LOGANSPORT — Lari Rutschmann thought she was taking a picture for the speech team when she walked into a conference room at the Logansport High School. She was surprised to instead see the faces of school leaders, family members, mentors and representatives of the Cass County Community Foundation.
The room broke into applause as a stunned Rutschmann dropped her backpack and accepted a lily flower from Herb Price, the 2014 CCCF board chairman.
She just learned she was the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
The tears really started flowing when the Logansport High School senior hugged her mother, Sarah Rutschmann, grandfather, Dr. Donald Rutschmann and great-aunt, Stephany Ander, who were in attendance to watch her receive the news.
Lari Rutschmann thanked everyone and she was both baffled and humbled at the award.
“I’m still in shock,” she said.
Logansport High School Principal Matt Jones congratulated her and complimented her for being both a great student and person. Jones said he was incredibly proud of the senior.
“She is an outstanding lady,” Jones said. “Her hard work has paid off and she is very deserving of the honor.”
“She’s not a crier, so that’s saying something,” Sarah Rutschmann said with a proud smile.
Sarah Rutschmann was notified Monday evening that her daughter was the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. The secret was a hard one to keep, she said.
“I’m flabbergasted, shocked and proud,” Sarah Rutschmann said. “She has worked very hard. I am very proud of her.”
Of the six finalists, three were from Logansport High School and others were from Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School, Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School and Caston High School. All of the candidates were very deserving, Sarah Rutschmann said.