Top students for IM Class of 2021
IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain High School has announced seven valedictorians for the Class of 2021, all maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.
— Dante L. Basanese is the son of Geno and Lisa Basanese of Iron Mountain. He is a member of the National Honor Society, has placed on the IMHS Honor Roll for seven consecutive semesters, and has earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Michigan Youth Volunteer Award and Veteran’s Administration Purple Heart Volunteer Award. While at Iron Mountain High School, Basanese has been active in Student Council for three years as well as serving as secretary for Youth in Government. He has also participated in Key Club, the Youth Advisory Council or YAC, Varsity Club, Environmental Club, student mentoring and the robotics program. Additionally, Basanese was named West Pac Copper Division All-Conference First Team defensive back as well as Division 8 All-Region for defensive back in football and served as football captain. He played basketball, golf, baseball and ran track in high school. Basanese has completed these accomplishments while working part-time at Gasperini Lawn Care and participating in an engineering co-op at Boss Snowplow. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and going to camp. Basanese plans to pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and computer science at Michigan Technological University.
— Alexandra N. Hagan is the daughter of Laura and Mark Hagan of Breitung Township. She is a two-year member of the IMHS Honor Society, has made the IMHS Honor Roll for seven consecutive semesters, has earned the Iron Mountain High School Academic Excellence award and is a four-year Honors Celebration attendee. Hagan also received MIVCA All Academic State recognition and participated in the Michigan Mathematics Competition. She has participated in Key Club, Varsity Club, Career Launch Student Leadership and served as Student Council president this year. Hagan won first place in the 2020 LAND — Liberal Arts Network for Development — creative writing contest through her submission as a dual enrollment student with Bay de Noc College. She also was in the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program as a mentor to a younger female student. In addition, Hagan was band president her senior year and active in jazz band as well. Outside of the classroom, Hagan got involved volunteering at the Imagination Factory Children’s Museum as well as the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, where she is an Honored Hero. Hagan is a member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church and attends Redemption Hill Youth group. She plans to study psychology at Northern Michigan University.
— Sarah K. Kulas is the daughter of Greg and Kathy Kulas of Iron Mountain. In high school, Kulas was on the IMHS Honor Roll for seven consecutive semesters as well as being a member of the IMHS Honor Society for two years and was inducted into the National Honor Society this year. She has earned the Iron Mountain High School Academic Excellence award and is a four-year Honors Celebration attendee. Kulas also competed in the Science Olympiad for three years. She enjoyed participating in cross country and track and field, where she was a member of the Cross Country All-State/All-UP team for all four years of high school and the Cross Country UP Dream Team this year. Kulas was an active member of band, serving as the band council editor this year as well as competing in Solo and Ensemble for four years. She was a member of student council for two years and enjoyed being in the Spanish Club, and Varsity Club. Kulas volunteers her time with Habitat for Humanity and attends youth group regularly. She plans to attend St. Norbert College.
— Madeline C. McCash is the daughter of Dave and Cathy McCash of Florence, Wis. At IMHS, McCash has been active in the band program, participating in marching band as well as jazz band and serving in band council for two years. She also was selected for Menominee River Conference Honors Band. She is a two-year member of the IMHS Honor Society, has earned the IMHS Academic Excellence award, earned a place on the IMHS Honor Roll for seven consecutive semesters and was the Daily News Student of the Week. Additionally, she was selected for induction into the National Honor Society this year. McCash was very active in athletics as well. She played varsity golf as well as volleyball all four years, where she was team captain her sophomore and senior years. McCash was a member of Varsity Club, Key Club, Spanish Club and Student Council, her senior year as treasurer. McCash was co-president of the “be nice” mental health awareness program IMHS introduced this year. Outside of school, McCash stays busy working and hanging out with friends and family. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall.
— Claire A. Mongrain is the daughter of Rod and Laurie Mongrain of Kingsford. At IMHS, she was Key Club class representative, Spanish Club vice president and Varsity Club president. She also was very active in athletics, serving as captain in every sport in which she participated. She played varsity tennis, JV and varsity basketball and varsity softball. In tennis, Mongrain earned All-U.P. First Team in singles and doubles tennis, All-State Doubles and All-U.P. Division 2 2020 Player of the Year. In softball, she was named All-Conference First Team and in basketball she was All-Conference Honorable Mention and All-U.P. Honorable Mention. In addition to all of her club and athletic involvement, Mongrain also is a two-year member of the IMHS Honor Society, has earned the IMHS Academic Excellence award and was inducted into the National Honor Society this year. Outside of the classroom, Mongrain is an altar server at American Martyrs Catholic Church, played club softball, and worked at Systems Control, IM-K Community Schools and other jobs. She plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University.
— Arianna R. Morel is the daughter of Michelle and Gustavo of Iron Mountain. She is a two-year member of the Iron Mountain High School Honor Society, has been on the IMHS Honor Roll for seven consecutive semesters, has earned the IMHS Academic Excellence award and is a National Honor Society inductee. Morel has been active in varsity tennis and varsity soccer at IMHS, as well as competitive dance. Arianna also was a member of the Key Club, Spanish Club and Student Council. She was the co-president of the “be nice” mental health awareness program that was introduced this year at IMHS, and was active in HOSA-Future Health Professionals Organization. In her spare time, Morel works and volunteers at the YMCA. She plans to study biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience on a pre-med track at the University of Michigan.
— Brianna L. Olson is the daughter of Michelle and Steve Coron of Iron Mountain and Brian Olson of Iron Mountain. She is a two-year member of the IMHS Honor Society, earned the Iron Mountain High School Academic Excellence award and is a National Honor Society inductee. She has received Student of the Month on several occasions, competed with the Quiz Bowl and Science Olympiad teams and was a Science Olympiad medalist. Olson was active in the IMHS band program, playing in jazz, marching and concert band as well as the Dickinson County Area Band and Norway City Band. She was a member of the Environmental Club, Spanish Club, Art Club, Yearbook Club and YAC. She was also active in HOSA-Future Healthcare Professionals Organization, where she earned the title of HOSA Regional Champion. Olson volunteered her time as a tutor and also completed CPR/First Aid Certification training. She earned the 100-hour Volunteerism Certificate and volunteered with the MJE Cares Foundation. She received the Michigan Technological University Women in STEM Award and also is a chess champion. Olson works as an associate at Dunham’s Sports as well as softball concessions and enjoys spending her time playing flute, reading, making art, playing video games, writing and coding. Olson plans to pursue a nursing degree at Northern Michigan University.
— Leah A. Larsen, daughter of Mark and Joanne Larsen of Breitung Township, has been named salutatorian of the Class of 2021. She is a two-year member of the Iron Mountain High School Honor Society, a four-year Honors Celebration attendee and has been inducted into the National Honor Society. Larsen has been a valued member of the IMHS band program, participating in marching, pep, concert and jazz band. She also has been active in varsity soccer and volleyball. Additionally, Larsen was a member of Environmental Club, Tri-Hi-Y, YAC, Varsity Club, HOSA-Future Health Professionals Organization and Science Olympiad. She keeps busy by altar serving at Immaculate Conception Church — where she was voted Most Valuable Member — and works part-time at The Drug Store. Larsen plans to pursuing a degree in biology, health and society at the University of Michigan.
IMHS graduation ceremonies will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Iron Mountain High School Stadium.