PETERSBURG — Pike Central High School will hold its 37th Commencement Exercises at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the high school gymnasium.
The processional will follow a musical selection by the high school band. Principal LeAnne Kelley will give the opening remarks and the singing of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and invocation will follow.
A musical selection by the Swing Choir will precede valedictorian addresses by Katelyn Heaton, Audrey Sheffler and Taylor Wornica. The high school band will perform again followed by the salutatorian address by Kelsey Lemond.
Following senior addresses by Haley Church and Haley Roy, Principal Kelley will present the class to Superintendent Dr. Joan Keller who will present the diplomas. Dr. Keller will then make the prouncement of graduation and the recessional will follow.
The class has chosen the white lily for its flower and the class colors are purple and silver. They will graduate under the motto, “May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows.” Old Irish saying.
Katelyn Heaton is the daughter of Eric and Lea Heaton of Spurgeon. She is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as president of the Key Club; president of the German Club; yearbook editor; and is a member of the Student Government. She was on the varsity golf team; the BPA Historian; a member of the Graduation Committee; Academic Team; Avid Reader’s Club; Prom Steering Committee; SADD; president of the Republican Club; Project Lead the Way Student. The attended Hoosier Girls State and has maintained a job at Applebee’s for the past two and a half years. She was also a BPA National qualifier and state qualifier for two years. She plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana in pre-medicine and continue her education at the Indiana University School of Medicine for anesthesiology.
Audrey Sheffler is the daughter of Russ and Samantha Sheffler of the Oakland City area in southern Pike County. She was captain of the soccer team and has been a varsity cheerleader the past four years. She is president of the National Honor Society; secretary of Key Club; Class Historian; and a member of Student Government and the Graduation Committee. She won the Academic Award for cheerleading, soccer and track and won the MVP awards for soccer and track as well as the Kiwanis Mental Attitude Award. She was a delegate to 2011 Girls State and won the Evansville Courier and Press Star Student Award. Audrey plans to attend Purdue University to major in pharmacy.
Taylor Elise Wornica is the daughter of Terry and Tricia Wornica of Petersburg. She participated in swimming and won the Academic All-State Award for swimming as well as the MVP Award. She was a varsity cheerleader and won the MVP Award and Academic Awards. She has been baseball manager; cross country team member; Student Government member; SADD and BPA member; on the National Honor Society plus a member of Key Club, Spanish Club, Prom Steering Committee, Graduation Committee, a Peer Facilitator and a member of the Hometown Competitiveness Committee. She was also a delegate to Hoosier Girls State earning the County Outstanding Girl award. She plans to attend the University of Evansville to major in psychology and behavioral neuroscience. She plans to go into psychiatry in medical school.
Kelsey Lemond is the daughter of Jim and Nan Lemond of Winslow. She has been in Project Lead the Way on the Biomedical Showcase Team; a member of the National Honor Society; Key Club; Student Government; has been a school web designer; Peer Facilitator; a DARE role model and student representative of the Stellar Communities Committee. She was a member of the cross country team earning four letters and awards for most improved, the Kiwanis Mental Attitude Award and Academic Award and most valuable runner award. She earned two letter in basketball; the Academic Award and all-PAC Honorable Mention. Lemond plans to attend IUPUI to earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in the pre-physical therapy program and then a doctorate in physical therapy. Her goal is to return to the community to train student athletes and work with Project Lead the Way.
The Class of 2012 graduates are: Aris Alcantara, Nathanael Anderson, Demi Arnold, Kelsey Atkins, Tim Austin, Dakota Bell, Brandon Bohnert, Tiffany Branum, Meaghan Cagle, Kyleigh Cannon, Glenn Capozella, Lance Capozella, Daneisha Carter, Zakk Cates, Haley Church, Trevor Church, Logan Clore, Kullen Cook, Brandon Cropper, Marci Cruze, Amber DeJarnett, Ross D’Esposito, Dakota Dickerson, Dakota Douglas, Ian Dudenhoeffer, Justin Eaton, Carly Elmore, Maegan Evans, Chelsea Faith, Brittany Fording, Stone Foust, Dana Fuhrman, Cody Gadberry, Cane Gamble, Nick Gentry, Neil Gish, Nick Gordon, Darcie Gray, Krystal Greener, Taylor Gwaltney, Lauren Hartke, LaNisha Head, Katelyn Heaton, Alyssa Heldt, John Hellman, Caleb Henson, Morgan Henson, Faryn Hill, Jeremy Howald, Josh Hulsman, Shaley Jenkins, Beau Johnson, Kira Kegg, Emily Kirby, Alexa Kluemper, Nate Krueger, Jazzlyn Kulm, Bre Ann Lane, Kelsey Lemond, Amy Loveless, Levi Loveless, Cory Mabrey, Colin Mahoney, David Matier, Terra May, Brittney McCandless, Eric McCord, Kaleena McCraney, Nina McFarland, Stevie McFarland, Kelsey McGregor, Celena McKinney, Travis Meinhart, Chelsey Miller, Karley Mills, Trisha Nalley, Jake Newberg, Vicki Nicholson, Kylee Overbey, Paula Padgett, Brittany Pancake, Jacque Parks, Chantz Parson, Hillary Pierce, Hallie Richardson, Cady Roberts, Dillon Robling, Olivia Roettger, Haley Roy, Robert Sanders, Tyler Schieve, Samantha Selby, Sydney Selby, Samira Shalabi-Loges, Dalton Sharp, Leah Sharp, Audrey Sheffler, Ethan Shepherd, Holly Simmons, Jordan Simmons, Brieanna Smith, Ethen Smith, Kyla Steltenpohl, Jalen Stephens, Evan Sturgeon, Josh Swain, Jace Taylor, Brittany Underhill, Shayland Weist, Leslie Whitehead, Cassie Wilkes, Cierra Willis, Danielle Willis, Hunter Willis, Jesse Willis, Kayla Willis, Megan Wilson, Travis Wint, Michaela Wiscaver, Travis Wood, Anna Woolery, Taylor Wornica, Wade Yates, Breanna Young, Zach Young and David Zenthofer.