WARSAW — Warsaw Community Schools’ staff recognized three outstanding seniors at the 2021-22 Tiger Way Convo on Thursday, May 26.
Warsaw Community High School Principal Troy Akers addressed the audience, and those watching in classrooms via live stream, as he recognized Nathaniel Klein, Carly Flinn, and Jack Yeager.
Akers shared his appreciation for their courage, bravery, and leadership.
“As the year draws to an end, I’m always excited to see what the next steps for the seniors are,” said Akers. “These three students today have received the highest award that any high school student can receive. I’m very proud of these young people and excited for their future.”
“As Warsaw Community Schools, we wish to commend Nathaniel, Carly, and Jack for their military academy appointments,” said Dr. David Hoffert, WCS’ superintendent. “Their dedication to academics and to service set them apart from thousands of applicants across the United States. We are very proud of their achievements and grateful that they will carry the WCS mission forward in their academy experience as a WCS graduate.”
Joining students, staff, and families in the Performing Arts Center auditorium was an honored guest presenter Bob Drummond, Blue and Gold Officer for the Naval Academy. Officer Drummond emphasized how special it is for any high school to have even one student accepted into a service academy. All three students will receive full four-year scholarships, housing, and other benefits.
“It’s truly an honor to be involved with three exceptional people,” said Officer Drummond. “Warsaw should be proud.”
Nathaniel Klein began his education in Florida, attending McNeal Elementary School, then Nolan Middle School. His family moved to St. John, where Klein attended Clark Middle School, then Lake Central High School. He spent his junior and senior year at WCHS.
Klein will be attending the US Air Force Academy. After the recognitions, Klein joined his family and shared inspirational words for fellow students.
“Push yourself and stick to it,” said Klein. “It gets kind of difficult at times, but you don’t know what’s on the other side and you won’t know until you try.”
Klein’s parents are Aaron and Nicole Klein.
Carly Flinn attended Washington STEM Academy, Claypool Elementary School, and Edgewood Middle School. Flinn will be attending the United States Naval Academy.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity and I’m excited to see what the future holds for me at the naval academy,” said Flinn.
Flinn’s family members, including Melissa Flinn, Jennifer Flinn, and Andrew Flinn attended the recognition.
Jack Yeager attended Jefferson Elementary School and Lakeview Middle School. Yeager will be attending the United States Naval Academy.
“It’s been a long time dream of mine to attend the Naval Academy and I’m incredibly blessed to have received this opportunity,” said Yeager. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Yeager’s parents, Stephen and Megan Yeager, were present at the ceremony.