MILAN The top six academic students at Edison High School must have taken their own advice to incoming freshmen: paying attention in class and doing their homework. The graduation ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. June 3.
Josh Amstutz, the son of Michael and Beverly, of Huron, has fond of memories of his math teacher for the last four years, Shirley Wallrabenstein. He recalled how Wallrabenstein would pretend to throw a temper tantrum and stomp her feet if a student gave her the wrong answer or term.
"She has all these quirks and jokes she makes," he said, such as saying, "We coincide even though it's raining outside.
Amstutz will be attending Capital University in Columbus, pursuing a double major in math and education with a minor in Spanish. He also plans to run the 110 high hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.
While at Edison, Amstutz was involved in Firelands Academic Challenge, FTA, speech and debate, Varsity E Club, cross country, track and was treasurer of the math club as well as vice president of the Key Club. He also was class vice president.
He suggests incoming freshmen accept teachers for who they are and develop a relationship with them.
"A lot of the teachers I've had I've made friends with and it has made my high school experience much better," Amstutz explained.
Lisa Elmlinger, the daughter of David and Pamela, of Milan, fondly remembered her senior advanced anatomy and physiology class in which she performed many advanced tasks such as dissecting cats.
"We had a lot of study groups that were stressful, but we got through it because we were going through the same thing together," she said.
Elmlinger will be attending the Firelands campus of Bowling Green State University for a couple years and plans to "get the core classes out of the way" before choosing a major.
While at Edison, she was involved in the National Honor Society, drama club, Students Against Drunk Driving, Spanish club, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Elmlinger recommends incoming freshmen do their homework and pay attention in class.
Kelly Olinger, the daughter of Mike and Deb, of Milan, said her favorite Edison memories were "anytime I was in drama on the stage or behind the scenes on the set." She performed in "Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat," "You Can't Take It with You" and "Fiddler on the Roof."
Olinger plans on majoring in communications or theater design at Otterbein College in Westerville. "I want to take that experience and become a make-up artist in the future," she explained.
While at Edison, she was involved in the drama club, show choir, Spanish club, speech and debate, her church youth group and served as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 4-H Club.
"Try your hardest your freshman year and don't slack off because the classes get harder. You'll wish you worked harder when it was easier," she said.
Carrie Shover, the daughter of Michael and Dawn, of Milan, fondly recalled cross country meets and getting dressed up for Friday night football games.
Shover will be studying to be a speech pathologist while attending The Ohio State University "and eventually settle down and get married some day."
While at Edison, she was involved in cross country, track, Key Club, concert choir, the Youth Advisory Council of Erie County and volunteered with the Huron County Humane Society. She suggests incoming freshmen focus on keeping up their grade point average, especially in the first quarter, because she said that sets a precedent for the rest of high school.
Like Shover, Madelyn Stevens, the daughter of Michael and Joyce, of Milan, said her favorite high school memory was dressing up and showing her school spirit for baseball and football games with other seniors. "We had cars and (would) go to all the games," Stevens recalled.
She also will be attending OSU, majoring in journalism with a minor in English or French.
"Then I'd like to go to graduate school. That's definitely one of my goals to get as much education as possible," Stevens added.
While at Edison, she was involved in soccer, track, Key Club, French club, speech and debate, drama club, mock trial, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and her church youth group. Shover recommends incoming freshmen get as involved in the life of the school as possible, with classes, clubs or athletics.
"Then if you like it, stick with it. If not, don't do it," Stevens said. "Even though we're a small school, we have a lot to offer."
Bryan Schmidt, the son of Eric and Jayne, of Milan, fondly recalled doing "some independent experiment" with a friend. They heated the mixture, which he said "overflowed and made a mess."
He will be attending Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with a major in areospace engineering. Schmidt, who grew up on an Air Force base, said he's been interested in the subject since he was a child.
While at Edison, he was involved in tennis, drama club, Firelands Academic Challenge, ski club, speech and debate and the National Honor Society. Schmidt recommends that incoming freshmen do their homework.