ANN ARBOR — Kellee Byard, a 2017 Lapeer High School graduate, graduated Saturday (Dec. 19) from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. She is the daughter of Wendy and Keith Byard of Lapeer.
Major was Program in the Environment, and she specialized in conservation biology. While at UM, Byard won the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize for being in the Top 5% academically of the freshman class. She also earned the James Angell Scholar Award for consecutive terms earning all A grades. She works as an academic peer advisor in the UM PiTe Advising Office.
She was the elected public relations chair on the executive board for UM’s Circle K International Service Organization. As the Circle K Bulletin Editor at UM, she earned the Distinguished Editor Award and Distinguished Newsletter Award for the Michigan District.
During her time at UM, she studied at its Rocky Mountain Field Station Camp Davis in Wyoming, interned at the Natural Areas Academy at UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, and volunteered at the James River State Park in Virginia and the Ndkinna Native American Education Center in New York. With her degree, she plans to work in the environmental field, ultimately the U.S. Forestry Service or the U.S. Wildlife Service.