Heritage Hills seniors to graduate Saturday

Herald Staff Writer

LINCOLN CITY — The Heritage Hills High School Class of 2013 will graduate at 3 p.m. CDT Saturday at Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln State Park. Valedictorian Kylee Ann Kaetzel, salutatorian Corey Joseph Fortwendel and Class President Nolan Brinkman will speak for the 162 seniors.


Kaetzel is the daughter of Ray and Denise (Meyer) Kaetzel of Santa Claus.

She has been vice president of the Renaissance Club and co-president of the pep club. She was a member of National Honor Society, the Optimist, drama and Natural Helpers clubs, the Peers Educating Peers program and jazz band. She performed in Indiana State School Music Association solo and ensemble competitions.

She is a member of Santa Claus United Methodist Church where she participates in the youth group, praise band and Bible study and volunteers in the nursery. She takes vocal and ballet lessons, performs at Holiday World and volunteers for the Community Table project.

She was named Most Outstanding Performer, Most Improved Performer, Patriot of the Month, WITZ Community Scholar and the top Spanish student. She won a gold rating at the Indiana State School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival and was named to the All-State Jazz Choir.

She received the Academic Scholarship from Belmont University and will attend the Nashville, Tenn., school in to study commercial music with a concentration in voice and music business and minor in political science.


Fortwendel is the son of Tim and Sherri (Peter) Fortwendel of Evanston.

He has participated in the marching, concert, pep and jazz bands, NHS and the math, science and interdisciplinary academic bowl teams.

He is a member of St. Pius V Catholic Church in Troy where he has been an altar server for the past nine years.

He is a three-time Indiana Bandmasters Association All-District Band member and a 2013 Indiana Music Educators Association Honor Band member. He won several solo and ensemble music awards and nine classroom awards.

He received trustees, general and W.T. Berkshire scholarships from Purdue University and will attend the school in West Lafayette to study pre-pharmacy.

Contact Claire Moorman at cmoorman@dcherald.com.

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