Prairie du Chien High School valedictorian, salutatorian selected


Valedictorian Caitlin Harris and Salutatorian Austin Roach

Graduation for the Prairie du Chien High School Class of 2014 will be held on Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m., at John C. Mulrooney Field, weather permitting. In case of rain, graduation will take place inside the high school gymnasium. Class Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the high school gym.

Caitlin Harris has been named the valedictorian and Austin Roach has been named salutatorian for the Prairie du Chien High School 2014 graduating class.

Caitlin Harris is the daughter of Tom and Jody Harris. She was born in Prescott and moved to Prairie du Chien with her family the summer before her junior year. Prior to this, she had attended Cumberland High School in Cumberland. Next year she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been admitted into the School of Business.

During her high school career, Caitlin has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She also scored a 35 on her ACT and was a November Student of the Month.

Caitlin is a three- year member of NHS, a two-year participant in the PALS program, and has participated in basketball, volleyball and band all four years. She has been in two musicals and two plays, including a major role in Prairie’s latest production this spring, and has played piano in Prairie’s jazz band for the last two years.

In the academic field, she has been involved in a SWC math competition and a UW-P Math Competition.

Her favorite memories of high school include winning two Class A state marching band championships her freshman and sophomore year at Cumberland High School, and spending time with friends both during school activities and beyond.

Caitlin’s biggest inspiration in her life is her mother, who always supports her. Her advice to underclassmen would be to find their passions in life and work to be disciplined enough to reach their goals. In the future, Caitlin looks forward to continuing her education and seeing more of the world through traveling.

Austin Roach is the son of Jeff and Amy Roach. He will be attending the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall to pursue a degree in biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine.

Throughout high school, Austin has been active in numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. He has been a member of the soccer, basketball and baseball teams all four years, and was honored as a captain of both the soccer and basketball teams.

In addition to sports, he has been active in the National Honor Society, Student Council, FFA, Science Club and Homecoming Committee. He is also a chairperson of the Graduation Committee, the president of the Political Science Club, and was named September Student of the Month.

Though his schedule has been very busy, he has also been active in community service. Austin’s volunteerism began at a young age in the Holy Family Parish as a volunteer at church functions. Since then, he has volunteered at the nursing home, Eagle’s Heart and Cancer Telethon and at local music festivals. He has also been a room aide at American Red Cross bloodmobiles, a scorekeeper for countless youth basketball games and a volunteer for local food drives.

According to Austin, the most challenging part of high school has definitely been balancing five Advanced Placement courses, clubs and organizations, sports, and an active social life. But through it all, he said he has found support among family and friends who are always pushing him to get things accomplished so he could “go out and play.”

In the future, Austin looks forward to expanding his horizons at college. He is excited to learn things that will be useful in his career and can’t wait to meet new people from around the world.

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