Profile of the Class of 2011
The Kensington Woods Class of 2011 graduated 54 graduates in June. Below are some highlights on our graduating class:
Graduates were accepted into a variety of colleges and universities including the University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, College for Creative Studies, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Baker College and Kettering University.
Graduates received prestigious honors including the Congressional Medal of Merit from the Office of Mike Rogers, the Detroit Free Press Scholar Athlete Award and WXYZTV's Brightest and the Best.
Graduate received tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships including $20,000 from the College for Creative Studies, $16,000 from Central Michigan University, Full Tuition, Room & Board from Baker College and the Red Cross Scholarship.
Graduates researched and developed service projects during their year-long Senior Exhibition project, investigating a wide range of topics including Art Therapy, Improving Parenting, American Materialism, Childhood Obesity, Juvenile Delinquency, Autism, Alternative Energy, Helping Haiti Recover, the Electoral College, Music and the Mind, Educational Reform, Modern Slavery and Censorship.
Here are some details about some of our most recent graduates!
Nick German at the WXYZ-TV Brightest and Best Ceremony.
Nicholas German has left his mark on Kensington Woods High School. He has earned the distinction of being this year's Valedictorian and plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall to study Economics. Nick's future goals include earning a law degree and he also acknowledges that he has a strong interest in politics. Nick definitely possesses the knowledge, confidence and passion to run for public office one day! WXYZ's Channel 7 has also recognized Nick as one of Metro Detroit's "Brightest and Best" in which graduating seniors are honored for their academic achievements.
One of the highlights of Nick's high school experience was being a member of the Kensington Wood's Drama Club. Nick is a natural on the stage and held major roles in three productions at the school including "The Nerd", "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Barefoot in the Park". When asked about his experience at KWHS, Nick responds, "In my life there has been no greater joy than knowing the people at Kensington Woods, who were careful to never permit a dull day to go by. I have been given too much by the people of this school to forget any of you. Thank you."
Shelby Zastrow receiving her Congressional Medal of Merit from Michigan Representative Bill Rogers and US Congressman Mike Rogers
Shelby is a three year member of Student Council and Leadership and is also the Photo Editor of this year's Yearbook. Shelby is also a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and works a full schedule at Pet Supplies Plus in Howell.
Shelby will be attending Eastern Michigan University in the fall to study Special Education with a focus on Autism, which is also what her Senior Exhibition explores.
Shelby also received the Congressional Medal of Merit from Congressman Mike Rogers for her demonstration of exemplary citizenship and academic excellence throughout her high school career.
Lily Roark, Mind Blown, 2011
Lily Roark is a driving, creative force at Kensington Woods. Lily is a three year member of the Yearbook staff, two of which have been spent as Editor. This year, Lily was Editor in Chief. Lily was also a founding member of Green Club.
Lily is also actively involved in school, taking AP English as a Junior and AP Studio Art as a Senior.
Lily will be attending the College for Creative Studies in Detroit next fall, earning a $20,000 merit scholarship from the portfolio she developed as a student at Kensington Woods.