Edwardsburg celebrates top 10 students

EDWARDSBURG — Edwardsburg High School recently released its list of top 10 students, including four valedictorians.

1. Valedictorian Samuel Fish (4.0 GPA) is the son of Charles and Caryn Fish, of Edwardsburg.  He is treasurer of the National Honor Society, a Student Council representative, a member of S.A.D.D., and an elementary student mentor. Fish has earned the Academic Excellence Award for three years. As a member of the cross country team and JV golf team, Fish is a two year recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award. He has been an EHS representative for the Edwardsburg Sports Complex Youth Advisory Council, raced on the Amateur Motocross circuit and competed in the 2019 AMA National Motocross Championship. He has earned his private pilot’s license, with instrument rating, and is a member of the 122nd Fighter Wing unit of the Indiana Air National Guard in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He plans to attend Purdue University to major in aeronautical engineering technology, with the goal of becoming a commercial pilot and a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. 

2. Valedictorian Allison Ianello (4.0 GPA) is the daughter of Dan and Julie Ianello, of Edwardsburg. She is a member of the Edwardsburg High School marching band and concert band where she plays the Alto saxophone. A four-year member of Edwardsburg Talent Search, Ianello has also participated in S.A.D.D. during high school.  She is a three-year recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. She will attend Michigan State University this fall and pursue a degree in engineering.

3. Valedictorian Isabella Jackson (4.0 GPA) is the daughter of Robert and Ginger Jackson, of Niles.  She is the senior class treasurer, a member of the National Honor Society, Science Olympiad team and a Student Council representative. Jackson has earned the Academic Excellence Award for three years. She plays the alto saxophone in the jazz band and pep band and is a member of Bella Voice. Throughout her high school career, Jackson has enjoyed being part of the EHS spring musicals. Her credits include: “Fiddler on the Roof” (chorus), “The Little Mermaid” (Leeward/chorus), “Shrek,” “The Musical” (Pied Piper, Mad Hatter, Duloc Dancer), and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (gypsy).  She has participated in S.A.D.D., the Edwardsburg High School marching band and concert band, playing the clarinet, and has been an elementary student mentor. Jackson also placed second in the 2018 Law Day Essay Contest.  She plans to attend Grand Valley State University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

4. Valedictorian Mason Marazita (4.0 GPA) is the son of Todd and Amy Marazita, of Niles. He is secretary of the National Honor Society and a member of the Leo’s Club. Marazita has earned the Academic Excellence Award for three years. He is captain of the varsity tennis team and a three year recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award. He also attends Berrien Math and Science Center, where he is class president and a member of the Robotics Team Excel 2474. He placed first in behavioral and social sciences at the 2017 Berrien County International Science and Engineering Fair and is a 2019/2020 deputy supervisor at Milton Township. He will attend the University of Michigan this fall and major in aerospace engineering.

5. Salutatorian Madeleine LaPierre (3.99 GPA) is the daughter of Frank LaPierre and Dawn LaPierre, of Edwardsburg. She is president of the National Honor Society, a Student Council representative, a member of S.A.D.D., and an editor of the EHS yearbook. LaPierre has earned the Academic Excellence Award and Scholar Athlete Award for the past three years. She is a captain of the varsity girls soccer team. She attended Western Michigan University studying Honors English through the Academically Talented Youth Program. This fall, she plans to attend the University of Michigan to double major in history and international studies.

6. Claire Bartz (3.98 GPA) is the daughter of Kevin and Kim Bartz, of Niles. She is the secretary of Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society, S.A.D.D., and an elementary student mentor. Bartz has earned the Academic Excellence Award and the Scholar Athlete Award for three years. As a captain of the varsity girls basketball team, captain of the varsity girls soccer team and a member of the varsity girls tennis team, she has earned several awards: Outstanding Senior Scholar Athlete Basketball (2020); Wolverine Conference First Team Basketball (2019, 2020); Wolverine Conference Second Team Tennis (2019); Wolverine Conference Second Team Soccer (2018, 2019); Wolverine Conference Honorable Mention Basketball (2018). She will attend Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, to pursue a degree in speech pathology, while playing basketball for the Belles.

7. Mallory Barnosky (3.98 GPA) is the daughter of Don and Maureen Barnosky, of Edwardsburg.  She is a member of the Science Olympiad team and Leo’s Club. Barnosky has earned the Academic Excellence Award for three years and the Scholar Athlete Award for two years. She has been a member of the varsity cross country team, varsity track and field team and captain of the JV girls tennis team.  During high school, she volunteered her time at Granger Community Church, participated in a 10-day service trip to Costa Rica through Global Leadership Adventures and organized several fundraisers for the Cass County Animal Shelter. She plans to attend Regis University in Denver, Colorado, to obtain a degree in biology with a minor in business.

8. Leah Eaton (3.98 GPA) is the daughter of Eric and Marnie Eaton, of Niles, and the late Andrea Eaton-Windbigler.  She is a member of the Science Olympiad team and a three-year recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. Eaton has been a member of S.A.D.D. and the EHS Robotics Team, Iron Giants #5069.  As a member of the varsity track and field team, she has earned the Scholar Athlete Award for two years. In 2018, she represented Midwest Energy and Communications in Washington, D.C., learning how local groups can enact change on the state level.  She will attend Southwestern Michigan College to complete her associates degree in pre-engineering, with future plans to obtain an electrical engineering degree from Michigan Technological University.

9. Aubrey Eberlein (3.97 GPA) is the daughter of Joel and Lee Eberlein, of Edwardsburg. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Leo’s Club, S.A.D.D., and is an editor for the EHS yearbook.  Eberlein has earned the Academic Excellence Award for three years. She has been an elementary student mentor, and played volleyball her freshman and sophomore year. She plans to attend the University of Denver this fall, to pursue a degree in child psychology or medicine.

10. Marie Gruver (3.97 GPA) is the daughter of Steve and Michelle Gruver, of Edwardsburg. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and plays percussion in the EHS marching band, concert band, pep band, and pit orchestra for musicals. Gruver is the marketing and final editor for the EHS Edward Lowe Business group. She has earned the Academic Excellence Award for three years. She will attend Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, to double major in classical studies and history.