On Thursday, May 11, 2017, starting at 6 pm in the CHS Cafeteria, Chillicothe High School will honor our "Top Ten" (based on GPA) in the graduating Class of 2017.
CHS Principal Jeff Fisher said, "The Top Ten Dinner is one of my favorite events of the school year. It is an intimate setting to honor the very best our community and school has to offer. The Class of 2017 has earned the 3rd highest scholarship total in CHS history at $10.5 million; but these ten students have accomplished far more than simply having the ten highest GPAs in their graduating class and millions in scholarship dollars; they have also always represented their school, community, families, and most importantly themselves with dignity, class, and pride. These ten students have earned our adulation through hard work, talent, and determination. As their high school principal I couldn't possibly be more proud of them."
Congratulations to these outstanding Cavaliers!
CHS Valedictorian Claire Schmitt:
Ms. Schmitt earned a 4.73 GPA while taking 18 Honors and 11 AP courses as well as 1 CCP course at CHS. While at CHS, Claire was involved in Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, Student Council, National Honor Society, Young Life, Tri-M, Spanish Honor Society, Science Bowl, and Quiz Bowl. She is planning on majoring in Biology as she furthers her studies at Miami University in Oxford.
Claire has invited CHS English teacher and incoming CHS Principal Mr. Dustin Weaver to the Top Ten Dinner as her honored guest as a teacher who deeply impacted her learning in high school.
To her family Claire states, “Thank you Mom and Dad for encouraging me and for giving me so many opportunities. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you. I love you very much, and I'll try to make you proud!”
Claire is the daughter of Larry and Jennifer Schmitt.
CHS Salutatorian Gabriella Lapurga:
Ms. Lapurga earned a 4.62 GPA while taking 20 Honors and 7 AP courses at CHS. While at CHS, Gabriella has served as the student liaison to the CCSD Board of Education, is the current President of National Honor Society, and serves the Senior Class Council as Vice President. She has also been a member of the Adena Health System AIM Program, Orchestra, Orchestra Council, String Ensemble, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, Multicultural Scholarship Club, and Varsity Volleyball as well as Boys tennis. She earned a 30 on her ACT and will be attending The Ohio State University majoring in Psychology while following the pre-med track
Gabriella has invited CHS Social Studies Teacher Ms. Katie Kern-Blystone to the Top Ten Dinner as her teacher of honor who made an impact of her as a coach and teacher. “I am incredibly grateful for my family, friends, teachers, and faculty of Chillicothe High School and the Chillicothe City School District for providing me with unwavering support in all of my aspirations. The impact each of you have had on my academic, athletic, and personal life is invaluable. Thank you.
Gabriella is the daughter of John and Marina Lapurga.
Ms. Copley earned a 4.62 GPA while taking 14 Honors, 4 AP, and 9 CCP courses at CHS. While at CHS, Jera was involved in the National Honors Society, Key Club, Symphony Orchestra, Tri-M Music Honors Society, Teen Institue, Keys to Success/Drug Free Clubs of America, Varsity Tennis, and Varsity Lacrosse. She earned a 27 on her ACT and will be attending The Ohio State University while majoring in Biology on a pre-med track.
Jera has invited CHS Math teacher Mr. Michael Richardson to the Top Ten Dinner as her guest of honor. “Mr. Richardson has been my math teacher for two classes. He has a passion for teaching mathematics and makes it easy for me to comprehend. He is always there to help me whether it be with a math question or anything else. I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Richardson, he is truly one of the best teachers I have ever had! I would also like to thank Mrs. Hawthorne and Dr. Fisher for all of your guidance throughout the years. Most importantly, I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me and encouraging me to do my best! I wouldn’t be where I am now without you.”
Jera is the daughter of Jerry and Tabitha Copley.
Mr. Heer earned a 4.58 GPA while taking 17 Honors and 6 AP courses at CHS. While at CHS, Benjamin was involved in National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Ensembles, Honor Bands, Full Orchestra, Pit Orchestra (CHS Musicals), French Club, French Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, Debate Club. He earned a 27 on his ACT. Benjamin is currently undecided on his plans for after High School but there is no doubt that when Ben decides on his plans he has the tools to be extremely successful.
Benjamin has invited CHS Band Director Ms. Michelle Carpenter to the Top Ten Dinner as his teacher of honor as she had a great impact on his education and life through music. “Thank you to all of my family, friends, and teachers for all that you have done for me. I'm so excited to go out into the world and pay it forward to all of those who will be in my life!”
Benjamin is the son of Joseph and Sandra Heer.
Ms. Shearer earned a 4.51 GPA while taking 5 Honors, 1 AP course, and 18 CCP courses at CHS. While at CHS, Amiel was involved in tennis and Young Life. She earned a 22 on her ACT and will be attending Cedarville University while majoring in Middle Childhood Education. Amiel plans to live her life fully dedicated to serving the Lord and to glorify Him in any situation He places her in.
