On Saturday, June 5, at 1:00 p.m. seven seniors from Beaver Island
Community School will march down the aisle at Holy Cross Hall
to the lilting melody of Pomp and Circumstance, as
they bring to a close a major chapter of their lives.
A bittersweet time, high school graduation marks the end of one
era and the start of another. All seven members of the class of
2004 are excited to have the rest of their lives begin to unfold.
Receiving diplomas this year are:
Laura Bosquet. Laura has new places in her future, following
a summer working at the Emerald Isle Hotel. Im going
to travel with my sister. Were going to the Virgin Islands,
just for the experience, she says.
While college plans are uncertain at this time, Laura sees a
possible future career in cosmetology.
Laura is the daughter of Kevin and Debbie Bosquet.
Kerrie Gillespie. Kerrie has a busy summer planned with
a number of jobs to keep her hopping. Ill be working
at the Beaver Lodge, the Harbor View Hotel, cleaning houses with
my mother and cleaning my Uncle Roberts boat, she
The fall will see Kerrie moving on to Lansing Community College
where she will begin to study psychology. After two years at LCC,
Kerrie plans to transfer to Michigan State University.
Im going to the community college first because the
transition should be easier and Ill be able to adapt quicker
because of the smaller classes than at MSU, she explained.
Looking back on her last four years, Kerrie said, I had
fun in all my high school years. I enjoyed having friends that
made you laugh.
In a year in which no student met the schools strict grade
point requirement to be named valedictorian, Kerries top
ranking in the class brings with it the distinction of being the
salutatorian of this years graduating class.
Earlier this spring, at the annual Sports Awards Ceremony, Kerrie
was awarded the Bill Burns Sportsmanship Award for her outstanding
contributions to the schools sports program this year.
Kerrie is the daughter of Rich and Laura Gillespie.
Barry McDonough. Barry will be spending a good part of
the coming summer at the south end of the island working on projects
at Ed Wojans Applewood property.
The completion of those chores will see Barry then moving to
Traverse City where he will be attending Northwestern Michigan
College. At this time Barry is still unsure of a career path,
but is hopeful that his first two years of college will help clarify
his choices. Im going to do my general studies there
and figure out what I want to go into, he says.
This past school year Barry was named the Most Valuable Offensive
Player for both the soccer and basketball teams and named to both
the soccer and basketball All-League teams.
Barry is the son of Bill and Tammy McDonough.
Dan McDonough. Dan will be spending the upcoming summer
focusing on his drawing and making plans for the future.
Im not sure about college yet, he says. Ive
been so busy getting through high school. Once I get a chance
to decompress from all Ive done in high school, Ill
look into that.
Dan does have a lofty goal, however. I want Stan Lees
job, he says with a smile and a laugh. Hes the
big guy behind Marvel Comics.
Dan said his school years have been enjoyable. Ive
been here a long time. Its been a good experience and Ive
met a lot of people. Of his teachers he added, Mr.
Stambaugh is one of the more interesting and entertaining-to-be-around
teachers Ive had.
Dan is the son of Joe and Tarry McDonough.
Mike McDonough. Mikes future plans, following another
summer working as a deckhand and dock worker for the Beaver Island
Boat Company, include attending Northwestern Michigan College
in Traverse City this fall where he will begin a study of electrical
engineering. Following two years at NMC Mike hopes to transfer
to Michigan Technological University in Houghton.
Mike is the son of Joe and Tarry McDonough.
Rachel McDonough. For the second straight summer Rachel will
be working at McDonoughs Market.
Rachel plans on attending Mid-Michigan Colleges Mt. Pleasant
campus in the fall. There she will work towards her general requirements
for two years before transferring to Central Michigan University
where she hopes to major in Elementary Education in order to eventually
become an elementary school teacher.
Of her current teachers, Rachel said Mr. Stambaugh was pretty
cool, sometimes. He pushed us like college students,
she explained. I didnt like it at the time, but once
I get to college Ill appreciate it.
Rachel is the daughter of Jim and Diane McDonough.
Christine Runberg. Christine has been working at the Shamrock
for the past year and will continue in that capacity throughout
the summer. Beyond that, Christine says her future is yet to be
I really dont know, she says of her plans for
the fall. I havent picked a college yet, but I hope
to go. At this time her possibilities include moving to
Colorado, Chicago, or Traverse City.
Wherever the future takes her, Christine says of her classmates,
I will miss all these beautiful people around me.
Christine is the daughter of John and Joyce Runberg.
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