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 […]
The Rockford women’s crew team held strong in their first competition of the season and took top honors at the St. Mary’s Crew Classic on May 7 in Orchard Lake, Mich. For the second year in a row, the women’s team won the traveling Debbie Mitchell Trophy with a team total of 150 points. Ann Arbor Pioneer captured second place with 95 points and Ann Arbor Skyline took third with 83 points. A total of 10 teams from Michigan and Ohio competed in this event. Leading the way for the women was the varsity four team of Kendra Bilardello, Rebecca Markham, Kate Fraser, Kara Korson and coxswain Shelby Hodges by winning gold in their division. The team was joined by Andrea Galloway, Jessica Wheeler, Emily Prus and Lynsey Felty in the varsity eight race and captured silver for the team. Saturday was also a strong showing the novice women’s teams. The novice four were also awarded gold medals for McKenna Sampson, Zoe Zeerip, Aleah Dew, Allyson Andrews and coxswain Becca Featherston, with the novice eight boat winning silver for Caitlin Perini, Sampson, Zeerip, Brooke Berry, Lauren Pratt, Andrews, Dew and Tessa Powers under the direction of coxswain Kelsey Sweet. Other silver medalists included: • women’s lightweight eight: Stephani Sawicki, Chloe McColgan, Courtney Brummeler, Laini Scofield, S Ericksen, Jennifer Vlas, Corrine Prater, Powers, coxswain Hodges. • women’s JV eight: Amy Fedeson, Dana DeBusschere, Lindsey Marvin, Shanre Watkins, Christine Pavano, Kaitlin Belmore, Jessica Levin, Jenna Brower, coxswain Brianna VandenBerg. Bringing home bronze for the team were the women’s lightweight four team of McColgan, Scofield, Emily Prus, Sawicki and coxswain Hodges. The team will compete next on Saturday, May 14 at the Grand Rapids High School Regatta that was rescheduled from earlier in the season at Riverside Park. Fans are encouraged to come cheer the Rams as they defend their championship title at this year’s event. Racing takes place at Boat Launch #2 and admission is free.