The top 10 students of the Brown County High School class of 2016 were honored at a dinner April 27 at the Artist Colony Inn. The following is how they describe their high school accomplishments and goals.
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1. Corina Greiner
Corina Violet Greiner is the daughter of Clark and Corina M. Greiner. Since moving to Brown County from Kansas City, Missouri, she has immersed herself in her community and education.
Corina is the co-president of the Spanish Honor Society, the president and founder of the Youth Education Community Team, a member of the National Honor Society, a 4-H member, a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul and the Glass Slipper Event and a member of the Interact Club. She is a research assistant in Dr. Mary C. Murphy’s social psychology lab at Indiana University. There, she has been granted the opportunity to pursue her own study, focusing on the relationship between diversity and motivational goals in interracial interactions. She will be one of the first students in Brown County’s history to advance to the International Science Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, to present her research. Her awards include the Merit of Psychology award, homecoming queen in 2015, the Superintendent’s Award (for varsity soccer and varsity tennis), Most Valuable Defensive Player (varsity soccer), Most Improved Player (varsity tennis) and silver award in the National Spanish Exam. She holds a black belt in Tenshi Goju Kai karate. She has been awarded the Outstanding Student award in Algebra II, Advanced Placement micro and macro economics, Spanish III, Spanish IV, biology, and Geography and History of the World.
She will attend Indiana University to study biology and neuroscience; she was awarded the Wells Scholarship. She has been accepted into Dr. W. Dan Tracey’s biology lab and will be exploring neuroblastoma brain tumors in drosophila models. She aspires to be a pediatric neurologist to explore the relationship between neurocognitive functioning and chronic brain illnesses and the development of pediatric medical treatments.
2. Oliver Cambridge
Oliver Cambridge’s mother and stepfather are Jennifer and Todd Root.
He is a member of student council, the French Club, French Honor Society and National Honor Society. He played football and basketball for one year and ran track for one year. He played soccer for three years.
He will attend Indiana University in the fall and is currently undecided about his major.
3. Kayla Snyder
Kayla Snyder’s parents are Marlene and Kevin Snyder. Her younger sister, Emma, is a freshman.
Kayla has eight varsity letters from soccer and dance all four years. She was a two-time varsity soccer captain. Kayla has also been a member of the student council, Prom Committee, Senior Committee, PEERS, Student Activity Leadership Team, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, president of Spanish Club and a two-time captain of the social studies academic team. Kayla has been a 10-year 4-H member, 4-H Junior Leader president, a Mother’s Cupboard volunteer, vice president and secretary for the Friends of Brown County State Park, a volunteer for the Brown County Glass Slipper Event and is the reigning Miss Brown County. Kayla received the Varsity Soccer Mental Attitude Award, Varsity Dance Captain and Eagle Award, three Superintendent Awards, was the first place Voice of Democracy Essay Winner in 2015, Brown County’s 2016 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship award-winner and earned a gold rating in the Herald Times Scholastic Superstar list for 2016.
Her biggest accomplishment has been winning the Ball State Presidential Scholarship and the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and graduating high school with 24 credit hours completed. Kayla will study organizational communications and environmental management. She hopes to become a spokesperson and an advocate for companies and organizations that promote land preservation and wildlife protection. Saving the world with her words is her ultimate goal.
4. Andrew Gardner
Andrew Gardner’s parents are James and Leslie Gardner.
He was involved with varsity wrestling for four years, varsity and junior varsity soccer for two years, junior varsity baseball for one year and track for one year. He is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and student council. He was named Athlete of the Month and has received the Superintendent’s Award three times. He has helped run school functions and is involved with the Bean Blossom Mennonite Church youth group.
He will attend Indiana University this summer as part of the IU Groups Scholars Program. He intends to work in the medical field but is undecided on his major. He is considering majoring in either chemistry or biology. He wants to be a hospital emergency room physician.
5. Matthew Redmond
Matthew Redmond’s father and mother are David and Melanie Redmond.
