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18 top of their class at North Harrison

18 top of their class at North Harrison
18 top of their class at North Harrison
North Harrison’s top students, from left, first row: Sarah Fow, Arianna Black, Abbigail King, Ava Robinson and Ellie Robinson. Second row, Emily Ingle, Isabelle Nordhoff, Abigail Couch, Gracie Rothrock, Sophia Stuffle and Violet Fitzgerald. Third row, Cora Scott, Emily Bowen, Mason Napper, Langdon Hatton, Jack Burks, Brooke Comer and Morgan Purser. Submitted photo

Eighteen students at North Harrison High School graduated with top honors Sunday afternoon. The ceremony, which included 166 graduates, took place at the school’s football field.

“The class of 2021 has been faced with so much adversity,” said principal Matt Kellems. “Their ability to adapt and advance has been amazing. I am proud of each and every one of them and what they have endured to successfully complete their high school career.”

This year was the school’s second graduating class honored through the Latin honors system.

“Several of the summa cum laude students served on the committee that enacted the change to our handbook,” Kellems said. “I will always remember them for their maturity and forward thinking that helped to enact a positive change for our school.”

The top students are:

Arianna Estelle Black, daughter of Kristie and Jeremy Black of Corydon. She was involved with Student Council, National Honor Society (served as historian), Renaissance, Art Guild (served as secretary), Yearbook and Prom committees, SADD, German Club, soccer, track and field and wrestling (team manager). Her honors and awards include National German Exam Bronze Award, National German Exam Achievement Award, 2020 graduate of Youth Leadership Harrison County and girls’ soccer All Academic player for 2019 and 2020. She plans to attend Purdue University to major in chemical engineering.

Emily Bowen, daughter of Josh and Keyla Bowen of New Salisbury. Her involvement included Renaissance Club and Leadership Team, Student Council, National Honor Society (served as treasurer), Fellowship of Christian Athletes and its Leadership Team, Student Publications, Business Professionals of America, senior class vice president, varsity archery and varsity tennis. Her honors and awards include Academic Archer, Rising Star of Indiana and varsity awards in tennis and archery. She plans to earn a double major in biology and Spanish at Purdue University then a master’s degree in genetics.

Jack Daniel Burks, son of Bill and Sarah Burks of Ramsey. He was involved in Renaissance, Student Council, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, senior class officer, baseball and soccer both for four years and archery for three years. His awards and honors include Academic Archer and Honors diploma. He plans to attend Purdue University to major in engineering.

Brooke Michele Comer of Georgetown, daughter of Heather Comer and Rich Comer. Her involvement included Indiana High School Athletic Association Student Advisory Committee (two years, vice president senior year), cheer (four years, senior captain), swim (four years, senior captain), Student Council (four years, president junior and senior years), National Honor Society (three years), Business Professionals of America (four years, chapter officer junior and senior years), Renaissance (four years), Art Guild (three years), Leo Club (three years), FFA (two years), Prom Committee (one year), Math Team (one year), North Harrison Student Athletic Council (three years) and track (two years). Her honors and awards include Indiana Academic All Star (2021), Rising Star of Indiana, Math Achievement (top math student 2020), Mid-Southern Athletic Conference champion (sophomore, junior and senior years), NHHS girls’ swim 100-yard butterfly record holder (broken by her in 2019, 2020 and 2021), state BPA finalist for accounting (2019 and 2021) and 4-H grand champion. She plans to attend Purdue University for pre-pharmacy and later pharmacy school.

Abigail Mae Couch of Georgetown, daughter of Vicky and Mark Schneider and James Couch. She was involved in National Honor Society (four years), band (four years), choir and drumline (two years), marching band (one year), soccer (four years) and track (one year). Her awards and honors include All Academic soccer (four years) and Mid-Southern Conference Honorable Mention. She plans to major in diagnostic medical sonography at the University of Southern Indiana.

Violet Noel Fitzgerald, daughter of Jill and Rob Fitzgerald of Depauw. Her involvement included National Honor Society (president senior year), Drama Club (stage manager 2019 to 2021), Student Council, Art Guild (vice president senior year), Academic Team, Renaissance, Leo Club, German Club, STEAM Club, Science Olympiad, Math Team, Unified Track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and class president (2018 to 2021). Her awards and honors include College Board of National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program winner, DAR Good Citizen award and 2020 graduate of Youth Leadership Harrison County. She plans to attend Purdue University to major in construction engineering.

