Valedictorian Will Eldridge and salutatorian Megan Ashby led the Carroll High School Class of 2022 at the launch on Sunday. They both gave speeches at the 61st graduation ceremony.
Will is the son of Cutler’s Susan and Michael Eldridge. A Top Scholar honor roll student, he played basketball, baseball and soccer and earned 11 varsity letters. He was a member of the student council, Cougars for Christ, the Paw Pal Mentorship Program, the Argosy Yearbook staff, and the National Honor Society.
He was named Soccer Academic All-State in his junior and senior years, Soccer Second Team All District in 2020, Soccer All-Area in 2020, Soccer All-Conference in 2020 and 2021, Baseball All-Conference in 2021, Baseball District Player of the Year, and Baseball North All-Star.
Will was named Indiana’s 2021 Rising Star. In the Carroll Honors program, he received an Academic Achievement Award in Science, the President’s Award for Excellence in Education, and a Summa Award.
He has also received the following scholarships: Farm Bureau, Brady Noonkester Memorial, William Howard Parks Memorial, Marjorie Salsbery Memorial and Carroll Memorial.
He is active in his church, volunteering to help in Bible school, help in Sunday school, and participate in a youth group.
Will plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to study accounting and play baseball.
Megan’s future plans are to attend Purdue University to major in animal science with a concentration in pre-vet medicine. She has been accepted into the Purdue Veterinary Scholars program, which guarantees her acceptance into Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s DVM program upon graduation.
She is the daughter of Shawn and Rusty Ashby of Camden.
She was vice president of the senior class, vice president of student council, and a member of the National Honor Society. A member of the FFA for six years, she served as Vice President of the Carroll Chapter and President of District 5.
She is completing her 10th year in 4-H, serving as president of the Junior Leaders and the Carrollton Clovers 4-H Club.
Megan participated in volleyball for four years and varsity track and field for three years.
She is a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation, the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, and an Indiana Rising Star.
A Top Scholars honor roll student, Megan has won academic achievement awards in art and science and a Summa award in the recent Carroll’s Honors program, as well as the following scholarships: Farm Bureau, Indiana Packers (CEF), Co- Alliance, Flora Lions Club, 4-H, IPC, Jerry D. Lenon Memorial and Bill Pearson Memorial.