Sommerman, Schigur top of Crawford class
Crawford County High School will have its graduation ceremony Friday at 7 p.m. in the Ron Ferguson Gymnasium, with 89 students set to receive their diplomas. As of now, there is no limit on how many people can attend; however, attendees will be required to wear a mask. The ceremony will also be streamed live on the school’s Facebook page.
“Last year, we all talked about how unfortunate the end of the school year was for the class of 2020,” said principal Brandon Johnson. “However, the class of 2021 will be remembered for their disrupted entire school year.
“This class has successfully handled quarantine, virtual weeks and cancellation of athletic events,” he said. “Having to navigate all of these back and forths will help these students change the world.”
At the top of the class are valedictorian Danielle Renee Sommerman and salutatorian Autumn Schigur.
“Danielle and Autumn represent Crawford County well,” Johnson said. “We are proud to have such esteemed graduates as these two.
“Obviously, both girls excel in academics,” he said. “However, Danielle is also accomplished across other areas like visual arts and volunteer work. Autumn shines outside of the classroom in athletics and care of others.
“We could not ask for better representatives of our school or community,” Johnson said.
Danielle is the daughter of Joshua and Daffney Sommerman of English. She plans to attend DePauw University in Greencastle to earn a dual major in environmental biology and classical studies. She has been admitted to the Honor Scholar and Rector Scholar programs.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Danielle plans to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. She hopes to travel the world and make a difference in sustainability and plans to write novels and comics.
At Crawford County High School, she was a member of the Academic Super Bowl (served as team captain for both Social Studies and Interdisciplinary teams) and Linked! student newspaper for four years, tennis team her freshman and sophomore years, prom committee (junior year), National Honor Society, 4-H (10-year member) and 4-H Expansion and Review Committee.
Her honors and awards include AP Scholar, Community Foundation of Crawford County Lily Endowment Scholarship, Indiana Connections Artist of the Year (sophomore and senior years), Overlook Art Contest (both grand prize and People’s Choice Award freshman through senior years), National Latin Exam (maxima cum laude sophomore year), Academic Super Bowl 2019 Social Studies state runner-up and 4-H (multiple state fair merit awards and county fair grand champion awards).
Autumn is the daughter of Jessica and Joseph Schigur of English.
She participated in basketball, volleyball and track during high school and was in the Booster Club and on the prom and after-prom committees.
Autumn received the Academic All State for both basketball and volleyball, the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference All-Conference for basketball and the PLAC Outstanding Athlete in track.
Wanting to major in exercise science, Autumn plans to attend Indiana University in Bloomington.