Madison HS Class of 2021: 17 valedictions, 1 salutatorian
MANSFIELD – Madison Comprehensive High School had more Valedictorians in its class of 2021 than most schools in multiple years combined: 17 valedictorians, each with a 4.0 GPA.
Principal Sean Conway said they were the most Valedictorians in school history.
“It was an incredible class of talented kids who are not only academically qualified but also athletically qualified,” he said.
“They were all very, very special kids,” Conway said.
There were more than 200 graduates in the class of 2021, he said. The graduation ceremony was scheduled for Friday night at the football stadium, but bad weather moved it indoors on Saturday night.
“I will never forget this as my first year as a manager,” said Conway. “We are truly blessed.”
Here is an overview of the achievements and future projects of the 17 Valedictorians:
• Ambur Arnold was a member of 4-H, Student Council, National Honor Society, OCC Leadership, and Senior Class Executive Committee.
Amber plans to attend the Agricultural Technical Institute at Ohio State University, where she will major in animal science with the intention of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
• Kami Baker was the recipient of a four-year letter in athletics; a winning letter for three years in volleyball and captain of the volleyball team for one year. She is also a member of the Student Council, OCC Leadership, Senior Class Executive Committee, Student Leadership Team, and the National Honor Society.
Kami plans to attend Bowling Green State University to study biology.
• Nathan Barrett was a member of the National Honor Society, Superintendents Honor Society, OCC Leadership, Leader-in-Me, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Student Leadership Team.
He was an All-Ohio wrestler and an All-Ohio academic wrestler. He received Honorable Mention All-Ohio in soccer, All-District first team in soccer, and OCC first team in soccer and wrestling.
Nathan plans to attend Ashland University to study exercise / sport science and become a dietitian or athletic trainer
• Ashleigh Bechtel was a member of the National Honor Society. She is the recipient of a four-year soccer letter and was the captain of the soccer team for a year. Ashleigh plans to go to college and major in accounting
• Taylor Bender was a three-year letter recipient in volleyball and a member of the National Honor Society. Taylor plans to attend the University of Wittenberg.
• Carter Borden was a member of the Student Council and the track team. He works at Countryside Pizza and Drive-Thru. Carter plans to go to Ohio State University “and get rich.”
• Jenah Calderhead was a member of the National Honor Society Student Council and Treasurer of SkillsUSA. She is the recipient of a two-year letter for swimming. She received the Coach’s Award and has improved the most. Jenah holds two top-12 times (one in the free 100 and one in the free 50). Jenah plans to attend the University of Miami to double her major in psychology and pre-medical studies.
• Nicole Cook was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Senior Class Executive Committee, OCC Leadership, and 4-H. She is a four-year-on-track winning letter.
Nicole plans to attend the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute to major in animal science with the intention of becoming a top animal veterinarian.
• Adison Floyd was the recipient of a four-year letter in swimming. She qualified for the districts in her first and second year. She received the Coaching Award in her freshman year and was MVP in her junior year. Adison was a member of the National Honor Society and a former member of the Key Club and the Student Council. She has reached her STNA and works in an assisted living center.
• Taylor Huff was Treasurer of the National Honor Society and Chairman of the Executive Committee Class. She has been a member of the student council, OCC leadership and the Christian athlete community for four years. Taylor is the recipient of a four-year letter in the world of soccer, four-time OCC Player of the Year, four-time District Player of the Year, 2020 Ms. Soccer, four-time All-American, four-time All-Ohio 1st Team and D2 Player of the Year 2019 and 2020. She is a candidate for the Franklin B. Walters scholarship.
Taylor plans to attend the University of Tennessee.
• Sara Marhefka was a one-year member of the Writer’s Club, OCC Leadership, and the National Honor Society. She was this year’s vice-president and a member of the Book Club for four years; this year’s treasurer and four-year student council member; this year’s secretary and four-year member of the Spanish club; and member of the Key Club for four years. Sara has been a solo and ensemble participant for three years and received two # 1 ratings and a # 2 rating. She has competed in Trills and Thrills and district and state competitions with the choir for two years. . Sara has also volunteered at Budokai Martial Arts helping out in classes for young children.
Sara plans to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University to major in integrated mathematics education.
• Madysen Myers has served on the OCC leadership, student council, senior class executive, National Honor Society and Key Club where she served as president for two years. She is a former member of the Spanish club. Madysen is also a member of Business Professionals of America, a two-year state graduate, and a one-year Regional Officer.
Madysen plans to go to college for business marketing
• Kaitlin Reese was this year’s secretary and a three-year member of the Student Council; vice-president this year and member of the Spanish Club for four years; member for one year of the executive committee of the senior class; and member of the Drama Club for two years. She plays the clarinet and is a four year old marching band member and two year old pep band member. Kaitlin appeared in school musicals for four years and played a starring role in the production “The Little Mermaid”. For two years she has participated in the Talent Show, the Moody’s Math Challenge and Trills & Thrills for the group.
She volunteered at Park Avenue Daycare. She baked cookies and distributed candy canes to two retirement homes. She taught a two-year-old and created her own lesson plans and crafts. Kaitlin is a member of Mansfield Open Bible Church where she has been a Sunday School teacher for four years and has been on the worship team for three years. She is a member of the youth group “UpRise” and babysitting for the ministry of young adults, “Thrive”.
Kaitlin plans to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she will double as a major in criminal justice and psychology and a minor in children’s ministry. She plans to become a prosecutor, advocate for child victims, foster parent and open her own law firm.
• Taylor Russell was a member of the National Honor Society. She is the recipient of four years of college letters in track, three years of college letters in basketball and four years of college football letters whose team won the Division 2 Girls Soccer State Championship.
Taylor plans to attend North Central State College to major in biology and become an orthodontist.
• Clayton Stankovich was President of SkillsUSA Madison Chapter and former Regional President of SkillsUSA Ohio Northwest. He has served as President of the National Honor Society, a four-year member of OCC, FCA and student council leadership, and a member of the student leadership team. Clayton took first place in the SkillsUSA customer service competition and first place in the SkillsUSA professional skills demonstration competition in 2020.
Clayton plans to attend Youngstown State University to study electrical engineering.
• Rebecca Stoner was a National Honor Society Historian, this year’s vice-president and three-year Key Club member, senior class executive committee treasurer, and student council member for one year. She is the Assistant UpRise Outreach Coordinator at Mansfield Open Bible Church.
Rebecca plans to follow the path God has marked out for her and she knows it will one day lead to youth ministry. But for now, she believes that God has other plans for her.
• Ronald Thompson was a member of the football team for one year, a member of the baseball team for two years, and a member of the wrestling team for three years. Ronald was a one-year member of the FCA, OCC leadership, and student council. He was vice president of the National Honor Society and vice president of SkillsUSA, Madison Chapter. He was a State SkillsUSA student for related technical mathematics and a two-year student in the CT Electrical Maintenance program.
Ronald plans to attend Bowling Green State University to major in construction management.
Salvationian Jaekob Conard was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a member of the Student Council during his first year. He won a four-year letter in three sports: cross country, golf and baseball.
Jaekob was a freshman on the Honor Roll and won all A’s in his second, junior and senior years. Jaekob plans to attend Marietta College to pursue a dual engineering degree with a specialization in applied physics.