PHS Class of 2014 graduates
PLYMOUTH — Saying goodbye is not easy. More than 250 Plymouth High School students did just that at the 139th commencement ceremony at Plymouth High School Friday evening.
The class of 2014 motto “Life brings us tears, smiles and memories- the tears dry, the smalls fade, but the memories last forever” echoed throughout the evening.
“First I’d like to express how grateful, humbled and extremely nervous I am to have been given the honor to speak tonight,” began class Valedictorian Travis Tredway.
The light hearted speech began with Tredway’s search for a good quote followed by a selfie. Tredway spoke of the social media, Twitter, and how it developed along with the class of 2014. He shared the memory of the tragic loss of class mates Hunter Brandt and Cody Poczik and mentioned moments from elementary school through high school.
“Tonight we celebrate the culmination of all these little things, these tweets, that have filled our lives thus far. It also just so happens to be Friday the 13th, which I think must be the administration’s way of wishing us good luck on our future endeavors,” said Tredway. “We deserve the celebration. After these last four years of homework, projects, tests and some practically sleepless nights. We’ve made it. In the process I think we might have actually learned a thing or two. Perhaps the most prominent lesson tonight is that hard work does pay off.”
The ceremony included performances by the Plymouth High School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble under the direction of Bryan Ames. There was a final performance by the senior band as well. The Crimson Connection performed the Star Spangled Banner. The senior song-senior choir and all choirs sang Best Day of My Life by American Authors.
“I look forward to hearing about your next opportunity, your next accomplishment and your next adventure,” said PHS Principal James Condon. “I ask that you never forget where you came from and I ask that you never forget us and I ask that you always remember that Plymouth High School is indeed a special place. It is a special place that prides itself on producing special people. Each and every one of you are indeed special young men and young ladies.
“This ceremony is just one small moment in our lives,” Tredway said.“After tonight some of us will enter the military, some of us will go into the workforce, other will attend college hoping to become teacher, some lawyers and many hoping to become doctors. I mean you can’t deny the fact that our class is made up of the kids of almost every doctor in town. Some of us will stay close to home. Others will undoubtably move as far away as possible. The door is open. The opportunities are endless.”
Tredway’s speech ended with a challenge to his classmates. “I challenge you to make a difference. Big or small. Here or elsewhere. Have a positive impact on the lives of others.”
Superintendent Daniel Tyree presented the class of 2014. “Tonight we are here to celebrate the class of 2014,” Tyree then acknowledge their leadership, technology, mental attitude, championships and accomplishments. “I am proud to confirm these seniors, even though they had to wait a few extra snow day. They have completed the requirements for graduation established by the state of Indiana, Indiana Department of Education and Plymouth Community School Corporation. Members of the class of 2014, I congratulate you.”
Students received their diplomas from Todd Samuelson, president of Board of School Trustees, Larry Holloway vice president Board of School Trustees, James Condon, principal Plymouth High School, Kyle Coffman, assistant principal, Kenneth Olson, dean of students, Ellen Smith senior class president and Travis Tredway, senior class vice president.
Valedictorian Travis Tredway earned a grade point average of 12.4 on a 12 point scale. Tredway received an Academic Honors Diploma. He has been a member of Speech and Debate where he served as team captain, Key Club served as president, National Honors Society and served as vice president of the class of 2014.
Tredway’s honors and awards received included NCLL Grand Nationals Chord Finalist in duo, the Indiana High School Forensic Association (IHSFA) Hawker Mental Attitude Award winner, the IHSFA State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand Nationals quarter finalist in Declamation and the Tri Kappa Honor in Essay Scholars.
Treadway’s scholarships include Kiwanis Troy Gambrel Speech Scholarship winner, the Scholar Speaker award winner, recipient of the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Health Career Scholarship, awarded scholarship from Centier bank on behalf of the Schrage family, winner of the Mary Ellen Winquist Franklin and Joe Franklin scholarship, the Richard and Betty Heiser Scholarship, the Notre Dame Club at Saint Joseph Valley Scholarship and a full ride from the University of Notre Dame. Tredway’s plans to major in pre-medicine at Notre Dame.
Salutatorian Rachel Hartman left PHS with a grade point average equivalent of 12.2 on a 12 point scale. Hartman received an Academic Honors Diploma and was active in National Honors Society as treasurer, Alpha Delta Rho as president, Junior State of America and Prayer Club. Outside of school Hartman was active in the Crossroads Evangelical Free Church Youth Group Student Leadership team and a 10 year 4-H member serves as vice president.
Hartman’s honors and awards received included Tri Kappa Honors Scholar, Silver rating in flute, earned at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) District Solo and Ensemble and letter of recognition from the National Merit Scholarship organization. Scholarships received include the Eugene and Florence Stanley Scholarship, the Indiana 4-H Foundation Scholarship, the Indiana Wesleyan Dick and Mildred Haring Scholarship, the Indiana Wesleyan University President’s Scholarship and the North Scholarship. Hartman plans to major in Medical Terminology at Indiana Wesleyan University.