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Pictured below: Kaydra Barbre '20 of Richmond is Earlham's Whitewater Valley Student of the Year.

Large class of distinguished local scholars to enter Earlham as part of Class of 2020

May 25, 2016

Kaydra _primarySixteen of Wayne County’s top students have enrolled as members of Earlham College’s Class of 2020 in what is one of the largest groups of incoming students from neighboring communities in the College’s history.

“We are so pleased to welcome this outstanding group of students to campus,” says Jonathan Stroud, vice president of enrollment and communications. “They are among the highest achieving students from our area and the state of Indiana. We look forward to watching them contribute to the vitality of our academic community.”

Among the students is Richmond’s Kaydra Barbre, who was named by Earlham as the Whitewater Valley Student of the Year. Barbre, the valedictorian at Richmond High School, has received a full-tuition scholarship as the winner of the award.

“I really like the small community feel at Earlham and I wanted to stay close to home for my undergraduate education,” Barbre says. “I also really like the geology department at Earlham. The faculty will really help me get the degree I want and prepare me for graduate school.

“With a Ph.D. in geology, I feel like I could specialize in any field that I become passionate about.”

Jordan Wolfe of Cambridge City is the salutatorian of Lincoln High School and Bailey Stewart of Richmond finished in the Top 10 of his class at Northeastern High School.

Megan Bennett of Williamsburg and Brittany Timmerman of Richmond are graduates of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and the Humanities, a residential school in Muncie that is recognized as one of the top institutions for academically gifted juniors and seniors from across the state.

Eleven other Richmond High School graduates have also enrolled: Grant Bowersock, Garrett Byrd, Jordan Christian, Emma Lady, Alexandra Livesay, Morgan Mack, Torrie Mayberry, Aqib Mohamed, Mitchell O’Brien, Stella Thunderwood, and Kobe Walker.

In addition to these 16 students, nine graduates from the Class of 2016 from neighboring communities were recognized as outstanding scholars at the completion of the 2015-16 academic year.

Five of Earlham’s 21 Phi Beta Kappa inductees are from Wayne County. Jonathan Birkel and Allison Finley are Richmond High School graduates, and Meghan Cooper, Liliana Guzman, and Lauren Klaine graduated from Seton High School.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society and advocate for the liberal arts.

Carlie Fisher ‘16, a graduate of Union High School in Modoc, won the Russell M. Lawall Award in Biomedical Research; Cooper and Klaine are recipients of the Mary Jane Harvey Memorial Award; Hannah Franklin, a graduate of Randolph Southern High School in Lynn, is the recipient of the William Harvey Biomedical and Health Careers Scholarship; and Jordyn Grimes, a graduate of Centerville High School, won the Kathryn Weber Senior Scholar-Athlete Award.

Four Richmond students were also featured in the College’s senior art exhibit, including Corrigan Eckert, a graduate of RHS, and Finley, Guzman and Klaine.

An international college, Earlham enrolls students from nearly 70 countries and almost all of the 50 states.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

 Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and 


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