Erin Kettlewell, a 2000 graduate of Indian Creek High School, was the keynote speaker at the 29th-annual ICHS Scholarship Banquet held recently at St. Florian Hall.
Kettlewell was salutatorian of her graduating class and went on to earn her doctorate of pharmacy degree from West Virginia University in 2006. A medical liaison for GlaxoSmithKline Oncology in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia regions, she also practices as a casual pharmacist with the Wal-Mart Corp.
She told the 2010 graduates to find a balance between academics and leisure when entering into college next fall. She noted "the real test of character will be how you deal with adversity and change." This valuable piece of advice will definitely benefit the graduating seniors as they take the next step in their academic careers.
The banquet honored more than 100 students for their achievement of receiving consecutive trimesters with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. The seniors honored had 11 consecutive trimesters with a 3.5 GPA or higher and received the prestigious gold key awards.
Eighteen teachers also were honored with gold keys after being chosen by the gold key students. These teachers were chosen for being most influential in the students' lives.
The seniors should be proud of their accomplishments throughout the years and should know they have been essential role models for the younger pupils who are striving to follow in their footsteps.
The teachers, too, should give themselves a pat on the back for playing an instrumental role in the students' education.
We congratulate all graduating students who have works so hard to get where they are today and the teachers who have paved the way for a better tomorrow.