June 30 marked the official end of the 2013-14 school year for Oldenburg Academy and the completion of Diane Laake’s first full year as the school’s president.
“What an extraordinary year it has been for me personally and for OA as a school community,” she revealed. “Time and time again we have witnessed the transformative power that a group of committed and dedicated faculty, staff, students, parents and friends can create. Our mission has never been more focused or more needed.
“We are grateful for the support we receive from so many, and we hope the following highlights will be a source of inspiration and pride for the entire Batesville/Oldenburg area.”
OA has had many successes throughout the previous school year. Academically, it was named a Four Star School the fourth year in a row by the Indiana Department of Education. It earned an “A” rating from the IDOE for the second year in a row.
The Class of 2014 earned over $2.87 million in college scholarships (28 of 33 students received offers). Thirty-one of the 33 graduates are off to 16 different universities/colleges in five states. Of the other two, one is pursuing mission work in Australia, and the other is working on the family farm. Twenty-nine graduates earned Indiana Academic Honors Diplomas (88 percent of the class).
There were two Lilly Endowment Scholars and one Lilly Endowment finalist representing Decatur, Ripley and Dearborn counties. Four students were named National Merit Scholars (three finalists and one commended). A student also placed third in the Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy speech contest.
Twelve students competed in the Maverick Challenge, a competition to stimulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. All three winning teams advanced in the competition, representing Ripley and Franklin counties. Grace Burkhart received an honorable mention writing award from the College of Mount Saint Joseph.