salute top students at South Ripley
For South Ripleys 2011 Valedictorian Meredith Knollman,
completing her studies with diligence and high standards shaped
her choices for a career in Exercise Science. Knollman is the
daughter of Elvin and Wanda Knollman of Cross Plains.
The reward will be worth it, said Knollman. And her
hard work paid off as she was on the high honor roll all four
years of high school.
Knollman was active in several clubs including math, social studies,
and Spanish clubs. She also was on the prom committee and a member
of Students Advocating Education.
Athletics were a part of Knollmans high school experience.
She participated in basketball, track, volleyball and cheerleading.
She will attend Ball State University in the fall to begin her
studies in Exercise Science. She was awarded several scholarships
including the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship and the
Distinguished Dean Scholarship from BSU.
For Sam Stratton, Salutatorian, his studies helped him to be open
to new ideas which led to his career choice. Ive learned
how necessary it is to try things outside of my comfort zone in
order to learn what is really for me and whats not for me,
Stratton was active at South Ripley and was a member of the FFA,
CNN-SR, student council and served as class officer. He was a
member of the Foreign Language Club, Science Club, Health Careers
Club and the Varsity Club.
He played basketball and baseball and served as varsity co-captain
for both teams. He earned the Varsity Mental Attitude and the
Varsity Senior Academic award for basketball.
Stratton was named the SR DAR Good Citizen, homecoming prince
and king, was a candidate for prom prince and king and was a Hoosier
Boys State Delegate.
Stratton will attend Purdue University in the fall to study biology
with a focus in health and disease and to attend medical school
for sports medicine.
Scholarships awarded to him include the American Baptist Women
state scholarship, Masonic Lodge state scholarship, Sandcreek
Baptist Association scholarship and the American Legion Scholarship.
Both seniors had people in their lives that influenced them throughout
high school. For Knollman, it was fellow classmate Tanner Tucker,
who died before his senior year. He led by example,
Strattons parents, Mike and Janine of Holton, and his siblings
shaped him into the person he is today. My parents have
instilled strong morals and values which I know Ill carry
with me as I move throughout life, he said.
Both of my siblings showed me the importance of being yourself
as well as the importance of treating others kindly and with respect,
Everybody leaves a legacy behind them when they leave and these
high achieving students are no exception. When my classmates
think of me I hope they think I was compassionate, hard working
and confident, said Knollman.
I hope to leave my classmates the legacy of someone who
led a positive, Christian lifestyle during my time here at South
Ripley, said Stratton.
Final words of advice? Work diligently and stay focused,
Dont be afraid to try new things, said Stratton.
You never know what may be waiting for you unless youre
willing to try something different.