SIDNEY — Parents, teachers, and underclassmen applauded the Lehman Catholic High School graduating class of 2016 when the school held its annual Senior Awards Assembly to recognize academic achievement.
The top award winners were those students selected for the Lehman Academic Hall of Fame. To qualify, students must be named valedictorian or salutatorian, have a perfect 4.0 average for four years (no grade below an “A”), or receive National Merit Scholar status. This year’s class had three inductees: Valedictorian Caroline Heitmeyer, daughter of Dan and Jill Heitmeyer of Sidney; Salutatorian Nick Neumeier, son of Sam and Mary Neumeier of Troy; and Diana Gibson, daughter of Joseph and Sonia Gibson of Tipp City.
Each faculty member selects the top students in each subject. In Art, awards were given to Sara Fuller, Art History 105; and Clayton Malone, Art History 110. In Business, certificates were awarded to Nick Neumeier, Intro to Business; Diana Gibson, Business II; Linh Tu Nguyen, Accounting II; and Janelle Gravunder, Accounting III. In English, awards went to Jerry Curtis, Senior English; Nick Neumeier, AP English; and Diana Gibson, Journalism. The Foreign Language award was presented to Diana Gibson for Spanish IV.
In Mathematics, certificates were awarded to Malachi Bezy, Transitions/Algebra III; and John Meyer, AP Calculus. In Religion, Diana Gibson was the top student in Religion 401 and 402, and Ana Vazquez was the top student in Religion 301. In Science, awards were presented to Ian Smith for Environmental Science and Marine Biology, and to Nick Neumeier for AP Chemistry. In Social Studies, awards went to Diana Gibson, AP Government; Adriana Sehlhorst, Sociology; and Kassie Lee, Teen Leadership Corps.
Each Department Chair awards a Department Medallion for the student who has the highest average of all courses taken over four years. The Art Medallion was presented by Tim Langenderfer to Emmalea Rego. The Business and Computers Medallion was presented by Greg Place to Janelle Gravunder. The English Medallion was presented by Barb Saluke to Caroline Heitmeyer. Joe Schmiesing presented the Foreign Language Medallion to Diana Gibson. Pam Wendel presented the Mathematics Medallion to John Meyer. Betsy Moorman presented the Music Medallion to Claudia Fatone. Henry Cordonnier presented the Religion Medallion to Caroline Heitmeyer. Sister Ginny Scherer presented the Science Medallion to Nick Neumeier; and Joe Schmiesing presented the Social Studies Medallion to Caroline Heitmeyer.
Seniors Michael Largent, Stephen Monnin, Avery Pickrel, C.J. Trahey, and Adam Vanderhorst were recognized for achieving perfect attendance for senior year. Two of those students – Avery Pickrel and Adam Vanderhorst – received plaques and monetary awards from an anonymous benefactor for having perfect attendance throughout high school. It was estimated that Avery and Adam were at Lehman for 728 days, 5096 hours, and 13,104 mods.
Caroline Heitmeyer was recognized by the faculty as the Outstanding Senior Girl. Nathan Bosway was recognized by the faculty as the Outstanding Senior Boy. John Meyer was chosen by his peers as the Outstanding Classmate.
Members of the National Honor Society were presented with blue and gold cords to wear with their caps and gowns: Malachi Bezy, Nathan Bosway, Michelle Duritsch, Claudia Fatone, Sara Fuller, Diana Gibson, Janelle Gravunder, Caroline Heitmeyer, Cassidy Hemm, Kassie Lee, Olivia Leece, John Meyer, Stephen Monnin, Nick Neumeier, Emily Reinhart, Adriana Sehlhorst, Emma Simpson, Ian Smith, Connor Thobe, Adam Vanderhorst, and Ana Vazquez.
The Community Blood Center and Lehman High School recognized seniors who registered to give blood three or more times during their high school years. Twenty-eight students (73% of the class) received Red Cords: Nathan Bosway, Kendal Eck, Claudia Fatone, Sara Fuller, Olivia Gorman, Janelle Gravunder, Lexxe Grise, Zachary Haas, Allison Hall, Cassidy Hemm, Marianne Hissong, Kassie Lee, Olivia Leece, Nick Neumeier, Emmalea Rego, Emily Reinhart, Max Schutt, Tyler Scott, Adriana Sehlhorst, Emma Simpson, Ian Smith, Madeline Smith, Connor Thobe, C.J. Trahey, Adam Vanderhorst, and Alex Wiseman. Two students received special recognition for donating blood outside of the school blood drives and totaling over six donations: Caroline Heitmeyer, seven times; and Diana Gibson, 7 times.
