Tyler Benn is valedictorian, Rachel Gerick is salutatorian of LPHS Class of 2019

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Principal Ben Tonagel of LaPorte High School, is proud to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2019: Tyler Benn and Rachel Gerick.

Valedictorian Tyler Benn is the son of Sam and Kelly Benn. Tyler plans to attend Purdue University to study Aerospace Engineering.

Salutatorian Rachel Gerick is the daughter of Robert and Julie Gerick. She plans to attend Oral Roberts University to major in Biochemistry and minor in Spanish.

Candidates for valedictorian/salutatorian must meet Academic Honors requirements. Qualification points are awarded for honors courses, dual credit courses, AP courses, and total credits earned.

There were 26 finalists for the valedictorian and salutatorian designation from the Class of 2019. Each student maintained a 4.0 GPA and is ranked number one in the Class of 2019. The valedictorian and salutatorian will address their class at commencement on June 9, 2019, at Kiwanis Field.

Congratulations to these Slicers for their outstanding achievements at LaPorte High School. Their academic achievements exemplify LPCSC’s mission of “Learn Today to Excel Tomorrow.” The Slicer community is proud of these students, and wish them the very best as they graduate from LPHS.


Tyler has been accepted into the Purdue Honors College. He is a member of the LaPorte High School Marching Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band. He was recognized as a 2019 Indiana Association of School Principals Academic All-Star nominee for LPHS in addition to being a Commended National Merit Scholarship Scholar. He was awarded the LaPorte High School Marching Band Outstanding Senior Award and Kiwanis Club “Kiwanis Builds Forever” Award. Tyler is active in the community, serving as a four-time elected Senior Patrol Leader for his Boy Scout troop, making him responsible for planning and running events and camp-outs. He volunteers for the Salvation Army and works summer lawn care. Tyler’s interests include music, studying aviation, calligraphy, working in the garden, and building things with his father.

Rachel is a recipient of the ORU Fellows Scholarship and member of the honors program. Additionally, she is the recipient of the ORU Quest-Whole Person Scholarship. Rachel received the Bausch & Lomb Science Award and Junior Outstanding Student of the Year Award at LaPorte High School. She is a team captain and 4-year Cross Country participant, and member of the Symphony Orchestra. Rachel is a LaPorte High School National Honor Society member and she serves as the treasurer of the Tri-M Honor Society. Rachel is active in 4-H and works as a server at Brentwood Assisted Living and laborer at 4C’s Nursery. She volunteers as a peer tutor and is active in the Bethel Chapel Youth Group and women’s community Bible study.

4 Responses to “Tyler Benn is valedictorian, Rachel Gerick is salutatorian of LPHS Class of 2019”

  1. Mike Kellems

    May 04. 2019

    Congratulations Tyler!! Obviously you take after your mom’s side of the family! ?

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  2. Diana Lockridge

    May 04. 2019

    Congratulations Rachel!

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  3. Sheila S.

    May 05. 2019

    Congrats you two!

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  4. Bill and Brenda Carbon

    Jun 04. 2019

    Tyler, Kelly, and Sam,
    Congrats on Tyler’s great achievement; just read about it on “What’s New ?” Talk about a great LPHS career. Very well done. Has to be a great job by two very good parents. Always did like the way you raised that kid. Continued success at Purdue. Harry went there so we guess the place is all right.

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