ROYAL CENTER — Pioneer Junior Senior High School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 2006.

Robyn Roeske, daughter of Martha and Roger Roeske, has earned the distinguished honor of valedictorian.

Roeske has been an outstanding student leader at Pioneer Junior Senior High School, where she has been involved in many leadership and academic extracurricular activities. She has been a contributing member of student council chairing numerous committees, and last year she served as student council vice president.

Roeske is a member of the National Honor Society, which is based on leadership, academics, and character. Through student council and National Honor Society, she has organized many charitable fund-raisers.

Math has always been Roeske’s favorite subject, as demonstrated by her success at the Midwest Conference Math Competition where she placed fifth in Geometry during her freshman year, second in Algebra II during her sophomore year, first in comprehensive during her junior year and second in calculus during her senior year. A member of the Math Academic Super Bowl State Champion team as a freshman, she was also on the 2006 Pioneer Science Academic Super Bowl State Champion team.

She served as a mentor for a small group of seventh-grade students and has worked in the guidance office for the last three years. She also worked as a tutor for two fifth-grade students in all subject areas.

Roeske has received numerous academic awards, including the American and Legion Government Test Winner, Academic Achievement Award, Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Student Council Academic Award, the Social Studies Department Award, the Heather Marie Metzger Memorial Scholarship, the Traylor Chemical Scholarship, the Pioneer National Honor Society Scholarship, and the Pensacola Christian College Academic Honors Scholarship.

Roeske plans to attend Pensacola Christian College to major in math education.

Salutatorian for the class of 2006 is Nolan Brock.

The son of Bob and Patsy Brock, he has been in numerous clubs, sports, and academic squads. He has been a member of the Pioneer football team, wrestling team, and the track team earning a total of 10 varsity letters. Serving as captain of both the wrestling and track teams, he earned the Mental Attitude award due to his commitment, leadership and focus to both teams.

Brock was selected as the Indianapolis Colts/IFCA 1st Team Academic All State, and in November, he was awarded the John R. Wooden Scholarship, being selected as one of only four students in the state for the prestigious award. He met John Wooden at Conseco Field house in the fall.

Brock has served in many elected positions, such as class president his junior year, student council treasurer his senior year, and student council for all four years.

He is a member of the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee, the art club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club and National Honor Society. He has participated in numerous service activities, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Pioneer Mentoring Program, Special Olympics Volunteer, Mission Trip to Yakima, Wash., Referee Church Youth Basketball League, Shilo Church Youth Ministry, Royal Center United Methodist Church Youth Ministry, and Civil Air Patrol Cadet.

Academically, Brock has participated in the Indiana Academic Super Bowl and served as a captain of the State Champion Science Team. He participated in the McTaggert Writing Contest and the Midwest math contest earning eighth place in Geometry during his freshman year, third place in Algebra during his sophomore year, fifth place in comprehensive during his junior year and third place in calculus during his senior year.

He was selected to attend numerous leadership conventions, including the Indiana State Student Council Convention, Richard Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s leaders, Evan Bayh Leadership Workshop, IHSAA Leadership Conference, Indiana State Student Council Representative Assembly, and Purdue Engineering Expo. He also attended Hoosier Boys State and was elected to the position of senator.

In his spare time he has been working on his pilot’s license and is self-taught on the guitar.

He received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, the Academic Achievement Award, Student Council Academic Award, The Science Department Award and Offer of Admission to the Air Force Academy. He plans to attend the United States Air Force Academy to major in Aerospace Engineering.

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