The Squire is proud to present Rockford High School’s top ten students according to their amazing high school grade-point average. We also applaud all graduates on reaching this milestone achievement and wish this year’s students all the best as they move on to the next achievements of their lives. Julia Ceglowski Julia Ceglowski is Rockford’s highest academic student with a grade-point average of 4.644. The daughter of Dan and Andrea Ceglowski, she is sister to Peter, 15. Julia is an Advanced Placement Scholar, a Rockford Public Schools “Example in Excellence” and an All State athlete in water polo. In other activities besides studies and sports, Julia also enjoys puzzles and reading to younger students at Valley View Elementary School. She is a volunteer at the Kent County Humane Society, where she loves to play with and walk dogs that are awaiting adoption. She also volunteers at Spring Hill Camps and is a tutor. Julia goes on to Colgate University, where she will study mathematics. At Rockford Public Schools, Julia said she has learned to “never take life too seriously and try new things.” Kendra Bilardello Kendra Anjali Bilardello is ranked second i academic among her graduating class of 2012 with a grade-point average of 4.631. She is the daughter of Dave and Michelle Bilardello and sister to Taylor, 16. Among Kendra’s accomplishments during her years at Rockford are completion of seven Advanced Placement classes. She is the winner of the Harvard Book Award, a member of the National Honor Society, an Advanced Placement Scholar and has been recognized as Student of the Month. She is also a veteran of Grand Rapids Community College mathematics competitions. In addition to her hard work in her studies, Kendra is a four-year varsity crew athlete who also played basketball for Rockford for two years. She has been the crew website coordinator and a volunteer for Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. She has also coached and refereed community camps and games. Also talented in language, Kendra has completed a Spanish course at La Universidad de Granada, Spain. Kendra is a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. As the next step in her bright academic career, Kendra is going to study at University of Notre Dame in Science, Technology, Engineering […]
With weather conditions less than ideal, the Rockford women’s crew team proved that neither wind nor rain could keep them from their goal of defeating one of the best crew teams in the state. In a tri-meet against Ann Arbor Pioneer and Ann Arbor Skyline, Rockford took to the water to show what they were made of. The Rams crew team is used to rowing on a river, where high winds have less impact on rowing conditions. However, Saturday’s race at Orchard Lake proved to be more challenging. With high winds and threatening storms, many of the races were delayeadidn’t stop the lightweight women’s eight boat. They took to the water with little fear and easily defeated the Ann Arbor Skyline boat. The women’s junior four also claimed first place, knocking off rowing giant Ann Arbor Pioneer. As the race came to an end, the Rams were awarded the first-place trophy for scoring the most points against the other two Ann Arbor teams. The women’s lightweight eight boat is made up of stroke Raechel Wrona, rowers Molly Guthrie, Andrea Galloway, Lora Gleghorn, Chloe McColgan, Lyndsey Felty, Stephenie Sawicki, and Emily Prus, and coxswain Dani Tefft. The women’s junior four boat is made of stroke Kendra Bilardello, Rebecca Markam, Kate Fraser, Kara Korson, and coxswain Becca DeKorne. Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete this weekend at the Midwest Scholastic Regional Regatta in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, May 7.