West Central High School announces top graduates
West Central High School has announced the two top graduating seniors from the class of 2016. Jerod Putt has been selected as the valedictorian and Vanessa Murray is the salutatorian.
Putt has kept busy while attending West Central. He has been a seven-year member of student council and served as president, and a two-year member of National Honor Society, where he was vice president in his junior year. He has been a two-year member of Business Professionals of America, serving as the organizations treasurer. He is also an active member of 4-H, dedicating 10 years to the club as health and safety officer, president and parliamentarian.
His awards and honors include DAR citizenship award, outstanding male for band and choir, Bausch and Lomb award, sixth place in the math contest for Algebra 2, BPA state, ninth in business management, 11th in advanced accounting and seventh in financial analyst team. He has also been selected homecoming king and won grand champion and reserve grand champion for dairy starters.
In his spare time he is involved in the Apostolic Youth group, plays basketball with friends and rides his bike.
Putt’s college and career plans are to attend Purdue University and major in Agriculture Systems Management. After graduating college he hopes to return to Francesville and help manage the family farm.
He is the son of Brian and Tami Putt of Francesville.
Salutatorian, Murray has enjoyed a fulfilling high school career at West Central being a part of many clubs and organizations such as Student Council, Sunshine Society, Business Professionals of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society.
She has been awarded Top Scholar in both her sophomore and junior years, Academic All State and high honor roll all four years of high school.
Her extra-curricular activities have been band, choir, color guard, volleyball manager, basketball manager, softball manager, golf, church activities, 4-H, WCHS plays and many numerous volunteering opportunities.
Away from school Murray enjoys reading and writing, especially poetry. She also enjoys photography, baking and cooking. Her other interests include singing, playing music, traveling and spending time with her friends.
Upon graduation Murray plans on attending Purdue University in the fall to major in Business and English. After earning her degrees, she plans on going to law school to become a licensed attorney. Her future plans are to work for a law firm until she can set up her own business.
She is the daughter of John and Jessica Murray of Francesville.