Top 5 grads reflect on years of success, look to future

Zoe Greszler • May 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

COLLINS — Western Reserve High School has a lot to be proud of with its graduating class, with students who have many accomplishments and been involved in their communities. 

Spearheading those efforts were the class’ top-five academic students — valedictorian Brooke Ommert, salutatorian Victoria Ramage, Matt Perkins, Andrea Robson and Myranda West.

The Roughriders’ commencement ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school.

For Ommert, the daughter of Dr. Scott and Denise, her fondest memory of her high school career was making it to the basketball tournament. The Lady Roughriders made it to the regional championship and were the Division III district champions this season.

Besides her basketball team, she said she’s probably going to miss “all the fun we had” the most, citing occasions like prom and the various class trips she was able to enjoy. 

“I would say my favorite (class trip) was when we went to New York,” she said. “That was fun.”

Ommert told the underclassmen not to be in too big of a rush to leave these years behind.

“Enjoy the time while it lasts, as it goes by quick,” she said.

Among her accomplishments and activities are: National Honor Society, class officer, student council and being a four-year letter winner in both basketball and volleyball.

Ommert will attend Capital University to major in biochemistry, before applying for medical school to become a pediatrician.

“Hopefully I’ll be out of medical school and set up my own practice (in 10 years),” she said. “I want to come back and set up my practice here in my community.”

Ramage, the salutatorian, is the daughter of Cindy and Rick.

“My fondest memory in high school would be when we won the Firelands Conference title for track my freshman year. It was amazing to see that everyone’s hard work had paid off,” she said. “I will miss seeing my friends every day and the ways that we made classes fun.

Her advice to underclassmen is “don’t stress about things you can’t change” and know everyone makes mistakes.

Ramage’s awards, achievements and activities include: Track, volleyball, 4-H, Art Club, 2017 and 2018 FC girls’ MVP, eighth-place weight-throw, Ohio indoor state and All-Ohio honors, National Honor Society, 2017 Lorain County Fair Dog Queen and three-time Ohio State Fair dog show champion.

“I have been accepted into Ohio Northern University’s pharmacy program and will also compete for the track team,” Ramage said. “I’m not sure where I see myself in to years, but I would like to have a steady job, start a family and possibly coach track.”

Perkins, the son of Scott and Carol, came in third in the graduating class. 

He advised the underclassman to learn from their mistakes and “never make the same mistake twice.”

Perkins’ favorite high school memory is winning the FC basketball championship. 

“I think I’ll probably miss all my friends the most and everything we did together,” he said.

Perkins’ accomplishments and activities include National Honor Society and lettering in basketball (one year), baseball (three years) and football (four years).

Following Sunday’s graduation, he will attend The Ohio State University to major in civil engineering. 

“In 10 years, hopefully I’ll have my own house and a stable job and I plan to move back to this area,” Perkins said.

Robson ranked fourth in the class. The daughter of Brett and Denise said she is most going to miss the times she had playing sports with friends and family. 

Like Ommert, her favorite memories from the past four years include making it to the regional basketball championship her senior year.

Robson shared some words of wisdom with the underclassmen she leaves behind.

“Work hard while you can and don’t take your high school years for granted,” she said.

Her top awards, achievements and activities include: National Honor Society, FC player of the year, district player of the year, All-Ohio third team in basketball and participating in basketball and volleyball for four years.

Robson will attend the Bowling Green State University main campus to major in accounting. 

“I hope in 10 years to have my master’s degree and become a CPA,” she said. 

West, the daughter of James West and Sonya Patton, ranked fifth overall. 

Her favorite memories of her high school career involve mostly band activities.

“Band camp, late-night practices banquets and performances were always the most fondest memories,” Myranda West said. “Those things always came with lessons about character building. ... I (will) never forget.

“I will miss the sense of family that it had given me over the years,” she added. “Through (the) band program, and even other clubs, I became close to fellow students and those bonds are what I’m going to miss most.”

Her accomplishments and activities include: Graduating with an associate’s degree in science, director’s award in band, the John Beck Memorial Scholarship from band, FC Honors Band, Art Club, National Honor Society and lettering in band (four years) and academically (four years).

West will attend Niagara University as a junior to finish her degree.

“After that I plan to become a successful biologist,” she said. “In 10 years I’d like to have a stable job, probably working in a lab somewhere and starting my life.”

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