SYRACUSE — A group of photos hang on the walls of the main hallway and just outside the main office at Wawasee High School. These photos show the history of students inducted into the Wawasee High School Academic Hall of Fame.
One more photo will be added to the collection as 34 graduating seniors were inducted into the hall of fame Thursday evening, May 5. The Academic Hall of Fame Banquet is an annual tradition recognizing the students who have worked hard to maintain 11 trimesters with a grade point average of 10.0 on a 12.0 scale.
Each student being inducted, along with their guests and the student’s choice of an educator, staff person or administrator, who had a major impact in his/her life, gathered in the school’s cafeteria for the event. Photographs were taken with Principal Mike Schmidt and the staff member they chose.
Vince Beasley, assistant principal, stated “it takes a lot to get here,” and “as you finish the last three weeks, stay strong … take the skills you have worked hard for and achieve success,” echoing the words given earlier in the evening by Stephanie Szynal, who gave the welcome. Szynal encouraged the students to hold on to the memories of high school they will cherish the rest of their lives — sports, prom, study groups, understanding the concepts in math or science. She said the evening was a time to “honor the best of our best. You have worked very hard, taken tough classes, learned what you have learned. College is next, then real life. Work hard to achieve success … thank your parents.”
The meal was catered by Dan’s Pies with assistance of the CTE culinary arts students.
Those inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame are listed below with the names of their parents, college attending, major and the staff member chosen.
Cameron Adams, Derek and Penny Adams, Purdue University majoring in computer engineering, Charlotte Jessie.
Hunter Anglemyer, Jeff and Lisa Anglemyer, Indiana/Purdue Fort Wayne majoring in psychology, Ashley Justice.
Addison Ayres, JD and Deb Ayres, Indiana University majoring in journalism, Jeff Phillips.
Alexandria Batista, Avelino and Jody Batista, Purdue University majoring in pharmacy, Stephanie Szynal.
Aaron Beer, Randy and Deb Beer, Illinois Central College majoring in ag business management, Barry Singrey.
Austin Beer, Brent and Pam Beer, Purdue University majoring in agribusiness management, Mariah Roberts.
Madeline Birch, Jack and Tana Birch, Indiana University/Northwestern majoring in chemistry, Hans Griepentrog.
Kassidy Bowman, Brian and Angel Bowman, Grace College majoring in social studies/history education, Kathy Myers.
Dustin Brown, Karla Walker, Purdue University majoring in engineering, Dawn Yoder.
Sam Clark, Lance and Michele Clark, Purdue University majoring in the medical field, Ed Waltz.
Jeremy Cousins, Joseph and Maria Cousins, Purdue University majoring in business, Derek Fisher.
Owen Donahoe, Neil and Lori Donahoe, Hope College majoring in mechanical engineering, Allen Coblentz.
Dylan Elpusan, Ray Elpusan and Kellie Willis, Purdue University majoring in chemical engineering, Kim Nguyen.
Kamryn Foy, Steve and Jennifer Foy, University of Indianapolis majoring in molecular biology, Trish Miller.
Ashleigh Frecker, Steven and Susan Frecker, Purdue University majoring in nursing, Karilyn Metcalf.
Lucas Garza, Alfredo Garza and Sherrena Garza, Trine University majoring in sports management, Jon Reutebuch.
Caleb Glon, Jay and Lisa Glon, Indiana University majoring in biology or chemistry, Jordan Sharp.
Trevor Haessig, Daryl and Susan Haessig, Trine University majoring in mechanical engineering, Julie Baird.
Bethany Hapner, Steven and Karyl Hapner, Purdue University majoring in elementary education, Cherie Sweatland.
Caleb Heinisch, Doug and Heidi Heinisch, Indiana University majoring in business, Casimir Szynal.
Addie Helfers, Keith and Tammy Helfers, Indiana University, undecided in a major, Regina Friedrich.
Allison Hoffert, Chad and Dawn Hoffert, Butler University majoring in physician assistant, Vince Beasley.
Ethan Knepp, Jason and Lisa Knepp, Purdue University majoring in mechanical engineering, Janay Hackleman.
Kaitlin Kuhn, Ron and Anita Kuhn, Trine University majoring in chemical engineering, Traci Henn.
Tia Long, Jason Ross and Melissa Long, Purdue University majoring in animal science, Mike Schmidt.
Mikala Mawhorter, Allan and Theresa Mawhorter, IUPUI majoring in biology, Kerry Murphy.
Zachary McKee, Brian Richcreek and Constance McKee, Trine University majoring in mechanical engineering, Brent Berkeypile.
McKinley Ochs, Caleb Gilmer and Dominque Gilmer, Indiana/Purdue Fort Wayne majoring in digital media, Bill Eby.
Ryan Pruitt, Loren and Belinda Pruitt, Ivy Tech University majoring in engineering technology, Judy Wolfe.
Hannah Rhoades, Joel and Kristina Rhoades, Purdue University majoring in biochemistry, Paul Meyer.
Kylee Rostochak, Jeff and Molly Rostochak, Trine University majoring in mechanical engineering, Trent Beer.
Savannah Schwartz, Ron and Sara Schwartz, Purdue University majoring in biology, Pam Schumm.
Kyle Weideman, Brian and Teresa Weideman, Purdue University majoring in finance and accounting, Betty Lambert.
Paige Wright, Andy Wright and Carri Wright, Goshen College majoring in nursing, Sarah Holsopple.