Jasper to graduate 261May 24, 2019
By LEANN BURKE
JASPER — The Jasper High School Class of 2019 will graduate at 6 p.m. Friday at Jasper High School, with 261 seniors accepting their diplomas.
The valedictorian is Isaac Hopf of Jasper, and the salutatorian is Kyle Hedinger of Jasper.
Hopf is the son of Chris and Andrea (Buechler) Hopf of Jasper.
In high school, he was a Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He also participated in FIRST Robotics, 4-H and National Honor Society and was a percussionist in the marching band.
He was awarded the Indiana Academic Rising Star, the WITZ Student of the Week and the 2017 Marching Wildcat Award. He also won Outstanding Sixth Grade Band member in middle school.
He was awarded the David L. Rice Merit Scholarship, the Couch Business Scholarship and the James Holler Memorial Scholarship.
He was accepted into the honors college at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville where he will study computer science.
Hedinger is the son of Paul and Annette (Schwenk) Hedinger of Jasper.
In high school, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams and a member of the Key Club. He was also a WyldLife leader.
He earned the Eagle Scout designation from Boy Scouts of America and was a Boys State Candidate and National Honor Society member. He also earned the 2019 Outstanding Math and Science Student award and the Rising Star of Indiana.
He was awarded the 2019 Edgar C., Estella M. and Kyle T. Friedman Memorial Scholarship, the Farbest Foods Academic Achievement Scholarship, the Better J. Hoffman Health Occupations Scholarship, the Key Club Scholarship and the Jasper Football Booster Club Scholarship, as well as the Parker, Crowe and Harvey Wiley scholarships from Hanover College in Hanover.
He plans to study biochemistry at Hanover College before pursing a medical doctorate to become a physician scientist. He will be part of the Physician Scientist Diversity Program, which is a partnership between Hanover College and the IU School of Medicine that will place him in internships with physician scientists throughout his undergraduate studies.
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