The Head of the Class: 2002 Top 5 Seniors

Written by David Green.

Anthony Roman

G.P.A.: 4.0+

Parents: Mark Roman and Kara Roseman

Siblings: Amber Roman, Adam Roseman and Ariana Roseman.

School activities: Cross country, golf, basketball, baseball, National Honor Society, Volunteer Club, Geckos, SADD, JA, yearbook.

Honors: Co-valedictorian, outstanding scholar athlete, Academic Excellence award, General Math award, General Physics award, American Legion award.

Hobbies: video games, basketball, golf, hanging out with friends

A favorite song: Across the Universe (The Beatles)

A favorite movie: Star Wars, all of them

A favorite book: Andromeda Strain

A favorite motto/quote: Do or do not, there is no try.

Person you admire or who has influenced your life significantly: Dan Ouelette taught me to not accept things, but investigate and look for the truth.

If you could change one thing in your high school career what would you change? I would have been less of a pessimist because having a negative outlook changes nothing, but having a positive one and working to change injustices is the way to go.

Future plans: To attend the University of Michigan to double major in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Dream career: To work for GM designing electrical and system components for cars.


Ashley Garrow

G.P.A.: 4.0+

Parents: Barry and Joy Garrow

Siblings: Steven Garrow

School activities: Basketball, softball, National Honor Society, student council, Spanish Club, Peer Listening, Volunteer Club, SADD, Distinguished Alumni Committee, Penny Drive, Geckos.

Honors: Who’s Who (3 years), Student of the Year (10th and 12th grade), Senior of the Month (September), Citizen of the Month (11th grade), Academic All-American, Presidential Academic Award (3 years), American Legion award.

Community activities: First Congregational Youth Group and Youth Choir, Sunday school teacher, helped with the Wishing Tree project.

Hobbies: Playing sports, dancing, hanging out with my friends.

A favorite song: Still (Brian McNight)

A favorite movie: Love and Basketball

A favorite book: The Bible

A favorite motto/quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Persons you admire or who have influenced your life significantly: My parents because they’ve always given me strength and support and have played a very active role throughout my schooling. I love them both very much.

Future plans: Attend Siena Heights University majoring in math education and minoring in English education.

Dream career: Working as a teacher on the TV show Boston Public.


Jenna Fox

G.P.A.: 3.8

Parents: Doug & Cathy Fox

Siblings: Caleb and Aimee

School activities: Spanish Club, Volunteer Club, SADD, Peer Listening, class officer, National Honor Society (officer), basketball, volleyball, yearbook staff.

Honors: Editor of 2002 Revista, volleyball and basketball co-captain.

Community activities: Medina Pioneers 4-H club.

Hobbies: Playing volleyball, swimming, raising calves for the fair, reading, writing.

A favorite song: Love Shack (B-52s)

A favorite movie: Riding in Cars with Boys

A favorite book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A favorite motto/quote: “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Person you admire or who has influenced your life significantly: My great-grandpa Minier, because he always tried to find the good in people.

If you could change one thing about your high school career what would you change? I would have liked to get to know all of my classmates better.

Future plans: To attend Siena Heights University, majoring in secondary English education and going on to pursue a master’s degree in counseling.

Dream career: To be the next “Dr. Phil” counselor on the Oprah Show.


Jessica Kazmierczak

G.P.A.: 3.8

Parents: Robert and Deborah Kazmierczak

Siblings: Charlotte and Lesley

School activities: Geckos, Volunteer Club, Penny Drive, Youth Alive, SADD, Spanish Club.

Honors: NHS member (3 years), Citizen of the Month, Academic Excellence in journalism; academic letter (3 years), Legacy Scholarship, Adrian College Academic Scholarship.

Community activities: Member of Seneca Community Church youth group.

Hobbies: Dancing (ballet, tap, jazz), member of YMCA

A favorite movie: Dirty Dancing and Hope Floats

A favorite book: Where the Heart Is

A favorite motto/quote: Good days are good days; bad days are bad days; life is life.

Persons you admire or who have influenced your life significantly: My mother and father and both sets of grandparents (Jones and Kazmierczaks). They are just genuinely good people and have always pointed me in the right direction by example and explanation.

If you could change one thing about your high school career what would you change? I don’t think I would change anything.

Future plans: Attending Adrian College to major in business with a specialization in marketing and minor in public relations.

Dream career: Being head of a marketing department for a large corporation.


Leonie VanderHoff

G.P.A.: 3.79

Parents: Jan and Truus VanderHoff

Siblings: Luke and Faye

School activities: Band, Spanish Club, Volunteer Club, National Honor Society, cross country, track and field, Gecko Club.

Honors: NHS Senior of the Month, John Phillip Sousa award (band), All-State honors in cross country and track (2000).

Community activities: 4-H club

Hobbies: Reading, running or playing tennis

A favorite song: She Couldn’t Laugh (the Dutch group Twarres)

A favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber

A favorite book: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

A favorite motto/quote: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – TS Elliot.

Person you admire or who has influenced your life significantly: Brad Brown has shown me how important it is to be realistic and honest in setting your goals, achieving them and in being a mentally stronger runner. Also, my parents have guided me along the way, and are always right there when I need them.

If you could change one thing about your high school career what would you change? I would try to be nicer and talk to everyone in the school more, even the underclassmen.

Future plans: Attend Siena Heights University and participate in cross country and track and field.

Dream career: Working for a travel agency and planning trips to Europe.

    – June 5, 2002
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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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