Perry Central grads’ eyes on Sunday

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Commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.


LEOPOLD – The familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” will fill Perry Central’s high-school gymnasium Sunday as the school awards diplomas to 84 seniors. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. with seniors marching into the gym for the playing of the national anthem and a welcome by student council member Taylor Elmer. 

This year’s co-valedictorians are Tanner Cassidy, Logan Harding, Levi Hilgenhold, Andrew Mosby, Abe Schwartz and Paul Schwartz. The group will each present a segment of a single speech 

Tanner Cassidy

Recipient of one of this year’s Schergens Foundation scholarships, Cassidy will share the history of the Class of 2013. While at Perry Central, he was listed on the school’s honor roll the last six years and has been active on the Commodore’s basketball and baseball teams, student council, National Honor Society, Students Taking Action Not Drugs, Spanish, art and pep clubs, We the Youth of Perry County and the youth group at St. Isidore Catholic Church. 

He plans to attend Indiana University and will major in business. He is the son of Brian Cassidy and Lori Cassidy. 

Logan Harding

Son of Robert and Pat Harding and offering a thank you to supporters of his graduation class, Harding plans to study mechanical engineering at Purdue University. His academic honors have included the Purdue University Marquis Scholarship, the Loren and Bernice Lanman Scholarship and school departmental awards in the fields of government, anatomy, chemistry, English and engineering. 

He also earned the Cecil and Olive Foster and Arnold Mulzer scholarships and was listed on Perry Central’s honor roll for six years. 

He has been active on the school’s golf team, Spanish, Key and pep clubs, Students Taking Action, Not Drugs, We the Youth of Perry County, FFA and National Honor Society. 

John Levi Hilgenhold

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

The quote by Mark Twain will be the topic of Hilgenhold’s address Sunday. 

The son of J.P. and Pam Hilgenhold, the senior has received several academic awards, including the Indianapolis Colts Academic All-Star Football Team Award, Indy Star Academic All-Stars Award, Indiana High School Athletic Association C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship and earned the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. He was an all-conference football linebacker and set school records in the pole vault and 400-meter relay. 

Hilgenhold, who is president of his senior class, will attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will major in astronomical engineering. 

He has been president of his senior class and a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Students Taking Action Not Drugs, 4-H, FFA, was a Boy Scout and an Eagle Scout, played football and track and field, served with Perry County Power of Youth, Big Brothers-Big Sisters and was a member of the Perry Central science and history academic teams. 

Andrew Mosby

With plans to study civil engineering at Purdue University, Andrew Mosby has been active at Perry Central in the National Honor Society, Power of Youth, Key Club, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Spanish, math and pep clubs and Students Taking Action Not Drugs. 

He competed on Perry Central’s baseball team and took part in a professional career internship. 

He earned the Arnold Mulzer Memorial and John Marion Walker scholarships and a Purdue University scholarship.

Mosby will offer a thank you Sunday to the many people who supported the Class of 2013. He is the son of Theodore Mosby and Pamela Mosby. 

Abraham Schwartz

A history of his graduating class’ kindergarten and grade-school years will provide the inspiration for Abraham Schwartz’s commencement address. The son of Rosa Schwartz and Joe Schwartz, the senior has been a member of his school’s basketball, track and cross-country teams, National Honor Society, Big Brothers-Big Sisters program, We the Youth of Perry County, art, Spanish and math clubs, and United Way of Perry County’s Youth Day of Caring. 

Schwartz has been recognized for his academic work, earning an Academic All-State honorable mention, the Army Reserve Academic and Athletic Excellence Award and the John Valent and Sally S. and Donald Rudolph scholarships. 

Schwartz plans to study exercise science at Indiana University. 

Paul Schwartz

The son of Jacob and Sarah Schwartz, Paul Schwartz will speak on the class motto Sunday. 

He has been active with cross country, track, basketball, art and German clubs and National Honor Society. 

He plans to attend the University of Evansville and will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.