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Sullivan County Valedictorians, Salutatorians

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Alizabeth Arnett

Sullivan High School Valedictorian


Parents: Wallace and Jennifer Arnett

Activities: National Honor Society, National Beta Club, French Club, National History Honor Society co-president; American Legion Auxiliary Hoosier Girls State, 10-year 4-H member

Post-High School: pursuing a degree in aeronautical engineering technology and global studies at Purdue University

Career: “I am currently unsure on the exact career path I would like to follow; however, I believe I would like to work in the aviation industry.”

Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory from school was being able to go on an educational trip to London and Paris.”


Alexander Backfish

North Central High School Valedictorian


Parents: Chris and Stephanie Backfish

Activities: JETS engineering competition team captain, Beta Club, Academic Super Bowl

Post-High School: pursuing a degree in computer science at Purdue University

Career: “Starting a software company — I have always loved computers, programming, technology, etc.”

Favorite Memory: “All the long nights of writing huge papers in a single night due to my procrastinational tendencies.”


Morgan Clouse

Sullivan High School Valedictorian


Parents: Amy Cox Clouse

Activities: National Honor Society; Beta Club; Science Olympiad; Key Club; varsity soccer, lettering all four years

Post-High School: pursuing a degree in neuroscience, on a pre-medicine track, at IUPUI and medical school

Career: “I plan to become a neurologist because of my love of science and helping others.”

Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory from school was my senior year football pep session.”


Emily Joanne Edwards

North Central High School Salutatorian


Parents: Susan Edwards and Kerry Edwards

Activities: cross-country, track, cheer, TEAMS, Spell Bowl, Academic Super Bowl, National Honor Society, National Beta Club, pep band, concert band

Post-High School: pursuing a degree in nursing from Ball State University.

Career: “After obtaining my bachelor’s in science and nursing, I plan to attend grad school to become a family nurse practitioner where I will be able to help and interact closely with patients.”

Favorite Memory: “All of the amazing trips, competitions, people and teammates.”


Cassidy Taylor Ellis

Dugger Union Community School Valedictorian


Parents: Kevin and Joni Ellis

Activities: Leo Club, Beta Club, softball, volleyball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, song leader at Hickory United Methodist Church, cemetery caregiver at Hickory Cemetery

Post-High School: pursuing a degree in chemistry at Indiana State University and for orthodontics at IUPUI

Career: “Owning my own orthodontist office to help others feel comfortable with ho they look.”

Favorite Memory: “Being in Leo Club to help citizens in the community get through hard times and to be able to enjoy stress-free holidays.”


Michael Isaac Leavell

Dugger Union Community School Salutatorian

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Parents: Amanda Pope

Activities: freshman and sophomore bowling team, junior and senior Beta Club

Post-High School: completing base classes at Vincennes University before determining major

Career: “Possibly a history or English major of one form or another.”

Favorite Memory: “My government class: We do our lesson and have fun talking about usually controversial subjects.”


Brooke Lueking

Sullivan High School Valedictorian


Parents: Michael and Amy Lueking

Activities: student council, FFA, varsity Arrowettes, varsity tennis, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, National Honor Society, National History Honor Society, Science Olympiad, 4-H, Shaker Prairie Christian Church

Post-High School: pursuing a degree in biochemistry, pre-medicine concentration, at Purdue University and medical school

Career: “I hope to become a pediatrician and return to my community because I enjoy helping others and learning about science.”

Favorite Memory: “My favorite high school memory is starting off my senior tennis season by playing doubles with my sister Courtney as my doubles partner.”


Cole Donato Migliorini

Sullivan High School Salutatorian


Parents: Anthony Migliorini and Tiffany Migliorini

Activities: track and field, cross-country, 4-H, Beta Club, employed at Sullivan Daily Queen

Post-High School: pursuing a degree in pre-medicine from Indiana State University

Career: “I plan on entering the medical field on a path to become a surgeon. The medical field is a fast-paced and ever-changing experience, which I highly enjoy.”

Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory from school is a natural gas experiment in chemistry class; we had the chance to hold fire on our bare hands.”


Benjamin Vance Pirtle

Sullivan High School Valedictorian


Parents: Amy Pirtle and Gary Pirtle

Activities: baseball, four years; cross country, two years; track, two years; football, two years; Beta Club; National Honor Society; National History Honor Society

Post-High School: pursuing a degree in biochemistry at Purdue University and dental school

Career: “My current plans are to become a dentist or orthodontist so that I can help other people.”

Favorite Memory: “Beating Monrovia to get the sectional championship this past football season.”

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