Tales from the Bulkhead - Senior Edition!

Another school year is almost in the books, and we wanted to send our graduating seniors out with one final thank you. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of getting to know them, here are their plans for the fall and beyond. 

Brooke Buckingham is planning to attend Miami University in Ohio to study biochemistry and statistics.  She will graduate with high honors and is the recipient of the Army Reserve female scholar athlete award as well as receiving academic all-American recognition. Since finishing her swimming career, Brooke has been staying fit with running and Crossfit, for which Coach Aimee's dry land workouts have more than adequately prepared her.

Lea Cecil will be attending Purdue University in the fall. She will study Pharmacy and plans to work at a drug company studying and developing new drugs. She is very excited to be part of the Boilermaker swim team too! The following is quoted from a recent paper Lea wrote about swimming and what a major impact it has made on her life: "Participating in sports offers individuals opportunities and memories that shape their personalities and pushes them towards a successful future.  Swimming gave me memories I will always cherish, friendships that will last a lifetime and a future of discipline and success that I have always dreamed of."  

Addison Denaway* is bound for Ball State University this fall where she plans to study Elementary Education.  Addison will graduate with academic honors.  She was part of the prestigious Chamber Choir while at Penn.

Shannon Domal* will be attending Purdue University and is undecided on her major.  She plans to continue her interest in vocal arts by participating in the choir program at Purdue.  Shannon graduates with academic and high honors.  She received the Presidents Education Award and the John Gouker Second Chance scholarship.

*Shannon and Addison also sang the National Anthem at most of the Penn High School swim meets, and they always did a terrific job!

Micayla Gebby will be attending Ball State University, majoring in Speech pathology. Awards and activities: High Honor Roll, Kiwanis Scholarship, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Freshman Mentoring, Kingsmen Tutoring, Mental Attitude Award 2016 Swimming, Kiwanis Youth Leadership Award. From Micayla: "Swimming is a great sport to have a lot of fun.  You can make lots of new friends.  The coaches make it fun."
Kyle Gebby will be attending Ball State University, majoring in Computer Science. Awards and activities: High Honor Roll, Big Brother/Big Sisters, Freshman Mentoring, Honorable Mention NIC All Team for the 400 Relay team. From Kyle: "Swimming is a great sport. You do lots of team bonding and get to know each other. The pasta parties are so fun.  It is hard work but in the end it all worth it."

James Kempa will attend Calvin College in Grand Rapids this fall where he will study in a pre-med program and continue to swim. He earned his Eagle Scout and recently completed his E.M.T. certification. He was recognized with one of 14 statewide Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence, and is a National Honor Society member and National Technical Honor Society member. After 10 years with the club, James will remember the hard work of countless training yards and dry-land sessions, and the fun on deck with teammates and coaches. His advice to younger swimmers is, "go to practice, even when you don't feel like it, go to meets, and have fun being a part of the toughest, most challenging, and best sport." 

Jacob Powell will be attending Ball State University in the fall, studying Nursing. Jacob discovered swimming late.  As a very high energy boy, we [his parents] wish we had discovered it earlier. After church, swimming has been the best thing in Jacob's life the past 4 years. He has learned perseverance and self-discipline. When he swims he is physically and mentally better. 

Mitch Spangler will be attending IU Bloomington where he will study Geophysics. He was admitted into the Hutton Honors College. Mitch received academic scholarships from IU/Hutton Honors College.  While he doesn't plan to continue to swim competitively in college, he does plan to pursue his interest in music composition at IU.

Congratulations to our graduating seniors; we wish you all the best wherever life takes you! Thank you for your hard work, leadership and dedication to Penn High School and Pro Swimming.