NC taps its top seniors for 2019


POWERS — North Central Area Schools has announced the top seniors for the graduating class of 2019.

Graduation ceremonies will be 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the high school gymnasium.

Co-valedictorians are Ellie LaBonte and Mercedes McLeod, salutatorian is Delaney Smith and top honor student is Chloe Wells.

Ellie LaBonte, daughter of Dale and Mary LaBonte of Powers, achieved a 4.0 grade-point average through high school. LaBonte is a member of the National Honor Society, student council, Key Club and yearbook. She was elected to serve as class treasurer and NHS historian, and was a cheerleader for both junior varsity and varsity football as well as basketball.

She has volunteered to serve at community Thanksgiving dinners, made toys for the animal shelter, played games with nursing home residents, helped to organize and work at local American Red Cross blood drives, helped plan and carry out Hermansville Hustle 5k activities, and organized and participated in Community Project Day activities of planting flowers and raking yards for community members.


LaBonte has been awarded the Academic Excellence Award, World History Award, English Student of the Year, U.S. History Award, English Honor Student, Top Algebra Student, Outstanding Artist and was crowned Homecoming Queen as a junior.

In her free time, she enjoys photography, scrapbooking and spending time with friends. She plans to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College this fall to study graphic design.

Mercedes McLeod, daughter of Randall McLeod of Powers and Misty Gorzinski of Spalding, also achieved a 4.0 GPA.

McLeod is a student council member, serving as secretary in her junior year and as vice-president during her senior year.

She played basketball as a freshman, was a cheerleader in all four years of high school, and played fast-pitch softball as a sophomore.


She helped with several Red Cross blood drives, planted flowers every spring during Community Project Day activities, and volunteered to work at Lake Hilbert Campground with movie nights, raking and

supervising children’s activities. She has earned awards for Academic Excellence, English Student of the Year, Top Algebra Student and was crowned prom queen as a junior.

During her free time, McLeod enjoys playing with her pets, hanging out with friends and going to the movies. Future plans include earning a degree as a veterinary technician and opening her own dog kennel.

Delaney Smith, daughter of Charles and Beth Smith of Powers, has accumulated a 3.99 grade point average throughout her high school career. Smith is active in yearbook, Key Club, is vice-president of the National Honor Society and president of the senior class. She has participated in basketball, track and was a cheerleader for both football and basketball throughout her high school career.

Smith has participated in many volunteer activities, such as planting flowers at the Hermansville and Powers intersections, helping to plan and put on the National Honor Society’s annual Hermansville Hustle 5k, has helped with the annual community Easter Egg Hunt, and helped to serve at local Thanksgiving Dinners. She was also an acolyte at the St. John Neumann Church in Spalding for more than eight years and has been a “Big Sister” with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization for the past two years.


During her high school career, she has earned several honors and awards, including English Student of the Year for two years, Academic Excellence for four years, Top Biology Student, Top Intro to Chemistry Student, Citizenship Award for three years, and Student of the Year in her junior year. During her free time, Smith likes to hang out with friends, cook, bake, watch movies and read. Future plans include attending college to become either a physician’s assistant or an occupational therapist.

Chloe Wells, daughter of Ron Wells of Powers and Debbie Peterson of Hermansville, has been named as the top honor student for the Class of 2019 with a grade-point average of 3.96. She is a member of the National Honor Society, class treasurer and secretary for the Turn-N-Burn 4-H Club.

She has served on the prom and Homecoming planning committees, assisted with several American Red Cross Blood Drives, helped with highway clean-up for the Lion’s Club, worked in the concession stands at sporting events and horse shows, and helped clean up after the Woodtick Music Festival. Wells is a mentor in the Big Sisters program, and was an acolyte at the St. John Neumann Church in Spalding for a number of years.

She has been on the All A Honor Roll throughout her high school years, received the Academic Excellence Award every year, and has been named Student of the Week for the past three years.

Extracurricular awards she’s earned include receiving a four-year award for varsity basketball, being named second team in the Skyline Central Conference for All-Conference honors in 2017 and 2019, received Honorable Mention in the Skyline Central Conference, earned a four-year award in golf, and has played volleyball for three years.

In her free time, Wells enjoys spending time with family and friends, cleaning, staying active and going on adventures. She plans to attend Ferris State University this fall to study toward becoming a radiology technician.

Additional students from the graduating class of 2019 who earned honor student status with a grade-point average of 3.0 or greater are: Marissa Anderson, Taylor Blair, Brady Eichmeier, Belen Garcia Bermejo, Amber Gundrum, Dalton Hanchek, Griffin Johnson, Cheyanne Korhonen, Jadie Linder, Tayler Poupore, Eric Strahl, Ethan VanEnkevort and Zoe Williams.


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