Jackson Goethe - H.H. Dow High School Jackson graduated with a 4.12 GPA. He is a member of the National Honor Society and he was recognized by USA Swimming as an Academic All-American.
In addition to placing a high emphasis on academic achievement, Goethe devoted 20-30 hours a week to his athletic passion; swimming. He won three individual state titles and helped the Chargers to top 5 finishes in the state each of his four years at Dow High. His efforts have landed him a spot on the University of Michigan swim team, one of the top programs in the country and the defending National Champions.
Goethe’s profound work-ethic and dedication is also evident through his many community volunteer commitments. He has volunteered at the Reece Community Living Endeavor for 5 years, the Midland Santa House, and the Special Olympics. He also spent four years as a Math Tutor at Central Middle School. During the summer months, Goethe also worked as a lifeguard at the Midland Country Club.
Goethe will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall. He has enrolled in the Biological Sciences program with the intention of studying genetics.
Jennifer Priessnitz - H.H. Dow High School Jennifer graduated near the top of her class with a distinction of Magna Cum Laude. She is a Midland County Youth Leadership Conference alumnae, a participant in the International Baccalaureate program, and a competitor in the American Mathematics Contest and the Congressional Art Competition.
Jennifer is as active outside the classroom as inside. She is a four-year youth mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a volunteer teacher’s aide for elementary mathematics, and an active volunteer with many programs through National Honor Society. She has received honors for her volunteer commitments by the United Way, NBC News 25, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Dow High Key Club.
Jennifer will be attending the University of Michigan concentrating in Neuroscience.
Kayla Wlock - Bay City Western High School Kayla is an outstanding student, graduating third in her class. She is a National Merit Finalist, an AP Honors Scholar Athlete, a member of the Science Olympiad and was recognized as the outstanding student in both Chemistry and Mathematics. Kayla is as active outside the classroom as inside. She is a two-time team captain for Bay City Western Relay-For-Life and she is Vice-President of the National Honor Society. In addition to tutoring math and science, Kayla has also volunteered at Bay Regional Medical Center, The Auburn Food Pantry, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Food of Faith, the Bay-Arenac Teen Parent program and at the YWCA childcare program. For her efforts, she was awarded the National Student Service Award. Kayla will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall where she will study Biomedical Engineering.
Timothy Hewitt - H.H. Dow High School Tim Hewitt is an exceptional academic and athletic talent. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 4.28, Tim is near the top of his class. He has been a Mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for nearly three years in addition to volunteering through National Honor Society and for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A member of the state champion Tennis team at Dow High, Tim has volunteered considerable hours at the Midland Community Tennis Center. He also participated in Science Olympiad, placing first in the Cell Biology program. Tim will attend the University of Michigan in the fall where he will study Neuroscience in the Pre-Med program.
Kristina Priessnitz - H.H. Dow High School Kristina exhibited exemplary skills in the classroom, graduating Summa
cum laude and finishing near the top of her class with a GPA of 4.68.
She is an accomplished artist, having received numerous awards,
including from the Midland Daily News ad contest and Congressman Dave
Camp’s art contest.
Kristina volunteered at blood drives, the Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Teaming Up With Youth program and as a teacher’s aide at Siebert
Kristina was heavily involved with competitive travel soccer, the
National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society.
She was also a member of the Chemistry Club, Key Club, and the Midland
Youth Leadership Program.
Kristina is attending the University of Michigan, focusing on Pre-Medicine.
Andrew Brown - Midland High School Andrew received a consolation scholarship due to his strong academic
achievement and volunteer initiatives.
He finished in the top ten percent of his class with a GPA of 4.01.
Andrew was actively involved in the Lunchbox Learners program, Key Club
and the Saginaw Tennis Center Outreach program.
He worked at the Midland Tennis Center and was a member of the Chemics
Varsity squad, in addition to being actively involved in Symphonic and
Andrew was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on
Medicine in Houston in 2008.
Andrew is attending Case Western Reserve University, focusing on Biology and Philosophy.
Jon Nicholas - Bay City Western High School Jon received a consolation scholarship due to his impeccable academic and service credentials.
He was Valedictorian of his class, graduating with a 4.29 GPA and nearly obtaining a perfect SAT score.
Jon received a DAR Good Citizen Award, a Student Service award and was a National Merit Finalist and a Boys State attendee.
He was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Relay for Life, in addition to tutoring math and reading.
Jon also participated in Tae Kwon Do, Soccer, Science Olympiad, National Honor Society and the American Chemical Society.
Jon is attending the University of Michigan, focusing on Biomedical Engineering.
Keith Miller - H.H. Dow High School Keith exhibited exemplary skills in the classroom, finishing as
Salutatorian of his class with a 4.73 GPA.
He was also a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar in
addition to his numerous school accolades.
Keith volunteered with the Youth Encountering Service through the
Saginaw Diocese and for Midland Mission 2006 through St. John's Lutheran
He also volunteered at the Midland Center for the Arts, Dow Gardens, and
the Bradley House in addition to bell ringing with Salvation Army.
He was active in Marching, Jazz and Symphonic bands, Boy Scouts, Key
Club, the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society.
Keith will attend Kenyon College in the fall and plans to study Biology in the Pre-Med program.
