Four honored as top students at LHS for 2015

Lovell High School will honor three valedictorians and one salutatorian during 2015 commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 18.

Named valedictorians recently with perfect 4.0 grade point averages were Zeke Collins, Justin Mickelson and Emilee Reasch. Angelina Hutzenbiler is the salutatorian.

Collins, the son of Toby and Cathy Collins, is one of the top wrestlers in Wyoming as well as an outstanding student, winning the Class 3A title at 195 pounds this season after placing third in 2A at 182 pounds as a junior.

His immediate plans are to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seoul, South Korea, after which he plans to attend the University of Wyoming and major in linguistics. As he completes his bachelor’s degree he will decide whether to continue his education with a higher degree, he said. He hopes to work as a translator someday.

Top students at Lovell High School to be honored at Commencement on May 18 are (l-r) salutatorian Angelina Hutzenbiler and valedictorians Justin Mickelson, Emilee Reasch and Zeke Collins. photo by David Peck
Top students at Lovell High School to be honored at Commencement on May 18 are (l-r) salutatorian Angelina Hutzenbiler and valedictorians Justin Mickelson, Emilee Reasch and Zeke Collins.
photo by David Peck

Along with wrestling, Collins’ activities in high school have included football (all-conference as a senior), National Honor Society and his current post as stake seminary president.

As about the driving force behind his success, Collins said his parents.

“My dad really helped me,” he said. “I would probably point to him as the person who said I could be valedictorian four years ago. My mom pushes me, too.

“All of my teachers here have been helpful and supportive. I really like Mr. Robertson (Daniel) as my coach. He’s a really good wrestling coach.”

Justin Mickelson

The son of Frank and Michelle Mickelson, Justin Mickelson has been honored with the prestigious STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship from Michigan State University but will first serve an LDS mission in Oslo, Norway. He hopes to attend MSU when he returns in two years and major in human biology with a goal of enrolling in medical school to become an anesthesiologist.

A three-year member of the Wyoming All-State Band as a trombonist, Mickelson hopes to continue to play music as a hobby.

His honors and activities have included playing in a national all-star band in the Macy’s Day parade in 2013, Skills USA, the Wyoming Academic Challenge, National Honor Society, playing in the Northwest College trombone choir and earning his Eagle Scout rank.

Mickelson said his parents and family have inspired him, and he has had good teachers throughout his school years, noting fifth-grade teacher Ann Hinckley and middle school math teacher Annette Ellis.

“They always pushed me to do my best and go the extra mile and that the bare minimum wasn’t enough,” he said.

Emilee Reasch

Another outstanding athlete, Emilee Reasch plans to attend the University of Wyoming and major in education with a focus on English and a minor in history in hopes of teaching either subject one day. She would like to teach and coach at the high school level.

Reasch would be the eighth member of her family to attend UW, following her father, five sisters and two brothers-in-law. She would love to return to Lovell to teach and coach someday.

She is a three-year all-state selection in volleyball and a three-year all-conference and one-year all-state selection in basketball. Her other activities have included NHS, yearbook, swing choir and the seminary council.

Reasch said her parents and her sisters have been her inspiration, noting, “They are all such good workers and are successful in their own ways. I’m the youngest so I want to live up to them.”

She said Carissa Camp and both Joshua and Caleb Sanders have helped her succeed, noting that the three made teaching and learning interesting and adding, “As a teacher I will want to do that for my kids.”

Angie Hutzenbiler

Salutatorian Angelina Hutzenbiler is the daughter of Brad and Della Hutzenbiler and plans to attend Northwest College for two years with a focus on range management, then transfer to Montana State University-Bozeman and switch to wildlife management toward a career with the U.S. Forest Service. She said she and her family have always loved the outdoors.

Hutzenbiler’s honors and activities have included NHS, the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at NWC for college courses already taken and volleyball. She has already received a range management scholarship, a Trapper scholarship and a small Spanish scholarship.

She named her family as her inspiration and appreciates the support of a “super, super proud grandpa (Del Evans) who will do anything to help me.”

By David Peck