LPHS Class of 2020 Graduation Logistics
The 122nd annual commencement ceremony for the students of LaSalle-Peru Township High School. This year due to social distancing regulations the district provided a drive through ceremony for graduating seniors at the LPHS Sports Complex on Thursday, May 21.
La Salle-Peru Township High School is pleased to announce its top 10 academic students after eight semesters from the class of 2020. They are listed below.
Valedictorian Ashley Heagy is the daughter of Jennifer and Eric Heagy of Peru. She is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. Heagy received an Illinois State University Redbird Scholarship. She also received the Wagenknecht Scholarship, Debo Memorial Scholarship, LP Business Education Award, LP social science Bertusi Award, and the George Preston Blow Medal/John and Lucy Pomatto Scholarship. At LP, she has been involved in cross country, track and field, swim team, Link Crew, Renaissance, Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). She received All-Academic/All-Conference honors in swim, track and field, and cross country in multiple years. She was also an All-State Academic team honorable mention and was all-state in cross country and track and field. She was the NewsTribune Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2018 and 2019. She is a NewsTribune All-Academic team ember, PSAT/NMSQT Commended Scholar, and an AP Scholar. She was a Starved Rock Region of the Illinois Principals Association Honored Student and a state finals qualifier in the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge. As a senior, Heagy attended Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary Club meetings. Outside of school, she volunteers her time with the Illinois Valley Dolphins swim team. Heagy plans to major in accounting and environmental science at Illinois State University with plans to go on to law school.
Salutatorian Colton Sittler is the son of Michelle and James Sittler of Peru. He is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. He received the Wagenknecht Scholarship, Dr. and Senator Rezin Scholarship and the LP English Subject Award. As a senior at LP, he participated in Scholastic Bowl, the CavCast, and was a leader in the Harbor Homeroom and Challenge Day programs. He is also an Eagle Scout and received the Starved Rock Region of the Illinois Principals Association Honored Student recognition. As a senior, Sittler attended Peru Rotary Club meetings. He volunteered his time with the local food pantry, canal conservation efforts, and projects connected to his Eagle Scout project. Sittler plans to major in psychology at Stanford University.
Matthew Robinson, son of Rick and Elaine Robinson of LaSalle, is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. He received Wagenknecht and PQ Corporation scholarships. He also received the Illinois Science Teachers Chemistry Award, President’s Education Award, and IVCC Foundation Illinois State Scholar Award. He competed in cross country, soccer, and track and field, receiving Academic All-Conference honors in all three sports. He received the track “Go the Distance” Award and cross country Most Improved Award in 2019. Robinson also participated in Math Team, Link Crew, the LP Lunch Club podcast, LP Academic Challenge for Engineering and Science (ACES) team, Video Game Club, and Science Club. He was a Harbor Homeroom student leader. As a senior, he attended LaSalle Rotary Club meetings. He volunteered his time at Echo Bluff Park Youth Summer Camp. Robinson plans to major in aeronautical engineering at Illinois Valley Community College followed by the University of Illinois.
Arisu Oya, daughter of Nobuko and Etsushi Oya of Peru, is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. She received the Wagenknecht Scholarship, and the LP German Award and Mathematic Rabe Award. She competed in tennis for four years, receiving Academic All-Conference honors and was a 2018 state qualifier. She also received the State Seal of Biliteracy. Oya participated in tennis, Key Club, Math Club, and Scholastic Bowl. As a senior, she attended Peru Rotary Club meetings. Oya attended Japanese School for 12 years. She volunteered with the Illinois Valley Food Pantry through Key Club and at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. Oya plans to major in biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Courtney Ries, daughter Pat and Cindy Ries of LaSalle, is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. She received a University of Iowa National Scholars Award and the LP Agriculture, Herbolsheimer Family Foundation, and Elizabeth J. Boyle/Richard N. Henneberry scholarships. She also received the Wagenknecht Scholarship. Ries participated in Cavalettes, serving as a lieutenant and then captain. She received All-Conference honors for Cavalettes and also was named Most Outstanding Dancer at the Just for Kix Dance Camp. She also participated in Chamber Singers, performing with the ILMEA All-District chorus for two years, and WYSE. Ries was secretary of the Treble/Concert Chorus. She performed in three musicals at LPHS. As a senior, she attended LaSalle Rotary Club meetings. Ries volunteered her time at Stage 212. Ries plans to major in biology with a focus on genetics and biotechnology at the University of Iowa.