Sarah Elizabeth Fow of Depauw, daughter of Barbie Fow and Skip Fow. She was involved in band, pep band, choir and soccer for four years and track for one year. Her awards and honors include soccer All-Academic (four years) and a member of the soccer sectional championship teams (2019 and 2020). She plans to attend Purdue University in exploratory studies.

Langdon Thomas Hatton, son of Dr. Stephen and Emily Hatton of Georgetown. His involvement included basketball, and he was named IBCA First Team Academic All State, Hoosier Basketball magazine First Team All State and IBCA Large School First Team All State. He will attend the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Va., on a full athletic scholarship.

Emily Rose Ingle, daughter of Christall and Kerry Ingle of Palmyra. She was involved in National Honor Society, choir, Student Council, Renaissance, Student Athletic Advisory Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and its Leadership Team, Prom Committee, softball, swim and cheerleading. Her awards and honors include Indiana state champion weightlifter. She plans to pursue a degree in chemistry and play softball at Converse College in South Carolina.

Abbigail Arlene King, daughter of Michele and David King of Milltown. Her involvement included Drama Club, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, Academic Super Bowl Team, Business Professionals of America (competed at nationals in 2018), Archery Club and track and field. Her awards and honor include Academic Honors diploma, Hagan Foundation Scholar, Purdue Presidential Scholar and Early Start Scholar and placed second at Science Olympiad for fossils and geology mapping at regionals in 2020. She plans to study geology and geophysics at Purdue University.

Mason Lain Napper of Depauw, son of Michael Napper and Lavonna Napper. He was involved in Business Professionals of America (junior and senior years), Renaissance (four years), Student Advisory Committee (four years), National Honor Society (four years), tutoring (four years) and baseball (four years). His awards and honors include Superlative – Best Dressed and, at BPA regionals, first place in advanced accounting and fourth place in payroll accounting (junior year) and first place in fundamental word processing and second place in payroll accounting (senior year). He plans to major in computer sciences at Indiana University Southeast.

Isabelle Rose Nordhoff, daughter of Edward and Tammy Nordhoff of New Salisbury. Her involvement included FFA, National Honor Society, marching band, pep band and tennis. Her awards and honors include IU Bloomington Provost Scholar and Purdue Junior Scholar. She plans to study environmental science at Indiana University.

Morgan Elisabeth Purser, daughter of Sean and Dawn Purser of Georgetown. She was involved in Business Professionals of America (Region 12 president), Math Team (one year), German Club (one year), Renaissance (four years), Student Council (four years, class secretary), Leo Club (four years), National Honor Society (three years), swim (four years) and tennis (four years). Her awards and honors include Mid-Southern Conference and swim record holder in the 100 breast stroke and 200 freestyle. She plans to attend Valparaiso University to major in environmental engineering and German with a minor in civil engineering and will be on the swim team.

Ava Belle Robinson, daughter of Bonnie and Simon Robinson of New Salisbury. Her involvement included Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Leo Club, National Honor Society, Renaissance, Student Council and track and field. Her awards and honors include varsity track. She plans to study physical therapy at Bellarmine University.

Ellie Agnes Robinson, daughter of Simon and Bonnie Robinson of New Salisbury. She was involved in Renaissance, Student Council, Leo Club, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and track and field. Her awards and honors include varsity track. She plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy at Bellarmine University.

Gracie Rothrock, daughter of Travis and Stacie
Rothrock of New Salisbury. Her involvement included cross-country (three years) and track (two years). Her awards and honors include Prosser Pride Award and Cosmetology license. She is employed at Headplay Hair Boutique in Jeffersonville.

Cora Belle Scott of Ramsey, daughter of Collette Scott and Mark Scott. She was involved in Student Council (four years), Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Leadership Team (four years), National Honor Society (three years), Renaissance (four years), Leo Club (four years), Yearbook (one year), choir (three years) and archery (three years). Her awards and honors include Varsity Award, Academic Archer, Renaissance Gold Card, Group One Gold in choir and Group One Gold in solo and ensemble. She plans to study elementary education at Purdue University.

Sophia Renae Stuffle, daughter of Starr and Jody Stuffle of New Salisbury. Her involvement included Drama Club (president), National Honor Society (vice president), Math Team, Student Council (secretary), marching band, winter percussion, Renaissance, Academic Team, German Club, Science Olympiad and junior class treasurer. Her awards and honors include silver medal for National German Exam, Scholar for College Board National Rural and Small town Recognition Program, 2020 graduate of Youth Leadership Harrison County and Science Olympiad silver medal for fossils and bronze medal for forensics. She plans to study chemistry as part of the honors program at the University of Louisville.

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