As the class of 2014 celebrates the end of their high school career, all the graduating seniors should be commended for their efforts to make it to graduation day. Eight county students rose above the rest and were named their school’s valedictorian and salutatorian. These students are Manchester’s Audriana Fuentes and Adam Hanback; Northfield’s Emily Eckelbarger and Kylie Echard; Southwood’s Amy Bowman and Dayton Haynes; and Wabash’s Thomas Grier and Jordan Rauh.
Audriana Fuentes played tennis, participated in Science Olympiad, Key Club, theatre and choir. She was also elected to the National Honor Society and was vice president of the Key Club. After high school, Fuentes plans to attend Manchester University to major in education and pursue a career as a teacher.
Adam Hanback participated in Science Olympiad, was a member of the Spanish Club and president of the National Honor Society. He participated in the Student Tech Support Squad and a student representative on the iLearn 1:1 Steering Committee. He has also been a teacher’s aide and a theatre lighting technician. After high school, Hanback plans to attend Purdue University to study compunter information and technology. He plans to major in cyber security and pursue a career in that field.
Emily Eckelbarger served as president of the Student Council and Teens for Global Awareness. She was also involved in National Honors Society and Best of the Best art program of Wabash County. She played piano, and participated in Jazz band and theatre. After high school, she plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a career in journalism.
Kylie Echard has participated in volleyball and basketball during all four years of high school. She also participated in track her freshman and sophomore years. She has been in National Honor Society during her junior and senior years, as well as FFA and she is a 10-year 4-H member. After high school, she plans to attend Purdue University to study Animal Science and possibly go on to veterinary school.
Amy Bowman has participated in volleyball, basketball and track. She was also a part of Student Congress and National Honors Society, Peers Educating Peers and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the fall, she plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to study biochemistry.
Dayton Haynes participated in band, which lead him to county honors band and district band. He also participated in Student Congress. He will attend Indiana Purdue University Indianapolis to study computer science.
Thomas Grier participated in athletic student council, student council, Key Club, recycling club, the National Honor Society, Crossroads Junior Board of Directors, Drama Club, tennis, band, County Honors Band and he was Class President. He plans to attend DePaw University to study biochemistry.
Jordan Rauh participated in athletic student council, student council, Key Club, Extension Club, Recycling Club, and the National Honors Society. She was also a member of the Crossroads Junior Board of Directors, a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and part of the drama club. She has been the editor of the yearbook for two years, a three-season athlete for all four years of high school, participating in varsity golf, varsity tennis, swimming and athletic training. She has been accepted into the Pharmacy School at Butler University. She hopes to one day work in a hospital and return to Wabash.