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CHURUBUSCO â€” Brandi Herron and Rachel Fehring are not just close academically, theyâ€™re best friends.
Herron is Churubusco Junior-Senior High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2012 valedictorian. With a GPA of 11.745, Herron is the daughter of Margie and Randy Herron of Churubusco.
Thatâ€™s a difference of .005 percent from this yearâ€™s salutatorian, Fehring, who has a GPA of 11.740. She is a daughter of John and Rhonda Fehring also of Churubusco.
The young women are best friends and theyâ€™ve been one and two nearly all of their academic years.
â€śWeâ€™ve always been close,â€ť said Herron. â€śSometimes Rachel is ahead and other times I am.â€ť
â€śWe are so similar,â€ť said Fehring. â€śItâ€™s so funny we even finish each otherâ€™s sentences sometimes.â€ť
After graduation on June 8, Herron is going to study biology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to become an orthodontist.
Fehring plans to study biology at Grace College as a pre-med major. She is going to minor in Bible Studies.
Both plan to extend their high school extra-curricular activities in college. Herron plays the flute and will be in the concert band at IUPUI. Recently she was named to All-District Honor Band.
Fehring runs in cross country and track and will be on the team at Grace College.
Their similarities even took them to Hoosierâ€™s Girls State in 2011 at Indiana State University. Herron was voted Good Citizen, Star Girl and Pride City while there. The scholars attend the same Bible Camp each summer and both were in Whitley Countyâ€™s Distinguished Young Woman program. The two both take college courses at Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne (IPFW).
Herron is the editor of â€śTusitalaâ€ť, the CJSHS yearbook. She is Vice-President of the Student Council and she and Pope were the two students on the Smith-Green Community Schools Strategic Planning Committee.
Herron tutors children at the Churubusco Community Child Care Center where she also assists with field trips in the summer.
She is in the Key Club, National Honor Society and was on the Science Team of the Academic Super Bowl.
Fehring is the senior class president and also Student Council President. Sheâ€™s been part of the cross country and track teams all four years of high school and loves attending Campus Life.
She was recently named to the Northeast Corner Conference (NECC) Academic Team.
Fehring is in the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and is a member of the Wesleyan Church.
She loves volunteering at the Forklift at The Center on Monday afternoons.
Fehring would like to focus on creating a movement called â€śMADâ€ť which stands for Make A Difference.
The teachers who influenced Herron the most were Robin Peterman, Jim Folland and Breann Brown.
Fehring said her most influential teachers are Julie Mast, Brown and Folland.
Both scholars said Folland took an entire class and talked about work ethic and that he teaches time management. They said they are both prepared for college because of him.
After they both walk the aisle at graduation, they plan to give joint speeches. Herron will speak about memories and Fehring will speak about the Class of 2012â€™s future.