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Drew Brock, an ER tech at UofL Hospital, will return to college at Bellarmine for a second bachelor’s degree, this time in radiation therapy, with the goal of becoming a radiation therapist at a cancer care center.
Ashley Carroll married Faron Goodrow ’13 this May.
Jake Carter graduated this May from IUS with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in sociology.
Ashton Cash is now project associate for the River Heritage Conservancy, which is creating a large park along the Ohio River in Southern Indiana.
Tony Corrao is head athletic trainer for Abilene Christian University’s men’s basketball team. The DI team won the Southland Conference Tourney Championship to earn the team its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Grant Goad graduated from WKU in December 2018 and is now an assistant superintendent at Koetter Construction. He is engaged to marry Cassady Puckett.
Alex Grove earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue West Lafayette this May and will be starting a sales engineering apprenticeship with Phoenix Contact USA in Harrisburg, Penn in June.
Trey Embrey, who completed his first year at the IU School of Medicine, will spend five weeks this summer in Vietnam doing a medical internship at a teaching hospital.
Patricia Hyndman spent her final year at IUS (biology major with minor in sales) interning at My Health E as a patient advocate and social media manager and was one of 17 people selected to participate in Health Enterprises Network Fellowship Program.
Brianna Jacobi will be attending Simmons University in Boston this fall for the dual graduate program in library and information science/archives management concentration and history.
Nicholas Hayes is a personal trainer at 9round Fitness, which has locations in Prospect, Clarksville, and throughout Louisville.
Kendra Kramer is now territory sales manager at Procarent in Louisville.
Matt Martin earned his degree in aerospace/mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton this May.
Ginny McCauley is now social media/graphic designer at Neil Huffman Automotive Group.
Jenna Merchant is now a buyer assistant at Shoe Sensation Inc. in Jeffersonville.
Lincoln Ottersbach is now customer service representative at Unified Technologies.
John Oppelt earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville this May. He is a senior accounting associate at UPS and engaged to marry Amanda Matthews in June.
Julie Payne received her bachelor’s degree in secondary ed. from Purdue West Lafayette this May and will be moving to the Washington, D.C., area to take part in the Johns Hopkins Urban Teachers residency program as a high school English teacher in the DC public school system while also pursuing her master’s in education with concentrations in secondary literacy and special education.
Kelsey Rodgers is an educator at the Kentucky Science Center.
Charmaine Solis graduated from the US Naval Academy this May with a bachelor’s in ocean engineering and has been accepted into the Surface Warfare Community driving ships.
Carolyn Swartz is now assistant director of annual giving and alumni engagement at Marian University.
Maddie Bivens graduated from Lindsey Wilson College this May with a bachelor’s in communication.
Jacyln Endris graduated from IUB with a bachelor’s in interior design and a minor in environmental science.
Erin Embrey earned her bachelor’s in political science with a supplemental major in Spanish and a minor in business-economics from the University of Notre Dame this May. She will be attending Vanderbilt University Law School.
Amelia Ernstberger graduated from Bellarmine this May with degrees in communication and design, arts, and technology.
Josh Frost will play the role of Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz at the Clarksville Little Theatre May 10-11 and 17-18. Previously, he played Franklin Hart in the IU Southeast production of 9 to 5.
Thomas Gettelfinger earned his bachelor’s in economics this May from DePauw University. He will next move on to the Charles Schwab Financial Consultant Academy in Indianapolis to begin training to become a financial services professional.
Sara Gryboski earned her BA in linguistics with a minor in engineering sciences from The Ohio State University. Next up, she will teach middle school STEM in Dayton, Ohio, as part of the Teach For America program. She says: “I was really inspired by their mission, which is to work toward excellence and equity for all. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful education, but a lot of children don’t have that opportunity. At TFA, we believe that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not, and I’m so excited to help make an impact and change the education system from within. I’m most looking forward to teaching my passions and helping students achieve their potential. After my two years in corps, I’m not sure if I’ll continue teaching, but I hope I’ll continue to make a change.”
Becca Hellinger, a nursing major at IU Southeast, was accepted into Norton’s SNAP (student nurse apprenticeship program) program for the spring semester. She also was selected to travel to South Dakota to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in August with other members of her nursing class to conduct health assessments and screenings as well as health education. The goal also is to learn about the culture to share information on caring for the Native American population.
