Top 5 Seniors
Senior Alyssa Zadel was a leader for the varsity dance team. Alyssa’s leadership helped the dance team win the St. John’s Invitational. She led the team in its Jazz and Poms dances. She had high energy and helped the underclassmen on the team with any issues they had. Her leadership helped them win Grand Champions. Alyssa placed third for her solo against Jenison. There was some tough competition, and Alyssa was able to come up on top.
“It has been tremendously rewarding to see our hard work paying off despite any hardships we faced, and it wouldn’t have been possible with the perseverance of the girls, captains, and coaches,” Alyssa said. “I was honored to be a captain of the team for two years and have enjoyed leading my best friends.”
Senior Zoey Guikema was a leader for the girls bowling team. In the conference tournament, Zoey had the tenth-highest overall score in individual matches. The bowling team’s rival was the Northview Wildcats, and Zoey had a huge win against her rival. She bowled an impressive 178 against her opponent. In the Rangers’ meet against the Ottawa Hills Bengals, Zoey helped lead them to their first big victory. She was the leading scorer in the second game with a 109.
“Senior year for me consisted of a lot of fun having all my friends on the team but also a lot of improving,” Zoey said. “It being my last year made it so much more important for me to get better, and I could really focus on trying my best because I would never have the opportunity to bowl competitively again.”
Senior Ryan Talbot was the Rangers’ best diver. He placed the highest out of all of his teammates every meet. In the boys swim and dive team’s meet against Spring Lake, Ryan placed first with his personal best score of 249.05 points. In his meet against Jenison, Ryan placed first with a total of 232.65 points. Ryan was also one of three divers to make it to States. He faced some tough competition but ultimately finished in eighteenth place.
“Sophomore year I went to States; that was my first year diving, and I placed twenty-fifth,” Ryan said. “However, this year I went back to States, and I placed eighteenth. I was proud of how well I performed in my senior year; I have improved tremendously.”
Senior Courtney McAlindon was a huge contributor to the Rangers girls ski team; she was one of the main reason FHC was able to go to States. In the annual Caberfae Races, Courtney took second in her race, as both of her races for that night combined for a total time of 48.56. Later during that meet, Courtney placed first in the Giant Slalom races. Her first race ran for 31.23 seconds, and her second race went for 30.69 seconds. On Senior Night, Courtney placed first in both the Slalom and the Giant Slalom races. In Regionals, Courtney placed first in the Giant Slalom races and both of her races added up to a total time of 56.71 seconds. Lastly, in States, she placed second in Giant Slalom and both of her races combined for a total time of 56.71 seconds.
Senior Dan Deindorfer was a beast in the paint all season. He used his height to his advantage and drove with the ball. In the boys varsity basketball team’s game against Northview, Dan had his career-high of 31 points. He drove to the hole on multiple occasions, which earned the majority of his points. In his game against Cedar Springs, he put up 10 points against the Red Hawks. Not only was Dan a huge contributor points-wise, but he was also huge with getting rebounds offensively and defensively. In his game against Lowell, Dan had 10 rebounds. He was able to score the majority of his 15 points from getting the rebound and putting it back up for an easy layup.