The Top 10: Lapeer East High School Class of 2013

eastSamuel Dayton, son of Robert and Lauren, is ranked first in his class with a perfect 4.0 GPA and plans to study Math or Science at Western Michigan University in the Lee Honors College.  Sam has not pinpointed a major, but stresses the importance of challenging, engaging work with a sense of satisfaction.  Sam has a strong resume in leadership, serving as co-captain of the boy’s Varsity Cross Country team, last year’s Graduation Honor Marshall, and National Honor Society vice-president.  This year he is being recognized by WNEM TV-5 and WXYZ TV-4’s Best and Brightest.  In addition to his academic achievements, Sam has also made time to give back to his community through his efforts in the Lapeer County Project Homeless initiative, Habitat for Humanity Restore, and the local Knights of Columbus food drive and tree sale.   He also is a member of the National Honor Society and OMNI Leadership Council, plays tenor sax for the marching, jazz and symphony bands, runs track and cross country, and has held down jobs at local hardware and landscaping companies.

John Lagalski is the son of John and Rachelle Lagalski. He is ranked first in his class with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. John has distinguished himself as a leader in extracurricular activities and he has volunteered his time and talents to the Lapeer Community, including peer tutoring for National Honor Society, volunteering with a local soup kitchen and as a youth soccer coach. John was the recipient of the Coach’s Award for soccer and he made the All District Soccer Team. John plans to attend Oakland University in the fall, he is currently undecided on a major, but will no doubt accomplish any goals he sets for himself.

Autumn Seib is ranked number one in the class of 2013 with a GPA of 4.0.  She is the daughter of Melinda and Scott Seib of Lapeer. In addition to her academic achievement, Autumn has distinguished herself in many leadership roles, community involvement and extracurricular activities.  Autumn has served as team captain for Competitive Cheer and received Team Leadership awards for both Softball and Competitive Cheer.  She is a member of the National Honor’s Society, and is involved in the community with her church, Lapeer Church of Christ.  Autumn is also a member of the Lapeer East Peer Resistance group.  She plans to attend Central Michigan University this fall to study pre-law.

Matt Wagner is ranked number one in the class of 2013 with a GPA of 4.0. He is the son of Thomas G. Wagner Jr. and Linda A. Wagner.  In addition to his academic achievement, Matt participates in many extracurricular activities.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and is a student ambassador for People to People World Leadership Forum in England and France.  Matt has been a member of Lapeer East Band all four years of high school.  He is also on the varsity tennis team and has been the co-captain for the last two years. In addition to all of these activities, Matt has been actively involved in FIRST Robotics where he spends approximately thirty hours a week. Matt plans to attend the University of Michigan Flint to pursue a degree in Engineering.

Alexis Whatcott is ranked number one in the class of 2013 with a GPA of 4.0.  She is the daughter of John and Lori Jo Whatcott of Lapeer. In addition to her academic achievement, Alexis has distinguished herself with extracurricular and community activities.   Alexis is very involved as the Student Council Vice President and as an active member of Pep Club.   She is also a member of the National Honor Society and helped coordinate and run the student council meetings at Murphy Elementary. She has also helped run youth basketball camp and youth soccer camp.  Alexis has received honors all throughout high school and was named Scholar Athlete from 2009-2013.  Alexis plans to attend Cleary University and study Corporate Communications and Public relations and eventually go to Law School.

Jennifer Mausolf is the daughter of Dan and Kim Mausolf.  She is ranked sixth in her class with a GPA of 3.989. Jennifer’s impressive resume comprises many different academic, athletic and volunteer roles. Perhaps the most impressive, is the incredible amount of leadership opportunities Jennifer has been chosen for, including being selected Captain for the Girls Varsity Swim team, Officer of the Lapeer Drama club, has held the position of Young Marine Platoon Sergeant (2009-2010), and has attended National Leadership Academies in Virginia, Michigan and New York. Jennifer will be attending Michigan State University in the fall and plans to major in Physical Therapy.

Clare Russell is ranked sixth in the class of 2013 with a GPA of 3.989.  She is the daughter of Larry and Theresa Russell of Attica. In addition to her academic achievement, Clare has distinguished herself as a leader in extracurricular activities and community service.  She is the recipient of the Daughters of American Revolution Award (DAR) this year for her outstanding community service and was also nominated for Lapeer Youth Citizen of the Year.   Clare is a member of the National Honor Society where she serves as Induction Ceremony Chair and Honor Guard.  She also has leadership roles with the 4-H and volunteers with the Proud Equestrian Program.  Clare plans to attend Michigan State University this fall to study pre-veterinary medicine.

Daniel Sornig is ranked eighth in the class of 2013 with a GPA of 3.984.  He is the son of Jim and Betsy Sornig of Lapeer.   In addition to his academic achievement, Daniel was nominated for the Rotary Seminar for Tomorrows Leaders.  He has done many hours of community service through his church, Lapeer Church of Christ.   Daniel is a National Honor Society Member and serves as treasurer.  He was also involved with OMNI council in the past and enjoys wakeboarding in the summer months.  Dan plans to attend Northwood University this fall to study Accounting.

Troy Willmer is ranked eighth in the class of 2013 with a GPA of 3.984.  He is the son of Chris and Greg Willmer of Lapeer.  In addition to his academic achievement, Troy has participated and been a leader in many extracurricular and volunteer activities.  He is captain the Robotics Team and led the team it to its first state championship appearance.  Troy has also been named scholar athlete and took second place at the Flint Metro League Math and Science competition in the chemistry division.  He is a member of the varsity soccer team and of the Lapeer East Band where he holds first chair for tenor saxophone.  In addition, Troy is a member of the National Honor Society where he has accumulated many community service hours.  Troy plans to attend Michigan State University this fall to study Mechanical Engineering.

Gina Torre is ranked tenth in the class of 2013 with a GPA of 3.96.  She is the daughter of Joe and Margie Torre of Dryden.  In addition to her academic achievement, Gina has distinguished herself as a leader with outstanding service and extracurricular activities. Gina was nominee for Lapeer County Youth Citizen of the year because of her outstanding contributions to our community.  She also has held many leadership roles including, Drama Club Treasurer, Ignite Christian Club Leader, and Lapeer East Advanced Education Quality Assurance committee member. Gina has spent countless hours on community service through the Lapeer summer reading program,  salvation army bell ringing, and  St. Cornelius Church  just to name a few.  She has also spent much time helping through Emmanuel Student Ministries.  Gina plans to attend Central Michigan University this fall to study Television Production and Accounting.

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