Romains 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Amiel is the daughter of Andrew and Sarah Shearer.
Ms. Elliott earned a 4.51 GPA while taking 16 Honors and 8 AP courses at CHS. While at CHS, MacKenzie was involved in National Honor Society, Key Club, Tri-M, Cross Country, Swimming, and Orchestra. She earned a 32 on her ACT and will be attending Ohio University while majoring in Psychology with plans to enter the field of law.
Mackenzie has invited CHS Science Teacher Mrs. Jamie Metzger to the Top Ten Dinner as her guest of honor as a person who helped show her how to be passionate about learning and education. “I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and making time to attend my meets, games, and awards ceremonies. I love you guys. Thank you, also, to all my friends and [some] teachers for keeping me sane this year. I’ll miss everyone so much next year.”
Mackenzie is the daughter of Troy and Beth Elliott.
Matthew “Ryan” Conaway:
Mr. Conaway earned a 4.48 GPA while taking 15 Honors and 11 AP courses at CHS. While at CHS, Ryan was involved in Student Council, NHS, and French Honor Society. He earned a 28 on his ACT and will be attending Miami University and majoring in Physics. Ryan plans on graduating with a physics degree in a PreMed Track before attending Medical School.
Ryan invited CHS English Teacher Mrs. Chris Baird to the Top Ten Dinner as his teacher of honor. ”Thank you to my family for supporting me throughout high school. Having constant support and love behind every decision I have made helped guide me towards the future. Furthermore, thanks to all of my teachers who have helped shaped my educational experience to prepare me for what lies ahead in college.”
Ryan is the son of Russ and Stephanie Conaway.
Ms. McCorkle earned a 4.47 GPA while taking 15 Honors and 4 AP courses at CHS. While at CHS, Maggie was involved in National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Orchestra, Orchestra Council, the AIM Medical Academy, Key Club, Keys To Success, Teen Institute, Competitive Dance Team, CHS Revue and Spring Musicals-Pit. She earned a 30 on her ACT and will be attending Case Western Reserve University while majoring in Biology with a minor in Music. After college, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a pediatrician.
Maggie has invited CHS Math Teacher Mrs. Tara Nicely to the Top Ten Dinner as her staff member to honor. “Thank you to my family and teachers for providing me with so many opportunities. I couldn't have asked for better people to spend my high school career with, or a better place than CHS. To my parents: thank you for pushing me to pursue my interests. Your love and support is what has made me as strong as I am today. To Mrs. Nicely: although calculus was quite the challenge, I am so glad that you were there to make senior year a little more enjoyable and help us have fun in between all of the derivatives.”
Maggie is the daughter of James and Pam McCorkle.
Ms. Brier earned a 4.42 GPA while taking 11 Honors and 1 AP courses at CHS. While at CHS, Annemarie was involved in Symphonic Choir, Cavalites, Concert Band, Pep Band, Symphony Orchestra, Select String Ensemble, Orchestra Council, Tri-M Music Honors Society, National Honors Society, CHS Musicals, Student Spirit Section, Chinese Club, and Varsity Swim Team. She earned a 28 on her ACT and will be attending the University of Akron while majoring in Music Education: Orchestral Studies and minoring in Music Education: Vocal Studies
Annemarie has invited CHS Orchestra Director and Music teacher Mr. Luke Furniss to the Top Ten Dinner as her guest of honor. “Dear Mom, Dad, and Cressa, Thank you for always being my biggest supporters, no matter the chaos. I wouldn't be the woman I am today without you all. The best advice you ever gave me was ‘You can do anything you set your mind to.’ I will always remember that. Love you bunches and bunches.
Annemarie is the daughter of Ralph and Catherine Brier.
Mr. Ayres earned a 4.38 GPA while taking 14 Honors, 6 AP, and 2 CCP courses at CHS. While at CHS, Zach was the Vice-President of the National Honor Society, a member of Spanish Honor Society, Swim Team Captain, Cross Country Captain, Boys Volleyball Captain, and a member of the AIM Medical Academy Program. He earned a 27 on his ACT and will be attending Ohio Northern University as a member of their Swim Team while majoring in Molecular Biology with plans on becoming an Oncologist.
Zach has invited CHS Science teacher and Swimming Coach Mrs. Lindsay Burns to the Top Ten Dinner as his teacher of honor. “To my family, thanks for all of your love and support the last four years. To Mrs. Metzger and Ms. Houts- thank you so much for your support in the classroom and in the world of science. You have helped me develop a love and passion for science and have pushed me to set my goals for a career in medicine. I can never thank you two enough for that! Coach Burns, thank you for being my second mom and for helping me through every up and down of the last three swim seasons. I love you all.”
Zach is the son of Jeremy and Robin Ayres