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Scecina's Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian


 Katelyn Hartman (left) is the valedictorian and Andrew Smith is the salutatorian for the Class of 2019.

Katelyn Renee Hartman is the valedictorian for the Class of 2019 at Scecina Memorial High School, and Andrew Kriech Smith is the salutatorian. 

Scecina President Joe Therber and Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D., announced the valedictorian and salutatorian this week. Katelyn was at the top of the class with a grade point average of 4.32. Andrew’s GPA is 4.27. 

Katelyn plans to study chemical engineering at The Ohio State University. She is the daughter of Carl and Lisa Hartman, attends Holy Spirit Catholic Church and is a graduate of Holy Spirit Catholic School. 

“My past four years at Scecina were nothing like I expected them to be,” she said. “I received so much more than an education. Within the school, I found a lifelong community that helped me discover my place in the world.” 

Katelyn was a four-year member of the volleyball team, a Scecina Student Ambassador, and a member of the Academic Super Bowl team, Crusaders for Life, National Honor Society and the Red and Gold Going Green Club. She also participates in the Spring Musical. 

Her favorite class was ACP Chemistry. ACP courses provide college curriculum in conjunction with Indiana University. 

“It is challenging and pushes me to think abstractly,” Katelyn said. “And it directly relates to what I want to do.” 

Playing volleyball for the Crusaders was one of her most memorable experiences. “I’ve played since fourth grade, so it’s something I love to do,” she said. “It was also a great way to make memories and friends. Also, it was my way to de-stress from my classes and have fun.” 

Andrew, the son of Jason and Ruth Smith, will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and major in mechanical engineering technology. He also is a Holy Spirit parishioner and school graduate. 

“Scecina gave me the opportunity to form new friendships, prepare me for my future, and it helped me be more involved in the school community,” Andrew said. 

Andrew was a kicker with the Crusaders football team, wrestled all four years and also played soccer. He’s a National Honor Society member and part of Scecina’s Bowling Club. 

“My favorite class was English 10 honors,” Andrew said, “because of the analytical theories that we discussed in class. It gave me an insight and new knowledge about how we can think.” 

Andrew said his favorite activity at Scecina is the annual Campus Crusade walkathon “because the whole school comes together and we compete among classes. It’s a lot of fun.” 

He also participates at his parish as a festival volunteer and altar server and serves as referee and scoreboard operator for CYO sports at Holy Spirit and Our Lady of Lourdes. 

The Class of 2019 Baccalaureate Mass takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23,at St. Michael Catholic Church, 519 Jefferson Blvd., Greenfield, Ind. Commencement takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Scecina.