Forest Park set to graduate 92 seniors

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The Forest Park High School class of 2018 will graduate at 2 p.m. Saturday in Buechler Arena.

Valedictorians are Madison Day; Collin Hochgesang; James Kelley; Connor Luebbehusen, who is also class president; Elizabeth Miller; Emily Miller; and Erika Uebelhor. The class salutatorian is Katelyn Tretter.

The seven valedictorians will address the assembly of 92 graduating seniors.

Madison Day

Day is the daughter of Angie and Larry Hilgeman and Mike Day of Ferdinand.

She has been actively involved in varsity dance, varsity volleyball, Student Council as vice president, Student Against Destructive Decisions, Rangers for Christ, Key Club, Natural Helpers, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Entrepreneurship Club.

Day serves food with the Dubois County Community Meals program, acted as a student representative for the Southeast Dubois County School Board, and volunteered for the St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and its events such as the community picnic.

She has received the “Top of the Class” award for Introduction to Business, Accounting, Business and Personal Law, and Spanish III. In 2015 and 2017, she earned honorable mentions for the Southern Hills Writing Contest. In her four years as a varsity dancer, her team earned nine state titles from the Indiana High School Dance Team Association. She and her team also won two second runner-ups in large varsity kick at the National Dance Alliance competition.

Day will attend Indiana University as a direct admit to the Kelley School of Business and Hutton Honors Program. She will double major in finance and economic consulting.


Collin Hochgesang

Hochgesang is the son of Rick and Jenny Hochgesang of St. Anthony.

While at Forest Park, he played on both the tennis and basketball teams for four years. He was also a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Community Impact, Renaissance Club, Natural Helpers, Spirit Club, and Student Against Destructive Decisions.

Hochgesang volunteers for his community through the local YMCA, the Folk Fest, and many other events.

In his tennis career, he received the Coach’s Award, MVP, two-time All Conference, and All District. Hochgesang also earned awards in his basketball career, including Charges Taken, 3-point percentage, Blocked Shots and the Arthur Trester Mental Attitude Award. He has also been awarded with Academic Honors all four years of high school, as well as a 4.0 GPA.

Hochgesang plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to major in accounting.


James Kelley

Kelley is the son of Kevin and Elaine Kelley of Schnellville.

Throughout high school, Kelley was a member of the bowling team, Spell Bowl, Science Academic Bowl, Interdisciplinary Academic Bowl, Social Studies Academic Bowl, Robotics Club, Southwest Indiana STEM Challenge, Beta Club, Math Academic Bowl, Nerd Club, National Honors Society, and Student Council.

He is a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Schnellville and St. Anthony. Through the G2 Youth Group he has participated in yearly walnut pickups, turtle soups, Trick-or-Canning events, and parish events/fests. In his senior year, he was selected to be the youth group representative to the Divine Mercy Pastoral Council.

In 2017, Kelley received first place in the Science, Social Studies, and Interdisciplinary Academic Bowl area competitions. He qualified for the state competition in the 2015 Spell Bowl competition, as well as the 2017 Spell Bowl, Science Academic Bowl, and Interdisciplinary Academic Bowl. Kelley also received third place in the 2017 Indiana Beta Convention in the Science Division. He also received the St. Maria Goretti Youth Distinction Award from the Catholic Diocese of Evansville.

Kelley has been academically awarded with the Intro to Engineering Award as well as the Spanish III Award. He has several first- and a second-place finishes in the Southwest Indiana STEM Challenge. He also earned top finishes in several HUSBA series and tournaments. Kelley is also a three-time awarded Forest Park Bowling Team High Series, has received the Forest Park Bowling Team High Average, and was awarded with a Bowling Letter.

Kelley plans to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to study electrical engineering.


Connor Luebbehusen

Luebbehusen is the son of Chris and Angie Luebbehusen of St. Anthony.

He has been a member of Beta Club, National Honors Society, Student Council, Peers Educating Peers, Rangers for Christ, Spirit Club, Renaissance Club, Students Against Destructive Decision, Academic Bowl, Natural Helpers, and Spell Bowl. Luebbehusen has also served as a class president for four years, and was president of Beta Club and National Honors Society for one year.

