3 valedictorians lead Heritage Hills graduates


LINCOLN CITY — The Heritage Hills High School Class of 2019 will graduate at 3 p.m. CT Saturday in the Lincoln Amphitheatre, with 149 seniors accepting their diplomas.

Valedictorians are Makynsie Bancroft of Santa Claus, Jenna Burns of Evanston and Summer Skelton of Gentryville. Salutatorians are Madison Hagedorn of Dale and Madeleine Vinson of Santa Claus.


Makynsie Bancroft
Bancroft is the daughter of Devon and Stephanie (Berger) Bancroft of Santa Claus and the late Heather Hart of Gentryville.

During high school, she played soccer and was a member of the Beta Club, Optimist Club, youth group and Academic Bowl.

She was awarded the Academic All-State award for soccer, the Indiana Rising Star and state runner-up for the Interdisciplinary Academic Bowl. She is most proud of graduating summa cum laude.

She received the John M. and Linda L. Galvin scholarship, the Mullen and Mullen Scholarship, the Friends of IU Scholarship and the Provost’s Scholarship.

She has also been accepted into Indiana University’s Hutton Honors College. She plans to attend IU in Bloomington where she will major in biology or economics and minor in Spanish.


Jenna Burns
Burns in the daughter of Kevin and Lori (Ball) Burns of Evanston.

During high school, she ran track, was treasurer of the Beta Club, a member of the Spencer County Trailblazers 4-H Club and in Pep Club. She was also a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church.

She was recognized as an Indiana Academic Rising Star and a Silver Star Student with the Evansville Courier and Press. She also won First Team Academic All-State for track, Pocket Athletic Conference All Conference in three track events senior year and first place in the Language Arts Division II Beta Club state competition junior and senior year.

She received the Community Trust Scholarship from the Spencer County Community Foundation and the James Brown Scholarship and an athletic scholarship from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky.

She plans to attend Kentucky Wesleyan where she will run track and study zoology.


Summer Skelton
Skelton is the daughter of Jeremy and Jennifer (Strahle) Skelton of Gentryville.

During high school, she was involved with the Heritage Hills Riley Dance Marathon where she was the chair of fundraising, the Optimist Club where she was secretary, Student Council where she was football homecoming chair and the Beta Club.

She participated in the Molecular Medicine Action Camp at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis and the National Student Leadership Camp: Health and Wellness at the University of California in Berkeley.

She received the Star Student award from the Evansville Courier and Press, the senior curricular award for English and the anatomy 1 and 2 class awards.

She has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville where she will enroll in the honors program and pursue a degree in biochemistry with a minor in art. She plans to eventually attend optometry or medical school.


Madison Hagedorn
Hagedorn is the daughter of Jason and Martha (Jochem) Hagedorn of Dale.

In high school, she played volleyball and ran track. She was also a member of the Beta Club, 4-H and Christ the King Parish in Ferdinand and St. Henry.

She received the Saint Maria Goretti Youth Distinction, top 10% of the Heritage Hills class of 2019, volleyball and track Academic All-State and second overall at the Oakland City University STEM Competition.

She has received the Othmar and Virginia Ringerman Family Scholarship from the Spencer County Community Foundation and the President’s Scholarship from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

She was accepted into the Indiana State honors college where she will study architectural engineering technology.


Madeleine Vinson
Vinson is the daughter of Christine (MacLeod) Vinson of Santa Claus and Brian Vinson of Florida.

During high school, she played volleyball and ran track. She was also a member of Beta Club, student council and the Cornerstone United Methodist Church youth group.

She received the Bronze Star Student award from the Evansville Courier and Press, volleyball Academic All-State and first place in the Division II Math competition at the state Beta Club convention. She is also in the top 10% of Heritage Hills’ class of 2019.

She received the Mabel and Mason Ryan Memorial Scholarship. From the University of Evansville, she was awarded the President’s Scholarship, the Legacy Scholarship and the United Methodist Scholarship. She is also a direct admit to the university’s physician assistant school for the class of 2026.

She plans to attend the University of Evansville where she will major in exercise science and minor in medical Spanish.

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