High School top students honored
Family members were the source
of inspiration for the 2009 Milan High School Co-Valedictorians
Rachel Hand and Heather Mire and Salutatorian Brittney Knowlton.
Although my parents support me, my Grandma and Grandpa White
always told me to do my best and no star was out of reach,
said Hand, daughter of Eric and Becky Hand of Milan.
The busy senior participated in a number of activities including
drum major for the high school band; a member of the National
Honor Society; a representative in the Aurora Farmers Fair Queen
Contest; and instrumental contests at the State where she won
the silver medal and district level where she brought home a gold
Hands hard work and perseverance provided the opportunity
to win such scholarships as the Indiana State University Presidential
She will attend Indiana State University in the fall to study
speech language pathology which she hopes will provide the opportunity
to work with preschoolers as a speech therapist.
My mother encouraged me to reach for more, said Heather
Mire, daughter of Colleen and William Mire of Milan. The proof
is in her accomplishments this year. As well as being on the honor
roll for each grading period and having perfect attendance, Mire
is also a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Team,
and a Senior Mentor.
She also was the recipient of the Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship
from IUPUI; Hoosier Scholar; and the Elsie Baylor Scholarship.
This fall, Mire will attend IUPUI and plans to have a double major
in chemistry and forensic science. She hopes her studies will
prepare her for a career in lab research in a hospital or a police
Salutatorian Brittney Knowlton, daughter of Gail and Ken Knowlton
of Milan, is proud of her ability to maintain her high grade point
average of 3.979 while holding down a part time job at the JayC
Store and playing on the varsity tennis team. It was very
hard, she said.
According to Knowlton, her father was a big influence in her life.
I have seen him deal with a lot of heartaches in his life
and he still keeps a smile on his face, she said.
Knowlton is a member of the National Honor Society as well as
the Milan VFW Auxiliary. She is the recipient of several scholarships
including the Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship from IUPUI;
AEP Educational Award; JayC Scholarship; Milan Scholarship Foundation;
the Rising Sun Regional Foundation Scholarship; as well as a scholarship
from the Milan American Legion.
Her goal is to become a crime scene investigator and solve a high
profile crime. This fall she will attend IUPUI to study chemistry
and forensic science.
What words of wisdom do these high achievers have for next years
Enjoy it while you still can, it goes faster than you think,
Its important to put forth the greatest effort in
high school, said Hand. It definitely pays off in
Never take anyone you love for granted, advises Knowlton.
And dont lose yourself during the chaos.