2014-05-22 / News

DeTour High School Honors Graduates, Awards Grants and Scholarships

By Paul Gingras


The DeTour High School Class of 2014. Pictured (from left) are Benjamin Figiel, Cody Heard, Nolan Hartman, Sathya Wiltse***, Samuel Thompson, Hayley Warner, Lindsay Grzesiek*, Jesse Fravala, Lauren Goetz, Joseph Seaman, Emily Bosley*, Hannah Reed*, and Autumn Mandrell. Not pictured is Hayden Schmitter. *National Honor Society, ***DeTour Arts and Technology Academy The DeTour High School Class of 2014. Pictured (from left) are Benjamin Figiel, Cody Heard, Nolan Hartman, Sathya Wiltse***, Samuel Thompson, Hayley Warner, Lindsay Grzesiek*, Jesse Fravala, Lauren Goetz, Joseph Seaman, Emily Bosley*, Hannah Reed*, and Autumn Mandrell. Not pictured is Hayden Schmitter. *National Honor Society, ***DeTour Arts and Technology Academy Close connections, appreciation, and celebration carried the day at the DeTour High School commencement Saturday, May 17, where 13 students in red caps and gowns joined one white-clad De- Tour Arts and Technology Academy senior for a heartfelt farewell to public school. Some cited plans to travel far away for college, others announced ambitions throughout Michigan, and a few will stay close to home in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Although high school studies are over, the process of learning will never end, said Superintendent Angela Reed in her address to the Class of 2014.


Jesse Fravala prepares for the DeTour High School commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17. Jesse Fravala prepares for the DeTour High School commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17. “It’s been a long four years and a short four years,” said salutatorian Lindsay Grzesiek.

High school required endurance on both social and academic fronts, but the friendships and memories forged at DeTour made the struggle “a journey worth remembering,” she added. As she and her peers looked back at their past and forward to their future, Miss Grzesiek called on them to take nothing for granted. Sounding a note of fearlessness, she encouraged them all to harness their full potential.

Addressing teachers, friends, and family, National Honor Society member Emily Bosley said graduation signaled the opportunity to start a new life. Even in the face of accelerating responsibilities, she pointed out that the challenge of high school proved she and her classmates could persevere, and she expressed genuine pride in all of them.


At left: On posters with pictures of the Class of 2014, friends leave goodbye messages shortly before commencement Saturday, May 17, at DeTour High School. At left: On posters with pictures of the Class of 2014, friends leave goodbye messages shortly before commencement Saturday, May 17, at DeTour High School. With family encouragement, the guidance of coaches, and the patience of educators behind them, “We are the class of 2014,” she said. “We have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go.”

The high school band’s rendition of the senior song “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey set the stage for valedictorian Hannah Reed, who encouraged her peers to step toward the future with a sense of accomplishment, and a sense of humor. As was proven many times throughout school, she said, “just remember that even the slightest sense of humor can lift any spirit.”

Calling on her peers to rely on the strength they gained through high school, and encouraging them to seek a fulfilling life, she cited Frank Clark, saying, “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”


At right: Shortly before they disperse for work and school opportunities throughout the country, soon-to-be graduated DeTour High School students take a moment to create one more memory of their time together. Pictured, (from left) are Joe Seaman, Emily Bosley, and Ben Figiel. At right: Shortly before they disperse for work and school opportunities throughout the country, soon-to-be graduated DeTour High School students take a moment to create one more memory of their time together. Pictured, (from left) are Joe Seaman, Emily Bosley, and Ben Figiel. Miss Reed recalled fond times at school. Echoing many of her classmates, she expressed how profoundly she would miss them.

A treat to the friends and families assembled, the students offered a class video of images of their times together. The video also offered family photographs that captured memorable moments as each student grew up. It even offered creative segments in which seniors announced their names, their favorite aspects of school, and postsecondary school plans.


DeTour High School valedictorian Hannah Reed poses with her mother, Superintendent Angela Reed (at left), and school board vice president Deborah Fountain. DeTour High School valedictorian Hannah Reed poses with her mother, Superintendent Angela Reed (at left), and school board vice president Deborah Fountain. Soon to begin theatre and psychology studies at Grand Valley State University, Miss Bosley told The St. Ignace News her experience at DeTour left her with a genuine love for the school. Although sad to be leaving home, she has no doubt she will be back.