Haley Libs graduated summa cum laude from NKU and will enter the occupational therapy doctorate program at Ohio State. She earned the Outstanding Student in Exercise Science/Pre-OT award.
Patricia Mattingly graduated this May from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in applied math and has been selected to go on to Navy pilot training.
Ryan Mueller graduated from IUB with highest distinction with a B.S. in biology with a concentration in the biology of disease and minors in psychology and health care management and policy. He will be going on to grad school at IU’s Maurer School of Law.
Olivia Orberson received her bachelor’s in early childhood education from the University of Louisville this May. She received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Early Childhood Education award by the College of Education and Human Development.
Sarah Posante earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from IUPUI and will continue her education at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine via an HPSP scholarship agreement in order to serve in the US Army as a dentist after receiving her doctor of dentistry. She was recently named one of IUPUI’s Top 100 students and was an IUPUI Women’s Leadership recipient.
Jo Reger earned her bachelor’s from ISU in theatre and a minor in music and will be in two shows at the Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute this summer. She will play Juliet in Romeo & Juliet July 2-3, 5-7, and 9 and a member of the ensemble in Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash musical, June 21-23 and July 10, 13-14. Later this summer, she will be performing in the classical music festival in Austria with some ISU music students.
Carter Reynolds graduated with a nursing degree from UofL and has accepted a position as an RN in the Oncology ICU at Norton Hospital, dependent on his passing the NCLEX.
Nicole Riggs earned her bachelor of fine arts in design – interior architecture at University of Louisville this May. She has been accepted into UK’s master of architecture program, with a concentration in historic preservation. She spent the spring semester as an intern with Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.
Hallie Striby earned her marketing/merchandising degree from U of L this May.
Mary Grace Willis graduated this May with high honors with a bachelor’s degree in health services from IUPUI. She will be pursuing her doctorate in occupational therapy in the fall.
Aaron Flanagan, a culinary student at Sullivan University, has started a catering business, Aaron Flanagan Catering, as he prepares for a future as a restaurant owner. He will be doing an externship in Ireland in February 2020. “Business is going great! I’ve done around 30 events ranging from 20-125 people. School has actually been more of a tool than anything due to my amazing instructors and access to incredible equipment.”
Alex Duffy spent her fall semester working in Florida as part of the Disney College Program.
Jenna Gilly, an art history and anthropology/sociology junior at Rhodes College, spent the spring semester abroad in Morocco studying French, international relations, Islamic art and culture, and religious studies. “My favorite part might be the most cliché experience when someone thinks about Morocco, but it was riding a camel underneath the stars in the Sahara desert. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.”
Brad Haas, a media advertising junior at IU Bloomington, will spend his summer as a graphic design intern with Lou City FC. “Louisville City seemed like a great fit for me because the position combined sports, branding, and design– three of my biggest areas of interest. I am an advertising major but have an interest in graphic design (creating logos, print ads, flyers, etc.). This internship allows me to combine the two. … Overall, I’m blessed to be a part of an exciting up-and-coming organization, and to have an opportunity to get hands-on experience that I can take out into the workforce.”
Abbi Hamm, an elementary/special ed junior at UofL, will be serving as a missionary this summer at Camp Hidden Lake https://donate.lifeteen.com/fundraiser/1866014 in Dahlonega, Ga. “I know that the Lord is going to do great things this summer, and I am extremely looking forward to a complete surrender, allowing the Lord to work through me in any way that He sees fit. I am so ready to be with my fellow missionaries that are chasing Christ and desire to serve the Father like I do. I know that my life will never be the same and I cannot wait to see how.”
Mikaila Heavrin will be spending her summer as a camp counselor and head of the soccer program at Tripp Lake Camp, an all-girls camp in Poland, Maine.
Makenzie Koerner graduated this May from IUB with a bachelor’s in exercise science with minors in health studies, obesity and health, and fitness instruction. She will pursue her MBA at IUS.
Tyler Payne graduated from Ball State with a degree in construction management and a minor in business. He has accepted a position as project engineer with Shiel-Sexton General Contractors based in Indianapolis.
Logan Rauck received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science this May from Bellarmine, where he will continue graduate work begun his senior year in the Doctor of Physical Therapy School.
