After a year of “what if,” Sunday felt back to normal at Tri High’s graduation ceremony. The students, in their burgundy caps and gowns, filled the gym floor and family members, with their cameras snapping pictures, filled the bleachers.
Fifty-nine Titans turned their tassels this weekend. Together, they celebrated getting through the most trying year that also overlapped the most exciting time of their lives.
As he took the stage for his speech, class salutatorian Holden Thomas thanked the families in the stands for all their support this year.
He also thanked all the teachers, coaches and staff for all the work they did, even if the teens didn’t always seem the most appreciative.
“I would also like to mention that I procrastinated all throughout high school and did not make an exception for my speech today,” he said, getting a laugh from the audience. He added, “I also know people say procrastination doesn’t work in college, but I’m up to the challenge.”
Thomas also thanked his classmates for making high school so much fun.
“I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and that you accomplish all the goals that you set out to achieve,” he said. “It is important to remember that the feeling of regret is always worse than that of failure.”
Valedictorian Cameron Turner took the microphone next. Thomas knew his speech was not nearly as short as his long-time friend’s, so he advised the crowd to “buckle up.”
Turner acknowledged the role the school administrators, the janitorial staff and the teachers played in shaping the graduating Titans and guiding them down the path to success.
It was a team effort, he said.
“As the great presidential candidate Kanye West put it, ‘This humanity that I talk about, this civilization that I talk about, this future utopia I talk about … it can only happen through collaboration,’” Turner said. “I believe this quote is the thing that makes our class special and different from others.”
Even when the pandemic hit, it took away prom, athletic events, schools days. And for some, loved ones.
The Class of 2021 kept pushing on together.
When Turner felt it was too much, he looked to encouragement from his teachers, his classmates and his friends.
“We kept moving forward with determination,” Turner said. “It was comforting to know we were all in this together... We overcame a seemingly impossible challenge: defeating a pandemic and graduating at the same time.”
The only way through life’s challenges is with friends and family at your side, he said.
“When life gets hard and we come across an obstacle that seems too hard for us in our future endeavors, remember the only good way through is together,” he said.
The 2021 Henry County 4-H Fair is approaching faster than you think. It’ll be here in less than a month. The first day of the fair is Tuesday, July 6. Here is the schedule of all 4-H events that are taking place during the fair.
At 5 p.m., the Project Judging Volunteers sign in will be taking place. For the exhibitors, the only projects that are needed for judging are Sewing and Consumer Clothing, foods, microwave cooking and food prep. Open Judging for Sewing and Food Projects will be from 6-8 p.m. on that Tuesday evening.
Project Check-In and Volunteers, and the Junior Leaders will sign in at 4:30 p.m. The project drive-through check-in at the W.G. Smith Building will be separated by first letter of your last name. From 5-6 p.m., letters A-I will bring in their projects. From 6-7 p.m., letters J through R will bring in their projects. Finally from 7-8 p.m., letters S-Z will bring in their projects.
Check-in of all projects except for Sewing, Consumer Clothing, and Foods.
From 3-6 p.m., Mini 4-H Project drive thru check in at the W.G. Smith Building and it will also be by last name. From 3-4 p.m., letters A-I will bring their projects in. Following from 4-5 p.m. letters J-R will bring their projects in. Then finally from 5-6 p.m., letters S-Z will bring their projects in. The judging will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
From 6:30-8:30 p.m., all of the judging for all remaining projects will take place on Friday, July 9. Saturday, July 10, it is Weiland’s Flowers and Big Bounce Inflatables Day. Animals will also start being brought to the Fair, Swine Check in is from 7-11 a.m.
Check in for the Dog Show is at 9 a.m. with the Dog Show starting at 9:30 a.m. Rabbit Check in is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 7 p.m., the 4-H Kickoff Program is taking place, following will be the opening of the Smith Building. From 8-10 p.m., a free concert will be taking place, following the Smith Building will close at 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 11 is Bill Baker Insurance Day. The Rabbit Show will also be taking place starting with the Mini Rabbit Show at 9 a.m. Following it will be the Rabbit Show which starts at 9:30 a.m., the Adult Family Outdoor Cooking Contest will start at 11 a.m. The Smith Building will also open at this time and remain open until 8 p.m. Poultry check-in is at 3-6 p.m. and then the Swine lean muscle show is at 4 p.m.
