each student may request a district teacher, employee, or coach – current or retired – to attend the event with them and their parents as their honored educator.

CHS Principal Mike Kapolka, with help from Assistant Principal Luman Strong, presented the awards in the auditorium following the meal.

Designated distinctions based on GPAs are as follows: 3.667-3.777 — Cum Laude, 3.778-3.888 — Magna Cum Laude, and 3.889-4.0 — Summa Cum Laude.

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. Retired high school teacher Marta Learman (center) with Julia Schachinger (left) and Lauren Eicher.

“Based solely on academic achievements, this is an outstanding class,” said Kapolka. “Having said that, this is one of the most civically engaged group of young women and men that I have ever had the privileged of working with. I am so proud of their accomplishments and cannot wait to see the positive impact these students will have on our community and society.”

In addition to the Chelsea Area Women’s Service Club, CHS catering staff, and National Honor Society juniors who assisted with the evening’s festivities, special thanks go to Jeff and Andrea Hollandsworth for donating student plaques, and Gretchen Steele for invitations, programs, and certificates.     


Courtesy photo. Cum Laude students at Chelsea High School.

Cum Laude students: Nathan Caister, John Conlin, Madalyn Davis, Katherine Eckland, Brady Fleszar, Gabriel Gasbarre, Ava Gerweck, Jamie Gorman, Destiny Hadley, Carlie Hodel, Sierra Law, Sydnee Liedel, Tristan May, Sean McGill, Allison Muchler, Kennedy Parker, Madeline Pedlow, Kate Piloske, Karie Reiber, Helena Schultz, Nicholas Scritchfield, Jacob Smedshammer, Noah Thompson.

Courtesy photo. Magna Cum Laude students at Chelsea High School.

Magna Cum Laude students: Alexander Aldighieri, Alexandra Chalogianis, Nicholas Christian, Noah Cook, Zachary Cooley, Emily Cousino, Charles Dahlgren, Stephanie Dark, Kira Frahm, Abigale Fullerton, Hannah Greenstein, Laura Hicken, Nicklas Holmberg, Madeleine Kennedy, Cortney Koch, Brendan Maguire, Lillian Manahan, Hunter Neff, Samantha Pagliarini, Natalie Schneider, Jack Smith, Leo St. Amour, Parker Stahl, Anna Stevens, William Sujek, Jacqueline Taylor, Wesley Wickens, Zachary Wireman, Hannah Wyatt.

Courtesy photo. Summa Cum Laude students at Chelsea High School.

Summa Cum Laude students: Sydney Barnes, Alison Boham, Michael Bolt, Ella Brooks, Nicholas Brough, Ruby Brown, Kate Capper, Angelia Daman, Payton Doan, Clara Dobos, Caitlyn Dusenbury, Olivia Dyer, Lauren Eicher, Noah French, Natalie Gofton, Lauren Grande, Allison Hause, Briana Hay, Katherine Hayduk, Emmett Henry, Lisa Kaiser, Madison Kemp, Gretchen Kuras, Andrew Lewis, Jade Matteocci, Aaron McDaniels, Erin McDonnell, Katie McInnis, Kendall Mosher, Madilynn O’Hara, Carly O’Neill, Olivia Ousley, Kyle Patterson, Matt Rohlman, Jean Sampaio, Emily Savery, Julie Schachinger, Alayna Seaberg, Parker Shaw, Julia Siewertsz van Reesema, Sophia Sjogren, Spencer Smith, Emma Stanavich, Quinn Starkey, Remy Sturt, Hayley Townsend, Gabrielle Udell, Drew Vanderspool, Madeleine Vasquez, Ashley Watson, Raechel Noelle Zeller.

Courtesy photo. 2019 honored educators.

Honored Educators: Bil Arons, Daniela Bickel, Todd Blomquist, Rick Catherman, Laura Cleveland, Kimberly Davis, Erin Dillon, Amy Doma, Art Finger, Adam French, Jed Fritzemeier, Tami Gillingham, Jessica Hinderer, Steven Hinz, Heather Hugg, Valerie Johnson, Claudia Kretschmer, Karen Kurcz, Marta Learman, Laura Lutz, Andrea Maines, Lonnie Mitchell, Duane Moss, Jason Murphy, Laura Naar, Matthew Pedlow, Dave Polley, Holly Reiser, Shane Rodriguez, Rahn Rosentreter, Marlene Segal, Shawn Sinacola-Rodriguez, Dr. Luman Strong, Eric Swager, and John Zainea.  

Photo by Crystal Hayduk. (Left to right) Kyle Patterson, Orchestra Director Jed Fritzemeier, Katherine Hayduk, and Clara Dobos.



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