Their academic accomplishments include being named to the National Honor Society and winning the school’s Academic Achievement Award, Believe in You Principal’s Award, President’s Education Award and Marion County Principals’ Outstanding Scholar Award.
Smiley, son of Philip and Christa Smiley, has been accepted to Purdue and will continue his study of plant science, which began as an independent study research project in conjunction with the university.
Athletically, Smiley is an accomplished wrestler, and he plans to wrestle at Purdue. He boasted a career record of 150-23 and was a four-time state qualifier, four-time Indiana Crossroads Conference champion, three-time Marion County champ, two-time regional champion and a semistate champion. He capped his career with a seventh-place finish at the state finals.
Smiley finds time to assist with a youth wrestling program and volunteers for service projects.
Pich, son of Annisa Gates and Mark Gates, was active in extracurricular activities, including Spell Bowl. She was involved in a leadership capacity for the Spanish and Drama clubs, Student Leadership Team and the National Honor Society.
She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, helped with the school’s youth sports and drama camps and worked on productions for the school’s theater department.
Pich plans to major in public health at the University of Evansville and become a physician’s assistant.