South Adams and Adams Central announce top academic students

Authored by Jim Langham on Jun 1, 2012

South Adams High School has announced that this year's valedictorian, Scott Hoeppner and salutatorian, Jenna Smith will be leading the graduating class of 2012 at ceremonies Sunday afternoon. At Adams Central, where graduation ceremonies will also be held on Sunday, Shawn Reinhard is the valedictorian while Troy Tonner is this year's salutatorian.
Hoeppner, the son of Steve and Sally Hoeppner, accumulated a grade point average of 4.12 on a 4.0 scale. He has excelled in a number of activities including basketball for four years, where he served as captain for two years, baseball for four years, tennis for two years and football for one year.
In addition, Hoeppner has been a member of the National Honor Society for two years, Campus Life for four years and has been employed at Swiss Village retirement home for three years. He has maintained high honors for four years and also earned All-Conference awards in tennis and basketball.
Next fall, Hoeppner looks to attend Indiana University where he plans to major in business and finance; in addition, he is enrolled in the Kelly School of Business. The senior enjoys working with numbers or math in general and hopes to make a career of it.
In his free time, the senior enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, going to Fort Wayne, staying up late, boating on the lake, relaxing and eating. In addition, he is known as one of the finest basket weavers to ever go through South Adams.
Salutatorian Smith is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Smith. At South Adams, she has been involved in cross country and track for four years, First Missionary Church youth group, Campus Life, National Honor Society, Student Government and Dots in Blue Water for two years.
Smith has been captain of the cross country team for the past two years and received sportsmanship awards in 2009 and 2010. She has been lauded as
"Student of the Month" in art, English and family and consumer sciences. She plans to attend Manchester College in the fall and major in pharmacy.
She enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, running, rollerblading and photography.
Other South Adams top students include Kristal All, Evan Johnston, Tim Lehman, Adrianna Teeter, Dustin Wanner and Jacob Werst.
At Adams Central, valedictorian Reinhard said that he has taken school seriously while he has been involved in various sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities.
"I have been involved as a Rotary scholar all four years of high school," said Reinhard.
In track and field last year, the senior received the Most Valuable Player award for scoring the most points throughout the season. He also competed in track regional competition in long jump.
In football, Reinhard was recognized as academic all-state football; in addition,
he was recognized at the Colts-Titans game last December as one of 24 academic all-stars.
Leadership roles included president of the Student Council and National Honor Society, executive officer in Substance Abuse Awareness Council and secretary of his class.
"These roles have allowed me to develop strong leadership skills for which I am very appreciative," observed Reinhard. "I have participated in Business Professionals of America (BPA), Art Cub and Club International. In BPA, I got first place in interview skills and fundamental word processing at the district competition which allowed me to compete at state."
One of the greatest honors afforded Hoosier scholars was presented to Reinhard in the form of the Adams County Lily Endowment Scholarship.
"I am very honored to be the recipient of this prestigious scholarship. Adams Central is an awesome school that has maintained a Christian atmosphere while effectively preparing me for my future career," said Reinhard. "I plan to attend Bethel College and major in cell and molecular biology with hopes of going to medical school after I complete my undergraduate in this area. I am also going to participate on the track and field team at Bethel."
Adams Central Salutatorian Troy Tonner is the son of Tim and Susie Tonner and the fourth of five children in his family.
"I have been raised in the Apostolic Christian Church and will be graduating with an academic honors diploma," Tonner said. "I plan on attending Purdue University in the fall but am undecided on what I will be majoring in."
At AC, Tonner participated in many different activities including swing choir, Business Professionals of America, where he served as president this year. There, he participated in the state leadership conference all four years and national leadership conference twice. In his senior year, he served as vice president of the student council where he had been elected into action for three years.
"I have been lucky enough to serve on math teams that participated at Trine University and Huntington University along with several academic bowl teams," observed Tonner. "I participated in National Honor Society which allowed me to participate in multiple community service projects. I have been a Rotary scholar for four years."
Tonner has participated in two sports throughout his high school athletic career, track and football, the latter his junior and senior years. His senior year he was captain of a sectional championship team. Football honors included academic all-conference and academic all-state. He also received second team all-conference and first team offensive line all-state honors.
In track, Tonner was involved for four years and served as captain his senior year. In his junior and senior years, he was all-conference shot put and discus. For his efforts, he received the Jet Award his junior year.
"I am thankful for all awards and honors received," observed Tonner. "But what I will leave with from Adams Central is more than a piece of paper with a list of accomplishments. Instead, I am leaving with moments and memories that will be cherished forever.
"I will remember the lessons and knowledge that I have been taught by many different unselfish teachers," continued Tonner. "I especially cherish the morals and values I have been taught by coaches, administrators and members of the community that I call home. I thank my mom and dad for guiding and encouraging me along the way as well as the rest of my family and friends.
Above all else, I thank God and let all the glory be unto his name."

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