In addition to academic excellence, Kailani has
been a very active student at OHS, serving as president of the National
Honor Society, co-editor of the yearbook, class secretary, and team
captain of the Onekama Quiz Bowl team. In addition, throughout high
school she has been an active member of the volleyball, softball, and
basketball teams as well as track and field.
Outside of school, Kailani has been a consistent volunteer for community
blood drives, Toys for Tots, the local food pantry and the Humane
For all four years, she has been a hostess
and waitress at The Glenwood Restaurant. A motivated young lady, Kailani
says, “When it comes to my dreams, I am the type of person who knows
what I want. . . . I take everything seriously, and I am determined to
take as many steps as necessary to achieve my goals.”
Thomas Bond is the son of Jim Bond and Ingrid Bond of Manistee. With a
3.98 grade point average, Thomas plans to attend Michigan State
University and major in Psychology, an interest that has arisen from his
desire to study human behavior as it relates to his experiences with the
In high school, Thomas has been
an active student, serving as secretary of the National Honor Society
and Youth Observer and Representative to the Ramsdell Governing Board,
and in his sophomore year was involved in the creation of the Art Garden
in downtown Manistee. In addition, he has been a both a junior varsity
and varsity member of the baseball teams and played varsity tennis.
Throughout high school, he delivered the Manistee News Advocate.
Thomas is an accomplished pianist and dance performer and lauds the fact
that he grew up in a household in which the arts are constantly
emphasized as creative expression. Says Thomas, “my family, mentors, and
personal experiences have impressed me with values of responsible
choices, a strong work ethic, humanity, the arts, and communication.”
2010 is the fourth year for the awarding of the Deb Guenther Art
Scholarship by the Manistee Art Institute. Established in memory of a
well-known and beloved local artist who passed away several years, the
scholarship is awarded to Manistee County graduating senior(s).
Recipients are expected to have had art experience throughout their
education but do not have to be pursuing art careers after high school.
The MAI is especially grateful to art instructors Dana Woolman, Onekama
High School and Monte Klein, Manistee High School for their support of
this year’s recipients.