Top 2021 Seniors Named in West Iron County | News, Sports, Jobs


IRON RIVER – The West Iron County School District has announced its top 2021 class.

They are:

– Mitchell Ballinger, promotion major, is the son of Timmothy and Michelle Ballinger of Iron River. Throughout the eight semesters of high school, he was on the A Honor Roll and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.97. Ballinger was the senior class president and competed in both tennis and basketball for all four years. Within the community he has been a part of the Key Club for the past two years as a volunteer in various activities and has also worked at his family’s restaurant, Mr. T’s, for the past three years. He plans to major in neuroscience at Michigan State University.

-Thomas “Bink” Cline is the son of Dr Steven and Mary Anne Cline of Iron River. He has lived in Iron River for the past 12 years and attended West Iron County schools all the time. Cline was on the football, tennis and track teams. As a junior he was elected to the National Honor Society and joined the Key Club to be part of community service organizations. This year he was President of the Forestry Club and hosted the Iron Lake Fishing Tournament. He also worked at Angeli’s Foods in Iron River for almost two years. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and biotechnology from Michigan State University.

– Ella Maloney is the daughter of Pete and Denise Maloney of Iron River. She was on the A Honor Roll throughout high school and was Student of the Week in her senior year. Maloney was secretary of the local National Honor Society and was a member of the Key Club, Spanish Club, and student council, in addition to being class vice president for the past two years. She played volleyball and golf and was part of the dance team. Maloney has volunteered at the Iron County Youth Camp, Vacation Bible School, WIC Annual 5K Color Run, and WIC Preschool Class. She has also done all the stats for the varsity and varsity girls junior basketball teams for the past four years. Maloney plans to study at Michigan State University this fall to become a speech-language pathologist and earn a minor in Spanish.


– Zoe Kolenda is the daughter of Brian Cascioli and Grace Kolenda of Iron River. She was a member of the student council, vice-president of the Forest Club, a member of the National Honor Society, and a recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Science award. Kolenda has competed in cross country, basketball and track and field. Outside of school, she was part of the UP River Church youth group. She plans to major in nursing at the University of Michigan to become a nurse practitioner.

– Justin Nelson is the son of Larry and Teresa Nelson of Iron River. He had a GPA of 3.86, made the A Honor Roll for seven semesters, and received academic awards through high school. Nelson was on the basketball team and the Forestry Club. Community involvement included roadside cleanup in Bates Township and vacation Bible school at Iron River Bible Church. Nelson plans to earn an associate’s degree in water resources management at Bay de Noc Community College, where he will also play basketball.

– Avery Bociek is the daughter of Scott and Heidi Bociek of Iron River. She did cross country, track and field, basketball and club Spanish throughout her high school years. Bociek was selected for the National Honor Society as a junior. Community involvement has included helping the Holiday Bible School at Grace Covenant Church and making door tags for residents of the Iron County Medicare Facility. She plans to study speech therapy and speech therapy this fall at Grand Valley State University.

– Danielle Polzin of Iron River is the daughter of Dale Polzin and Debra Cieslinski. Academic accomplishments throughout high school include enrollment in the A Honor Roll and being chosen as Student of the Week as a Senior. She played volleyball in her four years of high school, was a member of the Forestry Club, and editor of the yearbook. Polzin belongs to the Lutheran Church of Saint Paul. She plans to attend Northern Michigan University this fall.

– Marly Mattson is the daughter of Jason and Sharon Mattson from Iron River. She has been part of the History Club since 2017 and was selected as a junior for the National Honor Society. Mattson plans to study computer networking this fall at Bay College.


– Lucas Stuart Isaacson is the son of Kevin and Tina Isaacson of Iron River. He has been a member of the basketball team, the tennis team, the Forest Club, the Business Club and the Hiawatha Trap Club. Isaacson received the Student of the Week Award, the WIC High School Academic Award, and the Multimedia Student of the Semester Award. He plans to seek a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Michigan Technological University.

– Stephanie Wiegand is the daughter of Steven and Kathy Wiegand from Iron River. In high school, she was on the honor roll and in the top 10. Wiegand was involved in Symphony (piano); selected to the National Honor Society, where she was president; and belonged to the Forest Club, Communities That Care and Key Club. She also practiced athletics and golf. Outside of school, Wiegand volunteered with the American Legion and its church, St. Cecilia. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Michigan Tech University.








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