Forest Park to graduate 81 seniorsMay 22, 2019
By LEANN BURKE
FERDINAND — The Forest Park High School Class of 2019 will graduate at 2 p.m. Saturday in Buechler Arena, with 81 seniors accepting their diplomas.
Valedictorians are Claire Mehling, Reid Steffe, Katie Winkler and Jordyn Wiseman. Katelyn Englert of Birdseye is the salutatorian.
Mehling is the daughter of Bill and Sharon (Lindauer) Mehling of Ferdinand.
She was a member of student council, National Honors Society, cross country, soccer, marching band and track. She was named a 2019 Indiana Academic Regional All-Star, honored by the Catholic Diocese of Evansville with the Saint Maria Goretti Youth Distinction and was awarded Academic All-State honors in cross country, track and soccer.
Mehling was named the 2019 Dubois County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Scholar and has been accepted into the Honors College at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she plans to major in biology and run cross country.
Steffe is the son of Mike and Ann (Lueken) Steffe of Ferdinand.
During high school, he was secretary of the National Honors Society and treasurer of Beta Club, as well as a volunteer for Rock Steady Boxing at the Tri-County YMCA. He also participated in Catholic Heart Work Camp mission trips to Toledo, Ohio, and Memphis, Tennessee, as well as a local winter mission trip through Christ the King Parish. He won All PAC, All District and All State honorable mention for tennis, Academic All-State honorable mention for tennis and basketball and was the River City Showcase Scholar Athlete. He was the tennis MVP and coach’s award recipient and was a basketball team captain, earning the mental attitude and highest three-point-percentage awards.
He was awarded the David L. Rice Merit Scholarship and the SWIOA Hospitality scholarship. He will attend The Pott College School of Engineering at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville where he will study mechanical engineering.
Winkler is the daughter of Alan and Debbie (Kerstiens) Winkler of Ferdinand.
During high school, she participated in the marching band, musicals, Owensboro Youth Orchestra, Student Council and Christ the King youth group. She received the John Philip Sousa Award, won gold ratings at district solo and ensemble competitions and was published in the Autumn Voices literary magazine after placing first in the Southern Hills Essay Competition. She also received the Most Outstanding Band Member award all four years.
She has been awarded the Heimatfest Teen Ambassador scholarship, the MasterBrand scholarship, the Ferdinand Community scholarship, the Carmel Family Scholarship and the Baldwin Wallace Presidential Scholarship. She will attend Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, where she will be a member of the college’s honors program and major in music therapy and instrumental performance.
Wiseman is the daughter of Ron and Shonna (Ridenour) Wiseman of Birdseye.
In high school, she played volleyball and softball and was a member of the Beta Club, National Honors Society and several other clubs. She also taught vacation Bible school at Birdseye Christian Church.
In her sophomore year, she had a short story published in Vincennes University’s literary magazine “Autumn Voices.” In her junior year, she was the Language Arts runner-up at the state Beta Club convention, and she placed third in language arts at the convention her senior year. As a senior, she also received the volleyball Mental Attitude Award and was selected for the Academic All-State teams for volleyball and softball. This fall, she will attend the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville to study nursing where she will be a member of the university’s honors program. She has won the Holland National Bank Community/Ronald E. Blesch Memorial Scholarship and USI’s Distinguished Scholar Award.
Englert is the daughter of Jeff and Pam (Berg) Englert of Birdseye.
In high school, she was a member of Student Council all four years and served each year as class president. She was also a member of Rangers for Christ all four years and served as a board member. She played basketball all four years, track and field three years and cross country one year.
She was awarded academic excellence all four years and was on the 2018 cross county sectional and PAC championship teams. She was also Miss Flame First Runner-up in 2017.
She has received the Edwards Scholarship through Anderson University in Anderson, where she will be in the honors program and run track and field. She plans to major in nursing with a minor in youth ministry.
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