Hayes, Mikek lead CHS


Crawfordsville High School has named the top students from the class of 2020.

Drake Hayes, son of Mark Hayes and Desiree Freeman, is the valedictorian. As a student at CHS, Hayes has been involved in a number of extracurricular activities.

For four years, he has been running track and cross country and participating on Crawfordsville’s FIRST robotics team. He has also been the captain of the math, science, and interdisciplinary Academic Super Bowl Teams. For three years, he has been involved in Model United Nations, and for two years, he has been involved in Student Council, Spell Bowl, National Honors Society, and the Mayor’s Youth Council. He was also selected to attend Rotary earlier this year.

Hayes has been honored with several awards and recognitions during his time at CHS, including the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, Outstanding Math Student Award, and Athenian Booster Club Mental Attitude Award, and being recognized as the Journal Review cross country co-runner of the year and Character Counts essay contest winner. With his friend Luka Mikek, he also won the Wabash College Derivative Bee.

Upon graduating, Drake will receive an academic honors diploma. He plans to go to Wabash College, where he will run track and cross country and study mathematics and computer science.

Luka Mikek, son of Jane Hardy and Peter Mikek, is the salutatorian. During his four years at CHS, Mikek has participated in many extracurricular activities.

He has competed on the high school’s English, math, and interdisciplinary Academic Super Bowl teams, Spell Bowl team, FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team, and Model United Nations team.

Additionally, he has been a member of CHS’s National Honor Society and has done volunteer work in Hoover Elementary School’s Chess Club and attended meetings of the Crawfordsville Rotary Club as a student representative.

While attending Crawfordsville High School, Mikek has been awarded a Character Counts Youth Champion of Character Award, a varsity letter in robotics and two Outstanding Math Student Awards. He was also a national merit finalist as well as an Indiana Regional Academic All-Star.

Upon graduating, Luka will receive an academic honors diploma, and will then attend Grinnell College in Iowa to pursue a degree in chemistry.


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