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September 19, 2021

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BHS class of 2021

Class members, valedictorians, salutatorian, honor diplomas, diploma with honors, future plans of class members provided here

A copy of the commencement program, attached with this story lists:
• class members
• valedictorians
• salutatorian
• honor diplomas
• diploma with honors
• future plans of the class

Members of the Bluffton High School class of 2021 graduated on Saturday, making them the 140th class to pass through the local school system.

Class officers are: Cierra Ackerman, president; Asher Antrim, vice-president; Pearl Lewandowski, secretary, Thad Mittendorf, treasurer and class advisor, Julie Oberly.


Six area high school grads receive Bluffton Lions scholarships

Six area high school graduates are recipients of Bluffton Lions Club scholarship for this fall. 

Scholarship winners are:  
Bluffton School – Bella Angel and Celia Smith;
Cory-Rawson – Libby McVetta and Lelaina Yannelli
Pandora-Gilboa – Caitlyn Maag and Alexandra Neuenschwander  

The scholarship committee consisted of Tanya Best, Ryan DeMarco, Jan Emmert, Brendon Matthews, Barbara Plaugher and John Rich.


Melina Meza, BHS May student of the month

She will attend Bluffton University in the fall

Melina Meza, a member of the BHS class of 2021, is the May Bluffton High School student of the month. 

Melina is involved in many activities including Orchestra, Show choir, Drama club, Flag corps, SADD club, Art club, National Honor Society, and her church youth group. 

Special awards she has received while in high school include the Orchestra Director's Award, Spanish I, II and III class awards, Sociology Class Award, Art Seminar class award and CP English 12 class award.  


Making music at BHS

Here's this year's musician award winners • And check out the all-time winner list going back to 1967

Bluffton High School music students were recognized during the 45th annual Bluffton High School academic awards program last week. This year’s student honorees follow.

To view the all-time list of BHS music award winners, going back to 1967, click here.

Marching Band Award 
Given to student outstanding in Marching Band
Isabella Angel

Director’s Award for Band
Tre’ Bender


Leah Erin Casey will graduate from Dartmouth College in June

She is a 2017 Allen East HS graduate

Leah Erin Casey, a 2017 Allen East High School graduate, will graduate from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, on June 13, earning a B.A. in English with Honors.

Ms. Casey graduates summa cum laude and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

She will attend The Queen’s College at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, in the fall, pursuing an MPhil in English Studies (Medieval Period).


Ever meet anyone you know when on the road?

What are the odds of two Bluffton couples running into each other at the Belvidere Oasis, near the Illinois-Wisconsin border on Interstate 90?

It’s over 300 miles from Bluffton and nearly 6 hours from Bluffton – in a different time zone.

Well, Paula and Rob Scott got out of town last week to visit relatives in Madison, Wisconsin.

And Mary and Fred Steiner did the same, heading to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Both couples took a pit stop at the same time last Saturday at the Belvidere Oasis, just outside Rockford, Illinois.