Cannelton students receiving diplomas Saturday

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16 seniors taking part in 10 a.m. ceremony

By Janet Robb

CANNELTON - Cannelton High School will wrap up Perry County's graduations as the Class of 2009 receives their diplomas during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday at the Cannelton Community Center.

Serving as valedictorian and salutatorian are Brook Elizabeth Powers and Louise Estelle King.

Powers, the daughter of Lisa Havener and Brett Powers, will address the class with her commencement address about "opening doors."

During her high-school career, she has played on the basketball, volleyball and softball teams and was named an Indiana High School Athletic Association Role Model.

She's also been involved with student council, National Honors Society, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Spanish Club, We the Youth of Perry County, Promoting Achievement by Choosing Kindness at School and was a Hoosier Girls State delegate.

The 2009 basketball homecoming queen, she has earned the Hoosier Scholar Award, National Need for Nursing, Robert E. Boyles, Loren and Bernice Lanman scholarships, was named a 21st Century Scholar and has earned an Academic Honors Diploma.

Outside of school, Powers has volunteered at Dr. Gene Ress' office and at the Perry County Health Department.

In the fall, she plans to attend the University of Evansville to major in nursing.

King is the daughter of Jacklynn Gore and Mike King. A member of the National Honor Society, she said her future plans are to go to college and be "successful at whatever I choose to do."