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Frankenmuth News

Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906

Vol. 117 No. 47 - In our 117th year!

Wednesday, May 31 2023


FHS names Top 10 students for Class of 2023

  Frankenmuth High School Principal JoLynn Clark has announced the Class of 2023 Top 10 seniors as well as the class valedictorian and salutatorian.

  FHS Commencement will take place at 8pm Thursday, June 1, on the FHS football. There are 130 seniors in the Class of 2023 and this is the 66th graduating class. The weather as press time looks to allow graduation to take place outdoors, however, the seniors, their family members and friends should be prepared for a hot evening.

  Eric Nielsen, the son of Gretchen and Jeffrey Nielsen, is the Class of 2023 valedictorian while Vanessa Hetzner, the daughter of Jennifer and Randall Hetzner, is the 2023 salutatorian.

  The rest of the Top 10 students are, in alphabetical order:

Dylan Able, the daughter of Joelle Abke and Dave Abke;

Samuel Barger, the son of Barb and Andrew Barger;

Ryan Buchanan, the son of Renee Buchanan and Robert Buchanan;

Grant Conger, the son of Liz and Dan Conger;

Katherine Hetzner, the daughter of Coleen and Thomas Hetzner;

Piper O’Rourke, the daughter of Laura and Sean O’Rourke;

Emily Techentien, the daughter of Matt and Cynthia Techentien, and;

Levi Wascher, the son of Eric and Charridan Wascher.

  The FHS Graduation Committee selected Brittany Garcia, an alumna from the FHS Class of 2011, as their commencement speaker. Garcia is a program manager in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) programs in Africa, Asia, and Pacific, Europe, the Near East, and Western Hemisphere.

  The Class of 2023 flower is the white rose, the class song is “Good Old Days,” by Macklemore Feat Kesha and the class motto is “Obstacles do not have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” by NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan.

  Following graduation, the Senior Party will take place at E.F. Rittmueller Middle School in the cafetorium from midnight until about 5:30am. Senior advisers Jason Paetz and Matt VanArsdale will oversee the evening’s activities.

  The school year will wrap up the week of June 12 – right after the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. FHS exam days are Monday through Wednesday, June 12-14, with a 12:30pm dismissal time all three days for  the high school students. The school district (Rittmueller and List schools) will also dismiss at 12:30pm June 13 and 14, with June 14 the last day of school.

  Clark also reminds parents and students of the Summer Moratorium Weeks – also known as "Dead Weeks” when coaches and other school-related activities are paused and many times families plan their vacations. This year the weeks are Sunday, July 2 to Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, August 5.


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