Pavey, Thieneman head up Lanesville class
Fifty-four students are set to receive their diplomas during Lanesville Junior-Senior High School’s graduation ceremony Friday at 7 p.m. in the school gym.
“Over the past four years, members of the class of 2021 have accomplished much with academics and athletics,” said Steve Morris, principal/superintendent of the school corporation. “This class received one of the highest totals of college dual credits in recent history, and several members received a work ethic certificate through Prosser Career Education Center.”
He added that this class had several members who contributed to a “rare feat” this past basketball season: Lanesville was one of a few schools that captured both the boys’ and girls’ sectional championships.
Morris, who is retiring as principal at the end of the school year, mentioned the class’ survival of COVID-19.
“The last year and a half of school has been interesting, being able to physically go to school 175 of 180 days for the 2020-21 school year is an accomplishment in itself,” he said. “As the class of 2021 graduates, it is nice to be able to schedule some normal graduation activities.”
Leading the class is Mackenzie Broom Pavey, valedictorian, and Ethan James Thieneman, salutatorian.
“Mackenzie and Ethan are wonderful people,” Morris said. “Both are outstanding students with impeccable personal and scholastic characteristics. Both established a record of academic excellence on the highest level and participated in multiple school activities. Both are driven, goal-oriented and shining examples of how hard work will carry you far.”
Mackenzie, of Lanesville, is the daughter of Eric Pavey and Salena Pavey. She was a three-year member of National Honor Society, four-year member of pep band, three-year varsity basketball team member and a one-year varsity softball team member.
Her honors and awards include Academic Honors (four years), Indiana University Southeast Gold Recognition Scholarship, East Frank O’Bannon Grant and Pell Grant recipient, Academic All-State (2021), Lady Eagles basketball sectional champion team (2019 and 2020) and Lady Eagles softball sectional and regional champion team (2018).
She plans to attend Indiana University Southeast to earn a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, specializing in mathematics.
Ethan is the son of Nic and Tiffany Thieneman of Corydon. At Lanesville, he was a member of National Honor Society, Academic Bowl and the golf team.
He received an Academic Achievement Award and plans to study animation and Japanese at the University of Southern Indiana.