Avery Kampwerth, daughter of Sally and Simon Kampwerth of Peru, is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. She received the Wagenknecht, LP Agriculture and Athletic Booster Club scholarships. Kampwerth also received the Illinois Science Teachers Biology Award. She competed in softball, golf, and volleyball. She received All-Academic honors for golf and softball, All-Conference honors for softball, served as a softball captain for two years, and received the Cavalier Award for golf. Kampwerth received the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award, LaSalle County Schools Committee’s “Student Excellence Award”, and 2nd Place in poetry in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Literary Festival. She also attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar, serving as a junior staff member. She was a member of her student board. Kampwerth participated in Science Club, Writing Club, Link Crew, and Renaissance. As a senior, she attended Peru Rotary Club meetings. Kampwerth plans to major in environmental studies at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Jacey Mertel, daughter of Jamey and Diane Mertel of Peru, is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. She received the Wagenknecht, LP Athletic Booster Club and Linda Levine scholarships. She competed in volleyball, softball, and basketball, earning All-Academic and All-Conference honors. She participated FBLA, serving as a co-president, Student Board, Student Council, a Superfan Leader, Key Club, and Renaissance. As a senior, she attended Peru Rotary Club meetings. She volunteered her time with LaSalle Elementary School and multiple blood drives. Mertel plans to major in business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Rebecca Schmidt, daughter of Jane and Joseph Schmidt of Tonica, is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. She received the Wagenknecht Scholarship. She participated in Student Council for three years, as well as Scholastic Bowl, Comedy-Improv Club, D&D Club, and Book Club. She was a member of the LP Choir and performed in one LP Musical. As a senior, she attended Peru Rotary Club meetings. Schmidt plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Paige Champlin, daughter of Tara Champlin of Peru and Kevin Champlin of Oglesby, is a member of the LP Honor Society. She received the Snow Scholarship. She competed in volleyball, basketball, and softball, earning All-Academic honors in all of them and the LP volleyball Hustle Award. Champlin participated in Student Council, Student Board, Link Crew, and Foreign Language Club. She was a Harbor Homeroom Leader and a Superfan Leader. As a senior, she attended Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary Club meetings. She volunteered her time with Relay for Life and as a Sunday School teacher. Champlin plans to attend Illinois Valley Community Hospital.
Rylan Dellinger, son of Ronda Iossi and Andris Dellinger, both of Peru, is a member of the LP Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. He received the PQ Corporation and Bradley University Presidential scholarships. He also received the Snow Scholarship. He performed in the LP Band for three years. He participated in Math Team and Scholastic Bowl. He finished fourth place in chemistry in the WYSE competition. As a senior, he attended Peru Rotary Club meetings. He works at Hy-Vee in the meat department. Dellinger plans to major in engineering at Bradley University.
DATE: Thursday, May 21, 2020
TIME: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LOCATION: LPHS Sports Complex
MAKE-UP DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 23, 2020, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Sport Complex
1) Students will arrive by homeroom according to the following schedule. Early graduates are scheduled from 7:30 to 8:00 pm. It is important to arrive at your designated time as we do not want traffic to back-up. Please do not arrive more than five (5) minutes early to your to start of your designated time.
Ms. Tuttle and Mr. Butler
Mr. Glupczynski and Mrs. Theisinger
Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Hartman
Mr. Blessman and Mrs. Gibson
Mrs. Christman and Mrs. Rexius
Mr. Spencer and Mrs. Turczyn
Mrs. Kostellic and Mrs. Meyer
2) Each student will be allowed two vehicles. Please plan to coordinate your arrival to the Complex at the same time to ensure your vehicles are together. It may be difficult to rearrange vehicles if you do not arrive together.
3) Enter at the main sports complex entrance. It would be preferred to approach the Complex driving southbound on Chartres Street/Airport Road. LaSalle and Peru Police will be directing traffic.
4) LP security will direct traffic into the track parking lot where vehicles will line up at the north end. Cones will be set out guiding vehicles.
5) The stage will be set at the east entrance into the soccer field parking lot near the soccer building.
6) LP security will greet vehicles lined up near the stage. Mrs. Ganze will be writing down the names of students - five at a time - in the order they arrive. WE ASK STUDENTS TO WRITE THEIR NAMES ON A SHEET OF PAPER TO HOLD UP AT YOUR CAR SO THAT MRS. GANZE CAN RECORD YOUR NAME ON HER LINE-UP CARD.
7) Vehicles will line up in front of the graduation stage. ONLY THE STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO EXIT THE VEHICLE. Students do not need to wear a mask when they walk across the stage. Students will access the stage from the left side. If Mrs. Cushing has a question on pronouncing a name, she will ask prior to formally announcing the student.
8) On the stage will be Mrs. Cushing, our new principal, Mr. Tony Sparks, our Board president, and Dr. Wrobleski.
9) After exiting the stage, students will pick up a diploma cover that will be placed on tables. Unfortunately, we cannot shake any hands.
10) Students will then walk to the photographer for a picture. LP IS PROVIDING EACH STUDENT WITH A FREE 5 X 7 PHOTO.
11) After getting their picture with the photographer, the student will reenter their vehicle and depart at the hygienic exit. PLEASE TURN LEFT BACK ONTO CHARTRES HEAD HEADING TOWARD THE POST OFFICE WHEN LEAVING.
12) Diplomas will be mailed home after the ceremony and once all outstanding Chromebooks, textbooks, and library books have been turned in or paid for.
Please feel free to stop at the high school either before the ceremony or after if you wish to take family pictures at the Main Building. The Clock Tower and Auditorium entrance are ALWAYS excellent locations for a final senior photo in cap and gown.
Mr. Baker will produce and release the Class of 2020 graduation video, which will include pre-recorded speeches.
We cannot wait to celebrate our senior's transition to the next stage of their lives. If there are any questions or requests, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on my cell phone at (815) 546-7394.
Dr. Steven Wrobleski