Community celebrates CHS seniors

Churubusco High School seniors in winter sports were honored before Friday night’s basketball game against Eastside. Above, athletes and their parents were announced in front of the crowd.

Boys basketball seniors are, from left: Dakota Barkley, Carlin Amber, Collin Mullins, Jalen Paul, Grant Huelsenbeck and Luke Foote.

Churubusco’s wresling seniors are, kneeling: Jakob Spieth, left, and J.T. Kilgore. Standing are Clay Tinney, left, and Trevor Kelley.

CHURUBUSCO — Seniors from the winter sports seasons were honored before Friday night’s varsity baskeball game against Eastside.

Boys basketball seniors are:

• Dakota Barkley: Barkley is the son of Greg and Job Barkley, and has been involved in basketball for four years. He has lettered all four years, was on the KPC News All-Area team, and was NECC All-Conference his junior year. Barkley has also participated in golf for four years and received honorable mention All-NECC his junior year. He also received his varsity letter in football, which he played for one year. Outside of athletics, Barkley has been in Spanish Club for three years. He plans to attend college to continue his basketball career and study physical therapy.

• Carlin Amber: Amber is the son of Bob and Marna Amber. He has been in basketball for two years and track for three years. In track, Amber was the Central Noble long jump champion and part of the two-time team conference championship team. Amber says his plans for the future are “to enjoy life.”

• Colin Mullins: Mullins son of Eric Mullins and Sarah Fox. He has been in basketball for four years, baseball for four years and tennis for three years. He was the tennis MVP this school year. Mullins plans to attend Trine University to study health and physical education.

• Luke Foote: Foot is the son of Landon and Kacye Foot. He has been in basketball for four years, lettering three years. He has also participated in Key Club for one year. Foote plans to attend IPFW to study secondary education or elementary education.

• Grant Huelsenbeck: Huelsenbeck is the son of Lynn and Mari Huelsenbeck. He has been in basketball for two years, cross country for one year and tennis for one year. He halso also been in 4-H for nine years and FFA for five years. Huelsenbeck plans to attend college to major in agriculture business.

• Jalen Paul: Paul, son of Chris and Trisha Paul, has been in basketball for four years, has been a three-year captain, and has scored more than 1,500 career points and more than career 400 assists. Paul holds the single-game assist record at 19 and is a two-time sectional champion and a regional champion when he played for Canterbury. He was an IBCA small school All-State player as a junior and All-Northeast Indiana as a junior. He plans to play basketball in college and major in either business administration or politial science, and go to law school after college.

• Nancy Zarazua: Zarazua is the daughter of Fernando and Margarita Zarazua. She has been a boys basketball manager for four years and in track for one year. She has also been in Spanish Club for two years. She plans on being in the U.S. Army after college.

• Brehtt Brown: Brown, daughter of Ed and Beth Smith, has been a boys basketball manager for four years and has been a member of National Honor Society for two years. Brown plans to attend WGU for business.There are two senior cheerleaders this year.

• Cheyenne Smith is the daughter of Scott and Teresa Smith, and has been involved in cheer for three years. She received Most Improved, her varsity letter and was a scholar athlete. She has also been in Academic Super Bowl for three years, Spanish Club for two years and Art Club for one year. She plans to attend IUPUI for pre-med.

• Novella Drudge is the daugther of Ron and Nikki Drudge, and has been a cheer manager for one year. Drudge has been in SADD for four years, Key Club for one year, 4-H for two years and New Era crew for one year. She plans to attend IPFW in the fall for music education.

Four senior wrestlers were recognized:

• J.T. Kilgore is the son of Jeremy and Tricia Kilgore, and has been in football for four years, track for three years and wrestling for four years, when the grapplers were team state champions in 2014 and received 5th place in team state in 2015. He was three times All-NECC, was the Woodlan Invitational champion twice, the Whitko Invite champ once, two-time sectional runner-up, regional runner-up onece, regional champion once, academic All-State twice and two-time semistate quarterfinalist. Kilgore has also participated in Key Club for two years. He plans to “become a competitive eater and climb Mt. Everest.”

• Trevor Kelley, son of Karen Kelley, has been in football for four years, track for four years and wrestling for three years where he was Academic All-State. Kelley has been in National Honor Society for two years and Academic Super Bowl for four years. He plans to attend Ball State in the fall.

• Jakob Spieth, son of Kenneth and Laurinda Spieth, has been in track for four years and wrestling for four years. He was a two-year letter winner in wrestling, and part of the state champion team. Spieth plans to have a career in precision machining after graduation.

• Lexi Lowe, daughter of Carla Lowe, has been a wrestling manager for three years, a football manager for one year and played softball for three years. Lowe has also been in 4-H for nine years and Key Club for two years. She plans to attend IPFW to get a degree in early childhood education to become an elementary teacher.

Three senior girls basketball players were honored:

• Cassidy Yant, daughter of Rex and Julie Yant, has been in basketball for four years, cross country for one year, track for two years and golf for two years, receiving MVP. She has also been in Spanish Club for three years, Student Council for one year and Key Club for two years. Yant plans to study exercise science in college.

• Stacia Fester, daughter of Jodi and Corey Fester, has been in volleyball for one year, cross country for one year, basketball for four years and track for two y ears. She received All-NECC honors tihs season. While in track, Fester’s team was conference champion her freshman year and she advanced to regionals in the 3,200-meter relay her sophomore year. Fester has been in National Honor Society for two years and Student Council for two years. She plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to major in Bio Pre-Med.

• Paige Stauffer, daughter of Jim Stauffer and Heather and Mark Pepple, has been in volleyball for two years, softball for four years, basketball for four years and golf for two years. Stauffer has also been in National Honor Society for two years, Student Council for two years and Key Club for two years. She plans to attend Purdue University for animal science.

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