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 
  • Shadow.salon
    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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