Indianapolis Students Who Shine

We asked several area schools to share a student who exemplifies their school’s values and they rose to the challenge.

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Cathedral High School

Jonathan Thompson, Senior

1. What school achievement are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my resilience and how well-rounded of a person I have become. During high school, it felt like life wasn’t kind to me, but with God, family, and Cathedral, I was able to become the young man I am today.

2. What are your plans after high school?
I plan to attend Indiana University, major in Biology on a pre-med track, and pursue my dream of being a doctor.

3. How has Cathedral prepared you for your future?
Cathedral is a school that prepares you for your academics at the collegiate level and for life. Also, Cathedral allows her students to pursue multiple passions. For example, this year, I played varsity football, participated in choir, and I’m in the spring musical! In the future, I know being well-rounded will help me succeed in life.


 The Orchard School

Duygu Arseven, 8th Grade

1. What school achievement are you most proud of?
My biggest achievement is me being a good student. Especially, when I was able to take a high school advanced math class. I am also proud of having a balance between my sports, academics, and social life.

2. What are your plans after middle school?
My plan is to continue my studies at University High School work in the medical field in the future. I would also like to play professional tennis in high school and in college!

3. How has Orchard prepared you for your future?
My teachers at Orchard have had a big role in preparing me for my future. They have seen my potential and encouraged me to push myself harder to reach my future goals. Their main goal is to reach students to get to their full potential.


International School of Indiana 

Deven Klobusnik, Senior 

1. What school achievement are you most proud of?
The achievement I am proud of is winning the Theater Award. Originally, I wasn’t involved in Arts – I preferred focusing on sports. However, I had the opportunity to take Theatre, and flourished in class and won the award. I continued by volunteering for the musical and being a student director for the play. I am proud that I left my comfort zone, as theater turned into a passion of mine.

2. What are your plans after high school?
My plans after high school begin by attending Indiana University, majoring in Finance and possibly double majoring in Management at the Kelley School of Business. I later plan to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration. My goal is to become a Financial Advisor and eventually gain leadership in my profession.

3. How has ISI prepared you for your future?
ISI prepared me in numerous ways, one of which is being ready for the world stage. Attending ISI taught me the importance of being open-minded to multiple perspectives in any situation. While being around such a diverse community, being open-minded is a critical skill to grasp and an even more vital skill to have in the future.


Lawrence North High School 

Carol Ludington, Senior 

1. What school achievement are you most proud of?
The school achievement I am most proud of is making the Academic Top 30 my senior year. I am most proud of this achievement because having to go through a hybrid schedule virtual year was hard. Knowing that my hard work paid off even virtually is a great feat.

2. What are your plans after high school?
My plans after high school are to go to Marquette University. I was just recently admitted into their College of Health Sciences and their Direct Admit Physical Therapy Program. I also plan to run Cross Country & Track in the NCAA Division 1 Big East Conference.

3. How has your high school experience prepared you for the future?
My high school experience has prepared me for the future because it has taught me to extend outside of my comfort zone and push myself to the limits. It has also taught me the value of hard work and how much it pays off. Doing this, I can succeed.


Sycamore School

Oscar Hyatt, 8th Grade

1. What school achievement are you most proud of?
The school achievement I am most proud of is receiving the STAR award in track and soccer. The STAR award is not about athleticism but focuses on teamwork and attitude. More importantly, no awards can come close to the relationships and friendships I have made at Sycamore.

2. What are your plans after middle school?
After middle school, I will attend Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut for high school. I have always wondered about boarding school and now that I have the opportunity to experience it first hand, I am extremely excited to continue my education at Choate.

3. How has Sycamore prepared you for your future?
Sycamore has more than adequately prepared me for my future in every possible aspect of life. They have a challenging curriculum that aims to prepare all students for any high school they attend. The community at Sycamore has taught me how to be a student, a friend, and a peer.


Lawrence Central High School

Joanna Nelson, Senior

1. What school achievement are you most proud of?
I’ve earned numerous achievements in high school, ranging from Class President to Distinguished Honor Roll, but I’m most proud of my overall involvement in the school and how I’ve taken advantage offerings, from a rigorous curriculum to clubs.

2. What are your plans after high school?
After high school, I plan to attend New York University where I will be studying both Neuroscience & Liberal Studies on a full scholarship. In addition, I was awarded a study abroad scholarship, which will allow me to spend my first academic year in Florence, Italy.

3. How has your high school experience prepared you for the future?
By having teachers and administrators who care more about students more than academics, I’ve been able to develop relationships that will be valuable to me beyond high school, and I plan to form the same valuable relationships with my professors in the future.


Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Bea Smith, Senior

1. What school achievement are you most proud of?
Freshman year I joined lacrosse with no previous experience and no friends on the team. At the end of the season, I was chosen for the Unsung Hero award, which emphasizes teamwork and skill. I’m very proud of my growth throughout that season.

2. What are your plans after high school?
I plan to attend Centre College, a small liberal arts school in Kentucky. I will be a New Horizons scholar, working on diversity and service, and a language scholar studying French and Latin.

3. How has your high school experience prepared you for the future?
Brebeuf has allowed me to experience and participate in many new things during my four years. I have been given countless opportunities to discover my interests and talents through activities like theater, lacrosse, and my AP Environmental Science class.


Fortune Academy

Brian Fitzgerald, Senior

1. What school achievement are you most proud of?
The high school achievement that I am most proud of is completing my Eagle Scout in
Boy Scouts. To earn my Eagle in Boy Scouts, I had to stay determined and stay focused
on that goal. These are two skills I learned while being at Fortune Academy.

2. What are your plans after high school?
My future plan after Fortune Academy is to enroll at Ball State University. I haven’t decided what major I want to go into yet, but I have a few in mind. I have considered becoming a teacher or an architect.

3. How has your high school experience prepared you for the future?
Fortune Academy has prepared me for the future in many different ways. Fortune
gave me the opportunity to try new activities that at a public school I would never have
done. These activities include participating in plays, musicals, and track. They have all
taught me persistence, hard work, teamwork and determination for the future.

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