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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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