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2021 Southwood Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced

Valedictorian Braden Sweet

Braden Sweet

Braden is the son of Ryan and Amber Sweet. He plans to study nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University, while participating in cross country and track and field.

During his time at Southwood, Braden has been involved in numerous activities, including Peers Education Peers, Student Congress, Junior Leaders, 4-H, Superintendent Advisory Team, Wrestling, and National Honor Society.

As a 6-year member of FCA, Braden was named the Outstanding Christian Leader in 2020-2021. He is an active member of the LaFontaine Christian Church Youth Group and Youth Group Leadership Team.

Braden was named a Rising Star of Indiana for his academic excellence. His volunteer experience has included Special Olympics, Operation Elf, and the elementary school children’s shopping trip.

While Braden accomplished a great deal during his high school career, he will go down in the Southwood history books as a standout runner through Cross Country and Track & Field. Named the 2019 Indiana 1A Runner of Year and a two-time 1A All-State runner. He was also a two-time Regional Champion, and qualified for the State Cross Country meet twice, where he finished in the top 35 of the entire state each time. He also made the 2020 Cross Country All-Star Team.

In Track & Field, Braden was a 2019 State Qualifier in the 1600 meters, placing 12th in the state with a 4:19 mile time. He was also the 2021 Sectional Champion in the same event. Braden was named a Three Rivers Conference Scholar Athlete Award 2020-2021, along with many other awards and honors in his athletic career.

Salutatorian Maggie Ball

Maggie Ball

Maggie is the daughter of Chad and Melissa Ball. As a Southwood student, Maggie has been very involved. Throughout high school she was a three-sport athlete, participating in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track & Field. She also participated in the Band and County Honors Band. Maggie was a part of Peers Educating Peers, National Honor Society, Senior Class Cabinet, Student Congress, Mayor's Youth Council, and 4-H. She has volunteered with the Special Olympics track program. 

For the 2021 summer Maggie plans to work at Ford Meter Box. In the fall she is attending Indiana Wesleyan University to study Pre-Occupational Therapy.