WEST MICHIGAN — Your senior year in high school is something many will remember for the rest of their lives, especially those last couple months. But, for the graduating class of 2020, these times of course, will be remembered much differently.
It's why FOX 17 started a new segment called, 'Senior Spotlight,' meant to highlight seniors all across West Michigan and their hard work. So, every Friday on our morning newscast, we will recognize different seniors, sharing their accomplishments, goals for the future and giving them the recognition they deserve. If you are interested in featuring your senior, send Deanna Falzone a message with a picture and short write up. We will feature them every Monday and Friday and try to get to as many as we can.
KATELYN DEWULF - FENNVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
She is an active member of the FFA and National Art Honor Society. She also attends Allegan Area Tech Center for veterinary technical sciences. She will attend Baker College of Cadillac in the fall for their Vet Tech program!
MENALITO MCGEE - WYOMING HIGH SCHOOL
He plans to play basketball in college, but hasn't decided where yet. He had a very successful basketball career in high school. He was 3x All conference, Detroit News All State, AP All State First Team, MLive Player of the Year and Two Time OK Gold Champion. His mom says they are so proud of him.
MAKENZEE SHERRELL - REETHS PUFFER HIGHS SCHOOL
Her mom says her work ethic is second to none and her future success is the result of her hard work, determination, and overall will to succeed. She might not get to walk across the stage to get her diploma, but they were very lucky to watch her receive her Certified Nursing Assistant Certification through MCC before Covid-19 happened. In fact last week, she started a full time job as a CNA at a nursing home. Her mom says she has grown into an amazing young women and we can't wait to see where God's path leads her next. "We are all so blessed to call her ours."
LOGAN DELUCA - VICKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
He played football and threw shot put and disc's for track. He is the vice president for the National Honor Society and he is enrolled in the teaching EFE program where he gets to learn firsthand about teaching elementary children. He is very involved in his church youth group, while also going on mission trips. He'll be attending Cedarville University in Ohio. His mom says he is a very well rounded, motivated, compassionate and respectful young man. "I am extremely proud of him and can't wait to see what the future holds for him!!"
ANTHONY BROWN - EAST KENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
He was on the Varsity football and track team (All-Academic). He will be attending Olivet College in the fall studying Psychology/ Behavioral Science.
DA’MARRIONNA MCKINNEY - 54TH STREET ACADEMY
Her mom says she is actually a junior who worked very hard and is now walking with the senior class. She says her family has been through a lot and she is so proud of her. She'll be attending Grand Rapids community college and hopes to join the army.
LAYLA HUNT - EAST KENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
She has been on her Varsity track team for the last 4 Years. She has made it nationally to the Junior Olympics 8 times. Her mom says she tries to put God first in all she does. She plans on committing to The University of Detroit Mercy in the fall to continue her career as a track athlete.
JOE O'DONNELL - WEST MICHIGAN AVIATION ACADEMY
He also attended KCTC for engineering and welding. He plays soccer and guitar and is attending Ferris for Welding Engineering.
MADISON MCGILL- THORNAPPLE-KELLOGG HIGH SCHOOL
She is a current member of the Barry County 4H horse program. Her passion is photography and working with her horse. Her mom says she is an essential worker at a retirement village as a dietary aide. She loves her residents. She plans on attending a vet tech program either at MSU or Baker.
AMAYA VANDYKE - NEWAYGO HIGH SCHOOL
She was on the varsity, cheer, basketball and softball team. She'll be going to Ferris to study Criminal Justice.
TRENISE FIELDS - EAST KENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
She is going to GRCC and then transferring to Ferris to be a nurse. Her mom says the couldn't be more proud of her!
EVAN WINQUEST- LA PONSIE - GRANDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
He is very active in choir and music. His mom says, he is the youngest of 4 siblings that were adopted and he has worked very hard to succeed in school. She said he is caring and kind and plans to attend GRCC and wants to teach music.
JACOB BEMET - GRANDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
He'll be attending Albion College and has received several scholarships. His mom says what makes this so special is that he has High Functioning Autism. He had an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) up until his senior year to help with social skills and other interpersonal difficulties. His mom says in spite of these hurdles, he has always taken Honors and Advanced Placement classes. "While he might not be the Homecoming King or the Star Athlete, he has worked hard his entire academic career thus far. Plus he has a wicked sarcastic sense of humor and he makes me laugh every day."