Heritage Hills to graduate 127 Saturday

The Heritage Hills High School class of 2017 will graduate at 3 p.m. CDT Saturday at the Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln City. The school will graduate 127 seniors. Valedictorian Emma Buechlein and Salutatorian Ed Peters will present speeches at the commencement. Peters is also the class president.


Emma Buechlein


Buechlein is the daughter of John Buechlein and Tracy Deno-Buechlein of Lamar.

In high school, she was the Beta Club vice president, chair of the National Honor Society’s tutoring committee and the Student Council chair of football Homecoming. She was a captain on the science Academic Bowl team and also competed on the social studies team. She was also a member of Peers Educating Peers, Business Professionals of America, Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair, and a played on the girls tennis team.

Buechlein is a member of St. Francis of Assisi parish.

She was in her class’ top 10 percent for four years, won the Senior Curriculum Award for Science, competed in the Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair and earned Outstanding Project in Biophysics and Outstanding Senior Project in Microbiology, and placed third in the Beta State Competition English Division and a spot to compete nationally

After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to study biology and Spanish studies on a pre-med career track. She plans to then attend medical school to pursue a career in the health care field.


Ed Peters


Peters is the son of Brian and Elisa (Leibering) Peters of Lamar.

Throughout high school, he was a member of the Student Council, Math Bowl team, was president of the 4-H Santa Claus and Lamar Lucky Clovers, lettered and was a defensive captain on the football team, lettered on the wrestling team twice, served as the vice president of the Future Farmers of America, was a member of the BPA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was the National Honor Society president.

He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Community Table, Adopt a Highway, was a leader with St. Peters Youth Group, and was part of the 4-H Fair clean-up crew.

Awards he earned include the 2017 Colts Academic All-Stars Team, 2016 Evansville Courier and Press Gold Star Student, 2013-17 First of Class, 2013-17 Top 10 Percent, 2013-17 Summa Cum Laude, 2016 BPA National Qualifier and State Place Winner in personal financial management, banking and finance, and business administration using Microsoft. He was also a 2013-14 State Livestock Judging Qualifier in FFA, 2017 Indiana Football Coaches Association  Academic All-State, 2017 All PAC Honorable Mention and 2017 All PAC Academic Team. He has been awarded Lilly Scholar and Purdue Trustees Scholar.

He plans on studying agricultural engineering at Purdue University.

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