Wednesday, May 28, 2008

COM: Yea Jeanne!!

Tops in 2008
From staff reports, The Daily Times, Published May 28, 2008

Tivy valedictorian Robert Schulte and salutatorian Jeanne Eckhart only wanted to finish in the top 10 percent of their class and be accepted into good colleges.

They both did their jobs a little too well.

Schulte will attend the University of Texas next fall, with Eckhart heading to Texas A&M at College Station.

When asked what this accomplishment meant to both, they shrugged their shoulders and laughed, saying, “it means we can get on with our lives.”

As for getting on with their lives, Schulte wants to major in business and eventually go to graduate school. Eckhart would like to pursue a degree in environmental geosciences, eventually going to grad school, as well.

“My favorite subject in high school was economics,” Schulte said. “Or anything other than English.”

Tivy principal Robert Jolly said, “These are two of the finest individuals I’ve met in my career. They are both extremely dedicated to their future, their friends and their families. I’m very proud of both of them, as well as this entire group of seniors — they have been a pleasure to serve and I wish them all the luck in the world.”

Along with their academic accomplishments, both of these graduates also excelled in extracurricular activities.

Schulte was a four-year baseball player and served on his church’s youth group. Eckhart played varsity softball and volleyball and was active in student council.

“I’ve known each of these students since they were in elementary school,” said guidance counselor Kendall Young. “These students, along with the rest of their senior class, have been respectful, classy and have shown great leadership ability. Robert and Jeanne have been special people — very intelligent, but also extremely well rounded.”

Both students were quick to give their parents, school administrators and counselors credit for getting them to where they are today.

Robert is the son of Steve and Catherine Schulte.

Jeanne is the daughter of William and Sherry Eckhart.

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