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 Friday and try to get to as many as we can.
MORGHAN VANDYKE – ZEELAND WEST HIGH SCHOOL
She is a member of the National Honor Society, also on the dance and soccer team.. She plans to attend Grand Valley State in the fall where she will study to become a Elementary teacher some day. Her mom says her heart for others stands out among the crowd and we are devastated at all that she has lost. “Her future is so bright and we can’t wait to see how God shapes her into the amazing woman she is destined to be.”
GAGE KRUEGER – FOREST HILLS EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL
He is a three sport athlete. But his parents say, the accomplishments on the court and field do not define this amazing young man. Gage is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Peer to Peer. His outgoing personality, wit, drive, compassion for people, energy and his and ability to get along with anyone will help write his next chapter
MORGAN PEREZ – LAKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
She played volleyball and will graduate with high honors. She plans to attend Ferris State University where she will enroll in the College of Business to pursue a major in Marketing
JARED DECLARK – NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL
His sister actually nominated him. She says he was supposed to be playing his last season of baseball this spring, he has been playing since t-ball days. She says he has 2 other sisters who love him so much and they feel so bad for all he is missing out on, and they wanted him to know how proud they are and how is made it through this time. He will be going to Cornerstone Univeristy for Finance.
DANIEL CRUZ – EAST KENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
His mom says this has been such a challenge for him, as it has been for all Seniors this year. He has worked very hard to get here and to now miss out on end of year activities, band performances playing the saxophone, prom, all the fun that they have all been looking forward and has created some lasting friendships and misses spending his Senior year with friends creating memories to last a lifetime. He loves art and all things creative and hopes to persue that in the future. He will be attending GRCC to start working towards those dreams. His family couldn't be more proud of him. “Congrats to him and all the seniors!”
TWINS ANDREW AND OLVIA QUILLAN – CALVIN CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL
Both have run track and cross country. Olivia is headed to Hope College going into nursing. Andrew will be attending Michigan Tech for Engineering. They both actually finished top 10 in their class. Their grandparents nominated them and say they are so proud.
EMMA HOLMES – ROCKFORD HIGH SCHOOL
She played softball and her mom says it’s heartbreaking to miss this last iconic season. Although she is heartbroken she is excited to attend Ferris in the fall. Her mom says she along with the rest of the Rockford 2020 class is strong, resilient, and they are mountain movers. “Congratulations Emma, Your hard work and perseverance throughout your high school years have amazed me as your mom and I am so excited to see you walk through the next adventures yet to come.”
ESTEBAN LOPEZ JR. KELLOGGSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
During all 4 years and in the summer he volunteers with the Epilepsy foundation as well as Nanas Run for ALS. He plays the trombone in marching band and will be sad leaving his marching mates behind.His mom says he has been a role model and someone other kids confide in, he plans to attend ferris State University in the fall with a major of Psychology.
MOLLY FANNING – FOREST HILLS NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL
During her time in high school, Molly performed in 13 musicals, the last of which was cancelled on opening night as the schools in Michigan were closed. She played lacrosse and field hockey and ran cross country. She was active in the Michael Sadler GameChang3r mentor program, was in the National Honor Society and was the Senior Class Advisory Board President. She will be attending the University of Michigan.
SETH WEBSTER - SOUTH HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL
He was on the robotics-team and plans to attend Lake Michigan Collge. His mom says, he works hard, is very focused and respectful to all. They are so proud and cant wait to see what happens next for him.