IUSA joins Beech Grove City Schools in congratulating Ethan Smiley and Elizabeth Pich, the 2018 Beech Grove High School (BGHS) Valedictorian and Salutatorian.


Ethan, valedictorian for the BGHS class of 2018 achieved a 4.5 GPA on a four-point scale for his high school academic career. In the fall he will attend Purdue University to continue his study of plant science, which began as an independent study research project in conjunction with the university during his junior and seniors years at BGHS. Ethan has been recognized many times recently, including as recipient of the BGHS Academic Achievement Award, Top Ten Scholar Athlete Award, “Believe in You” Principal’s Award, Academic Honors Diploma, President’s Education Award and Marion County Principals’ Outstanding Scholar Award. He was named Outstanding Student in the science, mathematics and physical education departments. His academic success also earned him entry into the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

He was a member of several groups at BGHS, participated in FFA, and was a member of the Science Research and Academic Team.

His talents extend beyond the classroom and Ethan is an accomplished wrestler. His career record was 150-23. Included on his wrestling resume’: 4-time state qualifier, 4-time ICC champion, 3-time Marion County champion, 2-time regional champion and 1 semi-state championship. He capped his stellar career with a 7th place finish at the state finals. He hopes to continue wrestling at Purdue.

Ethan has been active in volunteer and community events. He has assisted with the youth wrestling program, NHS fund raisers and the Ronald McDonald House in conjunction with the Spanish Honor Society.

Congratulations Ethan and best wishes for continued success!


Elizabeth, the salutatorian for the graduating class of 2018 at BGHS also is an accomplished senior. Her academic awards include the BGHS Academic Achievement Award, President’s Education Award, Academic Honors Diploma, and Marion County Principals’ Association Outstanding Scholar Award. She was named Outstanding Student in mathematics and received the “Believe in You” Principal’s Award. Her grade point average for her high school career is 4.46 on a four-point scale.

Elizabeth was active in extra-curricular activities during her high school career, especially in a leadership role for many of the organizations. She served as president of Spanish Club, Student Leadership Team and National Honor Society. She also erved as vice president of the Drama Club and was a Spell Bowl and DECA participant.

Volunteerism was important to Elizabeth’ and she participated in work with the Ronald McDonald House, BGHS Youth Sports Camps, BGHS Youth Drama Camp and set production for various high school drama presentations.

Elizabeth plans to attend the University of Evansville next fall. She will work toward a major area of concentration in Public Health with an ultimate goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.

Congratulations to Elizabeth and best wishes for continued success!

This post and accompanying photo are thanks to a collaboration with Melody StevensCommunity Relations/Communications Director – Beech Grove City Schools.

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