Monday July 12 is JB and Paula Chapman Family Farms Day, starting with Beef Cow’s check in from 7-9 a.m. Following is Dairy Cow check in from 9-10 a.m. The Poultry and Pigeon show for Mini and Regular 4-H will start at 9 a.m. The Swine show will also start at 9 a.m., the Mini 4-H Swine show will follow. The Swine Grand Drive is at 7 p.m.
July 13 is L&K Farms Day, starting with Meat Goat Check-in and Weigh in from 7-9 a.m. From 8-10 a.m. the Sheep Check-In and Weigh-in will be taking place. The Project Building will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Beef show will be taking place from 3-6 p.m. The Swine boosters pork burgers will be at 4:30 p.m. The Mini Beef Show is taking place at 6 p.m. The Pack Goat Show will start at 6 p.m.
July 14 is Baker Crop Insurance Day, starting with the Dairy Goat Show and Mini Goat Show at 9:30 a.m. The Meat Goat Show will start at 12 p.m. Cats and Small pets check in from 1-1:30 p.m., the Sheep Show and Mini Sheep Show will start at 3 p.m. The Farm Bureau, Inc. Young Farmers Pedal Pull will be starting at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 15 is Henry Community Health Foundation Day. The day starts off with the Horse and Pony show at 10 a.m. At 5:30 p.m., the Jr. Leader Pie & Club Barrel Auction will be taking place. The 2021 Round Robin Contest will be taking place at 6 p.m. There will be an after-contest Dance in the Barn with a DJ for all ages.
On July 16, which is NLTC and NLBC Day, the Horse and Pony Show will start at 10 a.m. The 4-H Livestock Auction and Lunch at the Smith Building will be starting at 11 a.m. The Versiti Blood Drive will take place from 2-6 p.m. The Farmer Olympics in the show arena will be taking place at 6 p.m. Green Folders are also due by Noon.
The fairground clean up will start at 9 a.m.
Fly In on Aug. 28Do you like Airplanes? Maybe you just like watching Airplanes? Or maybe you like the thrill of riding in Airplanes? Maybe you are just someone who would rather stay away from ever even considering getting into an airplane. This is the event for you.
On Saturday, Aug. 28, the New Castle Airport and Marlatt Field Free Fly In and Cruise In will be taking place in New Castle. The event will start at 10 a.m. and will go until 3 p.m. Food will be provided by The New Castle Henry County Kiwanis Club.
“We just want to get people out in the community,” Henry County Municipal Airport Manager John Marlatt said.
This date, of course, could change at any time due to the ongoing pandemic but the airport staff is remaining optimistic that we will be able to have it this year. According to the Sky Castle Aviation Facebook Page, more information on this event will be coming out as details are finalized.
– Courier-Times Staff Report
The Vikings will have a new school superintendent in the fall.
Eric Creviston has had to leave his position as superintendent, citing health concerns.
“Nothing really life threatening but enough for me to step away from the job and allow the board to bring in someone else to take the reins,” Creviston said.
School Board President Jon Madison said the board appreciates Creviston and his efforts over the years as BRV’s superintendent.
“He accomplished a great deal during his tenure and will always be part of our BRV family. We wish him nothing but the best,” Madison said.
One of the first things Eric Creviston talked about when he became Blue River’s superintendent in January 2015 was bringing the school board to the schools. At the time, the super’s office and board meetings took place in the old school building in Mt. Summit.
The board meetings soon moved to BRV High School’s library. Within a few years, Creviston and his full-time team had moved their offices to Blue River Valley School’s new administration building on U.S. 36, a stone’s throw away from the school buildings.
It was also under Creviston’s leadership – and at his insistence – that the BRV High School year book students helped him re-write the school corporation’s policy about student free speech, especially in their school publications.
Creviston was with the BRV family as they upgraded the buildings and as they lifted each other up in times of struggle.
He was able to finish out the school year by presiding over the graduation of the Class of 2021.
“I am very proud of the teachers and the school administrators there – best I ever worked with,” he said. “The school leadership got a lot of great things in place.”
The school board has started interviewing superintendent candidates and anticipates advertising a new superintendent contract by early July. Madison said they hope to have a new superintendent in place by the end of July, prior to the start of the school year.