Fifty-nine junior and senior Greensburg High School (GHS) students received medallions in celebration of their hard work as honors students Monday night in the GHS cafeteria.
After welcoming the parents and students, the audience was treated to a hearty dinner of stuffing, green beans, turkey, mashed potatoes, salad, dinner rolls, and sugar cookies.
As people finished mingling and eating, GHS graduate Nathan Harter spoke to the students about their lives in college.
He shared some words of advice taken from his own teacher, “Take care of yourself, take care of others, take care of this place.”
With college in the future for many of these promising students, Harter reminded the students that people often forget to take care of themselves physically. Beyond the physical, Harter continued, college exists for students to care for themselves psychologically. He encouraged the room full of juniors and seniors to ask why we exist, what our purpose is, and to speak to people who disagree fundamentally and learn their point of view.
“If you don’t do that,” Harter said, “You’ve completely missed the point.”
When a person cares for themselves, Harter said, he or she can properly care for others. By extension, caring and respecting others is caring for “this place.”
Harter clarified that by “this place” he meant anywhere a person considers home. Caring for a place meant picking up trash, or becoming a leader in a community and making sure good things happen.
After Harter’s speech, Tony Owens of MainSource Bank, a 1978 GHS graduate, congratulated the students on their successes.
“Wow, what kind of kids, what kind of young people we have,” said Owens. “Fifty-three years later, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
The following students were recognized this Monday:
Ethan Amburgey, Luke Anderson, Macy Ballard, Daniel Bautista, Riley Billieu, Megan Blankman, Dylan Blasczak, Taylor Bowling, Melissa Brickett, Channon Brown, Kelsi Brown, Kincy Jo Bumbala, Tyler Burcham,
Erika Carman, Roy Conner, John Cook, Jenna Brooks Crawley, Heidi Dance, Austin J. Diekhoff, Whitney Diep, Dillon Dunn, Jack Eberhardt, Joel Brice Emsweller, Colin Evans, Hannah Elizabeth Fleenor, Kaeli Fong,
Audrey Geis, Bryant Himes, Allison Hunt, Luke Kane, Jennifer Linkmeyer, Megan Lozier, Ashton Lunsford, Amber Nicole Martin, Dylan Wayne McClure, Chase McCreary, Dustin McReynolds, David Michael Navarra, William Neumeier,
Clare Nicole Owens, Bindi A. Patel, Shane Ploeger, Duran Reed, Tyler Reiger, Elizabeth A.N. Richardson, Sabrina Shanelle Rivera, Hannah Marie Schroeder, Cheyenne Sills, Blake Simon, Carli Jo Spurlin, Kyle Stanley,
Samantha Toney, Shelby Ward, Ella Westhafer, Kayanna Wolter, Lillie Marie Wolter, Taylor Wood, Tori Wood, Tequila Yeager.
More photos from the banquet can be found at http://greensburgdailynews.smugmug.com/School/Greensburg-High-Honors-Awards.
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