by TIM COOPER
On Tuesday, May 25, Ram fans and family members gathered at the Rockford Freshman Center to celebrate a record-breaking group of graduates.
“Over 40 members of Rockford’s senior class are going on to participate in athletics at the next level at Division I, II and III. This is a record for Rockford High School,” said Athletic Director Tim Erickson.
During their athletic career at Rockford, these student-athletes excelled, putting many trophies in the display cases outside the gymnasium. Among these are forty-seven conference championships, thirty district championships, thirty-four regional championships, and nine state championships.
While all of these individuals showed excellence on the playing field, many of them are among the top academic achievers as well. Some even participated in student government or other extracurricular activities in addition to a full schedule athletically and academically.
“We are proud of all our students here at Rockford High School,” said Erickson. “But we are especially proud of these men and women who have chosen to continue their athletic careers in college.”
The following are the 2010 graduates who were honored at the evening ceremony and their sports and schools.
Jacob Greene, Calvin College; Brent Henry, Calvin College; Megan Kelley, Hope College; Caitlyn Patterson, Calvin College.
Torri Mills, Michigan State University.
Olivia Kacsits, Notre Dame
Trent Davidson, Ferris State University
Taylor Masiewicz, Ferris State University; Paul Mudgett, Central Michigan University; Josh Pribble, Grand Rapids Community College; Joe Stefanski, Ohio University.
Meagan Emery, Drexel University; Alexia O’ Connor, Grand Valley State University; Andi Raymond, Towson University; Kelsei Streeter, Grand Valley State University.
Lauren Pasciak, Cornerstone University; Haley Pattock, Davenport University; Morgan Ruchy, Ferris State University; Karliane Showers, Grand Rapids Community College.
Erica Cutler, Bowling Green State University; Jessica Cutler, Bowling Green State University; Alex DeVries, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Brian Ginebaugh, Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey.
Samantha Decker, Grand Valley State Unviersity; Sean Lewis, Western Michigan University.
Charlie Anel, Grand Valley State University; Sarah Birkmeier, Michigan State University; Katie Carlson, Hope College; Grant Gunneson, Aquinas College; Rachel Herald, United States Air Force Academy; Nick Shear, Taylor University; Margaret Smiley, New York University; Chris Wierengo, Northwood University.
Kylie Basarabski, Northern Michigan University; Cailie Johnson, Grand Valley State University; Kim Weaver, Grand Rapids Community College.
Jake Byers, Eastern Michigan University; Jake Dorulla, Eastern Michigan University; Jake Johnson, Eastern Michigan University; Jake Scholten, Sait Augustine College, Il.