Jasper seniors to graduate tonight


JASPER — Jasper High School's Class of 2021 will graduate at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the high school gymnasium. There are 262 graduates in the class.

The class' valedictorian is Addison Clauss; the salutatorian is Bennett Schmitt.

Addison Clauss

Addison Clauss

Addison is the daughter of Phil and Jamie (Mehringer) Clauss of Jasper.

She served as a member of the Student Council and was president of the council her senior year. She participated in Business Professionals of America, where she served as vice president of administration, qualified for nationals in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and received the Statesman Torch Award. She was a member of the National Honor Society and peer-tutored other students at JHS through this organization. She was on the varsity girls soccer team, and served as a team captain as a senior. She also ran Unified Track.

Addison was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, a Commended Merit Scholar, and Indiana Rising Star for the Class of 2021. She was also recognized as the Outstanding Senior in the mathematics department and was part of the IHSAA Academic All-State Team for soccer.

She has received the Academic Achievement Scholarship sponsored by Farbest Foods and the Edgar C., Estella M. and Kyle T. Friedman Memorial Scholarship.

After graduation, Addison plans to attend Purdue University to major in chemical engineering.

Bennett Schmitt

Bennett Schmitt

Bennett is the son of Daryl and Patricia (Weinberg) Schmitt of Ireland.

He was a member of the varsity tennis team, serving as team captain his senior year; the varsity diving team; Student Council, serving as vice president his senior year; National Honor Society, serving as president his senior year; and was a Dubois County WyldLife leader. 

He was named a National Merit Finalist, 2021 Indiana Regional Academic All-Star and College Board AP Scholar with Distinction. He also was a Derexa King Award for Literary Excellence Winner, and received academic all-state honors in both diving and tennis. 

He was the recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Dubois County, the C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award, and the Academic Achievement Scholarship sponsored by Farbest Foods.

After graduation, Bennett plans to attend the University of Notre Dame to study chemistry, Spanish and sustainability.  

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