Audrey Shannon has graduated from St. Mary’s College with a degree in statistical and actuarial math. In the fall, she will pursue her master’s in engineering, science and technology entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame.
Claire Shannon has graduated from the School of Dental Hygiene at UofL and is now a registered dental hygienist.
Ethan Roberson (IUB), Griffin Libs (IUB), Jared Clemons (Butler), and Landon Carrico (Hanover) share their opinions on college sports with their own podcast, The Neutral Site.
Molly Wagner, an industrial management junior at Purdue University in West Lafayette, recently served as the director of public relations and productions on Senior Board for the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation while her brother, Jack ’18, served on Junior Board for the race. She spent the last year working with other board members to prepare for this year’s race. She previously served on Junior Board for two years and developed the required skills in Adobe Creative Suites to fill her current role. She also directed the Queen Program. “I was excited to be able to be a part of one of Purdue’s greatest traditions and continue a family legacy we have created between Dad, Jack and I.”
Tre Watson is an assistant coach for the PHS Baseball team.
Erica Denison, secondary ed/English major at USI was invited this past spring to present to the Indiana Council of Teachers of English (ICTE) State Conference, a round-table session for future educators.
Justine Oppelt, philanthropic studies junior at IUPUI, spent the spring semester as fundraising, advancement and events intern at Progress House in Indianapolis. She will be studying abroad in the fall as part of the University of Derby (United Kingdom) Exchange Program.
Elizabeth Scharre, a sophomore electrical and electronics engineering major at Purdue West Lafayette, spent the spring semester as a GIS intern for Flora Utility in the Indiana town.
During her freshman year at Purdue West Lafayette, Katie Baker served with College Mentor for Kids and on the Corporate Committee for the Purdue University Dance Marathon, which raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital of Indianapolis.
Andrew Bittenbender, after taking a gap year that included several acting jobs, will enter the Murray State Theater Program in the fall. He is the recipient of a full-ride Presidential Fellowship Scholarship.
Eli Lucas, who just finished up his first year at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, will be playing Lord Windermere in the university’s MainStage production of Lady Windermere’s Fan next season in October 2019.
Natalie Gallegos, a freshman at UofL, served with College Mentors for Kids her freshman year.
Members of the Class of 2019 who have committed to college athletics:
Lilly Bivens, DI volleyball, Nicholls State University, Louisiana
Tanner Carver, DIII men’s diving, Wabash College, Indiana
Christian Graf, DII baseball, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tenn.
Blaine Henretty, NAIA men’s soccer, Midway University, Kentucky
Chris Heselschwerdt, DII track & field, University of Southern Indiana. He also will represent Indiana as part of the 2019 Down Under track team.
Austin Hughes, DIII men’s soccer, Wabash College, Indiana
Halli Trinkle, DI women’s tennis, College of Charleston, South Carolina
Adam Uhl, DIII baseball, Franklin College, Indiana
Joe Wilkinson, DI baseball, Indiana University-Bloomington
Alyssa Jones, junior IU East (NAIA) women’s soccer, started the season off with a goal that helped the team win against St. Mary’s, only to end up on the injured reserve list. She was one of six players on the team to make the school’s Chancellor’s List for the fall 2018 semester.
Patricia Mattingly, DI U.S. Naval Academy, and Taylor Wilson, DI University of South Dakota, helped their teams make it to the NCAA tournament for the first time. Purdue freshman Marissa Hornung ’18 helped her team to its 13th appearance in 15 years in her first year in college.
Patricia was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, All-Patriot League First Team, was three-time league setter of the year, two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and a semi-finalist for the national Senior CLASS Award for volleyball. She led the team in assists with 1,039, averaging 8.96 assists per set, which was third in her conference. She also had 72 total kills and a .215 hitting percentage.
Taylor was named Summit League November Athlete of the Month and Summit League Tourney MVP with a career high 24 kills and five blocks. Named an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region selection and an All-Summit League First Team honoree, she finished the season by leading the league in hitting percentage at .377, which is third in Coyotes school history and eighth in league history. She ranked third in the league in total kills (362) and fourth in kills per set (.3.26) while also leading the team in total blocks with 88. Meanwhile, her career .352 hitting percentage is a new school record that ranks sixth in Summit League history. She graduated in December 2018.
