C-A Board applauds outstanding students, teacher

FLINT TWP. — Eight outstanding students and one teacher received special recognition from the Carman-Ainsworth School Board at its March 21 meeting.

Garrett Ebert and Bailey Curtis were recognized for having 4.0. grade-point averages while active in several extracurricular activities.

Garrett played varsity football as an 11th- and 12th-grader. He earned four college credits in the Accelerated Graduation Opportunity (AGO) program, was chosen at the Genesee Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month for February, and was active last year in shot put and track. His tentative plans are to attend Central Michigan University to study accounting.

Bailey was captain of the Varsity Cross Country team and named most valuable cross country runner; was a member of the Varsity track team, participated in the regional county Spelling Bee, and enrolled in four Advanced Placement (AP) classes. She has a full-tuition scholarship to attend the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor to study biomedical engineering. En’Dea Haygood was recognized for her achievements as a Dual Enrollment Educational Partnership (DEEP) Medical Sciences Student and in Summer AGO courses, earning 16 college credits. She also is a member of the African- American Student Association. secretary of the Student Council; vice president of the National Honor Society; active in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA); played Lacrosse for two years; and participated in the Genesee Valley Rotary Club Student Leadership Conference. She plans to attend the University of Michigan-Flint to study biology with a pre-dental concentration. Izzy Hynan was recognized as the C-A Board of Education Senior Student Representative. She is a member of the National Honor Society; the Student Council senior class representative; head drum major for the C-A Marching Band; Band Council President; served numerous hours of community service for band; played with the Flint Symphony Orchestra; and was a participant in the Genesee Valley Rotary Club Student Leadership Conference. Her sports activities include Varsity Track — Pole Vaulting. Also, as an AGO participant she has earned four college credits. She plans to attend the Naval Academy or Air Force Academy to study Mechanical Engineering.

Leticia Silva was recognized as the Best of the Best Career Technical Education (CTE) Student of the Year. This is a countywide award where each school in Genesee County selects one participating CTE student as the Best of the Best. Leticia also serves as president of Students for Christ and HOSA secretary and is a member of the National Honor Society. She spent three summers in AGO and as a DEEP Medical Sciences student where she earned 23 college credits plus additional CTE articulated credits. She plans to attend UM-Flint to study nursing. Justin King and Ariana Vantine were cited as the male and female Saginaw Valley League Scholar Athlete of the Year 2017.

Justin played varsity basketball and baseball; he was a Student Council representative and a National Honor Society member. He participated in AGO for three summers, earning 10 college credits. He plans to attend UM-Ann Arbor to study business on a full-tuition scholarship.

Ariana was selected as the Genesee Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month in October. She was named All-League Soccer (goalie), participated for four years in Varsity soccer and received the All-Academic Award from the Michigan High School Athletic Association. She also was active in Varsity Cross Country and Track; was a member of the Symphony Band and the Hope College Honor Band. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and participated in HOSA. She plans to attend Michigan State University to study pre-veterinary. A’Vion Edelen received recognition for being a nominee for the Robert E. Weiss Outstanding Youth Award, which is presented each year to a high school student who has done something special to help make Genesee County a better community for children. A’Vion is president of the Alpha Esquires service fraternity; a member of the National Honor Society a participant in the Genesee Career Institute -Advanced Computer Aided Design and has done community service work. He plans to Tuskegee University on a scholarship.

Matt Young was recognized as the Saginaw Valley League Teacher of the Year. He is finishing his 16th year as a math teacher at CAHS and also coaches seventh-grade boys’ basketball at the middle school, junior varsity girls golf and junior varsity boys golf. He’s active in Upward Basketball, a sports ministry; has served as a summer school administrator and teacher, a Student Council Junior sponsor and Students for Christ sponsor. He and his wife Pam have three children Grant, Landon and Harper.

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