In an effort to promote “giving back” with alumni (and future alumni), the Lehman Office of Advancement and Development presented “Always a Cavalier” stoles to students who have already given a donation to guarantee that future students will be able to benefit from a Lehman education. Students were encouraged to give $20.16 in honor of their graduation year. Those receiving stoles to wear at graduation were Malachi Bezi, Nate Bosway, Kendal Eck, Claudia Fatone, Olivia Gorman, Lexxe Grise, Allison Hall, Caroline Heitmeyer, Cassidy Hemm, Marianne Hissong, Olivia Leece, Clayton Malone, Emmalea Rego, Emily Reinhart, Tyler Scott, Zach Scott, Adriana Sehlhorst, Ian Smith, Madeline Smith, Connor Thobe, Linh Tu Nguyen, and Ana Vazquez.
Michael Largent and Allison Hall received the OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award. Adam Vanderhorst and Caroline Heitmeyer received the OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award. The OHSAA Courageous Student Award was given to Nathan Bosway. Nick Neumeier and Olivia Gorman received the OHSAA Award of Excellence. In addition, two Lehman students were recognized for having earned at least 12 varsity letters in multiple sports throughout their time in high school: Ian Smith and Kassie Lee.
In addition to the awards, a number of scholarships were presented by various organizations and by Denise Stauffer, Lehman Principal/CEO. Among those receiving scholarships were Olivia Gorman, Cassidy Hemm, and Olivia Leece, Piqua Rotary Scholarships; Claudia Fatone, Sell, Hegemann, and Zimmerman Scholarship; Connor Thobe and Adam Vanderhorst, Kiwanis Club of Sidney Scholarships; and Cassidy Hemm, DP&L Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio Scholarship, the Piqua Kiwanis Scholarship, and the Piqua Legion Ernest Johns Award. Lundgard Scholarships were awarded to Jerry Curtis, Marianne Hissong, Stephen Monnin, Olivia Gorman, Kassie Lee, Ian Smith, Cassidy Hemm, Olivia Leece, and Madeline Smith.
Also receiving awards were Sara Fuller, Deacon John Holthaus Scholarship; Adriana Sehlhorst, Little Kinger Scholarship Award; Diana Gibson, Robert and Miriam Hartzell Memorial Scholarship; Jerry Curtis, Scott Family McDonalds Ray Kroc Award; Allison Hall, Minster Bank Scholarship; Olivia Gorman and Olivia Leece, Piqua Noon Optimist Chuck Wagner Memorial Scholarships; and Caroline Heitmeyer, Hartzell-Norris Charitable Trust Scholarship, the Sidney Rotary Scholarship, and the Newman Club Top English Student Award.
Other scholarships given were to Adam Vanderhorst, First National Bank of New Bremen Scholarship; Connor Thobe and Alex Wiseman, William A Ross Jr. Scholarship; Malachi Bezy, Thomas E. Given Scholarship and the Ruese Insurance Scholarship; Nathan Bosway, Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister and Shenk Scholarship; John Meyer, Bill and Marilyn Kingseed Scholarship; Kassie Lee, Kauffman Family Scholarship and the Fred and Clymena Shane Nursing Scholarship; Adriana Sehlhorst, Elizabeth and Leon Brown and Frank and Sarah Montross Scholarship; Kendal Eck, Celestin Gigandet Scholarship; Nick Neumeier, Walter C. and Lucile Daniel Scholarship; and Connor Thobe, Herb and Antoninette Schlater Scholarship for Area Energy and Electric.
Several students received scholarships named for current and former Lehman employees: Nick Neumeier, Sister Ginny Scherer Science Scholarship; Adriana Sehlhorst, Mark Wurm Business Scholarship; John Meyer, Mary Agnes Brandewie Math Scholarship; Olivia Gorman, Robert F. Grover Memorial Scholarship; and Linh Tu Nguyen, D.J. and S.A. Smith Business Scholarship.
Principal/CEO Denise Stauffer presided over the awards assembly. Assistant Principal Pete Dunlap led the invocation. Awards were organized and presented by Guidance Counselors Barb Saluke and Kim Koverman.