AlWood graduates cap high school careers with honors

Sherrie Taylor/GateHouse News Service
AlWood senior Lauren Funai gets a little help from her mother Gloria before graduation Sunday afternoon.

AlWood High School recognized academic achievements last week in an Honors Assembly on Wednesday in advance of Sunday’s commencement.

The valedictorian for the Class of 2011 is Natalie Nelson and salutatorian is Haleigh Garrett.

Completing the top 10 for the class are Lauren Funai, Ella Teel, Jared Swanson, Victoria Cooper, Catarina Pruett, Hayley McDowell, Andrea Engle and Jorie Claeys.

Awards presented to students for special achievements included:

• Toney Anderson Memorial Scholarship – Katie Luallen

• Roger Engstrom Sportsmanship Award (Softball) – Katie Luallen.

• Sophie Taylor Award to the valedictorian – Natalie Nelson

• Alan and Mildred Peterson Charitable Foundation award, to a senior planning to attend an institution as a full-time undergraduate, with at least a 3.0 grade point average, $3,000 – Natalie Nelson.

• Woodhull Telephone Company, two scholarships – $2,000 to Nathan Green and $1,000 to Dakota Johnson.

• Illinois State Scholars – Natalie Nelson and Haleigh Garrett.

• AlWood Honor Trophy – Ella Teel.

• Hambleton Sportsmanship Award – Jared Swanson.

• President’s Education Awards, Oustanding Academic Excellence – Victoria Cooper, Lauren Funai, Haleigh Garrett, Natalie Nelson, Jared Swanson, Ella Teel.

• President’s Education Awards, Educational Achievement – Katie Luallen, Catarina Pruett.

• Prairie State Achievement Awards – Dana DeSutter, Matt Spivey.

• Attendance Recognition – Morgan Green and Jorge Urbina for the current year, Natalie Nelson best four-year award.

At Sunday’s commencement, Jared Swanson gave the welcome. Haleigh Garrett and Natalie Nelson gave the salutatory and valedictory addresses, respectively.

Class treasurer Lauren Funai offered the class presentations.

Principal Jay Bizarri presented the class for their diplomas.

Graduates were: Derek Robert Beck, Katelyn Jean Luallen, Nayton J. Blackwell, Hayley Allison McDowell, Jacob Leo Butts, Sara Lynea McDowell, Cara E. Carlson, Ryan Allen McLaughlin,

Joshua Morgan Caulkins, Cheyenne Kari Miles, Jorie Elizabeth Claeys, Jacob Daniel Morrison, Victoria Elizabeth Cooper, Natalie Kay Nelson, Jaymes Davidson, Hannah Elizabeth Nimrick, Jonathan Lee DeCrane, Catarina Hope Pruett, Veronica Ann Genevieve Dobbels, Clarissa Danielle Smith, Andrea Nicole Engle, Gunner Harley Smith, Justin Lee Fredrick, Kylie Joy Speer, Lauren Jean Funai, Cody James Sproston, Alexander N. Gabriel, Jeffrey Thomas Stump, Haleigh Kay Garrett, Jared Ryan Swanson, Kennith Douglas Johnson, Ella Lorene Teel, Jenna Marie Kessinger, Tyler Michael Waugh, David James Larson, Daniel James Whitcomb and Daniele Kali Lessard.