He played football for two years, soccer for two years, basketball for four years and baseball for four years. He was a part of the youth leadership group his junior year. He was also a part of the National Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society. He helped at the humane society, St. Vincent de Paul and God’s Grace. He also helped with many school activities. He won the Superintendent’s Award twice; has been on honor roll all four years; was named Athlete of the Month; received an Honorable Mention in All-Area for basketball and baseball his junior year; was selected to be on the All-Area teams for the Bloomington Herald-Times and the Columbus Republic for soccer his senior year; received an honorable mention on the All-State Academic team his senior year for basketball; was named to the North-South All-Star basketball and baseball games; and has received several team awards.
He has committed to play baseball at Franklin College in the fall and next spring. He intends to major in exercise science and hopefully continue on to medical school.
6. Jacob Glidden
Jacob Glidden’s parents are Sonny and Kelly Glidden.
He played varsity soccer for four years and varsity baseball for four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He is also involved in the Boy Scouts and has received his Eagle Scout award.
Jacob plans to attend Purdue University to major in computer science and physics, and maybe chemistry. He hopes to one day create simulations for major companies and hospitals.
His favorite quote is one he wrote: “Living in someone else’s shadow is merely refusing to make our own.”
7. Collin Hoskins
Collin Hoskins’ father is Jeff Hoskins.
He is a member of the Brown County High School Gay-Straight Alliance. He played varsity soccer for three years, was on the varsity basketball team for three years and ran varsity track for two years. He was named to the All-Area Bloomington Herald-Times basketball team two years in a row. He was selected to play in the North-South All-Star basketball game his senior year. He was named Athlete of the Month twice during his school career along with receiving several athletic awards and being placed on the honor roll.
He plans to attend Franklin College in the fall to double-major in chemistry and Spanish. He is undecided on his career at this time.
8. Danielle Prosch
Danielle Prosch is the daughter of Steven and Suella Prosch.
She is involved in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Interact Club. She was part of the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble her freshman and sophomore years. She volunteers at the Brown County Humane Society every week. There, she has the opportunity to learn about animal behavior, dog training, drawing blood and giving vaccinations to cats and dogs, as well as cleaning and serving as an extra hand around the shelter.
Danielle will attend Purdue University to study pre-veterinary medicine. She plans to major in animal sciences and possibly minor in Spanish. She hopes to attend vet school at Purdue University. One option is to work as a small-animal emergency veterinarian at a 24-hour specialty and referral hospital for cats and dogs. The second option is to go into equine practice and work at one of the oldest and largest equine vet clinics in the world, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, in Lexington, Kentucky. Danielle wants to focus her work in the neonatal intensive care unit. She may specialize in equine neonatology or sports medicine and rehabilitation.
For the past 12 years, Danielle has been involved in taekwondo at Ko’s Martial Arts Academy. She will earn her fourth degree black belt in August. She plans to take up jujitsu in college and also work toward her fifth-degree black belt. Danielle’s dad has been teaching her how to shoot handguns and machine guns for about five years and that has become her favorite outdoor activity.
9. Eliot Westcott
Eliot Westcott is son of Richard and Julia Westcott.
He is an active member of the high school’s drama department and has been involved in every show since seventh grade. He has a passion for the arts and has made a family of friends through this. What he loves about theater are the stories and worlds he can find by becoming different characters.
He is a member of the Indiana University Groups Scholars Program and has decided to pursue video game development and computer technology at IU to learn to build worlds of his own. A few of his hobbies when he isn’t studying or hanging out with friends are Netflix binging, stargazing and the occasional wand-making, the latter being one of his more obscure hobbies.
10. Kirsten McDaniel
Kirsten McDaniel is the daughter of Sherri and George Rice.
She has participated in soccer, theater, PEERS, Eagle Pride Club, Spanish Club, the Brown County Dance Marathon Committee and National Honor Society. She was president of the Interact Club and senior representative of the Thespian Society. She served as props chief and stage manager in school productions and starred in the Brown County Playhouse’s production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” Her community activities include service work with Nashville United Methodist Church and Nashville Christian Church. Some of those activities include mission trips to Haiti, two mission trips to Appalachia, serving as a camp counselor for children with disabilities, participating in the walk for suicide prevention and 30-hour famine hunger drive, collecting food and serving at Mother’s Cupboard and working on Project Angel Tree and Relay For Life.
Kirsten plans to attend Indiana University and study to become an English teacher. She plans to work in the mission field and educate children in developing countries. Her favorite quote is “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” by Nelson Mandela.