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Crawford County


June 13, 2012
One hundred nineteen Crawford County Junior-Senior High School seniors received their diplomas on May 18. Principal Karen Sheller described the students as a mature and respectful group that presented very few issues or concerns for the building administration.

"They are poised and well-prepared for their new journey," Sheller said.

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Jessa Ward
The valedictorian was Jessa Ward.

Sheller described Jessa as a well-rounded person who is always willing to push herself.

"She not only excelled academically, but also participated in all types of extracurricular activities. In addition to all this, she still managed to find time to give back to her community," Sheller said. "It was obvious that Jessa was very well-liked and respected by her classmates as they elected her class president for both her junior and senior years."

Jessa, the daughter of Rita and Bryan Ward of Leavenworth, participated in tennis, volleyball and booster club and was a member of the Academic Super Bowl and Foreign Language Academic Bowl teams and Business Professionals of America. Outside of school, she was active in the Salvation Army as a bell ringer, food drives and Red Cross blood drives and is a Bible school teacher.

She is a member of National Honor Society and received the DAR Good Citizenship award, Physics Academic award, Government Academic award and Economics Academic award.

Jessa will major in mechanical engineering at the University of Evansville.

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Shelby Gilbert
Salutatorian was Shelby Gilbert.

"Shelby is a very hard worker; you could call her a perfectionist in that way," Sheller said.

She went on to say that it was characteristic of Shelby to continue to work on a project until she was satisfied that it was her best effort before submitting it. Shelby participated in many school and community activities — including Model U.N., Science Club, Art Club, Academic Super Bowl, Writer's Roundtable, Star Tree, blood drives, Clean-up Patoka and PACK after-school tutoring — but her passion was drama and theatre classes.

"One could describe Shelby as happy-go-lucky; she always seemed to have a smile on her face," Sheller said.

Shelby was a member of National Honor Society and was a recipient of the Fantastic Fiction Award.

The daughter of Nancy Gilbert of Birdseye, Shelby will attend Indiana University, where she will major in biochemistry.

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