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Medicine, computer science careers await SC top six

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Time with friends be it in choir, cheerleading, dinner theater, sports or just at the lunch table are the strongest memories for the top students at South Central.

South Central will announce its valedictorian and salutatorian at its graduation ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday. They will be chosen from among the school's top six students.

Cassidy Keiser, 18, daughter of Dan and Annette Kesier, is headed to Kettering College of Medical Arts to study to become a physician's assistant.

"When I was little I always just wanted to help people. I figured that'd be a good way," she said.

Keiser, who used to deliver papers for the Reflector, was involved with cheerleading, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), National Honor Society (NHS), choir and was student council president.

Ian Franks, 18, son of Jeff and Patti Seidel, is also thinking about going into the medical profession. He will probably study biology at the College of Wooster and might go on to become a dentist or doctor.

The baseball and basketball player said his favorite high school memory was winning the district championship in baseball this year. Franks also was involved in SADD and NHS.

Mathew Conger, 18, is headed into a different science computer science. Son of Kevin and Elaine Conger, he is headed to Case Western Reserve University and would like to either be a computer technician or a video game designer.

Conger was involved in the school's dinner theater group, performed in the school musicals, marching and concert band and Academic Challenge. He advised incoming freshmen to avoid procrastinating.

Luke Priddy, on the other hand, warned freshmen to be sure and "respect the seniors."

The 18-year-old son of Jeff and Marcia Priddy is headed to Miami University (Ohio) where he will major in creative writing. Priddy said he enjoyed making movies as English class projects and might try to go into theater as an actor, director or writer.

"With movies, you get to do everything," he said. Priddy's other activities included SADD, golf, football, NHS and Academic Challenge.

Another Academic Challenge member in the top six was Brandon Bisel, 18, son of Paul and Kimberly Bisel. His favorite memory from high school was the conversation around the lunch table.

"It was just a good time. We always had a laugh never a dull moment," said Bisel, who is headed to Ashland University. He plans to study computer science and math and become a computer technician.

Bisel also had some words of wisdom for the class of 2011: "Be yourself. Don't let anybody change who you are."

Along with Academic Challenge, Bisel was involved with the school musicals, dinner theater, choir and school jazz ensemble.

Joining Bisel at Ashland University will be Crickett Bowman, 18, daughter of Judy and Larry Bowman. Bowman, who was in choir, student council and NHS, wants to study electronic media production and be a photojournalist for a magazine.

Bowman offered to let the next generation of Trojans learn from her mistake.

"Don't slack off your freshman year," she said, adding she had to work hard to pull her grade point average up.

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