95 graduate in Forest Park Class of 2020May 21, 2020
By LEANN BURKE
FERDINAND — Forest Park Junior-Senior High School graduated 95 in the Class of 2020 last week when e-learning came to an end. The school hopes to host a commencement ceremony on Saturday, July 18, pending local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines.
Valedictorians are Kenlee Gehlhausen, Abigail Hauser, Emma Hassfurther and Mallory Spayd.
The salutatorian is Gryffin Flowers.
Gehlhausen is the daughter of Kevin and Erika (Vonderheide) Gehlhausen of Schnellville. During her time at Forest Park, she played soccer and basketball, was a member of the Community Impact Club, National Honor Society and the Beta Club, of which she was president. She earned academic honors all four years of high school and received the mental attitude award for soccer and basketball in her senior year. She was also awarded Academic All-State for basketball for 2019-20.
She plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to major in accounting and finance with a minor in Spanish. She received the Provost Scholarship from USI and the Southwestern Indiana Officials Association scholarship.
Hauser is the daughter of Jason and Emily (Niehaus) Hauser of Bretzville. While at Forest Park she was a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, spirit Club, Rangers for Christ and Student Council, of which she was president. She was also class treasurer. She ran cross country and track and field and was on the swim team. The awards she’s most proud of are 2020 Regional Academic All-Star, Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country First Team Academic All-State for cross county her junior and senior year, the Pocket Athletic Conference All-Conference Academic Scholar Athlete and the Mental Attitude Award for cross county her senior year.
She plans to attend Purdue University with a Trustee scholarship to study chemical engineering. She also received the Virgil “Gus” Grissom scholarship.
Hassfurther is the daughter of Keith Hassfurther of Ferdinand and Valerie (Schue) Hassfurther of Ferdinand. While at Forest Park she was on the dance and volleyball teams and a member of National Honor Society, Student Council and 4-H. The awards she’s most proud of are Academic All-State for volleyball, Academic Honor Award and the volleyball mental attitude award. She was also class secretary and a 10-year member of 4-H.
She plans to attend Purdue University to pursue a degree in actuarial science. She received the Purdue Trustees Scholarship and the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship.
Spayd is the daughter of Brenda and Scott Spayd of Ferdinand. While at Forest Park, she founded her own business, SPAYD, where she designs, produces and markets her own line of fashion bags. She was also a member of the dance team, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Key Club. She is most proud of being part of the dance team when they placed in the top three at the National Dance Alliance championship in Orlando, and claiming seven Indiana High School Dance Team Association championship titles. She was also chosen for the IHSDTA Academic All-State team, won first place in the solo, duo and trio categories at the 2018 Beta Convention and was awarded a golden ticket to perform at the National Beta Convention. She also published a poem in “Autumn Voices Creative Writing.”
She will attend Indiana University as a direct admit to the Kelley School of Business and plans to major in business with minors in graphic design and computer science.
Flowers is the son of Luke and Stephanie (Gessner) Flowers of Ferdinand. Some of his favorite activities while in high school were Student Council, National Honor Society, Key Club, Community Impact Club and the soccer team. He held several leadership roles including class president, president of Student Council and National Honor Society, captain of the varsity soccer team and a student leader in the Impact Club. He received academic honors awards all four years of high school and was on the science Academic Bowl team that won first place in conference twice and once in district. He also participated on the Beta Club technology team that won first place at Beta State Convention twice. In soccer, he was awarded the Pocket Athletic Conference All Conference Academic Scholar Athlete for soccer and the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association High School All Academic Player and Mental Attitude awards. He also won four Grand Championships for his art.
He plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a degree in biochemistry before pursuing a doctorate in optometry. He has been accepted into IU’s Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience program and won the 2019 Heimatfest Teen Ambassador Runner-up scholarship, the 2020 MasterBrand Cabinets Dependent scholarship and the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen second place scholarship.
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