Riverton Parke High School’s class of 2013 was honored on May 15 at the annual senior awards night in the school’s cafetorium. Of the class, 74 percent has been admitted to colleges and universities, and another 9 percent has joined military service.
Kori Wood was awarded as the valedictorian, and Quinten Carter as the salutatorian. Wood was also recognized by WTWO with its “Top-of-the-Class” award. Tyler Crumrin was awarded for having perfect school attendance for all 12 years of his academic career.
Among the other award winners were:
- Heath Rohr was honored with two awards from the Air Force, including formal recognition that he will attend the United States Air Force Academy in the fall.
- The Marines honored Carter with the scholastic excellence award, while Emily Peterson was given the Semper Fidelis award. Matt Haltom and Paige Yando were given the male and female distinguished athlete awards. The U.S. Army presented Adam Wilson and Sara Dickey with scholar/athlete awards.
- Athletic director Charlie Martin presented the senior athletic awards. Four-year letter winner awards went to Cody Hutsell, football; Adam Byers, football and track; Dale Laznik, football; Makenzie Pollard, volleyball and basketball; Sara Dickey, volleyball, basketball, and track; Yando, volleyball and basketball; Wood, basketball; Brendon Bovair, baseball; and Adam Wilson, Haltom, PJ Tartaglia, and Brian Obenchain, cross-country. Dickey was also given the Rich Abrams Memorial Award.
- Other athletic-related scholarships went to Pollard, the Russell and Hazel Sanders Memorial scholarship; Dickey, a University of Evansville athletic scholarship; Yando, an Olney Community College athletic scholarship, and bowlers Stephen Falls and Curtis Haase, USBC Bowlers scholarships. Haase will bowl for Purdue University next season.
- The Parke County Community Foundation award winners were: Beatrice J. Collings Memorial Scholarship winners Page Fetter, Asmire Sabriu, Pollard, Peterson, Kalib McBride, Carter, Cameron Frazier, K’lyn Jenkins and Mary Jo Gruner. The PCCF also awarded Joe and Dorothy Archer scholarships to Yando, Byers, Kevin Dalia, Misty Yeargin and Crumrin.
- More Community Foundation award winners included Byers, Darrell Brubeck Memorial Scholarship; Wilson, Elizabeth Davies Ellis scholarship; and the coveted Lilly Foundation scholarship, which includes full tuition to any Indiana college or university, awarded to Wood, who will be attending Purdue University. Yando received the Foster and Ruby Jessup scholarship; Peterson, the Richard Harney Professional Writing scholarship; McBride, the Ralph Holbert Scholarship; and Fetter, the Isaac Family scholarship.
- The Parke County Tri Kappa Scholarship awards went to Fetter (the $2,400 scholarship winner and the Fine Arts winner) and Austin Falls (Music). Fetter also garnered the Michael and Joan Lunsford Family Scholarship, the Rosedale Strawberry Festival Queen Scholarship, and the Southwest Parke Music Boosters Scholarship. The Rosedale United Methodist Church Scholarship went to Yando, the Indiana Wesleyan Recognition Award went to Peterson, and the Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana Scholarship was awarded to Dalia. The Parke County Young Farmers also awarded a scholarship to Byers.
- Four foreign exchange students who spent the year at Riverton Parke were acknowledged. They are: Jan Auckerman, Marie Krause, and Hannah Gutschlag of Germany, and Tina Kvalfors of Norway.
- Spanish awards were then presented to Crumrin, Dalia, Dickey, Fetter, Rohr, Kathleen Sinclair, Wood and Peterson.
- Additional awards went to Byers, Fetter, and Rohr (4-H), Fetter for REMC, and Wood (the Daughter’s of the American Revolution’s “Good Citizen Award). The Rosedale American Legion Auxiliary also presented scholarships to Fetter and Frazier.
- Indiana State University bestowed numerous awards, including the ISU Laptop Awards that went to Byers, Kaila-Danielle Clement, Lacey Craft, Kirsten Derrick, Austin Falls, Frazier, Gruner, Haltom, Joey Harris, Shelly Haynes, Casey Hughbanks, Emilee Kennedy, McBride, Pollard, Adam Price, Jesse Rightsell, Andrew Rutan, Wilson, Wood and Yeargin.
- ISU Academic Merit Scholarships went to Clement, Craft, Gruner, Haltom, Harris, Hughbanks, Pollard, and Price, while Honors Diploma Recognition Awards were given to Haltom, Pollard, Rutan and Yeargin. ISU College Challenge Success Awards were also given to Derrick, Frazier, Taylor Glaziner, Gruner, Haltom, Haynes, Hughbanks, Kennedy, McBride, Pollard, Price, Rightsell, Wilson, Wood and Yeargin.
- 21st Century Book Voucher Awards were given to Derrick, Gruner, Haynes, and Rightsell, while 21st Century Housing Scholarships also went to Derrick, Gruner and Rightsell.
- ISU awarded Academic Excellence Scholarships to Wilson and Wood, Academic Achievement Scholarships to Derrick, Falls, Frazier, Haynes, Kennedy, McBride, Rightsell, and Rutan, and a Summer Honors Scholarship to Haltom.
As the program closed, Principal Dennis Moody acknowledged the hard work and dedication Bob Contri has put into his career as the school’s guidance counselor. In turn, Contri recognized English teacher Sande Bemis. Both are retiring at the end of the school year.