Schwartz, Fraze top students at Crawford
Crawford County High School awarded 122 diplomas virtually on May 22 (ceremony can be viewed on the school’s Facebook page and website) and will give out diplomas at an in-person ceremony at the school Friday at 7 p.m.
“The class of 2020 will forever be synonymous with grit and endurance,” Principal Brandon Johnson said. “Of course, one will always be reminded of COVID-19 when thinking of this class, but what I think is more important is their collective response to the upheaval in their lives.
“It is safe to say that members of this class have learned very valuable coping skills that will serve them positively in their future lives, relationships and careers,” he said.
At the top of the class were valedictorian Leann Schwartz and salutatorian Claudia Fraze.
“Leann and Claudia are both that rare combination of brilliant mind, hard working, a pleasure to be around and always looking for ways to help others,” Johnson said. “Their leadership, both in title and in practice, has been invaluable to our school community as a whole.”
Leann is the daughter of John and Emma Schwartz of English. She plans to attend Indiana University to study accounting.
At Crawford County, she was a member of the basketball, cross-country and track teams. She was also a member of the Business Professionals of America, Academic Superbowl, Science Club, Booster Club and Friends of Rachel Club. She was president of the National Honor Society and secretary of the Student Council.
Her awards and honors include placing first in personal finance management at the state level for the Business Professionals of America and advanced to the national level.
Claudia is the daughter of Perry and Krissi Fraze of English. She plans to attend Indiana University Southeast to major in biology with a pre-medicine track. After this, she plans to attend the Indiana University School of Medicine. There, she has a provisional seat reserved for her at the Evansville campus.
At Crawford County, she was a member of FFA, National Honor Society, the prom committee and Booster Club and was the girls’ basketball team manager.
Her honors and awards include outstanding achievement in animal science, outstanding achievement in biology, the FFA leadership award, the 2020 Adam W. Herbert Presidential scholar and the 2020 IUS B/M.D. Scholar.