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Penn Class of 2019 Highlights

Class of 2019 graduates at Northpoint Elementary Senior Parade (June 4, 2019)

On Friday, June 7868 students will graduate from Penn High School in Commencement Ceremonies at Purcell Pavilion on the University of Notre Dame campus


Held earlier in the week (June 4th and 5th), Penn started a new tradition for the graduating class … taking the students back to their P-H-M elementary alma maters for “Senior Parade!”  Click to learn more, see the full photo gallery and watch a video!


Senior Parade at Northpoint, June 4

Penn’s Class of 2018 features 18 Valedictorians: Ammaar Basher, Amy Bernard, Ella Boardley, Charlotte Chang, Xi (Chelsea) Chen, Siddharth Das, Lucas Jerzak, Aidan Kaczanowski, Hasaan Kazi, Shurun Kim, Sabrina Kurian, Tingyi Lu, Abigail Meckstroth, Zainab Nasser, Sophia Patel, Justin Ralston, Alvin Wang, and Corey Wang. Valedictorian Corey Wang was also selected as a 2019 Indiana Academic All-StarThis year’s valedictorians have an average GPA of 4.38 on a scale of 4.0!


Click to read more about these students and see where they’ll be attending college/university


The salutatorians are McKenna Hillsdon-Smith, Christian Marshall, and Zachary Simon. Their average GPA is 4.29 on a scale of 4.0!


Penn’s Class of 2019 has earned $11.2 million in scholarships!


Eight graduating seniors are National Merit Scholarship Finalists:  Amy Bernard, Xi (Chelsea) Chen, Aidan Kaczanowski, Brandon King, Tingyi Lu, Corey Wang, Eric Wood, and Tinale Zhang.


Of the 868 member graduating class:

  • 313 are graduating with High Honors
  • 430 - Academic Honors
  • 87 - Technical Honors


Another highlight of this year’s graduating class is that it includes 100 students of the second cohort of the Early College Academy. The Academy was started in 2014 to offer students, who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to attend college, to earn dual college credit in the supportive environment of Penn High School. These students have been taking classes at Penn and also earning college credit through courses at Ivy Tech Community College


At the time of Commencement, 

  • 50 are expected to have earned Associate of General Studies degrees
  • an additional 34 are expected to have earned Technical Certificates (earning between 32-62 credits, the equivalent of one year of college or more)
  • 14 are expected to have earned at least 15 college credits
  • 2 are expected to have earned less than 15 college credits


Many students will be attending in-state colleges and universities such as: University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana University - Bloomington, Ball State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Butler University, University of Indianapolis, Bethel College, Holy Cross College, Indiana University – South Bend, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, and Purdue - Fort Wayne.


A few Kingsmen will also be venturing a little farther from home attending colleges and universities across the country, for example: United States Military Academy West Point, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Miami University of Ohio, University of Virginia, University of Texas, University of Oregon, Nova Southeastern University, Vanderbilt University, Brigham Young University, University of Lorraine (France), and Fontys University (Netherlands).


We take pride in providing a wide array of academics and career learning opportunities to appeal to a wide base of student interests supporting our students for college and career readiness.


Thirteen students have enlisted in the military and armed services to honorably serve our country: one each in the Air Force and the Marines; three each in the Army and Army National Guard; and five in the Navy.


Several members of the Class of 2019 will also pursuing the vocational trades at Ohio Technical College, Tom Savini's Special Makeup Effects School, the Culinary Institute of America, apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, along with various cosmetology programs.


Read more highlights about the Penn’s Class of 2019 and the Student Awards handed out at Senior Recognition Night held Friday, May 10.


Click to watch all eight Class of 2019 “Excellence Happens Here” graduate profiles on Penn-Harris-Madison’s YouTube channel.