Lari Rutschmann will receive a full, four-year scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice as well as a $900 stipend each year for required books and equipment.
She plans to attend Notre Dame or Indiana University to pursue a dual major in finance and public policy with a minor in economics. She plans to continue her education studying law at either Notre Dame or Georgetown and return to central Indiana to pursue a career as a litigation lawyer. Her long-term goal is to run for state public office.
She said she was honored to be selected.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity,” she said. “For years, this is something I’ve strived for. I’m excited it paid off.”
The announcement was a sentimental moment for the family. Lari Rutschmann’s late grandmother was very influential in her life, Sarah Rutschmann said.
“We all know she is watching over,” Sarah Rutschmann said. “Mother would be really proud of her.”
Michele Starkey, superintendent at the school district, said she feels like a proud mother.
“This is life changing,” Starkey said. “She’s a great kid. … It makes you proud.”
Jones and Starkey agreed Rutschmann is a well-rounded student, who is involved in the speech team, national honor society, academic super bowl, key club, drama club, sub debs, swing choir and the BerryBotics.
She has also taken on many leadership roles including vice president of the senior class and student council, president of thespian society, captain of the speech team and more. She was selected as a National Merit Commended Scholar and Hoosier Girls State Delegate, where she was a keynote speaker and citizen of the week. She has been Top 20 award winner throughout high school and is an accomplished writer and public speaker. She also volunteers for Logan’s Landing, Special Olympics, Civic Players of Logansport, American Red Cross and historic preservation.