We salute Milan High School’s top of the class
This year the Milan Community Schools have put in action a policy that was approved in 2018 to transition away from the traditional system of honoring a class valedictorian and salutatorian. In its place, the students will be recognized using the Latin honor system, which is similar to what is used on most college campuses. It was decided in 2018 that the new system would be grand-fathered in and the class of 2022 would be the first class to be honored using the system.
This means students who graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a technical or academic honors diploma will be recognized as having graduated with distinction and the final transcript will carry the designation of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude, giving the school the opportunity to recognize more students for their academic achievements and hard work.
The definition meanings are:
Cum Laude: “with praise” – This recognition is for students graduating with an Honors or Technical Honors diploma and a weighted GPA of 3.5-3.79. Students will be recognized with a single gold cord to be worn at commencement.
Magna Cum Laude: “with great praise” – This recognition is for students graduating with an Honors or Technical Honors diploma and a weighted GPA of 3.8-4.09. Students will be recognized with a double black/gold cord to be worn during commenecement.
Summa Cum Laude: “with highest praise” or “with highest honor” – This recognition is for students graduating with an Honors or Technical diploma and a weighted GPA of 4.1 or above. Students graduating with the Summan Cum Laude distinction will be recognized with a triple black/gold/white cord to be worn during commencement.
Milan has four students graduating with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude. They are Caleb Prozanski, Karley Bushhorn, Caiden Yorn, and Max Hartman.
Caleb Proznski is the son of Katherine Prozanski and Ronald Prozanski. He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati upon graduation.
When asked about a teacher who had great influence on him, Caleb said “Mr. Wade was a great person and teacher. He could always bring a smile to my face. He taught me so many life skills and pushed me to be the best version of myself, I wouldn’t be the student I am today without Mr. Wade.”
Caleb has participated in tennis, wrestling, German Club, National Honor Society, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Christmas Project, Community Emergency Relief Food Pantry’s Food Drive and the Hoxworth Blood Drive.
Along with excelling in academics, Caleb enjoys hobbies such as gaming, listening to music, watching TV and movies, hanging out with friends and playing sports.
Advice he passes on to incoming seniors: “Relax. You are now Queen/King of the hill. Bes the best leader that you can be in all the various clubs, organizations, and teams that you are on. Enjoy all the small things because your senior year goes fast.”
Karley Bushhorn is the daughter of Ron Bushhorn and Kris Bushhorn. After graduation, she plans on attending Butler University to major in Health Sciences with a focus on Pre-Medicine. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree, her goal is to get accepted into medical school. “As of now, my interest lies in anesthesiology, but I am very eager to learn about all kinds of medicine,” she noted.
Karley said her calculus teacher, Mrs. Listerman, had a great influence on her throughout her high school career. “She was at the school early in the mornings to meet with me whenever I needed help. She always pushed me to work hard, knowing how much I could achieve!”
Karley is the class president, student council president, on the National Honor Society, academic team, volleyball, tennis, Tribal Brew, member of the Pierceville Haypals 4-H Club, and Ripley Youth Outreach. She has volunteered at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Milan Community Emergency Relief Fund, Hoxworth Blood Drive, Delaware Volunteer Fire Department, Lion’s Club, Food Pantry, and Good Samaritan’s Hope Chest.
Her hobbies include baking, painting, swimming, hanging out with friends and enjoying the outdoors.
Advice for incoming seniors: “I would tell the incoming senior to work hard for what you want, but have fun at the same time. Make memories with your friends and enjoy your time in high school. Try different things and get involved.
Caiden Yorn is the son of Amy and Dan’t Yorn. He plans to attend Northern Kentucky University to hopefully become a Physical Therapist.
Caiden said Mr. Voss was an influential teacher because he always puts the students before himself and he will do absolutely anything for anyone that is in need. “He is a true leader in and out of the classroom,” Caiden commented.
Caiden played several sports while maintaining his high grade average. He played baseball, basketball, football was on the National Honor Society and gave 40 hours of community service/volunteer hours at a variety of places. He enjoys playing sports, visiting family and hanging out with his friends.
Advice for incoming seniors: “Make sure you stay ahead of schedule and cherish all of the time that you have because it goes by way too fast.”
Max Hartman is the son of Max and Angel Hartman and plans to attend Purdue to major in Actuarial Science.
Teachers who had influence on him were Mr. Combs, Mr. Voss and Mrs. Listerman. He said they made him what he is today and put him in a position to succeed.
Max enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, football, member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and was Class Vice President. His hobbies include playing sports and hanging out with his friends.
Parting advice was: “Keep working hard and make the year fun.”