The Highland High School Class of 2017 will feature 203 graduates Sunday, including co-valedictorians.
Jacob Lucas Mitchell of Trenton, the son of William and Melanie Mitchell, and Taylor Ann Townsend of Highland, the daughter of Kevin and Patti Townsend, will share the top honor in the class, both having achieved a grade point average of 5.36. Both plan on attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville — Mitchell to study chemistry and Townsend will study accounting.
Sarah Elizabeth Jansen of Highland, the daughter of Andrew and Laura Jansen, earned a GPA of 5.32 and is the class salutatorian. She plans on attending the University of Illinois Springfield to major in biochemistry on the pre-medicine program.
Including the valedictorians and salutatorian, the class has 30 graduates of distinction, students with GPAs 5.0 and over. The class also includes 59 high honors students, 55 honors students, 59 National Honor Society members and 18 students who will be entering military service.
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Other Graduates of Distinction
Other graduates of distinction, students with GPAs over 5.0, in the 2017 HHS class were:
▪ Johannah Belle Comish (GPA 5.3), daughter of Brian and Kathryn Comish
▪ Sydney Lee Nyquist (GPA 5.3), daughter of David and Janet Nyquist
▪ Benjamin Louis Thomae (GPA 5.29), son of Annie Lutostanski and Keith Thomae
▪ Sarah Elizabeth Wiegman (GPA 5.21), daughter of Jason and Sarah Wiegman
▪ Evan Thomas Capelle (GPA 5.2), son of Bruce and Michele Capelle
▪ Madison Lane Wellen (GPA 5.2), daughter of Dale and Stacey Wellen
▪ Nicole Murphy Beaubien (GPA 5.18), daughter of Seth and Wendy Beaubien
▪ Ally Nichole Becker (GPA 5.16), daughter of Kerry and Jody Becker
▪ Anjuli Gabriella Kampwerth (GPA 5.15), daughter of Gary and Louise Kampwerth
▪ Katherine Coleen McGlasson (GPA 5.13), daughter of William and Christina McGlasson
▪ Trent David Rakers (GPA 5.13), son of Tim and Cami Rakers
▪ Sarah Ann Frank (GPA 5.11), daughter of David and Therese Frank
▪ Aubrey Nicole Hacke (GPA 5.09), daughter of Derek and Lori Hacke
▪ Jack Henry Landmann (GPA 5.07), son of Roger and LeeAnn Landmann
▪ Ariel Bree Smock (GPA 5.07), daughter of Amber Smock and Tim Smock
▪ Sydney Anne Kesner (GPA 5.05), daughter of Brady and Debbie Kesner
▪ Katlynn Nichole Bussett (GPA 5.04), daughter of Sheila Cramer and Paul Bussett
▪ Megan Marie Frey (GPA 5.04), daughter of Terry and Lisa Frey
▪ Peyton Morgan Holzinger (GPA 5.04), daughter of Gerald and Hillarie Holzinger
▪ Luke Edwin Jones (GPA 5.03), son of George and Robin Jones
▪ Corbin David Daiber (GPA 5.02), son of David and Danette Daiber
▪ Shannon Marie Miller (GPA 5.02), daughter of Robert and Debra Miller
▪ Skylan Lacy Carroll (GPA 5.01), daughter of Kirk and Belinda Carroll
▪ Emily Celeste Glenn (GPA 5.0), daughter of Russell and Ellen Glenn
▪ Courtney Paige Hengehold (GPA 5.0), daughter of Jeffrey and Kelly Hengehold
▪ Bailey Nicole Wills (GPA 5.0), daughter of David and Brandy Wills
Date: Sunday, May 21
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Highland High School gymnasium