Haley Libs, a senior for DI NKU volleyball, had an outstanding season and was named to the All-Horizon League first team for her fourth season. She was a finalist for the national Senior CLASS Award and led the Norse with 4.06 kills per set and broke her own single-season and single-match program kills records, tied the single-match digs record, became NKU’s first Division I player to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, and is just the third player to have a 30/30 match. Her team lost in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Tournament. She was named All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention, making her the first Division I Norse to do be so named, and was a three-time Horizon League Nike Offensive Player of the Week her senior season. She received the following awards: Ms. Norse, Female Athlete of the Year, Performance of the Year, Career Achievement, and Athlete of Distinction.
Maddie Bivens and her Lindsey Wilson volleyball team attempted to defend its NAIA Championship title this past season but fell short. Maddie had 76 total assists in 30 sets for the season.
Brianna Brooks, an early childhood education junior at USI, will work as assistant coach for the PHS Dance Team this summer. She is a member of the USI Dance Team, which placed sixth in the 2019 All Girl Division I Finals at the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship.
Alex Creamer, Franklin junior men’s cross country runner, helped the men’s team to a fifth place in the HCAC Championships.
Jacquie Hornung, junior outside hitter for DII Bellarmine volleyball, was second on the team in digs (330), third in kills (295) and fourth in points (320) for the 2018 season. She also had 35 blocks and five service aces, starting all 30 matches.
Audrey Shannon, DIII St. Mary’s College volleyball, was named to the Academic All District Second Team for the 2018 season. As a libero, she had more than 1,100 digs in her two seasons with the Belles, and is one of few players to have back-to-back seasons with 500 digs each.
Redshirt freshman Juston Betz appeared in 17 games on the Bellarmine DII men’s basketball team and had 10 assists for the season. The team went 28-5 and was upset by USI in the Midwest Regional.
Landon Carrico, a junior for DIII Hanover men’s tennis, was named three-time first team all-HCAC. Last fall, he finished 12-3 in singles competition, mainly at No. 2, and had a 10-match winning streak in singles. In doubles, he was 9-6 overall.
Reece Davis, now a freshman right-handed pitcher for Bellarmine DII baseball, saw some playing time this season. The team won the GLVC Tournament and lost in the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Tyler Ettel, now a sophomore on the UofL men’s track team, helped the team to a sixth-place finish in the ACC Outdoor Championships. He finished sixth in the 110m hurdles, earning second team All-ACC honors with a time of 14.37.
Cavannah Gregory, is a sophomore on the UofL Ladybirds, which won its 18th consecutive and 20th overall UCA/UDA national championship in the Division IA Team Performance this season. The team also finished second in the Hip Hop Division IA.
Jake Lewis, sophomore EKU left-handed pitcher, has seen some playing time on the DI team this spring, including a 12-9 loss to Timmy Borden’s UofL Cardinals. Borden hasn’t seen any playing time in his freshman season, but could the next time the two face off in the 2020 season. Jake threw five strikeouts against Maryland’s Eastern Shore earlier this season. The team ended the regular season 30-25 and starts OVC Tournament play on May 22 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Morehead State, which can be seen on ESPN+.
Lexie Libs, sophomore for Jacksonville State volleyball, earned Ohio Valley All-Conference First Team. She had more than 1,200 assists for the season and was twice named the OVC Setter of the Week.
Sydney Milliner, sophomore infielder for DIII Centre softball, had four RBIs this season and a .969 fielding percentage.
Claire Rauck started her sophomore season on the Goshen College women’s basketball team with 19 rebounds in 11 games before going out for the season with an injury. She received the Maple Leaf Character Award for women’s basketball at the college’s athletic awards.
Bailey Wade, a redshirt freshman distance runner for DII Bellarmine Track & Field, placed second in the 1 mile in the Engineer Invite with a time of 5:28.13, and was 21st in the 800m in the Kentucky Open this spring.
Marissa Hornung started in half of the Boilermakers’ games this season but still is second on the team in digs (367) and is in the top five in assists (35) and aces (27). She had a career-high 21 digs in the team’s first-round NCAA Tournament loss.
Michael Gill, a freshman defender for DIII Spalding men’s soccer, scored one goal and had one assist in seven games in the 2018 season, helping the team to five shutouts.
Blake Murphy played in 25 games as a freshman on the NAIA IUS men’s basketball team, averaging 12.8 points. The team went 19-11 and lost in the championship quarterfinals.