IMLAY CITY — Graduation day is almost upon us for Imlay City High School’s class of 2022. The seniors will receive their diplomas this Sunday, June 5 during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Among those celebrating this momentous day will be the following ten graduates who earned top academic honors while in high school.
The valedictorian for the Imlay City High School Class of 2022 is Madison Hall.
Madison has a 4.0 GPA and is the daughter of Karen and Stephen Hall of Metamora. Madison served on the National Honor Society, the class council, and the girls’ varsity golf team throughout her high school career. While at the National Honor Society, Madison served as co-chair of the group’s tutoring committee. Madison’s plans after graduation are to pursue a degree in chemistry, either at Lawrence Technological University or the University of Michigan.
Madison’s parents are the most influential people in her life as they both have amazing work ethic and support her in everything she does.
The salutatorian for the Imlay City High School Class of 2022 is Joshua Hayes.
Joshua has a 4.0 GPA and is the son of Heather and James Hayes of Lynn Twp. While here at Imlay City High School, Joshua participated in the National Honor Society, basketball, football, track and field, bowling, marching band drum major and wind band. After graduation, Joshua plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan at Flint and become an automotive engineer.
Her father is the most influential person in her life because of his work ethic, faith, and positive attitude.
Alyssa Elder achieved a 4.0 grade point average during her four years of high school. She is the daughter of Tracy Richie and John Elder of Imlay City. Alyssa is a Fellow of the National Honor Society and Fellowship Co-Conductor. She is a member of the Spartan Marching Band and was co-leader of Drumline, in which she participated, with a jazz and wind ensemble. Alyssa also served as its senior class council treasurer. In her spare time, Alyssa works at Lucky’s Steakhouse here in Imlay City as a hostess. In the fall, Alyssa plans to attend the University of Vermont to major in biology. The most influential person in her life is her mother as she always encouraged her to pursue whatever her heart could imagine.
Rachel Lauwers earned a 4.0 grade point average during her high school career. His parents are Jennifer and Matthew Lauwers of Almont. Rachel has participated in the National Honor Society, student council secretary, marching band, athletics, bowling, and is involved in her church choir. Rachel was also a recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award. Rachel’s future plans are to attend Macomb Community College to pursue a degree in the field of physical therapy.
Rachel considers her close family members to be the most influential people in her life.
Earning a 4.0 GPA during his high school career is Austin Whitis. His parents are Kathleen Truemner and Corey Whitis of Imlay City. Austin received numerous academic awards during his high school career. While at ITnet, he completed Cicso’s IT Essentials certification which covers fundamental and advanced computer hardware and software concepts, troubleshooting skills, networking, security, and IT professionalism. He became an MTA for Windows operating system fundamentals and also completed the Startsafe, Staysafe workplace training course as well as the NDG Linux Essentials course. Due to his achievements, he was named in the Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge top 25. Austin’s plans are to attend Michigan State University to study games and interactive media.
The most influential person in Austin’s life was his 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Buckner.
Angélique Perreault obtained a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 during her four years of high school. His parents are Kim and James Perreault of Imlay City. During her high school career, she participated in marching band every four years, varsity tennis for three years, retraining, class council, and the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University after graduation to study pre-med.
His sister, Dominique, is the most influential person in his life. Growing up, she always influenced her and continues to do so, even now that they are older.
Mary Lengemann earned a 3.94 grade point average during her four years of high school. She is the daughter of Julia and Bill Lengemann of Imlay City. Cumulatively, Mary has earned the following accolades: varsity basketball (four years plus captain), varsity track (four years), varsity cross country (one year), AAU basketball (four years), BCAM 1st team all-state, BWAC MVP , and also qualified for eight events at the state championships. Mary was part of the school’s environmental club and during the COVID-19 shutdown she was a student leader of the “Let us Play” movement, speaking publicly at the Lansing Capitol. She coached 6th grade basketball and helps monthly at a local soup kitchen. She also serves as a reader in her church and works at other regular church events when needed. In her senior year, she was president of the National Honor Society, volunteer for an art exhibit, blood drive assistant, and participated in Weston Career Day Exploration. Mary has signed and will play basketball at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University while pursuing a career in aviation.
The most influential people in Mary’s life are her family, her grandparents and basketball.
Olivia Wimpari earned a 3.89 grade point average during her four years of high school. His parents are Suzette and Daniel Wimpari of Imlay City. Olivia participated in marching band for four years, women’s varsity tennis for three years, National Honor Society, wind ensemble, and concert band. She won awards for All-Academic Team and Language Arts. She also received her freshman pin, varsity letter, and academic letter, as well as MSBOA Solo and Ensemble festival medals throughout her high school career. Olivia plans to attend the University of Michigan or Central Michigan University to pursue a career in fashion journalism.
Her sister Annika pursues her dreams and encourages Olivia to pursue hers, which is why she is the most influential person in her life.
Isay Galindo earned a 3.83 GPA during his high school career. He is the son of Luz Munguia Capistran and David Galindo Zepeda of Imlay City. Isay has been attending the Lapeer County Education and Technology Center for the past two years and he plans to pursue a career in auto body repair by attending trade school or college to further his education. Although he is not enrolled in any particular college or trade school, he is interested in Oakland Community College.
Isay’s most influential person in her life is her father. He pushed him to become a better person and taught him to always work hard.
Olivia Livingston earned a 3.44 grade point average during her high school career. She is the daughter of Amy Livingston of Imlay City. Olivia has participated in the class council as president for the past four years. Additionally, during her four years of high school, she participated in college basketball, college softball, National Honor Society, and Spartan Nation. Olivia’s plans after high school are to pursue a career in public relations at Western Michigan University.
Olivia credits her mother as the most influential person in her life as she pushes her to be and do her best in everything she does.
Editor’s Note: Imlay City Schools has included the following message in this release: “A large number of schools no longer use the traditional classification of Valedictorian and Salutatorian, and many other schools are moving in the same direction. In Imlay City High School, we believe the honor is important and worthy of recognition.In 2007, the qualification and selection guidelines for these honors were revised to emphasize performance on the ACT or SAT exam and to reward students attempting the most rigorous coursework program possible.The guidelines were designed to align more closely with those used for special honors at the college level through the Phi Beta Kappa system.This system has also been adopted by the Detroit program News Scholar and is currently used by the Blue Water Area Conference to determine its highest academic honors.