Head of the Class: Top 5 Seniors of Fayette's Class of 2007

Written by David Green.

1. Aaron Hylanderf.hylander

Parents: Roy and Chris Hylander

G.P.A.: 4.25

Siblings: Austin, Alec, Adriana.

School activities: Spanish Club, Science Club, National Honor Society, Quiz Team, student tutoring.

Honors: 4.0 honor roll throughout high school, Student of the Month, Franklin B. Walter Award, 2007 Valedictorian.

Community activities: Fall Fest volunteer.

Hobbies: Working at my job, watching TV.

A favorite song: “Home” by Chris Daughtry.

A favorite movie: The Guardian.

A favorite book: “The Da Vinci Code.”

A favorite motto/quote: “Live life to the fullest.”

Persons you admire: High school English teacher Mr. Cronin, because he has taught me so many life lessons and valuable information.

If you could change one thing about your high school career… Not procrastinating on my English reports.

Future plans: Attend the University of Toledo and major in secondary education.

Dream career: History teacher.


2. Trish Rashf.rash

Parents: Cale and Barb Rash, Jr.

G.P.A.: 3.90

Siblings: Rachel and Reba.

School activities: FFA (vice president), National Honor Society (president), 4-H (president), Band (first flute), Drama Club.

Honors: All-County Music Festival; second in County FFA Creed Speaking; third in District FFA Creed Speaking; top 12 in State FFA Creed Speaking; “Outstanding” in P.E., History, English, Advanced English II, World Cultures, Math, Chemistry, Science, Salutatorian for Class of 2007.

Community activities: Youth group at Fayette Church of the Nazarene.

Hobbies:  4-H goats.

A favorite song: “Teardrops on My Guitar” by Taylor Swift, “I’ll Wait for You” by Joe Nichols, “I Can Only Imagine.”

A favorite movie: Tristan and Isolde.

A favorite book: “A Walk to Remember,” and anything by Shakespeare.

Persons you admire: My mom and dad. They have helped me in all aspects of life and never let me quit. They instilled in me the drive to keep going even when the going gets tough.

If you could change one thing about your high school career… I wouldn’t change anything. I like how my high school career has turned out.

Future plans: Attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University in the fall, majoring in biology and minoring in pre-veterinarian medicine.

Dream career: Veterinarian.  


3. Sean Franksf.franks

Parents: Tom and Marcia Franks

G.P.A.: 3.82

Siblings: Shelby and Logan.

School activities: Cross Country,  Basketball, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Pep Band.

Honors: BBC Scholar Athlete, District 7 Academic Achievement Award, OHSAA Academic/Athletic Achievement Award, John Phillip Sousa Band Award, Basketball Coach’s Award.

Community Activities: Mission trips to Chicago and Virginia, volunteer for Fayette Mini Eagles.

Hobbies: Playing guitar and poker, listening to music, showing movies on the side of my barn.

A favorite song: “Standing Outside the Fire” by Garth Brooks.

A favorite movie: The Guardian.

A favorite book: “My Brother Sam is Dead.”

A favorite motto/quote: “You’re not holding your mouth right.” When I was younger and was struggling with something or couldn’t figure something out, my grandpa would say that to me.

Persons you admire: My parents have helped me achieve my goals. My cousin Jenni Towers has been like my sister and has always been there for me through tough times. Rodney Bingman and Bryan Stambaugh were a few of my coaches who became great friends and always give me good advice.

if you could change one thing about your high school career… The first few years of high school I spent most of my time with a small group of people, but as I got older I stepped out of my box and hung out with lots of people. So if I’d change anything, I would have done that and opened up sooner.

Future plans: Attend Ohio State University to major in criminal justice and minor in Spanish.

Dream career: Working for the Department of Homeland Security, or be a firefighter like my dad.


4. Stephanie McCordf.mccord

Parents: Tony and Marianne McCord

G.P.A.: 3.76

Siblings: Andrea, Deirdre and Jennifer.

School activities: Spanish Club (president), Art Club, Student Council, National Honor Society (secretary), member of the Wellness Committee.

Honors: NHS, honor roll throughout high school career, fourth in class, ended basketball career with 1,455 points, second team All-Ohio, full tuition scholarship to Owens Community College.

Community activities: Blood drive volunteer, Relay for Life, Upwards Basketball.

Hobbies: Read, play any type of sports, hang out with my friends, and hang out with my boyfriend, Austin Wolf.

A favorite song: “Samson” by Regina Spektor.

A favorite Book: “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

A favorite movie: The Prestige.

A favorite quote: People only know you for what you have done, not what you plan to do.

PersonS you admire: Amanda Baker. She told me to dream big and wake up and do it. No one ever climbed a mountain by staring at it. She always pushed me and was proud of me. And my father, who always believed in me. He is amazing.

if you could change one thing about your high school career… I would not have taken Spanish. I just did not understand a word of it, even after three years! I did have fun in it, I just wish I was better at it. I should have studied more.

Future plans: Attend Owens Community College, majoring in business management, then backpack through Europe. Go back to college to get my bachelor’s degree. Eventually get married.

Dream Career:  To open my own coffee shop near a university in a big city.


5. Hilary Stockburgerf.stockburger

Parents: Fred and Dawn Stockburger

G.P.A.: 3.61

Siblings: Alissa, Parker and Cady.

School activities: FFA, NHS, volleyball, Pep  Band, Drama Club, Class of 2007 vice president.

Honors: Volleyball: BBC Honorable Mention and BBC Scholar Athlete; FFA: Job Interview, seventh place in state.

Hobbies: Riding four-wheelers, showing cattle.

A favorite song: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.

A favorite movie: Cars.

A favorite book: “The DaVinci Code.”

PersonS you admire: My parents have always supported me and really pushed me to do my very best. It is because of them that I am who I am.

If you could change one thing about your high school career… I don’t think I would change anything. It has been a blast!

Future plans: Attend Defiance College, majoring in health and physical education.

Dream career: Athletic trainer for a pro football team.

    – June 6, 2007 
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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