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MHS names valedictorians, salutatorian

Officials at Manchester Jr. Sr. High School have announced Elijah Burlingame, Trescott Duffy and Gavin Mize as valedictorians and Torina Runkel as salutatorian, for the Class of 2021.  All four of these students showcase immense academic acumen coupled with extensive involvement in extracurricular activities and community organizations. 

Burlingame has maintained highest honor roll and Academic Excellence from 2013 to 2021. He has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past two years and is receiving an Academic Honors diploma.  His individual awards include four-time Squire Award winner and was a Rotary award winner. 

In community groups and organizations, he has been active at his church and in his youth group as well as FCA.
His extracurricular activities and athletic involvement include Varsity Wrestling for four years, where he was Academic All-State, All-Academic team, and two-time wrestling captain. He participated in soccer for two years and Science Olympiad for three years in high school.

After high school graduation, Burlingame plans to attend college to study chemical engineering. 

He is the son of Matt & Julie Burlingame and his grandparents are Jim & Connie Lennert and Dick & Jane Burlingame.

Duffy has earned Academic Excellence and highest honor roll during all four years of high school.  He is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been actively involved with the First Brethren Church.  He was also involved with team-based volunteer work and was a member of the Squires of the Round Table Wrestling Club.

Athletically, Duffy played football and wrestling for four years.  He won the Squire Award for football in 2018 and wrestling in 2020. He received TRC Academic All-Conference awards in football in 2020 and in wrestling 2021. He received the Rotary Mental Attitude award in wrestling for three years in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

After graduating from high school with an Academic Honors diploma, Duffy plans to attend Wabash College in the fall to study pre-med in preparation for medical school. He ultimately plans to pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon. He also plans to participate in the Wabash College wrestling program.

Ne is the son of Chad and Jessica Duffy. His grandparents are Elsie (Mike Duffy) & Lonnie French and Dianne & Chris Pearson.

Mize has earned Academic Excellence and highest honor roll during all four years of high school.  Gavin is a member of the National Honor Society and served as president for the 2020-21 school year.  He has also been a member of Student Council since 2016 and currently serves as the student body president.  Mize was crowned Homecoming King this past fall.

Mize is a 10-year member of 4-H and volunteers in the children’s ministry at the First Brethren Church.  He is very active in athletics participating in wrestling for four years and serving as team captain from 2019 to 2021.  He also received the wrestling leadership award in 2021.  He has also participated in Science Olympiad since 2014 and cross country his junior year.  He is currently finishing out his third year in track and field.

After graduating with an Academic Honors diploma, Mize plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan to study nursing. After graduating, he plans to travel as a nurse eventually becoming a nurse practitioner.

He is the son of Teresa & Matthew Mize, and his grandparents are Paul & Donna Habeggar.

Runkel has earned Academic Excellence and highest honor roll during all four years of high school.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a member of Student Council for four years.

Runkel has played softball every year and has been recognized as TRC All-Conference honorable mention and Academic All-Conference. She ran cross-country as a freshman and sophomore and made the cross-country coaches’ All-State team. 

She has played soccer the last two years of high school and earned the Rotary Mental Attitude award and All-Conference honorable mention.  She also served as the girls basketball manager for her four years in high school. 

Runkel is a 10-year member of 4-H and had an internship with Heaven Scent K9.

She is the daughter of Steve & Cindy Runkel.  Her grandparent is Ruth Weekly.

Posted on 2021 May 04