Diplomas to be handed out this Sunday


CAPAC — The Tri-City area’s schedule of 2022 graduations starts this Sunday, May 15, when Capac High School seniors receive their diplomas at a 2 p.m. ceremony at the football stadium.

The graduates will have a chance to reflect on their accomplishments in high school, particularly those who were the top academic achievers and named to the Capac High School’s Class of 2022 Top Academic Achievers.

Juliana Closurdo, graduating with a 4.0 GPA, is the daughter of Ralph and Lori Closurdo and the younger sister of Isabella.

During high school, Juliana has played for Capac’s varsity basketball team, ran for varsity track and field, and rode for the equestrian team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, dual enrolled in St. Clair County Community College, and interns at a local veterinary clinic through the St. Clair County TEC program. In the fall Juliana plans on continuing her education at St. Clair County Community College to obtain her associate degree in science before transferring to Michigan State University to study animal science and obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

She would like to thank her family for always believing in her and pushing her to always do her best. She would also like to thank the coaches and teachers who have challenged her in the best ways possible.

Cerenity Helzer, graduating with a 4.0 GPA, is the daughter of Jeff and Tammi Helzer and the sister to six siblings—Catherine, Christina, Jeff, Cierra, Zayden and Czapphire.

Throughout Cerenity’s high school years she has participated in volleyball, softball, and competitive cheerleading. She is a member of the National Honor Society and enrolled in the Career and Technical Middle College program at Saint Clair County Community College. Cerenity is currently an intern at a hospital as a labor and delivery nurse assistant through the St. Clair TEC Center. In the fall she plans to continue her CTMC program and obtain her associate degree in nursing before transferring elsewhere to work towards her bachelor’s degree.

Cerenity would like to thank her family, friends, coaches, and teachers for pushing her to be the best version of herself and for always being there for her. Outside of school she enjoys spending time hunting, fishing, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Brendon Langmesser, graduating with a 3.9375 GPA, is the son of Matthew and Nicole Langmesser and has two younger brothers.

During his time at Capac, he played on both the varsity soccer and baseball teams. At this time, Brendon is currently undecided on a major, however, he is heavily considering informational technology and plans on attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall.

In his down time he enjoys traveling up north, hanging out with friends, and passing the time by watching TV or playing video games.

Seth Shellenbarger, graduating with a 3.8977 GPA, is the son of Mark and Dawn Shellenbarger and has two sisters, Kate and Emma, and a brother-in-law Kevin.

As he made his way through high school, he ran in Capac’s cross country, track, and was on the quiz bowl team. Seth was the President of the National Honor Society, class treasurer, and was dual-enrolled at St. Clair County Community College. In the fall he plans on attending the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to pursue a degree in economics and business administration. Seth would like to thank his teachers, coaches, friends and Mr. Anthony for all of the support and encouragement throughout his last four years.

Aria Nealy, graduating with a 3.8717 GPA, is the daughter of Willie Nealy and Rebekah Flores and has two siblings, Savannah and Titus.

Aria kept herself busy during high school participating in four years of both varsity competitive cheer and track. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and is enrolled in St. Clair County Community College Career and Technical Middle College program to achieve her associate degree in nursing. Aria’s goal is to transfer to a four year college to work towards her Bachelor of Science in nursing to become a travel nurse.

Aria would like to give a huge thank you to her family, friends, boyfriend, and the staff at Capac and St. Clair TEC for the help and support on her journey through life. She will always be grateful for what they have done.

Abigail Aldrich, graduating with a 3.7222 GPA, is the daughter of Charles and Susan Aldrich and is the sister to six siblings—Jake, Andy, Craig, Zach, Charles and Isabella.

Abigail spent her high school years taking part in track and field, soccer, basketball, cross county, and was a member of Future Farmers of America and the National Honor Society. Abigail plans on pursuing a career in secondary education and will be attending Rochester University and participating in their track program.

Erica Yeashevich, graduating with a 3.50 GPA, is the daughter of Fred and Lynne Yeashevich and is the younger sister of Allison.

Erica moved to the Capac area when she was in 8th grade and spent her last four years playing on both the basketball and soccer teams. Her passion for sports has led her to pursue a career as a high school physical education teacher. Erica will be attending St. Clair County Community College and later transferring to a university to obtain her bachelor’s degree. Erica would like to thank her family, friends, and above all, God.

Jared Fahley, graduating with a 3.4722 GPA, is the son of Travis and Cadi Fahley and the younger brother to Zachary who is a sophomore at Oakland University.

Jared has been involved in sports since his freshman year, playing three years of varsity basketball and four years of both varsity baseball and football. When Jared is not playing sports he spends his time working on the family farm or at his employer-based TEC program site, Helena Agri-Enterprises. Jared loves being involved with agriculture and plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall for a 2-year certificate program in agriculture operations.

Nicolas Mailloux, graduating with a 3.4167 GPA, is the son of Scott and Melanie Mailloux and the older brother to Nathaniel.

Nicolas has been a member of the cross country team for four years and is also a member of the track team. He has been a percussionist in Capac Band since sixth grade and was excited to participate in Jazz Band his senior year. Nicolas attends St. John’s Catholic Church in Allenton and is thankful for all God has blessed him with. He plans to attend St. Clair County Community College to major in the field of music.

He would like to thank Mrs. Ruhmann, Mrs. Will, Coach Geliske, his parents, and friends for their support.

Emma-Rose Frangedakis, graduating with a 3.388 GPA, is the daughter of Peter and Michele Frangedakis and has four older siblings—Alexandria, Jake, Victoria and Loreto.

Throughout her high school years, Emma-Rose played on the volleyball team and has been part of the mock trial team for four years, holding the spot of team captain her senior year. Emma-Rose is fully committed to attending Michigan State University to study pre-law before attending law school.

She lives by the words of her mother, “Always know your worth,” and the words of her father, “With time comes healing and clarity.”

Michael Austin, graduating with a 3.3684 GPA, is the son of Bill and Lori Austin of Emmett and has five siblings—Hannah, Hailie, Mollie, Heidi and Matthew.

Michael was a member of the Capac boys’ Golf Team and Skills USA. He has studied automotive technology for the last two years through St. Clair County’s TEC program. Michael plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio where he will study diesel technology.

When not in school, he enjoys golf, video games, classic rock, and working on old vehicles.

Michael would like to thank his parents and family for their continued support throughout the years. A special thanks to Mr. Muldoon for his golf knowledge and Mr. Belfinger from TEC and his grandfather for the vehicle repair experience.

Editor’s note: Many thanks to Shawn Muter, Capac High School’s building manager, for compiling this year’s Top Ten