SYRACUSE — Visitors to Wawasee High School will likely see group photos of students inducted into the school’s Academic Hall of Fame displayed prominently near the main entrance. Soon, another photo will be added.
A total of 40 students, about 17 percent of the projected graduating class of 239 seniors, were inducted into the Wawasee High School Academic Hall of Fame during the 51st annual banquet in the high school cafeteria Thursday evening, April 25.
In order to be eligible for the Academic Hall of Fame, students must carry a cumulative grade point average of at least 10.0 during their four years of high school, the equivalent of an A-minus.
Julie Baird, a German teacher at the high school, said the banquet is a “celebration of academic success.” She said these students are not afraid to work hard to accomplish their goals and are willing to accept challenges.
Baird talked about how the world has changed so much since this group of students was born in about 2001. “We now have refrigerators that talk to smartphones,” she said.
Students are facing an “uncertain and scary future,” but also one that is exciting, she noted.
Vince Beasley, assistant principal at the high school, said those inducted into the hall of fame “are setting yourself up for the next level” and have learned time management skills and good study habits.
A meal was catered by Dan’s Pies with the assistance of Pathways culinary arts students.
Following are the names of the students inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame with the names of parents, college or career choice, major and the teacher or staff member they chose as having the most impact on their life.
Morgan Adkins, Randy and Sherri Adkins, Ball State University, pre-dental, Brent Doty
Parker Bame, Ron and Alicia Bame, University of New Mexico, undecided major, Codey Holliday
Jace Barrett, Kerry and Denise Barrett, Purdue University, industrial design, Rebecca Nguyen
Olivia Birch, Jack and Tana Birch, Indiana University, environmental science, Brad Stutzman
Lucas Chupp, Marvin and Karen Chupp, Indiana University, elementary education, Julie Baird
Hannah Dennis, Brandon and Amy Dennis, Purdue University, elementary education, Jace Stewart
Kendra Doerr, Jeremy and Michelle Doerr, Indiana University, exercise science, Steve Perek
Kayla Estrada-Wilson, Javier and Rhonda Estrada, Huntington University, pre-med biology, Joan Harden
Gabrielle Fiscus, Paula and the late Michael Fiscus, American Music & Dance Academy, performing arts, Corryn Short
Bethany Flannery, Larry and Michelle Flannery, Valparaiso University, biology/chemistry, Sara Harrison
Cameron Gillum, Tim and Deb Gillum, Crown College, technology and business, Allen Coblentz
Kaitlin Graber, Ron and Tammy Graber, Manchester University, pre-medicine, Dr. Joyce Dubach
Abigail Hackleman, Chris and Jill Hackleman, Indiana University, social media marketing, Christine Noel
Dakota Jacobs, Cash and Shannon Jacobs, IUPUI, occupational therapy, Brad Craig
Graceanne Kerlin, Matthew and Michelle Kerlin, Indiana University, undecided major, Michael Barger
Isabelle Kloss, Jacob and Tara Huff, Kansas State University, ag economics and pre veterinary medicine, Jennifer McKinney
Jacob Krugman, Kelly and the late Darrel Krugman, Indiana University, marketing or psychology, Kerry Murphy
Jared Krugman, Kelly and the late Darrel Krugman, Indiana University, real estate, Cheryl Miller
Katie Mallory, Lon and Mary Mallory, Goshen College, biochemistry, Sarah Holsopple
Ian McClintock, Kevin McClintock, Purdue University, cyber security, Elizabeth Long
Ben Meeks, Layne and Kelly Meeks, Indiana Wesleyan, business administration, Reagan Eakins
Nicholas Murphy, Tiffin and Jennifer Murphy, Purdue University, aerospace engineering, John Szynal
Caden Noel, Michael and Christine Noel, Purdue Fort Wayne, mechanical engineering, Roger Voirol
Jada Parazygnot, Jim and Fotine Haubenreiser, entering workforce in cosmetology, Lisa Firestone
Graham Perek, Steve and Jenny Perek, Purdue University, biomedical engineering, Carrie Johnson
Jared Pritchard, Matthew and Jeni Pritchard, Purdue University, business administration, Vince Beasley
Sara Pritchard, Matthew and Jeni Pritchard, Indiana University-South Bend, medical imaging, Trent Beer
Jordan Rhodes, Ben and Amber Rhodes, Roosevelt University, radiation therapy technology, Ashley Justice
Peyton Rookstool, Kerry and Deb Rookstool, Indiana University, biology, Jerid Stoffel
Allison Saylor, Steve and Jackie Saylor, Ball State University, biology, Gena Fowble
Anah Sommers, Anthony and Amy Sommers, career plans or teacher not listed
Alivia Stidams, Charles and Sara Stidams, either IU or University of Michigan, biology, Jed Wandland
Dain Stuck, Thurl and Penny Stuck, University of North Carolina, marine biology, Betsy Paseka
Abigayle Stump, Greg and Kris Stump, Indiana Fort Wayne, medical imaging, Wendel Landes
Lesley Michelle Tayagua Lua, Victor and Rosalia Tayagua, University of Michigan, political science, Johnnie Fick
Isaiah Tipping, Randy Richcreek and Tina Tipping, University of Marion-Indianapolis, computer engineering, Frank Bumgardner
Madalyn Tucco, David Tucco and Kathy Tucco-Baker, Indiana University, law and public policy/political science, Jeff Phillips
Caleb Van Lue, Jamie Van Lue and Melissa Mast, Purdue University, computer science, Kayla Riportella
Mercedes Winkelman, Kari McClain and the late Steve Winkelman, Indiana University, pre-med psychology, Shannon Rose
Natalie Winters, David and Christine Winters, Indiana University, animal behavior, Dina Coverstone