Swiss Ambassador titles both go to SCHS seniors


Switzerland County High School had a very successful afternoon at the Swiss Ambassador competition at the Swiss Wine Festival, as both Emerson Schroer and Bailey Bennett earned the overall Swiss Ambassador titles, and with it, both earned $500 college scholarships.

The event, which sees two outstanding members of the senior class from area high schools, is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Switzerland County.

Emerson Schroer is 18 years old and is the daughter of John and Laura Schroer of near Patriot. She is currently on track to earn her Academic Honors Diploma; and volunteers her time at the concession stand at the 4-H Fair, serves as a Camp Counselor at the Southeastern Indiana 4-H Camp, volunteers in the Swiss Wine Festival booths, and was a participant in the Purdue Sophomore Leadership Program.

She is a member of the 4-H Junior Leaders program; was the 2015 Swiss Wine Festival Edelweiss Teen Princess; and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also active in the Business Professionals of America; the Key Club; and the Outdoor Club; and she is also a member of the varsity volleyball team.

She attended the Richard Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders; is a member of the Student Leadership Advisory Council; and earned both the Rising Stars of Indiana Award and the Ronald Reagan Award.

Emerson’s career plans are to attend a college in Indiana and major in psychology with a minor in journalism; and then work to aid troubled teenagers.

Bailey Bennett is 18 years old, and is the son of Joe Bennett of near Quercus Grove and Lisa Lloyd of near Patriot. Bailey is on schedule to earn his Academic Honors Diploma, and serves as President of the Senior Class after serving last year as the Vice President of the junior class; and he also served on the Prom Committee. He volunteers his time at both the Swiss Wine Festival and the Navy Bean Festival in Rising Sun; and was a participant in the Purdue Sophomore Leadership Program. In school he is a member of the Spanish Club and the Pep Club; has earned inclusion in the National Honor Society; and is a student representative to the Swiss Wine Festival.

He is a member of both the soccer and track teams, earning the championship of the ORVC in the 110-meter hurdles and was also a part of the team championship.

After high school, Bailey plans on attending Indiana University in Bloomington and will major in accounting while minoring in Spanish language. His career goal is to move to Spain and find a job where he was utilize his college degrees.

The first runners up in the Swiss Ambassador competition were Heidi Speer of South Ripley and Adam Rose of South Dearborn; while the second runners up were Allison Burress of South Dearborn and Conner Hubbard of Jac-Cen-Del.

Congratulations to these outstanding young people.