Mt. Vernon grads parade through schools, achieve awards and scholarships


FORTVILLE – Mt. Vernon High School seniors have been celebrating the final weeks of school, parading through elementary schools and being recognized for multiple awards and scholarships.

The parade through Fortville and McCordsville elementary schools was on the last week of school, where seniors donned caps and gowns and gave high-fives through the hallways while thanking their old teachers.

Earlier in the month, seniors were honored for their accomplishments at Senior Honors Night. The total amount of scholarships for the class of 2023 was over $4 million.

The event was sponsored by the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation. Here’s a look at the awards and recognition at the event:

Department awards included agriculture, Lillie Fronek; band, Ethan Woo; business, Russell Weaver; choir, Claire Gray; engineering and technology, Xander Allen; English/language, Abby Flick; FACS, Abby Flick; health/physical education, Tori Jenson; JAG, Braeden Thomas; mathematics, Xander Allen; science, Erica Conley; social studies, Ella Hubbell; visual arts, Samantha Kalvaitis; and world language, Chloe Wingham.

Service and citizenship recognition included the American Legion Character Award, Ella Hubbell and Ethan Murphy; Gary Leward Award, Daylon King and Ethan Murphy; Mt. Vernon AP Scholars with Honor, Gabriel Bell, Dylan Kistler, Griffin Ruminer, and Dawson Wagner; Mt. Vernon AP Scholars with Distinction, Dawson Anderson; and Terry/Borgman Mental Attitude Award, Eli Bridenthal.

Service and Citizenship Merit Awards went to Cameron Anderson, Tatchi Anouan, Aysha Bennett, Lael Bickham, Amelia Bitz, George Burhenn, Mindy Cornelius, Ava Crouch, Lillian Davis, Abby Flick, Leah Foland, Lillie Fronek, Reese Hartman, Lukas Hummel, Daylon King, Madelyn Ludlow, Ava MacDonald, Ashlynn McLaughlin, Mason Mounts, Ethan Murphy, Elena Paulsen, Lorelei Pienkowski, Rodney Rivers, Catalina Solis, MacKenize Stout, Russell Weaver, Amanda Whitney, Ethan Woo and Brady Youngs.

National Honor Society officers were Ava Crouch, vice president; Abby Flick, historian; Lillie Fronek, Secretary; and Ethan Murphy, president.

Student government leaders were Dawson Anderson, senior class secretary; Hunter Austel senior class president; Nicole Burris, senior class representative; Daylon King, senior class treasurer; Ethan Murphy, executive vice president; and Sophia Romero, executive president.

Community scholarship recognition included Certificate of Multilingual Proficiency, Huy Minh Nguyen Dang; Hancock County Art Educators Award, Lael Bickham; Chris Sullivan Memorial Music Boosters Scholarships, Amelia Smith and Ethan Woo; Mark Mattick Mental Attitude Award, Lillian Davis; Army National Guard Scholar Athletes, Ethan Murphy and Khloe Patterson;

FORUM Foundation Collegiate Scholarship, Luke Gaston; Bruce A. McKinney Memorial Scholarship, Lael Bickham; Mike Johnson Memorial Scholarship, Riley Nielson; Kristofor J. Hammond Scholarship, Chase Masters; Ernie Oden Athletic Scholarship, Elizabeth Gee-Weiler, Brady Gray, Riley Nielson and Russell Weaver; Phyllis Wright Scholarship, Ethan Woo; William W. Weil Good Citizen Scholarship, Lillie Fronek and Dawson Wagner; Mental Attitude Athletic Scholarship in Honor of Robery Doddridge and Coaches Jimmie Howell and Randy Wilson, Russell Weaver; The Steve Williams Soccer Scholarship, Rachel Lorsung and Dawson Wagner;

Hancock County Business and Professional Women, Leah Foland; Jobs for America’s Graduates Program Scholarship, Kennedi Morgan; Genevieve Robers Civic Award, Lillie Fronek; Greenfield Area Soccer Club Scholarship, Dylan Kistler; Alpha Phi Chapter of Psi lota Xi Sorority Scholarship, Susanna Gates (art), Tatchi Anouan (language), Lukas Hummel (music); The Salvation Army First Generation Hope Scholarship, Mya Blanton; Roger’s Smile Scholarship, Aysha Bennett; Jack and Bev Falkenberg Memorial Scholarship, Kayla Simmons;

DAR Good Citizen, Ella Hubbell; ACE Award, Mya Blanton; Hancock County Community Foundation Scholarship, Lillie Fronek and Ella Hubbell; Lillian Thomas Hull and Charles M. Hull Fine Arts Scholarship, Lael Bickham; James Whitcomb Riley Festival Scholarship, Nicole Burris;

Richard and Judith White Memorial Scholarship, Drew Erdos; Hancock County Shrine Club Scholarship, Griffin Ruminer; Tri Kappa Scholarship, Lael Bickham, Makayla Faulk, Dylan Kistler; Rabe-Vermillion Scholarship, Erin Ballinger, Alivia Barnett, Ashton Julian; Gladys Hancock Shumway Scholarship, Lael Bickham; The Mt. Vernon Optimist Scholarship, Makayla Faulk, Lillie Fronek, Tori Jenson, Katlynn Johnson and Ashlynn McLaughlin; Rotary Club of Greenfield Education Scholarship, Griffin Ruminer; The Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award, Lukas Hummel; The Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, George Burhenn and Mya Eppert; The Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, Ethan Murphy; NineStar Connect Scholarship, Xander Allen, Lael Bickham, Kendall Glorioso, Ella Hubbell, John Kroemer, Jackson Lewis, Konnor Scheidt, and Brady Youngs; Jack Roysdon Good Neighbor Service Award, Samantha Ferris; Earl J. Brooks and Irene B. Brooks Scholarship, Julie Nicklin;

Nancy Terrell Miller Scholarship, Lillie Fronek; Margaret Johnson Honorary Scholarship, Elizabeth Gee-Weiler; George & Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Scholarship, Lillian Davis (instrumental) and Faith Rinaldi (vocal); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6904 Scholarship, Abby Flick; and Richard H. Crosser Memorial Scholarship, Dawson Anderson.

Several seniors were also recognized for academic achievement. Top scholars were

Xander Allen, Dawson Anderson, Gabriel Bell, Erica Conley, Ava Crouch, Abby Flick, Lillie Fronek, Ella Hubbell, Daylon King, John Kroemer, Ethan Murphy, Julie Nicklin, Griffin Ruminer, Dawson Wagner and Joseph Wilson. The Senior Leadership Award went to Lillie Fronek and Daylon King.