Kettering's 2002-03 school year is off and rolling

Jul 15, 2002

An energetic and smart group of more than 200 freshmen stormed onto campus over the weekend to help Kettering begin its 2002-03 school year Monday, July 15.

An energetic and smart group of more than 200 freshmen stormed onto campus over the weekend to help Kettering begin its 2002-03 school year Monday, July 15. Move-in and Orientation events started July 11, allowing faculty and staff to greet the newcomers who are among Michigan's top honors students ... and other states', too!

Kettering's incoming freshman class has 13 valedictorians and honor students from some of the finest high schools. Here's a look at just a few of them.

Among the valedictorians who have joined the student ranks at Kettering is Jon Kowalski of Lakeland High School in White Lake. Kowalski was one of only 20 students the "Detroit News" called its "best and brightest" among this year's high school graduates. Kowalski maintained a 4.0 grade point average while serving as the Blackboard coordinator for Huron Valley Schools where he published K-12 online education study materials with Blackboard, Inc., and was a presenter at theBlackboard Users Conference. Along with a long list of academic honors, he was the marching band drum major and an Eagle Scout. He will major in Business, Management and Computer Science and hopes to be an online education specialist.

Amanda Soldan of Pontiac, valedictorian of Pontiac Central High School, is the recipient of Kettering's Trustee Scholarship. She is a member of Pontiac Central's infamous "Chief Delphi" team for FIRST, the national robotics competition that inspires youth to explore science and technology careers. Chief Delphi has been an active part of the Kettering Kickoff robotics event each September.

And speaking of FIRST participants, Kettering's seven scholarship recipients this year are:
** Nicholas TenBrink of Goodrich, Mich., a student at Goodrich High School.
** Kyle Shipp of Flint, a student at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint.
** Lakesha Macon of Saginaw, a student at Buena Vista High School. She is a past participant in Kettering's AIM Program.
** Seth Henderson of Holly, Mich., a student at Oakland Science, Math and Technology Academy in Clarkston. He was interviewed, along with Bob Nichols, vice president of Enrollment Management, on WJR Radio April 27 during a special two-hour broadcast of the Paul W. Smith Show from Epcot Center.
** April Roach of Pontiac, Mich., a student at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School in Bloomfield Hills. She was also part of the WJR broadcast from Orlando.
** Derelle Redmond of Southfield, a student at Southfield Senior High School.
** Armando Gomez IV of Mt. Prospect, Ill., a student at Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

While final statistics on the incoming class are still being compiled, some freshman trivia includes:
** There is at least one set of twins, Aaron and Adam Leech of Fremont, Neb.
** Some freshmen have journeyed far to join the Kettering community. A few examples are Alan DeLosantos of Waipahu, Hawaii, Abraham Diaz of Tinian (an island in the Trust Territory of the Pacific) and Matthew Ingels of Homer, Alaska. Ingels is the brother of Kettering senior Carson Ingels.
** One of the recipients of the prestigious Rosa Parks Scholarship in Detroit is an incoming freshmen. Jerome Purse, a graduate of Benjamin O. Davis Aerospace Technical High School, hopes to study Electrical Engineering.
** One freshman, Nicholas Hall of Davison, is a long-distance cyclist who rides up to 100 miles a day. Hall will study Computer Engineering and is the first Davison student to earn certification as a Cisco certified network assistant.
** Last year's top Academically Interested Minorities (AIM) student -- Marquita Adams of Flint -- is part of the freshman class.
** Center Line High School Salutatorian Daniel Wilk, who was named to the Macomb County All-Conference Academic Team, is among the seven salutatorian freshmen.


** And one more "best and brightest" is Schia T. Lewis of Union High School in Grand Rapids, whose academic and athletic accomplishments in West Michigan earned her top honors in the "Detroit News Outstanding High School Graduates" list.

The following students have been named to the Urban League of Flint's list of Outstanding Black Scholars for 2002. The recognition is given to those graduating seniors who have maintained a high scholastic standing throughout their high school career.

DeAonte Lewis will study Mechanical Engineering. David is a graduate of Grand Blanc High School with a 3.273 GPA.

Katrina Rainer will study Computer Engineering. Katrina is a graduate of Grand Blanc High School with a 3.397 GPA.

Keitha Taylor will study Industrial Engineering. Keitha is a graduate of Hamady High School with a 3.480 GPA.

Marquita Adams will study Electrical Engineering. Marquita is a graduate of Flint Northern High School with a 4.0 GPA.

Yakira Newton will study Computer Science. Yakira is a graduate of Flint Northern High School with a 3.738 GPA.

Armond Lincoln will study Electrical Engineering and Management. Armond is a graduate of Powers Catholic High School with a 3.637 GPA.

William Payne will study Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. William is a graduate of Powers Catholic High School with a 3.574 GPA.

Davida Clark will study Electrical Engineering. Davida is a graduate of Flint Southwestern Academy with a 3.755 GPA.

And here's a few more tidbits on Kettering's incoming freshmen:

Jason Ruoff of Somerset Center will study Computer Engineering. He is a graduate of Addison High School and ranks third in his class.

Andrew Kolanowski of DeWitt will study Mechanical Engineering. He is a graduate of DeWitt High School and a member of the National Honor Society, as well as a Michigan Merit Award recipient. Andrew is one of the Top Ten scholars from DeWitt High School.

Michael Robinson, Jr. of Fowlerville will study Mechanical Engineering. He is a graduate of Fowlerville High School and a participant in the Competitive Olympics and the Science Olympiad. Michael is one of the Top Ten scholars of Fowlerville High School.

Scott Sheridan of Jackson is a graduate and one of the top scholars of Jackson High School.

Jenna Iott of Onsted will study engineering, is a graduate of Onsted High School and one of the Top Ten scholars of her class.

Tim Syrek of Pentwater will study Mechanical Engineering. He is a graduate of Pentwater High School, and with a GPA of 3.862 is one of Pentwater's top scholars of the class of 2002. Tim served as president of National Honor Society at Pentwater, held various student government positions, was involved in after-school tutoring programs, and participated in the Oceana Math Competition.

Lee Phillip Schneider of Pewamo will study Mechanical Engineering. Lee is a graduate of Pewamo-Westphailia High School and an active sports participant as well as a member of the National Honor Society and one of the top scholars from Pewamo-Westphalia High School.

Matt Thorington of Sanford is a graduate of Sanford Meridian High School with a 3.97 GPA. He is the salutatorian of his class and a member of the National Honor Society. The Detroit Free Press chose Matt as a 2002 Scholar Athlete for his leadership on the basketball and football teams at Sanford Meridian. Matt has earned a Kettering University Academic Achievement Scholarship.

Chad Swartz of Standish is a graduate of Standish-Sterling High School. Chad ranks fourth in his class, with a 3.938 GPA. Because of his participation and excellence in football, basketball, baseball and golf, the Detroit Free Press chose Chad as one of the Scholar Athletes of 2002. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned a Kettering University Leadership Scholarship.