Triton class of ’12 leaves legacy of learning

By Ed Scherer-Berry

BOURBON — “Never forget — you are educating students,” a college professor told Triton School Superintendent Carl Hilling. “I have always made that my priority,” said Hilling, as he praised Triton’s 2012 graduating class Sunday at the high school gymnasium.
According to Hilling, this year, the high school:
• Was recognized nationally in “U.S. News and World Report” for preparing students for college and other career avenues; and
• Was one of the top 10 schools in Indiana recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for providing the “most bang for the buck” (providing quality education economically). This is the 10th year the school has been honored by this organization, but the first time the school has landed in the top 10 schools.
This intentional educating of students is a hallmark of Triton High School. As valedictorian Nicholas Nordmann quoted from the movie “The Mechanic”, “amat victoria curan” (in Latin) — victory favors preparation. The 80 graduating seniors are certainly prepared to enter college, trade school, or the workforce.
Twenty-five percent earned a core 40 + academic honors certificate. Another 55 percent are core 40 graduates. Eighteen of them are members of the National Honor Society. Hugh Rettinger, high school guidance counselor, said of this class: “They were a pleasure to work with. As a class, they are passionate about academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.”
Selecting the valedictorian and salutatorian was difficult, according to Rettinger. Four students were very close to the top of the class. However, the point system selected Nordmann for the top honor and Tayler Fisher for salutatorian. Fisher recounted school memories gleaned from her classmates from elementary school to high school graduation. Nordmann indicated that he plans to attend Ball State University majoring in pre-medicine.
The symphonic band played a graduation march as the class of 2012 processed into the gym. Following an invocation, commencement ceremonies were opened by Grace Eib, class president. Bookending the addresses by Nordmann and Fisher, the band (including seniors) played a medley from “Aladdin” by Sweeney, and the Concert Choir sang “Anyway” by Martina McBride.
After Principal Michael Chobanov formally announced the class of 2012, diplomas were presented by Superintendent Hilling and members of the School Board of Trustees. Scholarships in the amount of $26,700 were awarded by their sponsors as follows:
• Triton Education Foundation Scholarship to Ethan Yazel, Nicholas Nordmann, Tyler Brown, Jessica Creech, Marcas Lindsey, Adrienne Utter, and Amberly Taylor, $500 apiece;
• Triton FFA Scholarship to Brooke Baker, Staci George, and Tyler Palmer, $700 apiece;
• Triton Kiwanis Scholarship to Grace Eib and Melanie Clemens, $500;
• Audrey Grossman Memorial Scholarship to Megan Howdeshell and Courtney Cripps, $500 each;
• Jacob Berger Memorial Scholarship to Erik Hoffman, $1,000;
• Nathan Collins Memorial Scholarship to Austin Kanarr, $500;
• Charles Wolf Scholarship to Sabrina Kaufman, Tiffany Vaile, and Kyle Faucett, $2,200 each;
• Etna Echo Scholarship to Katherine McPherson and Katlyn Watson, $500 each;
• Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship to Tayler Fisher, $500;
• Dr. Richard and Jan Strait Scholarship to Nargiza Amirova, $500;
• Bourbon Alumni Scholarship and Jill Carpenter Memorial Scholarship to Sydney Gochenour, $500 and $5,000 respectively;
• Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren Scholarship to William Rettinger, $1,000;
• Nicholas Richer Memorial Scholarship and D. Neil Rettinger Memorial Scholarship to Kandace Terry, $500 and $1,000 respectively; and
• Lewis and Neva Mason Scholarship to Mariah Young, $1,000.
Each graduate was presented a Triton yellow carnation by junior marshal Breanna Lemler.
Closing the commencement, Eib led the class in the traditional “moving of the tassel” ceremony, and the band played as Triton seniors 2012 recessed from the gym. Commencement ceremonies began as a tradition in the 1500s, and imply “a beginning.” Triton High School’s graduating class is prepared and ready to begin adult life following a robust educational experience.