Jasper to graduate 247 seniors


JASPER — The Jasper High School class of 2018 will graduate at 6:30 p.m. today in the high school gymnasium.
Valedictorian Aurora Mendel, Salutatorian Grace Werner and Class President Jacob Barry will address the 247 graduating seniors.

Aurora Mendel

Mendel is the daughter of Allen and Era Mendel of Jasper.

At Jasper High School, she was involved in the school band, theater, Key Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Spell Bowl, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Peer Mentors.

She volunteers through the children's ministry at the Christian Fellowship Church in Evansville and is a tutor and mentor in the community.

Awards she earned in high school include recognitions for being an outstanding academic student, outstanding foreign language student, outstanding science student, and an AP Scholar. She was also on the school’s honor roll each year.

After graduation, Mendel plans to be a pre-med student at the University of Southern Indiana, majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish.


Grace Werner

Werner is the daughter of Kevin and Gretchen Werner of Jasper.

During her time in high school, she was a member of the varsity softball and varsity cheerleading teams. She also participated in the Riley Dance Marathon, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

She is a parish member of St. Mary Church in Ireland, where she attends weekly masses with her family.

Outside of school, she tutors students in chemistry, biology and math.

Awards Werner earned during high school include Academic All-state for cheerleading and All-State for cheerleading. She earned the student Award for Excellence for Career and Technical Education District 47.

She plans to attend Bellarmine University, where she will major in biochemistry and molecular biology. She will also play softball for the Bellarmine Knights.

After that, she hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in medicine.

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