COLLINS — If you can believe it, the five students graduating at the top of their class at Western Reserve all swear they’re going to miss their teachers the most.
Their grades are in. They’re all in the top five. They have no reason any longer to brown nose. They must be telling the truth when they say that they will miss their teachers and their friends the most.
They all share memories of Mr. MacGuth’s Global Politics class, an Oberlin College course taught at the high school. The class featured speeches given by each student in front of various visiting college professors.
Kevin Stoll, son of Mike and Kelly Stoll, remembers the evening particularly vividly — the professors grilled him for 40 minutes, he said. But valedictorian Kaylene Boroski came to his rescue with a question that justified his whole position.
Not all enjoyed the third degree so much. “It was horrible,” said Nikita Simek, daughter of Jeffery and Nancy Simek.
Along with MacGuth, the students said they would especially miss Marilyn Kenchtges, Mike Stoll, Lisa Border, Ruth Kidney, Patricia Wilcox and Jim Wiles.
They will also miss their friends, they said. They’ll “never get to see everyone ever again,” said Brandon Cantrill, son of Milton and Daniele Cantrill. People are going to part ways, while you might keep up with a few of your closest friends, but you “won’t see all the people you’ve grown up with,” he said.
There are a few other things to miss, of course: “Not having too much responsibilty,” Stoll said. High school sports, Cantrill said.
What won’t they miss: the drama, Cantrill said. And he didn’t mean the theater program.
“I didn’t like all the work I had to do,” Brittany Hartley, salutatorian and daughter of Scott and Helen Hartley, said, especially the stress of writing a paper at the last minute. “But then, I’m going to college.” Hartley is attending the University of Toledo in the fall. She plans to study nursing or nuclear medicine.
Simek, who will attend Western University to double major in psychology and social work, said she is “really excited” about all the new experiences coming her way.
Boroski, daughter of Mark and Judy Boroski, is attending Valparaiso University in Indiana where she will study civil engineering. Her ultimate goal is to be a Constitutional lawyer. Civil engineering is based on some of her favorite subjects, such as math and science, and it will always provide a good living. She wants to be a lawyer because a lot of the ways the Constitution is used are wrong, she said, and she wants to fix it.
Stoll is attending Baldwin-Wallace for education and math and chemistry. “I’m kinda undecided,” he said. Every college visit they went on, Cantrill said, Stoll said he wanted to study something else. “I want to be a million things,” he said. He doesn’t know where he’ll end up, but he’s seen how much his dad likes being a teacher, so that’s where he’s going to start.
Cantrill will attend Oberlin College, where he will play baseball. He’s not sure what he’ll study, but right now he’s figuring business or economics. He said he always wanted to be a sports agent.
While they were at Western Reserve, these were busy students. Four of them, Boroski, Hartley, Stoll, and Cantrill, were on the academic challenge team, which won the league this year.
Boroski was also on student council, in Students Acheiving Leadership Together (SALT), National Honor Society, Spanish club and 4-H, and she plays the piano.
Hartley was also on the dance team, track team, in the National Honor Society, student council, Spanish club and she was a volunteer at FTMC.
In addition to academic challenge, Stoll was co-captain of the football team (along with Cantrill and Craig Buckingham), on the wrestling team, track team, in the National Honor Society, SALT and the French club. He also was in the spring musical for the first time this year, which he said was “really fun, besides all the drama.”
Cantrill, in addition to academic challenge and the football team, was captain of the baseball team, president of the National Honor Society, in the French club and junior project leadership.
Stoll and Cantrill were also participants at the Ohio Athletic Leadership conference.
Simek was in FCCRA, the National Honor Society, model UN and art club.