Delaney Butler and Rebecca Snodgrass have been named co-valedictorians and Jarett Ferguson and Emma Tinkle co-salutatorians for the Parke Heritage High School Class of 2019.
Graduation ceremonies honoring the first class of Parke Heritage High School will be held in the middle school gymnasium Saturday, May 25 at 4 p.m. with 83 students receiving their diplomas.
Delaney Butler has been involved in many activities and has served in several leadership roles during her high school career. Her activities and leadership roles include treasurer of the Interact Club, president of National Honor Society, Student Council, vice president of Spanish Club, captain of the Academic Bowl team, Spell Bowl, Drama Club, team captain of basketball, tennis, concert band, pep band, All-District Honor Band and All-Region Honor Band.
“Although I have been involved in numerous extracurricular activities, it has been fairly easy to stay on top of my school work,” said Butler. “The key to my success is time management. I manage to get all of my homework done and get a full night of sleep, which helps me be prepared for the next day of school. I always get my homework done on time because I prioritize the homework within the classes I have earlier in the school day. I can always find times to do my other homework throughout the day.”
Her junior year, she was named an Indiana Rising Star, which is presented to top members of the junior class.
The daughter of Mark and Vickie Butler of rural Rockville, she plans to attend Purdue University and major in Actuarial Science.
Rebecca Snodgrass, the daughter of Bob Snodgrass of Rockville and Linda Snodgrass of Bloomingdale has been a three-sport athlete as a member of the volleyball, basketball and tennis teams. She has also been a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Ath letes (FCA), Student Council, Academic Bowl team, Dance and Band.“I stay on top of my school work by prioritizing my work. I start working on assignments the day it is given and begin with the assignment that is due first and work my way down to the assignments that have a later due date. I work on school work whenever I have extra time throughout the day. On days I have away games, I try to bring some homework on the bus to work on.”
She has earned the Academic Honor Roll, Indiana Rising Star Award, Academic Letter Award, Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and was named Academic All-State for volleyball.
Snodgrass plans on attending the University of Indianapolis and major in psychology.
Co-salutatorian Jarett Ferguson has learned to stay on top of his school work mainly by using his study hall time, so he doesn’t have to stress about working at home.
“My parents have always told me not to procrastinate because I am notorious for delaying my work, and they also told me to work hard,” said Ferguson. “Time management is a very good skill to have.”
He has been a member of the football, baseball, and basketball teams as well as National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He has received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and the Academic Achievement Award.
Ferguson’s future plans are to attend Vincennes University for Fire Science and Safety Technology. He is the son of Jason and Jill Ferguson of rural Rockville.
“Keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole,” is the best advice that co-salutatorian Emma Tinkle’s parents have given her. “This quote is important to me because it has been in my family for many generations. My Grandfather would tell us this quote. To me, this quote means that to succeed in life I need to focus on the entirety of the task and don’t stop until it is finished. If you look upon the hole you are no longer looking at the task in front of you and have lost sight of your goals.”
During her high school career, Tinkle has focused on many tasks and activities in addition to her academics. She has been a member of Interact Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Diversity Club, sophomore class vice president, volleyball, basketball, track and field and softball.
The daughter of Tom and Marcie Tinkle of Rockville, Tinkle plans to attend Indiana University and continue her academic career.
Members of the first graduating class of Parke Heritage, 2019 include: Dakota Bryant Alexander; Alexander C. Anderson; Corine Paige Baggerly; Haley Charlece Bigger; Chance D. Billings; Wade A. Black; Samantha Marie Bordeaux; Jacob Tyler Brown; Clayton Dean Butler; Victoria Delaney Butler; Casey Renee Carboni; Heather Louise Carver; Dawson Allen Chesterfield; Keivan Wade Clodfelter; Margaret Shannon JoAnna Coy; Faith Nicole Crouch; Brianna Rose DalSasso; Bethany Jean Deckard; Breanna Rose Deckard; Britney Angel Diggs; Taylor Denise Dugger; Christopher Lee England; Yessica Escamilla; Taylor Nicole Faulds; Jarett Paul Ferguson; Madison R. Fleener; Cynthia L. Frazier; Emily Nicole Gill; Jack Carlyle Gooch; Karlie Michelle Hall; Mesa Jade Harding; Braden Joseph Hartman; Colten Lee Howard; Annie Mae Hueston; Andrea Lynn Jones; Cole Matthew Jones; Jaylan Parker Kerr; Benjamin Evans Lynk; Allison Ivy N. Martin; Curtis Lee McElheny; Austin Michael McLin; Nathanial Parker McMichael; Kylen Jane McMullen; Julia Sophia Moerler; Tristan Adams Monik; Shania Lynn Mullins; Landon Drew Newnum; Quinton Alexander Norman; J.W. Chauncey Overmyer; Aydan Isaiah Palm; Brett A. Pezan; Saiklang Poolpol; Dennis Craig Pratt; Dustin Lee Pruett; Katelyn Danielle Pruitt; Trevor William Rapp; Mikayla Marie Ricketts; Ellen Nicole Rohr; Ethan Howard Roosevelt; Chase Everet Sasin; Tanner Joseph Sasin; Kevin Michael Simpson; Tristan Michael Smith; Katelyn M. Snodgrass; Rebecca Audrey Snodgrass; Marty, Jr. Gale Sparks; Abigail Janette Stowe; Josele Arabelle Stutler; Aaron Saxton Taylor; Stormy Noelle Thomas; Emma Sue Tinkle; Morgen Lee Tinkle; Sydney Louise Trahan; Aidan Scott Tyler; Dalton Ray Vandivier; Emma Dayle White; Dylan Anthony Whitmer; Connor Ray Wilson; Thomas James Windsor-Canard; Rachel Nicole Wirth; Samantha L. Wood; and Yang Ling Xiong.