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Oakridge Announces Top Ten Graduates, Class of 2018


Valedictorian for the Class of 2018 is Luke Layman.  He has a GPA of 4.000 and Total Rank Points of 91.250.  Luke is the son of Ralph and Kim Layman. During high school, this baseball player spent three years as a varsity starter, made All-Region Academic, and is currently captain of the team.  Luke is also National Honor Society Vice President. He plans to attend Michigan State University to study physics.

Jared Holter, with a GPA of 4.015 and Total Rank Points of 91.225, is this year’s salutatorian. He is the son of John Holter and Julie Clover.  Jared is currently National Honor Society president and captain of the varsity soccer team.  He has earned several soccer awards including All-State Academic, All Conference Athlete, All-District Athlete, and all four years of high school All-Conference Scholar Athlete.  Jared will attend the University of Michigan to study environmental science and political science.

With a 4.056 GPA and Total Rank Points of 90.590 is Kyle Taylor, graduating number three this year.  He is the son of Ron and Tracey Taylor. Kyle is a member of National Honor Society and has received many academic awards throughout his years at Oakridge.  A fun award for Kyle was to win “Everyone’s Friend” in the Class of 2018’s mock elections this year! He will attend Muskegon Community College in the fall to begin his general education classes in hopes of finding his passion.

Planning to attend the University of Detroit Mercy to study biology in pursuit of becoming a general surgeon is number four in this year’s graduating class, Alana DeWitte.  Music has been a huge part of Alana’s high school career, as she has spent all four years in the marching and concert bands, winning the Patrick S. Gilmore Award. She attended Close-Up Washington and is a member of National Honor Society.  She has received many academic awards as well. Alana has a GPA of 3.922 and 89.580 Total Class Rank Points. She is the daughter of Douglas and Tamara DeWitte.

The son of George and Teresa Tindall is number five in this year’s graduating class.  Zachary Tindall has a GPA of 3.917 and 89.005 in Total Rank Points. He has been very busy in and out of school, participating in National Honor Society, Link Crew, student council, cross country, track, OsteoCHAMPS, and the Early College of Muskegon Program.  Zachary is also a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church’s youth group. He has received the Rich McCarthy Student of the Year Award and been Student of the Month many times. He plans to finish his associate’s degree in 2019 from Muskegon Community College, then move on to become part of the physician’s assistant program at Grand Valley State University.  Zachary hopes to do much traveling throughout his lifetime.

Alex Shoop is number six in the Class of 2018.  The son of Ronald and Antoinette Shoop, Alex has a 4.007 GPA and Total Rank Points of 87.855.  Sports have kept this young man very busy, having participated in football, basketball, track, and golf.   Alex received many athletic awards including Academic All-Conference in every sport, MHSAA Division 2 State Qualifier, MHSFCA Division 5 All-State, and Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Male Senior Athlete of the Year.   He will extend his football career by attending Ava Maria University on a football scholarship while studying biology in hopes of moving on to dental school and someday owning his own dental practice.

Ranking seven in this year’s graduating class is Andi Cartwright.  She has a GPA of 3.992 and Total Rank Points of 87.630. Andi is the daughter of Tom and Sara Cartwright.  She has participated in many extra-curricular activities at OHS throughout her high school career. Andi has been captain of the varsity soccer team for two years, is a member of National Honor Society and Link Crew, and was on the Teen Health Center Student Advisory Committee.  She won both All-Conference Scholar Athlete and All-District Team twice and has won many academic awards and a citizenship award. Andi is a lifeguard when she’s not busy with school events. She will attend and play soccer for Wartburg College in Iowa, double majoring in biology or neuroscience and nursing.

Alexis Carroll, number eight in the graduating Class of 2018, is part of the Early College of Muskegon Program and plans on attending Grand Valley State University once she completes her associate’s degree next year.  While not having narrowed down her field of study exactly, Alexis knows she will pursue a degree in the medical field. She is the daughter of John Carroll and Dawn Carroll. She has a GPA of 3.875 and Total Rank Points of 87.625.  Outside of the classroom, Alexis participated in National Honor Society, varsity soccer, and choir.

Number nine is this year’s graduating class, with a 3.875 GPA and 86.625 Total Rank Points, is Teresa Hall.  She is the daughter of Scott and Stephanie Hall. While participating in the Early College of Muskegon Program, this honor student has still found time for varsity soccer, National Honor Society, and Link Crew.   Teresa has earned many academic awards throughout her high school career. She plans to finish her associate’s degree at Muskegon Community College next year, and then continue her education at Western Michigan University to study physical education.

Big plans are on the horizon for Oakridge’s number ten ranked student in the Class of 2018.  Tyler Morey, with a GPA of 3.945 and Total Rank Points of 86.175, plans on using the Muskegon Promise Scholarship to attend Muskegon Community College for two years, majoring in criminal justice and minoring in Spanish.  After earning his associate’s degree, his goal is to attend Ferris State University to finish his degree in the same fields of study. Tyler has participated in National Honor Society and drama club and enjoyed receiving the “Teacher’s Pet” mock election award.  He has also received many academic awards. Tyler is the son of Timothy Morey and Erica Ulmer.

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