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2018-05-16 / Front Page

Engadine High Names 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

by Stephen King

Stephanie Owens—EHS Valedictorian Stephanie Owens—EHS Valedictorian Engadine High School has named Stephanie Owens as Valedictorian and Kealin McKeage as Salutatorian for the Class of 2018.

Owens has a GPA of 4.02. She entered to the Engadine school system about 10 years ago when her dad moved from Manistique to Gould City for work.

Her parents are John Owens and Shannon Shoemaker, and she has one older sister, Karin Owens.

Owens was involved in many activities at EHS, including Quiz Bowl, Student Council, Glee Club, and Key Club. In sports she was on the basketball team and was a cheerleader, winning awards in both.

Her proudest accomplishment was in band, where she recently won the John Phillip Souza Award for her prowess on the trumpet. “I was asked by the veterans to play Taps at some of their events,” Stephanie stated. “I’m so proud of being asked to do this. It’s a great honor to be able to play for those people who have given so much for our country.”

Kealin McKeage—EHS Salutatorian Kealin McKeage—EHS Salutatorian She has worked at the Anchor Inn in Naubinway, as well as at McDonald’s and Arby’s.

“I loved going to school here. I loved the small school and the community. It was like everyone really knew you and really cared about you.”

She is heading to Lake Superior State University in the Sault, where she plans on taking classes to become a veterinarian. “I love animals and love working with them.”

Kealin McKeage moved to Engadine when he was in third grade. His family consists of two younger brothers, Mostyn and Persson, as well as his dad, Scott McKeage, who works at the Newberry Correctional Facility, and his mom, Andrea, Portage Township treasurer.

While at EHS, McKeage was active in football and the band, where he played the saxophone.

He will also be heading to Lake Superior State University, where he will pursue a degree in Biology. “LSSU has a very good biology program,” he said. “I am not sure exactly what I want to do yet, but I want to start there.”

McKeage enjoyed his time at EHS, stating, “You get a lot of personal attention from the teachers. One I want to mention was Mr. Moore. I really liked him and he helped to grow my interest in biology. It’s really nice when you can get to know your teachers and know they actually care about you.

“It’s not that you can’t get good grades. You can. You just have to work at it.”

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