Senior Hayley Warner absorbed an understanding of the need to help others. She will pursue a social work degree at Northern Michigan University. Also aiming to help others, Miss Grzesiek has set herself on the road to becoming a physical therapist. She will pursue a degree in health sciences at Oakland University.

Joe Seaman enters the workforce by taking over Royer Roofing. He also plans to further his knowledge in construction management at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Ben Figiel, already part of the U.S. Army, will be full time with the National Guard in Oklahoma.


Sathya “Bird” Wiltse of DeTour Arts and Technology Academy celebrates with friend Mallorie Kronemeyer just before commencement. Sathya “Bird” Wiltse of DeTour Arts and Technology Academy celebrates with friend Mallorie Kronemeyer just before commencement. The lone 2014 graduate of De- Tour Arts and Technology Academy, Sathya “Bird” Wiltse will return to Illinois for Brazilian jiujitsu training. Mr. Wiltse has already completed a year of training. His friend Mallorie Kronemeyer said she is proud he returned home to be formally graduated.

Superintendent Reed announced plans for the class of 2014. Nolan Hartman will launch into the workforce at King of the Forest Furniture Company. Cody Heard plans to move to Ohio. Autumn Mandrell is moving to Texas. Hayden Schmitter has not yet announced a plan, but Mrs. Reed said she is confident he will do great things. Jesse Fravala plans to attend Bay Mills Community College. Samuel Thompson plans to attend a trade school.


Amidst excited friends and family, DeTour High School Class of 2014 members Hayley Warner (left) and Lindsay Grzesiek don caps and gowns and prepare to be graduated. Both earned an array of grants and scholarships. Miss Warner will attend Northern Michigan University. Miss Grzesiek will attend Oakland University. Both enjoyed the close-knit ties they had with their teachers at DeTour. Amidst excited friends and family, DeTour High School Class of 2014 members Hayley Warner (left) and Lindsay Grzesiek don caps and gowns and prepare to be graduated. Both earned an array of grants and scholarships. Miss Warner will attend Northern Michigan University. Miss Grzesiek will attend Oakland University. Both enjoyed the close-knit ties they had with their teachers at DeTour. Graduates are Emily Bosley, Benjamin Figiel, Jesse Fravala, Lauren Goetz, Lindsay Grzesick, Nolan Hartman, Cody Heard, Autumn Mandrell, Hannah Reed, Hayden Schmitter, Joseph Seaman, Samuel Thompson, Hayley Warner, and from DeTour Arts and Technology Academy, Sathya Wiltse and Paul Wandrie.

DeTour High School Awards Grants and Scholarships

Cody Heard: School Board Award.

Emily Bosley: School Board Award, Grand Valley State University Freshman Grant, Grand Valley State University Grant, Beverly Firack Memorial Scholarship, Mynor Wallace Seaman Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the American Red Cross Scholarship, and the Bob “O” Classic Memorial Scholarship.

Lauren Goetz: Planning to attend Lake Superior State University, Miss Goetz received the School Board Award, the TIP Grant, Lake Superior State University’s Tuition Incentive Grant, an LSSU Grant, a Federal Pell Grant, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

Lindsay Grzesiek: The School Board Award, the Oakland Geographic

Region Award, Oakland University Academic Grant, Oakland University Housing Grant, the United States Army Scholar Athlete Award, the American Red Cross Scholarship, Drummond Island Homemakers Scholarship, Drummond Island Moose #2381 Scholarship in Memory of Louis and Sally Socia, Drummond Island Arts and Crafts Scholarship, Drummond Island Lions Club Scholarship, and the Bob “O” Classic Memorial Scholarship.

Hannah Reed: Planning to attend Western Michigan University, Miss Reed received a School Board Award, Western Michigan University Grant, Bronco Recognition Scholarship, Western Michigan Deans Scholarship, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Secondary Principals Award, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, the United States Marine Corps Scholar Athlete Award, the American Red Cross Scholarship, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award, Shula Giddens Award, and the Bob “O” Classic Memorial Scholarship.

Hayley Warner: Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Bender- Johnson Amvet and Auxiliary Post #79 Scholarship.

Return to top


Click here for digital edition
2014-05-22 digital edition