Ionia High School appoints a valedictor and a greeting for the class of 2022

IONIA – Thomas Toaz and Dalton Badder not only have a passion for playing instruments at Ionia High School, but both seniors are also successful in the classroom.

Toaz was appointed IHS-class valedict in 2022, while Badder is saluting. The pair learned about their academic degrees earlier this year. Toaz and Badder have the honor of performing at the IHS Grand Opening in May.

For Toaz, the goal was to become a valedict from the first year.

“I felt that if I could earn it, it was something I could be proud of for the rest of my life,” he said.

Badder was happy for Toaz and said his classmate had done a “great job.” Badder worked to obtain an academic degree for the class in 2022 after seeing his brother get among the top 10 in his class.

“I’m still extremely grateful because second place is still an amazing success,” Badder said.

Toaz, 18, attended St. Peter and Paul Elementary School before coming to IHS. In his freshman year, he took part in golf and won a second-degree black belt in taekwon do. He plans to study at Michigan State University and specialize in mechanical engineering.

Toaz does not have a favorite teacher and says that all his teachers have “helped him tremendously”. He also doesn’t have a favorite class.

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