Luebbehusen has volunteered with Mentors for Youth of Dubois County as a mentor.

He attends Christ the King Parish Youth Group where he serves on the Christ the King Winter Mission Planning Committee.

He received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. Luebbehusen has been recognized as an Indiana Beta Club Quiz Bowl champion and a 2017 state runner-up and state finalist at the Indiana State Spell Bowl competition. Luebbehusen received awards in Precalculus, Physics, English 10 and 11, United States History, Etymology, Career Planning, Introduction to Engineering and Design, Health, Algebra two, Biology, and Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art. In 2018, he was selected as a 2018 Indiana Academic Regional All-Star, and is the 2018 Dubois County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

He plans to attend the University of Evansville to major in computer engineering.


Elizabeth Miller

Miller is the daughter of Pat and Tammy Miller of Ferdinand.

Throughout high school, she was a member of the cross country, track, and dance teams. She was also a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Miller is also involved in Christ the King Youth Group and has helped with vacation Bible school.

She has been listed on the Honor Roll all four years of high school, was named the Top Health Student her freshman year, Top Geometry Student her sophomore year, and Top Etymology Student and Top Earth and Space student her junior year.

Miller plans to attend the University of Evansville but is undecided on her major.


Emily Miller

Miller is the daughter of Pat and Tammy Miller of Ferdinand.

She has been a four-year member of the dance and tennis teams, and a two-year captain of the dance team. She was a member of Natural Helpers, Beta Club, National Honors Society, Rangers for Christ, FCCLA, Peers Educating Peers, Spirit Club, and a member of the color guard for two years. She has served as the treasurer of Beta Club and secretary of National Honors Society.

During the summer, she was a vacation Bible school instructor for Christ the King Parish and taught private dance lessons. She worked at Hodgini School of Dance and the YMCA in child watch. Miller has also performed in “A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale” at Lincoln Amphitheatre for three years.

She received awards for top student in chemistry and business, and won the Ranger Spirit Award for tennis her sophomore year. Miller received first and honorable mention in the Autumn Voices poetry contest through Vincennes University. Miller was also recognized as a member of the IHSTDA 2018 Academic All State Team.

Miller plans to attend Butler University as a pre-pharmacy major.


Erika Uebelhor

Uebelhor is the daughter of Kent and Janet Uebelhor of Ferdinand.

Uebelhor was a member of the soccer, basketball and track teams. She was also involved in National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key Club, Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Peers Educating Peers, Rangers for Christ, Renaissance Club, Spell Bowl, Academic Bowl, Prom Board, Spring Musical, Chorus, and Marching Band.

In her church, she was a server for six years, a youth choir member for four years, and a lector for three years. She is also a 10-year 4-H member and served one year as treasurer and one as vice president for her 4-H club.

Uebelhor is a two-time state finalist in Spell Bowl, a two-year band state champion, a girls basketball sectional champion, and was awarded PAC All-Conference Honorable Mention for girls soccer.

She will attend the University of Southern Indiana to study business management and pre-law.


Katelyn Tretter

Tretter is the daughter of Scott and Theresa Tretter of Ferdinand.

While at Forest Park, Tretter served as the Student Council president, Key Club secretary, was involved in Rangers for Christ, Spirit Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Peer Tutoring, Beta Club, National Honor Society and was a member of the volleyball and dance teams.

In her community, she is a junior Chamber of Commerce member, a junior member of the school board, volunteers for Dubois County Community Meals, and is involved in vacation Bible school and 4-H.

Tretter was first runner-up in the Dubois County 4-H pageant. She has also been awarded with the Introduction to Business Award, Spanish I and II Awards, and the Introduction to 2-D Art Award. In her varsity volleyball career, Tretter received the 2015 and 2017 Mental Attitude Awards. She is a 2015 dance state champion in the pom, hip-hop, and high-kick categories. In 2016, she was a dance state champion in hip-hop and high kick, as well as a third-place national champion in high kick. Tretter was also a state champion in 2017 in pom and hip-hop. She was honored with a published poem in the Autumn Voices Magazine and was awarded second place for her poem.

Tretter will study marketing and business management at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

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