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June 3, 2014 • Headlines

Milan graduates participate in the honorary moving of their tassels to signify their accomplishment.

Some graduates personalized their caps such as this young woman did with “Adios.”
Pictured are Nathan Hand, Jonathan Bixler, Gavin Detraz, Westin Hanson, Cooper Wade, Logan Alloway, Steve West,
Michael Elmer, and Logan Karsteter before graduating and moving on to chase their dreams.

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Milan 2014 graduation
“We have come a long way...”

Tatijana Marsee

“The gymnasium was packed full on Saturday morning with family members and friends of Milan High School’s 2014 graduates. As the graduates paraded in under the direction of Senior Class Sponsor Todd Yates, there was nothing but smiling faces for the accomplishments that came in with these individuals. Principal Ryan Langferman began the ceremony congratulating the 99 students, 32 of which graduated with academic honors and 23 of which were National Honor Society members, and he gave thanks to the staff that played such a key role in these students’ successes.

2014 Milan High School graduation


The 99 Milan graduates tossed their caps in celebration Saturday.

One family in particular was there in support of a past graduate who would be awarded with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award. This was the family of 1991 Milan graduate and 1995 DePauw University graduate, Greg Schwipps.

Schwipps is currently a professor at DePauw University. His creative writing and literary journals have provided him with the successful career that makes such a distinguished alumni. His first novel, What This River Keeps (Indiana University Press, 2012), won him the Eugene and Marilyn Click Indiana Authors Award in the Emerging Authors category. Such accomplishments have furthered his work to appear in outdoor magazines and literary journals. Most of his work was influenced by his rural childhood living and his enjoyment of fishing.

Schwipps gave an inspirational speech to the graduating class about where they come from and what they can become. As an alumnus, he states “that banner (the 1954 State Champs banner) can be a heavy burden to carry,” but says that it shows what hard work and determination can provide. He sent the graduates out with the advice to “work well for your boss, while also thinking about taking their position.”

After speeches given by Salutatorian Autumn Bowling and Valedictorian Nathan Hand, Superintendent Paul Ketchum spoke these words of encouragement stating that “when the ink runs dry you can always turn the page….you have so many chapters ahead…be a calculated risk taker, because you can always write a new chapter.”

Superintendent Ketcham and Principal Langferman preceded the ceremony with the handing out of diplomas. The choir sang a farewell song of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” followed by the band playing “Sine Nomine.” The graduates marched out with their class motto hanging behind them: “We have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go.”

Two top graduates speak at ceremony

Tatijana Marsee

Shooting for the stars is exactly what Milan’s top grad, Nathan Hand is doing. Hand, son of Eric and Becky Hand, has earned the honor of Milan High School’s 2014 Valedictorian. He followed in the path of his older sister Rachael Hand, who is also a past Milan High School Valedictorian. He will attend Purdue University in the fall to study mechanical and aerospace engineering. He says he has always wanted to work for NASA one day and this is his beginning to that ultimate goal.

Nathan Hand
Pictured left is Valedictorian Nathan Hand.

Nathan Hand
In his years at Milan High School, Hand has been heavily involved in not only his academics but also in his school and community service. He has been involved in many groups: student council, National Honor Society, golf team, and wrestling team, and he is an Eagle Scout. Even though these activities have surrounded him with memories, he says his favorite to share is when his 2013 wrestling team won the state championship.

Autumn Bowling
Leaving her mark on Milan as well through her involvement, Autumn Bowling, daughter of Phillip and Kimberly Bowling, has achieved the honor of Milan High School’s 2014 Salutatorian. She will attend Indiana University, Bloomington, in the fall to study chemistry and Spanish. After her undergraduate degree, she would like to pursue law school to ultimately become a crime defense attorney.

Autumn Bowling


Pictured right is Salutatorian Autumn Bowling.

She gives credit to her teacher Jessica Small-Summers for encouraging her to pursue this path. She says she found her passion for this field while job shadowing with some attorneys in the area. As she spoke on Saturday, she encouraged students to find their path as well because she believed that “high school was the first time we actually got to choose our own pathway.”

Bowling was involved in many extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, student council, tennis team, volleyball team, boys basketball manager, Senior Mentoring Program, academic team, drum line, and Spellbowl team. She states that her favorite memories came from her participation in the band’s drum line.

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