Rosie Phillips - Bay City Western High School Rosie was awarded with an honorary scholarship.
She was the Valedictorian of her class, finishing with a 4.228 GPA.
Rosie received Highest Commendations from the National Merit Scholarship
Corporation and an AP Scholar With Distinction,in addition to her
numerous school accolades.
Rosie has a remarkably strong work ethic, working at both the Dow
Chemical Company and McDonald's for three years, in addition to being
active in Soccer and Track.
She is also dedicated to the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life,"
having been a Team Captain since 2004.
Rosie's other volunteer ventures include the Auburn Area Catholic School
Library and the Proctor Math Competition.
Rosie is studying Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.
Lisa Stibitz - H.H. Dow High School Lisa exhibited exemplary skills in the classroom, finishing as
Salutatorian of her class with a 4.76 GPA.
She was also a National Merit Finalist, and a “VolunTeen of the Week”
honoree, in addition to her numerous school accolades.
When not tutoring or baby-sitting, Lisa volunteered with the United Way
Allocation Panel for Health Services and Habitat for Humanity.
Lisa was active in swim, sailing, Girl Scouts, the Alpine Club, Key
Club, the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society.
Lisa is attending the University of Michigan, and studying Biology in the Pre-Med program.
Sarah Gray - H.H. Dow High School Sarah was awarded an honorary scholarship.
She graduated 22nd in her class with a GPA well over 4.0.
Sarah's devotion to her peers, her church and her community were readily
apparent and also were focal points of three very moving letters of
She participated in several sports and she was dedicated to volunteer
initiatives like the “Candy Stripers,” Midland County Youth Leadership
and Safety Town.
Sarah will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall and plans to study Biology/Chemistry.
Kelly Ambrose - Bay City Western High School In keeping with our fund's tradition, Kelly finished near the top of her
She was a gold and bronze medal winner at the Health Occupational
Students of America regional competition and a participant of the
Midland County Youth Leadership program.
In addition to teaching piano and baby-sitting, Kelly volunteered at
nursing homes, soup suppers, 30-Hour Famine and mentored children
through the Faith Weaver Friends program at her church.
Kelly was active in cross-country, soccer, yearbook, student council and
the National Honor Society.
Kelly will attend Cornerstone University in the fall and plans to study Pre-Medicine.
Melyn Tank - H.H. Dow High School
Melyn was yet another recipient who finished near the top of her
She was an Honorable Mention at the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and
a participant of the Midland County Youth Leadership program.
In addition to tutoring geometry and baby-sitting, Melyn has used her
many talents volunteering at a physical therapy clinic, job-shadowing at
MidMichigan Medical Center, counseling Junior High students at church
retreats and attending youth mission trips.
Melyn was active in Dow High Pom-Pon, volleyball, chorus, Key Club and
the National Honor Society.
Melyn will attend Hope College in the fall and plans to study Physical Therapy.
Brianne Carpenter (left) - H.H. Dow High School Sarah Tomaszewski (right) - Midland High School Both students excelled academically, being at or near the top of their
respective graduating classes.
Carpenter used her many talents working at the Mackinac Center and
volunteering for “Operation Warm Up,” Young Life, the Open Door Soup
Kitchen and various summer camps.
Tomaszewski devoted countless hours to babysitting and tutoring math in
addition to volunteering with “Lunchbox Learners,” Teaming Up With Youth,
and the “Just Trombones” musical group.
Both graduates have expressed intentions to pursue careers in the
medical field as they begin college.
Carpenter will attend Hope College to study Pre-Medicine and Biology.
Tomaszewski will attend the University of Michigan and will study
Bio-Medical Engineering and Chemistry.
Both Carpenter and Tomaszewski volunteered at the fourth annual Dr. Ivan Memorial Golf Outing.
Christopher Schroeder (right) - Midland High School Scott Selle (left) - H.H. Dow High School Both men exhibited exemplary skills in the classroom, being at or near
the top of their respective graduating classes.
Mr. Schroeder used his many talents to teach music and swimming classes
in addition to volunteering with “Celebrate Midland,” Habitat for
Humanity, the Chippewa Nature Center and the “Just Trombone” musical
Mr. Selle spent countless hours working at Mid-Michigan Medical Center
and volunteering for numerous causes through Blessed Sacrament Parish
and Habitat for Humanity.
Both graduates expressed intentions to pursue careers in the medical field as they begin their matriculation.
Mr. Schroeder is attending Vanderbilt University and studying Bio-Medical engineering.
Mr. Selle attends The University of Michigan, studying in the Pre-Med program.
Sara Bauer - Midland High School
Fittingly, the inaugural Dr. Nicholas Ivan Memorial Scholarship was awarded to a Midland High Chemic.
The daughter of Mark and Julie Bauer, Sarah excelled both in and out of the classroom.
Sarah graduated near the top of her class, while participating in numerous extra-curricular and volunteer activities.
She has a strong sense of community, service to others and a deep love of all things science.
Sara graduated from Michigan State University in May 2007, with a
Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In July, Sara took her Boards to
become a Registered Nurse.
She has since been accepted into the Physician's Assistant program at
Central Michigan University. She will graduate in August, 2009.