Northeast Dubois graduates 63 in Class of 2020

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois High School graduated 63 in the Class of 2020 last week when e-learning came to an end. The school hopes to host a commencement ceremony on Saturday, July 25, pending local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines.

The valedictorians are Jara Braunecker, Taylor Dodd, Dalton Lampert, Elizabeth Recker, Olivia Schroering, Alexis Stafford and Jared Young.

The salutatorians are Kaylie Bonifer, Presley Neukam, Maggie Stephenson and Ethan Ziegler.


Braunecker is the daughter of Jason and Jennifer (Kirk) Braunecker of Dubois. At Northeast Dubois, her favorite activities were Beta Club, Student Council, Natural Helpers and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She was also a member of Education Rising. The awards she’s most proud of are valedictorian, the Mental Attitude Award for the bowling team, high honor roll and the perfect attendance award. She also reached nationals in the Educators Rising competition.

She plans to attend the University of Evansville to major in elementary education and has been awarded a Next Generation Hoosier Educators scholarship and the Teaching Fellows and an academic scholarship from the University of Evansville



Dodd is the daughter of Brian and Jan (Fromme) Dodd of Dubois. Her favorite activities while at Northeast Dubois were volleyball, tennis, Girls on the Run, Beta Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was the recipient of the foreign language academic award and the Academic All-District and the Academic All-State awards from the Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association. She also made the Blue and White Honor Roll and Blue Chip All Conference.

She plans to attend Indiana University in Bloomington to pursue a degree in elementary and special education. She received the Kimball International scholarship and a Next Generation Hoosier Educators scholarship. She also earned direct admission to the Indiana University School of Education.


Lampert is the son of Dave Lampert of Celestine and Lana (Freyberger) Hoffman of Jasper. His favorite extracurriculars while in high school were the science and math academic bowl teams, Spanish Club, the Green Team and Beta Club. He also frequently volunteered with roadside cleanups and blood drives. He is most proud of earning a spot at Hoosier Boys State. He also won several subject area academic awards, including chemistry, biology, history, precalculus and trigonometry, and anatomy and physiology.

He plans to attend the University of Evansville where he will be a member of the honors college and pursue a degree in neuroscience with a minor in medical Spanish. His ultimate goal is to be an emergency room physician.



Recker is the daughter of Fred and Lisa (Cooper) Recker of Jasper. Her favorite high school activities were Beta Club, Academic Bowl, Spell Bowl, Student Council and 4-H. The high school awards she’s most proud of are runner-up in Language Arts Division II at the Indiana National Beta Convention, Grand Champion in candle making at the 2019 Dubois County 4-H Fair and awards in Spanish, biology and English in ninth and 10th grade.

She plans to attend the University of Evansville to study biochemistry. She was accepted into the university’s honors program and has been awarded the German Heritage scholarship from German American Bank and the Scholar Award from the University of Evansville.



Schroering is the daughter of Leon and Cathy (Kendall) Schroering of Jasper. She’s most proud of her participation in tennis, art club, Natural Helpers/Peer Mentoring, Spell Bowl and Academic Bowl while at Northeast Dubois. She received the tennis Mental Attitude Award her junior year, second place for Drawing Division II at the Indiana National Beta Convention and awards in precalculus and trigonometry, anatomy and physiology and biology II during her sophomore and junior years.

She plans to attend Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, to pursue a nursing degree with plans to become a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. She received the Kathleen Temple Memorial Scholarship from the Memorial Hospital Foundation and several awards from Bellarmine. She was also accepted into the Galileo Learning Community, which is for students going into the medical field.


Stafford is the daughter of Michael and Sheila (Nixon) of Dubois. In high school she participated in Beta Club, Student Council, Natural Helpers, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and tennis. She received a Mental Attitude Award in tennis as well as class awards in biology, biology II and art.

She plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to study dental hygiene and received the David L. Rice merit scholarship from the USI.







Young is the son of Jayson and Michelle (Bair) Young of Dubois. During his time at Northeast Dubois, he played soccer and ran track and field, managed the swimming team and participated in Beta Club and Academic Bowl. He won Grand Champion for social studies at the Indiana National Beta Convention, First Team Academic All-State for track and field, a Four-Year Science award and the Advanced Placement chemistry class award. He was also nominated for Hoosier Boys State.

He plans to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, where he will enroll in the exploratory studies program while considering veterinary science. He was accepted to the Purdue Honors College and was awarded the Purdue Presidential and Marquis scholarships, as well as a scholarship from the Farbest Foods Academic Achievement Scholarship Program.



Bonifer is the daughter of Adam and Gillian (Hildred) Bonifer of French Lick. As a student at Northeast Dubois, she was involved in Spell Bowl, Beta Club, Drama Club, Academic Bowl and tennis. The awards she’s most proud of are second place in the science division at the Indiana National Beta Convention and a near-perfect score at a Spell Bowl competition junior year. She also won the Advanced Placement chemistry and chemistry class awards.

She plans to attend Western Kentucky University with an academic merit scholarship from the university to study meteorology.





Neukam is the daughter of Keanyn and Julie (Elkins) Neukam of Dubois. She is the president and a 10-year member of the Dubois County Wrangler Horse and Pony Club, secretary of the French Club and a member of the Beta Club, Spirit Club and the National Barrel Horse Association and National Pole Bending Association. She and her horse won the Senior High Point Contesting award at the 2019 4-H Fair. She also received the Outstanding 4-H Horsemanship award, a Top Five Horsemanship Award and the 2D Youth Reserve Champion at the National Barrel Horse State Championship. She has been a Top 5 National Barrel Horse Association District 05 Youth Award winner.

She was awarded the 4-H Foundation Senior Year scholarship and plans to attend Western Governors University in Salt Lake City to earn a degree in elementary education.


Stephenson is the daughter of Doug and Charlotte (Reuber) Stephenson of Dubois. In high school, she ran track and field, was a cheerleader and was a member of the French club and the spirit club, serving as president and vice president, respectively. She also participated in The Well at Redemption Christian Church. She was awarded Indiana Academic All-State for track and field and cheerleading, Blue and White Honors and departmental awards in French III and U.S. history.

She plans to pursue a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. She was awarded the Ohio Northern University Trustee Scholarship and the university’s Pharmacy Polar Award, as well as the Lexi Mattingly Memorial Scholarship and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy scholarship.



Ziegler is the son of Jason and Tammy Ziegler of Loogootee. At Northeast Dubois, his favorite activities were basketball, baseball, tennis and Natural Helpers at Dubois Middle School. He also helped with summer camps for basketball and tennis. The awards he’s most proud of are honorable mention for Academic All-State in tennis, the basketball mental attitude award and winning basketball sectionals, the Advanced Placement chemistry award and salutatorian.

He plans to attend the University of Evansville on a Presidential scholarship. He is undecided on a major.




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