Whitmer, Cavanaugh crowned as Knights’ homecoming royalty


TONTOGANY – Aimee Whitmer and Michael Cavanaugh were crowned fall homecoming queen and king in ceremonies
held Friday at Otsego High School.
The seniors led a court of 12 students representing each grade plus Penta Career Center.
Whitmer is the daughter of Jeff and Gail Whitmer, Grand Rapids. She has played varsity soccer for the
Knights for four years, and has been a varsity cheerleader for three years. She also has participated in
the swing choir, women’s octet, Knightmusik and the musicals.
Cavanaugh is the son of Scott and Stephanie Cavanaugh, rural Bowling Green. He’s treasurer of student
council, and member of National Honor Society, swing choir, men’s octet, Knightmusik and chorale. He has
been selected for the All Ohio choir the past three years, and has competed with the Bowling Green Swim
Club the past 14 years. Cavanaugh also is a coach for the Sooner-or-Lator Gator Program for the swim
club. This past summer, he attended Buckeye Boys State and the summer seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The court also included seniors Autumn Berry, A.J. Rodgers, Baley Bernthisel and Tony Gerwin; juniors
Samantha Scott and Dylan Hefflinger; Penta Career Center representatives Melissa Davidson and Cody Fox;
sophomores Hannah Greulich and Dustin Peper; and freshmen Brooke Kennedy and Allen Limes.
Berry, of Grand Rapids, has played varsity volleyball the past four years, and has served as team captain
for three years. She’s also president of National Honor Society, and is a member of key club, choir and
prom committee. Her parents are Sherrie English and John Berry.
Rodgers, Grand Rapids, has been elected vice president of his class since his freshman year, and he also
has participated in chorale, swing choir, musicals and basketball throughout high school. He is captain
of the soccer team, and also has participated in track and men’s volleyball. He was a delegate to
Buckeye Boys State this summer. His parents are Ken and Carol Rodgers.
Bernthisel expects to be a four-year varsity letterman in volleyball and basketball. She also is a member
of National Honor Society and chorale. The senior has played club volleyball for four years. She’s the
daughter of Scott and Jill Bernthisel, Grand Rapids.
Gerwin is a three-year varsity football, basketball and baseball player; he also has played varsity
soccer for a year, and expects to participate in his third year with men’s volleyball. He’s a member of
chorale choir, swing choir and men’s choir. His parents are Gary and Pam Gerwin, rural Bowling Green.

Representing Penta were Davidson, a sophomore, and Fox, a senior.
She belongs to American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 441. Amy Vollmar, of Tontogany, is her mother.
He is a member of book and media club as well as choir, and has served as an OhioReads volunteer at Grand
Rapids Elementary for four years. His parents are Joe and Deb Fox, Grand Rapids.
Scott is the daughter of Doug and Molly Scott, Grand Rapids, The junior has participated in soccer,
track, chorale choir and musicals. She also is president of Beaver Creek Boosters 4-H club, and has
served as a counselor for Northwest Ohio Conservation Camp and Wood County 4-H Camp.
Hefflinger is captain of the chess team, and he’s played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Knights.
He’s the son of Glenn and Deb Hefflinger, Weston.
Greulich, daughter of Don and Karen Greulich, Weston, has played varsity volleyball for the Knights for
two years. She also plays basketball.
Peper, son of Keith Peper and Sheryl Peper, rural Bowling Green, has performed in the school musicals for
two years. He also has played varsity football, freshman basketball and junior varsity baseball. The
sophomore has been a junior counselor at Haskins summer latch key for two years, and he also has
participated in Bowling Green Youth Hockey for seven years.
Kennedy, of Grand Rapids, plays volleyball and softball, and participates in choir and key club. She also
is involved in PETA, Race for the Cure and Grand Rapids softball. Her parents are Julie and Donovan
Kennedy, and her stepfather is Bruce.
Limes, of rural Bowling Green, plays varsity football and participates in FFA, swing choir and chorale
choir. He also is a member of Simply Stock 4-H and the Wood County Livestock Judging Team. He’s the son
of Keith and Tracy Limes.

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