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LEOPOLD - The stirring strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" will echo inside the gymnasium walls at Perry Central High School Sunday, where 79 seniors are expected to receive their diplomas during the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony.
Co-valedictorian Danielle Esarey will offer a welcome to classmates, family members and friends, followed by speeches by co-valedictorians Kendall Troesch, Dana Cronin, Kayla Miller and Isaac Schroeder. Senior choir members Brittany Baize, Jessica DeVillez, Anthony Rennie, William Thorn, Alyssa Troesch, Heather Underhill and Amanda Wollenmann will perform "Whenever You Remember."
The daughter of Linda Koziatek and Joseph Esarey, 18-year-old Esarey plans to attend the University of Evansville this fall. She has served her school as class president and received the 21st Century Scholar Award and Principal's Choice Award.
While at Perry Central, Esarey has been a member of the track team, German, marketing and math clubs and student council. She's also been active in the National Honor Society and was on the German-language academic team.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." The Henry David Thoreau quote chosen by the Perry Central High School Class of 2008 as its motto will be the subject of co-valedictorian Troesch's address. The 18-year-old daughter of Steve and Kathy Troesch plans to study engineering at Purdue University.
While at Perry Central, Troesch has served as president of the student council and Key Club, played on the Commodore cross country and track teams, was editor of the school yearbook and a member of the National Honor Society. She received leadership and mental-attitude awards in cross country and track and participated in Big
Brothers-Big Sisters, Students Taking Action Not Drugs and Changing Lives and Stopping Substance Abuse. She was a delegate to Hoosier Girls State.
Troesch is a recipient of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and the Good Citizen Award presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also named a 14 WFIE Leadership Scholar.
Dana Nicole Cronin
Cronin will offer a history of the Commodore Class of 2008. The daughter of Keith Cronin and Lisa Williams, the 18-year-old plans to attend Manchester College and double major in social work and psychology. During her high-school career, she has been a member of the dance team, National Honor Society, Key Club, Students Taking Action Not Drugs and Changing Lives and Stopping Substance Abuse.
She is a recipient of the Cecil and Olive Foster Scholarship, was named most valuable player in track and field and listed among Who's Who Among American High School Students. She was a delegate to Hoosier Girls State and received an award from the American Legion.
Kayla Miller, the daughter of Bruce and Elaine Miller, will offer a tribute to parents during her co-valedictory address. The 18-year-old graduate plans to study nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has been active in several clubs and organizations while a Perry Central student, including volleyball, basketball, softball and German, art and math clubs, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, 4-H, We the Youth of Perry County, National Honor Society, German academic team and Natural Helpers.
Awards and scholarships going to the senior include IUPUI's valedictorian scholarship, Perry County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Edgar and Lucile Schergens Foundation Scholarship. She's also served as a Hoosier Girls State delegate and was a most valuable player and broke the school record for the most volleyball assists.
Schroeder will offer thanks for the support he and classmates have received over the years. The 18-year-old son of Duane and Tracy Ellen Schroeder plans to major in civil engineering at Western Kentucky University. While at Perry Central, Schroeder has been a member of the school's football and weight-lifting teams and math, art and German clubs. He's also been active with 4-H and Junior Leaders, served as president of the St. Marks 4-H Club and has been active with Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Relay for Life, Perry County Coon Club, where he's served as club secretary, and St. Mark Catholic Church.
Schroeder was named a Colts Academic All Star and was named academic all-state at Perry Central. He is receiving the St. Mark Church and Loren and Bernice Lanman scholarships.