Lake Orion High School Top 10 Graduates of 2019

Madison Caswell

Parents: Fred and Carol Caswell

GPA: 4.3867

College: Oakland University Honors College

Scholarships: Oakland University’s Platinum Presidential Scholar Award.

Clubs/Activities/Sports: National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Dragons MD, tutoring.

Awards/Certificates: Lamp of Learning Academic Letter, Bronze Pin, Silver Pin, and Gold Pin; President’s Award for Educational Excellence; Summa Cum Laude Gold Cord; NHS Gold Tassel; NAHS Primary Colors Cord.

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, drawing, baking.

Thomas Choi

Parents: Seungho Choi and Sunah Woo

GPA: 4.43

College: University of Michigan

Clubs/Activities/Sports: Fencing, Military History Club, National Honors Society, soup kitchen volunteer.

Awards/Certificates: USA Fencing All-American Team, Timothy Appreciation Certificate, Lamp of Learning Award.

Interests/Hobbies: Classical literature, history, antiques.

Caroline Ciarelli

Parents: Bob and Patty Ciarelli

GPA: 4.34

College: University of Michigan

Scholarships: Undetermined

Clubs/Activities/Sports: International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society, Co-Founder and Vice President of Philosophy Club, Spanish Club, Business Professionals of America, Archery Club, Orion Township Public Library weekly volunteer, Project People Teen Volunteer, Volunteer Assistant Youth Baseball Coach, Altar Server at St. Joseph Church.

Awards/Certificates: Orion Area Youth Assistance Volunteer Recognition, Congressional Medal of Merit, Topical Winner of the American High School Poets Competition, Lamp of Learning, Lake Orion High School Community Service Award, LOHS Outstanding Students in Reading Award, Honor Thespian.

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, writing, theatre, and listening to music.

Jason Donaven

Parents: Ken and Susan Donaven

GPA: 4.3667

College: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor—Ross School of Business

Scholarships: University Regents Scholarship, Louis G. Romano Scholarship.

Clubs/Activities/Sports: Leadership (Co-President), National Honor Society, Theatre, “Can-Do” Tutoring (founder).

Awards/Certificates: Michigan Youth Arts Distinguished Scholar, Michigan Thespian Festival (Superior performance ratings), Piano Federation Festival (Superior performance ratings), National Piano Guild Auditions (Top Talent Circle Ratings), AP Scholar, Lamp of Learning Academic Awards, Honor Roll, National Honor Society.

Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, exploring, playing piano, eating sushi, singing, taking gym selfies, spending time with family and friends.

William Junkin

Parents: Amy and Craig Junkin

GPA: 4.4362

College: University of Notre Dame

Scholarships: National Merit Schneider Electric North America Foundation Scholarship and Provost’s Scholarship.

Clubs/Activities/Sports: National Honor Society (Secretary), Math National Honor Society (President), Cross Country, Track and Field, Oakland Youth Orchestra, Forensics, Christ the Redeemer Youth Group.

Awards/Certificates: National Merit Finalist, Oakland Area Youth Assistance Award (three times), WXYZ Brightest and Best Award, Cross Country Coach’s Award.

Interests/Hobbies: Violin, animation, reading, video games.

Emma Kominars

Parents: Matt and Lisa Kominars

GPA: 4.4017

College: University of Michigan

Scholarships: n/a

Clubs/Activities/Sports: Varsity Cross Country, National Honor Society Vice President, Science National Honor Society, Leadership Developmental Workshop.

Awards/Certificates: Lamp of Learning Academic Awards, Scholar Athlete Award, Honor Roll.

Interest/Hobbies: Running, piano, hiking, yoga, environmental science.

Allison Sherman

Parents: Dave and Julie Sherman

GPA: 4.3783

College: University of Detroit Mercy

Scholarships: Full ride for athletics and merit scholarship.

Clubs/Activities/Sports: Leadership, National Honors Society, Science National Honor Society (Secretary), Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honors Society), Women in STEM, Robotics, Varsity Track, and Varsity Cross Country.

Awards/Certificates: OAA Scholar-Athlete for Cross Country and Track (all years), All-League for Cross Country and Track (all years), All-County for Cross Country (three years), All-County for Track (two years), All-Region for Cross Country and Track (all years), First Four Year State Qualifier for Cross Country at LOHS, Track State Qualifier (two years), Track All-State athlete, All-State Academic athlete (all years), Cross Country MVP (three years), Cross Country Coaches Award, Distance Runner Award (three), Lamp of Learning Awards, Outstanding Calculus Student Award, Outstanding Chemistry Student Award, and Outstanding Engineering Award.

Interests/Hobbies: Skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, running, biking, four-wheeling, reading and traveling.

Lindsey Smiles

Parents: Terry and Kristi Smiles

GPA: 4.4367

College: University of Michigan

Scholarships: Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship, Regents Merit Scholarship.

Clubs/Activities/Sports: Rho Kappa (president), Economics Club (president), Model United Nations (secretary), Cross Country (captain), Knitting Club.

Awards/Certificates: Cross Country Scholar Athlete, Coach’s Award, Lamp of Learning, AP Scholar with Distinction, Outstanding English Student, Outstanding Social Studies Student.

Interests/Hobbies: history, international relations, running, knitting, petting my cat.

Madeline Steinfeldt

Parents: Kim and Kurt Steinfeldt

GPA: 4.35

College: Grand Valley State University

Scholarships: Grand Valley Presidential Scholarship, Lubbers Honors College Scholarship, National Merit Special Scholarship.

Clubs/Activities/Sports: Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, National Honor Society, Math National Honors Society, Gymnastics Coach, volunteer at Kensington Church.

Awards/Certificates: Gymnast of the Year 2015, Outstanding Calculus Student, Outstanding English Student, Visual Leader Award for Marching Band, invited to perform with the Honors Orchestra at Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Interests/Hobbies: baking, kayaking/spending time outside, math, animals.

Evan Witcpalek

GPA: 4.355

College: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Scholarships: University of Michigan Regents Merit Scholarship, National Merit Siemens Scholarship.

Clubs/Activities/Sports: FIRST Robotics Team 302, Military History Club and National Honor Society.

Awards/Certificates: AP Scholar with Distinction, Lamp of Learning Academic Award (all four years), Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association (OCCRA) All-County Robotics Team – Honorable Mention and FIRST Dean’s List Nominee.


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