salute the top students at Milan
Aiming high must be the norm for the Milan High School Class of
2011. There was not just one valedictorian but three who will
share the honor: Katie Dickey, Elaina Voss and Arielle Noel.
For each of the valedictorians, their mothers were the most influential
person during their high school years. Kaitlin Dickey, daughter
of Mary and Dave Lynch and Ron Dickey, said that her mother is
the reason she has done well in school.
"She gave me the much needed encouragement that has propelled
me through many experiences," she said. "Her strong
will and beliefs made it possible for me to strive for success."
Elaina Voss, daughter of David and Michelle Voss, said about her
mother, "She has been an awesome role model from day one."
Arielle Noels mother Holly advised her, "Keep your
mind open, its a big world out there. Explore it!"
Activities and athletics were also a part of their high school
experience. Dickey participated in cross country for four years
and was the team captain and voted most valuable runner each year.
Dickey also participated in track, varsity soccer and was the
varsity wrestling manager for four years.
Academic teams included membership in the Academic Super Bowl
in English and Fine Arts and the Spell Bowl. She was a member
of the art club and the National Honor Society. She was the recipient
of a Butler Academic scholarship.
Noel's athletic activities included volleyball, softball, and
basketball. She was the Mass Media/Yearbook editor and was a member
of the newspaper staff. She also participated in the drill team
She served as a senior mentor, was a member of the student council
where she served as president during her senior year and the National
Honor Society. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes and the Milan Methodist youth group.
Scholarships include those from Butler University, Ripley County
Community Foundation, Hoxworth Blood Center and she was a Lilly
She was an Indianapolis Star Academic All-Star Regional finalist;
Wendy Heisman state finalist and was named the Ripley County DAR
Good Citizen winner.
Voss played volleyball, basketball, track for four years and was
a cheerleader for three years. She was a member of the National
Honor Society, Class Club and was a senior mentor.
She served as the 2010 graduation hostess and was named the April
2010 National Young Leader, Homecoming Queen and was first runner-
up for Indiana's Homecoming Queen contest.
Scholarships received include those from Butler University, SEI
Communications, Dearborn County Hospital, Rising Sun Regional
Foundation, Hank Voss Scholarship, Milan Volunteer Fire Department,
Milan Scholarship foundation, and Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department.
Salutatorian Brian Voss' parents, Brian and Deb Voss, were his
biggest influence during school. "They taught me to be a
leader," he said. "And most importantly to keep a strong
faith and family background."
Voss participated in a variety of athletics such as tennis, basketball
and golf. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
Class Club, National Honor Society, Student Council and the German
He was a senior mentor, served on the prom committee and was the
football statistician for four years. He has been a member of
the Milan United Methodist Church for 18 years.
Scholarships include the Presidential Scholarship from Purdue
University, the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance scholarship, the Henry Voss scholarship and
the Lawrenceburg Eagles scholarship.
For the valedictorians, their plans for the future include studies
at Butler University. For Dickey, she will explore her future
options with an undecided major. Noel will enter the university's
exploratory program as well. Voss will study Biology through the
Brian Voss will enter Purdue University to study Management.
All graduates hope to leave their mark on their fellow students.
What do the top graduates of 2011 hope to leave their fellow school
For Dickey, she would like to be remembered for her hard work
and dedication to the tasks given to her.
Noel wants to be known as one who did good for those in need and
for the encouragement she gave to others to be the best they could
Elaina Voss would like to be remembered as a leader after serving
as class president junior and senior years, homecoming queen and
senior mentor. "I could have never been more honored to lead
my class and represent my school to the community," she said.
Brian Voss said, "I hope my classmates remember me as trustworthy,
faithful and a good friend."
Each one had some final words of wisdom for the next graduating
class. Elaina Voss recalls her nervousness the first day of high
school. Looking back, she said that she wishes she had cherished
"Relax and enjoy what you are doing at the moment,"
"Stay on top of your work load," said Noel. "But
be sure to have fun and enjoy every minute."
"Dont wish anything away. Make the most of your senior
year because it goes fast enough," said Brian Voss.