Shepard High School graduates Michael McIntyre (front, from left), Betty Waters, Jodilyn Butkovich, Samantha Korsak, Matthew Cabel (middle, from left), Hanna Jarman, Emily Marszalek, Emma Kautz (back, from left), Abby Leeper and Amanda Potenberg finished with the 10 highest grade point averages in the senior class. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 24, 2013 6:19AM
Shepard High School in Palos Heights recently announced the students who graduated with the 10 highest grade-point averages for the class of 2013.
Each has merited Honors with Distinction, the highest classification possible, for earning a GPA above 4.0. That is possible due to weighted grades for honors and advanced placement courses. All 10 also qualified for National Honor Society and received Illinois State Scholar honors. The top 10 graduates are :
Jodilyn Butkovich — A cheerleader and member of mathletes, she participated in track, Operation Snowball, and student advisory and served Shepard as a freshman mentor. She will begin studies in biochemistry at Ohio State University.
Matthew Cabel — Captain of both the South Suburban Conference champion cross country and track teams, Matthew will begin studies in accounting at DePaul University.
Hannah Jarman — An accomplished member of the speech team, Hannah participated in marching band, wind symphony, pep band, group interpretation, contest play and drama productions. She will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Emma Kautz — Captain of colorguard, she participated in wind symphony, pit band, Youth and Government, pep band, dance team, badminton and Science Club and served Shepard as a freshman mentor and student ambassador. She will begin studies in business/finance at Loyola University Chicago.
Samantha Korsak — President of science club and archery club, Samantha also participated in mathletes, musicals, show choir and speech team. She will attend Elmhurst College.
Abby Leeper — An accomplished member of speech team and clarinet section leader for marching band, Abby participated in pit band, drama club, Scholastic Bowl and mathletes and served as a freshman mentor and member of Leo Club. She will begin studies in biology at DePaul University.
Emily Marszalek — A basketball and volleyball player, Emily served Shepard as a freshman mentor, student ambassador and a member of Leo Club. She will major in physical therapy at Elmhurst College.
Michael McIntyre — A volunteer at Shepard’s daily tutoring program, his church and PAWS animal shelter in Tinley Park, Michael also served in Leo Club and Operation Snowball. He will study business at Valparaiso University.
Amanda Potenberg — President of French Club and a winner of the Advocate Christ Medical Center art competition, Amanda will study computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Betty Waters — A badminton player, Betty participated in show choir and spring musical and served Shepard as a member of Leo Club and student ambassador. She will study at Illinois State University.