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CC, NH recognize top students

June 16, 2010
Another school year has come to a close, and a new crop of graduates has entered the world.

Ashley McDaniel
At Crawford County Junior-Senior High School, which had its commencement exercise on Friday, May 28, Ashley McDaniel is the class valedictorian and Alissa Dawn Allen is salutatorian.

"Both young ladies are so quiet yet were excellent leaders," Principal Greg Moe said. "They lead by example, which is a great characteristic for all people to model."

Ashley is the daughter of Charlie and Bessie McDaniel of Milltown. She plans to study biology at the University of Louisville and become a pediatrician.

Alissa Dawn Allen
During high school, Ashley was the class president and was involved in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Booster Club and powder puff football. She also was a volleyball and basketball manager.

Ashley was an "Outstanding Student" in Spanish, English, math and science, was given the U.S. Marine Corp. Scholastic Excellence Award, Hallmark Award from the University of Louisville, Orange County REMC Scholarship and the Andrew Winzenread Scholarship.

Alissa is the daughter of Larry and Cheryl Allen of Taswell. She plans to be in pre-veterinarian study at Franklin University.

Jarod Allen Richards
At CCJSHS, she was a member of the basketball team, National Honor Society, FFA, Science Club and Booster Club and participated in intramurals and powder puff football, livestock judging and mini Relay For Life.

Alissa received the Academic Achievement Awards in Spanish III, anatomy, pre-calculus, U.S. history and honors English and received the social studies and agriculture senior awards.

North Harrison High School held its graduation ceremony the following weekend, on Sunday, June 6, with Jarod Allen Richards the class valedictorian and Caitlyn Elizabeth Janes its salutatorian.

Caitlyn Elizabeth Janes
"The Class of 2010 was an extraordinary class. Their test scores were very good, and they had several outstanding individuals," Principal Kelly Simpson said. "I don't normally list names, but this particular group was such a tight-knitted group, it would be difficult not to mention names.

"Jarod Richards, Caitlyn Janes, Kim Smith, Bryce Nowak, Tyler Byrne, Matt Johnson, Deidre Book, Pete Book, Courtney Miller, Chad Eveslage, Susan Smith, Emily Pinnick, Emily Doss all made contributions that made the Class of 2010 unique and special," he said. "They were leaders who would lead by example and would make the necessary sacrifices for the good of the whole. They were very caring and involved with all school activities from sports to band, to plays and charitable giving."

Simpson described Jarod Richards, who will major in pre-medicine at the University of Southern Indiana, as "a very level-headed young man."

"Intelligence is just one of many traits that makes him so multidimensional as a person," Simpson said. "He genuinely cares about others, and he understands what it takes to be successful."

The son of Lance and Melissa Richards of Pal-myra, Jarod, while at NHHS, was involved with Student Council, Spanish Club, Renaissance Student Leadership Team, Cougar Chaos, Business Professionals of America, Fellowship of Christian Students, National Honor Society, Principal's Advisory Council, soccer, basketball and track and field.

He received several honors, including the University of Southern Indiana Presidential Scholarship, Harrison County Community Foundation Howard H. Haub Athletic Scholarship, Harrison County Community Foundation Founders Scholarship, 2010 NH Academic Athlete, 2008 All-Conference Honorable Mention for soccer, 2009 All-Conference Honorable Mention for track and field, 2009 All-Conference for soccer, 2010 All-Conference for track and field, 2007-08 Mr. Hustle Award for basketball, 2007 110-percent Award for basketball, 2008-09 Coaches Award for basketball, 2006 Rookie of the Year for soccer and 2009 Sen. Richard Lugar Distinguished Scholar Award.

Simpson said Caitlyn Janes is "a very conscientious young lady" who participated in several extra-curricular activities — including athletics, student government and Relay For Life, helping organize the Shoot for a Cure Cancer Game — while still managing to work "very hard at her studies" and maintain "an easy smile."

The daughter of Andy and Angela Janes of New Salisbury, Caitlyn will attend Butler University in Indianapolis to study pharmacy.

During her years at NHHS, Caitlyn was involved in volleyball, basketball, tennis, Relay For Life, Student Council, National Honor Society, Cougar Chaos, Fellowship of Christian Students, SADD, Spanish Club, Renaissance, Renaissance Leadership Committee and Student Leadership Committee.

Her honors include 2010 All Mid-Southern Conference for volleyball and basketball, 2010 HBCA All-Star for basketball, 2010 Academic All-State for basketball, 2010 Outstanding Academic Athlete Award, 2010 Best All-Around Senior and Academic Top 25 for all four years.

See Style and www.clarionnews.net for photos of this year's graduation ceremonies.

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