06-06-2019 Coloma graduate Hannah Mathis received Green and Gold Award; Yazel and Chapin named WH

Coloma graduate Hannah Mathis received Green and Gold Award

By Annette Christie The Green and Gold Award was presented to 2019 graduate Hannah Mathis at the Coloma High School graduation ceremony Friday night, May 31. The Green and Gold Award was established in 1931. It is the most prestigious honor of Coloma High School. The student receiving this award is a person who has displayed the outstanding qualities of scholarship, industry, leadership and citizenship throughout their four years in high school. The recipient shall have been influential in the promotion of school activities as well as an active participant and is selected by the high school faculty. Hannah Mathis

COLOMA TOP HONOR… Coloma High School Principal Mike Churchill presents the coveted Green and Gold Award to 2019 Coloma High School graduate Hannah Mathis. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)


Mathis is a member of the National Honor Society and is one of the top ten students for the Class of 2019. She participated in softball, volleyball, and basketball. Her future plans are to attend Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame. Students involved in the ceremony were class officers Faith Hester, president; Zachary Lake, vice president; Cassidy Dryer, secretary; and Samantha Scott, treasurer. Paige Burgess provided the Commencement address. Seniors in the band and choir performed their last time as a Coloma Comet. The class advisor was Fran Megyese.

Yazel and Chapin named WHS Outstanding Students

By Annette Christie The Watervliet High School 130th Graduation Ceremony was held in Panther Stadium on Friday night, May 31. Traditionally, the Outstanding Senior Boy and Outstanding Senior Girl were named for the Class of 2019.

Allen Chapin III Allen Chapin III was named the Outstanding Senior Boy. He is the son of Ginnette Chapin and Allen Chapin. He finished 13th in his class with a 3.8 grade point average. Chapin’s many accomplishments include: President of the National Honor Society; member of Student Council; lettered in football and track; member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes; cast member in WHS variety shows and musical; morning announcement emcee; and is a Co-Mr. Watervliet representative. Chapin recently passed certification through Van Buren ISD Tech Center in the Fire Science Program and will be entering active duty this October in the United States Marine Corp. His future plan is to enter the Secret Service.

WATERVLIET OUTSTANDING SENIORS… Class of 2019 WHS Outstanding Boy and Girl were named at the graduation ceremony held Friday night. Allen Chapin III (left) and Emma Yazel (right) were presented with the honor. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)


Emma Yazel Emma Yazel was named the Outstanding Senior Girl. She is the daughter of Rebecca Yazel and Bradley Yazel. She finished 16th in her class with a 3.61 grade point average. Emma’s many accomplishments while as a student in Watervliet Public Schools are: Vice President of the National Honor Society; member of Student Council; lettered in volleyball, basketball, and track; recipient of the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award; MVP in track, senior year; First runner-up to Miss Watervliet; and is a long running scorekeeper for the Panther wrestling team. In addition, Yazel was the recipient of the following scholarships: Ken Bannen, Lion’s Club and Eugene Bednarowski Memorial Scholarship. Following graduation, Emma will be heading to Wayne State University this fall to pursue a degree in Public Health with the goal of heading to medical school. Senior Scholars Lindsay Adams, Elaine Koshar, Emma Kraklau, Brenna Langston, and H