Class of 2019
Top Ten Graduates
Valedictorian of Reeths-Puffer High School Class of 2019 is Dekota Kilcrease. Dekota is the son of Nicole Kilcrease-Stephens and Shaun Stephens and Patrick and Tamara Thies. He has a weighted grade point average of 4.31. Dekota participated in track and field as a freshman and is a member of Faith Baptist Church. He has been awarded the HAIL Scholarship from the University of Michigan. Dekota plans to attend college to obtain a doctorate in molecular biology and biomedical engineering.
Salutatorian of Reeths-Puffer High School Class of 2019 is Chelsey Panozzo. She is the daughter of Mark Panozzo and Lisa and Frank Falcon. Chelsey has a weighted grade point average of 4.25. She has been a member of Marching Band, Color Guard, Winter Guard, and Spanish Club. Chelsey is a recipient of the Muskegon County Promise and she plans to attend Muskegon Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in clinical psychology.
Olivia Alvesteffer, daughter of Philip and Cheryl Alvesteffer, is graduating number 3 in the Class of 2019. She has a weighted grade point average of 4.22. Olivia is a member of the National Honor Society serving as vice president, as well as a member of Impact Team and the Green Team. She has been a member of Student Council all of her high school career serving as freshman and sophomore trustee, and junior class and student council class vice president. Olivia has also been a member of the Marching Band all four years of high school and has participated in Winter Guard her freshman and sophomore years. She has played soccer all four years of high school and volleyball three years. Olivia was in the spring musical her senior year. She has been awarded The Leader Advancement Scholarship from Central Michigan University and plans to earn a bachelors in psychology, minoring in exercise science and leadership to eventually gain a doctorate in physical therapy.
Graduating number 4 in the Class of 2019 is Anna Compton. Anna is the daughter of Jim and Deanna Compton. She has a weighted grade point average of 4.19. Anna has been very involved in the Arts at Reeths-Puffer High School having been in Vocal Fusion, Madrigals and Theatre where she has performed in four high school musicals. She was a participant in Showcase 2018 where her group performance took 1st place for “This Is Us”. Anna has received the AP Scholar Award from the College Board, the Excellence Scholarship, Faculty Scholarship and Lakers Go Abroad Scholarship all from Grand Valley State University. After graduation Anna plans to double major in theatre and business and hopes to someday work in arts management after obtaining her degree.
Karlee Mura is graduating number 5 in the class of 2019 with a weighted grade point average of 4.17. Karlee is the daughter of John and Leah Mura. She was a member of the cross country and tennis teams during her sophomore year. Karlee is a Muskegon County Promise recipient, and she plans on attending Muskegon Community College before transferring to Ferris State University to pursue a degree in physical education and business administration.
Alexis Bolles, daughter of Dan and Kim Bolles, is graduating number 6 in the Class of 2019. She has a weighted grade point average of 4.15. Alexis is a member of the National Honor Society. She has been a four-year varsity soccer player and has played basketball throughout all four years of high school. Alexis has served two years on the IMPACT Team, and is a member of Children’s Theater and PALS. She also serves as senior class secretary. Alexis is a Muskegon County Promise recipient. She plans to attend either Muskegon Community College or Ferris State University to major in Spanish.
Nicholas McNabnay, son of Thomas McNabnay and Suzanne VanPelt, is graduating number 7 in this year’s class. He has a weighted grade point average of 4.15. Nicholas has been very active in the Theater Arts at Reeths-Puffer High School having performed in three fall musicals including Romeo and Juliet, Lonely Hearts Club, and Robin Hood. He also had parts in the following spring musicals: Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, and Into the Woods. Nicholas was the voice for a role as a Harvard Professor in the 2018 band production Happiness Matters. He has also volunteered as a math tutor for middle school students. Nicholas plans to attend the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University to study microbiology and infectious disease with hope to someday work for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Graduating number 8 in the Class of 2019 is Kassandra Moak. Kassandra is the daughter of Amy Moak. She has a weighted grade point average of 4.14. Kassandra is a member of the National Honor Society and the IMPACT Team. She has served on student council for two years where she currently serves as the student council president. She has played tennis, been on Yearbook staff and is a PALS mentor. Kassandra plans to attend the University of Michigan where she has been awarded the Go Blue Guarantee. She will pursue a degree in an occupation where she will work with children.
Hannah Finkler is graduating number 9 in the Class of 2019. She is the daughter of Joe and Becky Finkler. Hannah has a weighted grade point average of 4.13. She has been a member of the varsity cross country team for four years and has run track her junior and senior years. She also played junior varsity soccer her freshman and sophomore years. Hannah is a member of the National Honor Society, the Impact Team, and is Student Council treasurer. She plans to attend Muskegon Community College where she will run cross country and track before transferring to a four-year university to pursue a career in education or physical therapy.
Shelby Anderson, daughter of Jeff and Kristine Anderson, is graduating number 10 in the Class of 2019. She has a weighted grade point average of 4.12. Shelby is a member of the National Honor Society. She has participated in Color Guard for four years and Winter Guard for three years. She was in this year’s high school musical Into the Woods. Shelby enjoys volunteering at nursing homes, kid’s camps and as a tutor. She plans on attending Central Michigan University where she has been awarded the Academic Excellence Award. Shelby plans on majoring in elementary education with a minor in math.