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May 3, 2013

Students recognize Pillars at ceremony

Teachers motivated students receiving Lamp of Knowledge

LOGANSPORT — Michael Miller first got to know Bo Bullard as a athlete and student. Miller, who coached Bullard in boys basketball and golf, said he knew Bullard had what it took to excel not only in athletics and academics, but in life.

Bullard was one of the 10 top LHS graduating seniors who received “Lamp of Knowledge” medals Wednesday night at the McHale Performing Arts Center in recognition of their academic achievement.

Those students also selected and recognized “pillars,” those who had influenced and motivated them to succeed.

“I’m proud to be a part of his accomplishments,” Miller said. “He epitomizes what it means to be a student athlete.”

Miller said the experience was humbling.

“My goal is to create opportunities for students and athletes and impact their lives and ironically it has been the students who have impacted my life,” Miller said.

Bullard, who is in golf, football, basketball, student council, NHS and swing choir, said it was a great feeling to be able to tell everyone else what kind of person Miller was.

Kathy Elkins said the ceremony brought her to tears.

“It was special to be appreciated in that way,” Elkins said. “I felt very humbled and it was great to be a part of the evening.”

Kathy Elkins has been giving piano lessons to Ashley Fawcett for 10 years, seeing her grow into a talented pianist.

“She is very gifted, personally and musically and was a delight to be around,” Elkins said. “I’ve appreciated her dedication to play the piano and being a young woman of character.”

Fawcett said Elkins has always supported her and she knew she wanted to choose her as her pillar.

Fawcett, who is treasurer of the National Honor Society, team captain for the swim team and section leader for percussion and drum line, said it was special to speak about Elkins and be able to show her appreciation for her.

Fawcett and Bullard both plan to attend Purdue University. Bullard plans to major in industrial management or management and Bullard will study engineering.  

The Pillar Award and Lamp of Knowledge award were put into place by former Logansport Superintendent Ted Hughes in 1985.

Logansport High School principal Matt Jones said the award ceremony Wednesday night was great.

“In the 142 years of our school we have had many rich traditions and this is one of our best,” Jones said. “I’m so proud of the students who have not only achieved excellence, they have contributed to the community.”

Elkins, who attended the ceremony once before because her daughter was in it, said she didn’t realize before how much the night was to recognize the pillars.

“It was great to see the other pillars and how they have poured into kids’ lives and created a lasting impression,” Elkins said. “I grew more respect for people I knew even before.”

Miller agreed, saying it was wonderful listening to the stories the students shared about the influences of others.

“The recognition goes out to the students,” Miller said. “We all play some facet in their lives, but the accomplishment is all their work.”

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