Western Michigan Christian High School Is Proud to Present Our Top 10 Students in the Class of 2020
By Kristy Taylor, Ph.D, Dean of Students and Instruction
Congratulations, Top Ten! This graduating class is a smart one, and there are several classmates that have pushed this group to work harder each and every day.
This is an extremely high honor for all ten of these students and it is worthy of recognition. It has taken countless hours of studying, homework, planning, and schoolwork to achieve such high GPA averages and grades. All of these students took the initiative in their education, with many of them taking AP and Dual Enrollment classes, and always striving for straight A’s.
I spoke personally to all top 10 students in my office before transitioning into remote learning. It was such an honor to see their smiling faces of their accomplishment. It is definitely not an easy task to be at the top of this class of 2020 at WMC, but please help me in congratulating them and their hard work these past four years.
Benjamin Garretson, Valedictorian
Benjamin Garretson will graduate as the Valedictorian of the class of 2020. He is the son of Bob and Heather Garretson and a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church. While at WMC, Ben ran cross country, played on the baseball team, was active in the jazz band, and was president of the Grand Haven Youth Advisory Council. Ben attended Grand Haven Christian School for his primary education, spent sixth grade at Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, and completed junior high at Geneva School of Manhattan in New York. In the fall, he will attend the University of Michigan and plans to major in chemistry and minor in computer science.
Benjamin Waldo, Salutatorian
Benjamin Waldo is the Salutatorian of the class of 2020. He is the son of Michael and Stacey Waldo and attends Ferrysburg Community Church. His activities included cross country, track and field, Sanchin-Ryu karate and cadets. His college choice is still undecided but is considering Calvin, Baylor, TCU, U of M with ROTC (Army or Air Force). Ben attended Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8 primary education. His major field of study may be mathematics, engineering or language studies.
Micah Betten is the daughter of Bryan and Sandy Betten. Her hometown is Spring Lake where she attends Harvest Bible Chapel. Micah was active at WMC on the student council and played on the school’s soccer and golf teams. Micah attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. She will be attending Hillsdale College in the fall and has not decided on her college major.
Grace VanBeek, daughter of Jeff and Deb VanBeek, lives in Fruitport. She attends Harvest Bible Chapel and participates in high school ministry as well as Harvest Kids ministry. She also volunteers at North Ottawa Community Hospital. At WMC, Grace played soccer, volleyball and is active in the Student Council as well as the school spirit group called “The Green Machine.” Grace attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. Her future plans will be studying nursing at the University of Michigan.
Carli Betten, the daughter of Jerry and Elizabeth Betten, lives in Grand Haven. She attends Covenant Life Church. While at WMC, Carli participated in soccer and volleyball. She also has enjoyed serving in her church nursery and volunteering on church mission trips. Carli attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. Carli has not chosen a college to attend in the fall but plans on a future career in accounting/business.
Nathaniel Van Der Weide, of Muskegon and the son of Arie Van Der Weide and Melanie Guikema, plans on attending the University of Michigan with a possible major of physics or aerospace engineering. He played baseball, tennis and basketball at WMC. Nathan attended Fremont Christian School and then Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8th primary education and currently attends Port City Church.
Jenna Houskamp plans to attend Calvin University with a major in business and minor in Spanish. She is the daughter of Michael and Lori Houskamp and lives in Spring Lake. She attends Ferrysburg Community Church where she serves in student leadership, on the Vision Team, in children’s ministry, and on the worship team. At WMC, Jenna is a member of the chamber choir and is the 2020 senior vice-president. Jenna has also participated in soccer, basketball and is also the coach and captain for the Fury Soccer Club. Jenna attended Grand Haven Christian School for her PK-8 primary education.
Chloe Mitchell lives in Spring Lake and attends Harvest Bible Chapel. She is the daughter of Keith and Kimberlee Mitchell and sister of Kellen Mitchell. At WMC, Chloe played soccer for two years and volleyball for all four seasons and was a member of the school spirit group known as “The Green Machine.” Chloe loves teaching volleyball to youth and also refereeing youth volleyball leagues. She is the founder of Blessed With a Dress, an organization that donates formal wear to students. Chloe attended Grand Haven Christian for her middle school education and, in California, attended Oso Grande Elementary and Ladera Ranch Middle School. She will be studying to be a pre-physician’s assistant with a minor in nutrition at Aquinas College where she will also be playing volleyball.
Zachary Foreman, son of Jamey Foreman and Paula Prince, attends Bethany Church and lives in Twin Lake. His interests at WMC included baseball and tennis. Zachary attended Muskegon Christian School for his PK-6 education and then transitioned to WMC in 7th grade. His future plans include a possible major in education with an emphasis in teaching at the high school level.
David Clausing, of Grand Haven, attends Covenant Life Church. He is the son of Cory and Kristin Clausing. At WMC, David was active in theatre, chapel teams, served as a worship intern and also participated in the cross country and swim teams. David attended Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8 primary education. He plans to major in biology and music at Calvin University.
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