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Remembering Barr-Reeve's Trester winners

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Duncheon graduated from Barr-Reeve in 2010 as a valedictorian in his class. He will graduate from the University of Southern Indiana/Evansville in pre-med in May and will enter the Indiana University Medical School this fall. He will have four years of study there before doing clinical and residence.

Duncheon has already worked in the Emergency Room and is getting a feel for what goes on. “I am not sure where I will end up but will go where the job takes me.”

Griffin was the first athlete from Barr-Reeve to win the Mental Attitude Award and it happened in the fall of 1998 on Barr-Reeve’s first trip to the state finals in volleyball. Barr-Reeve lost to Clinton Prairie in one of the last events held in the old Market Square Arena.

Griffin remembers when they called her name she was still emotionally drained from the match and it was hard to comprehend that she really had won the mental attitude award.

Griffin recalls, “I remember they were calling for my parents to come down on the floor and mom and dad were way up in the stands and it took a while for them to get down to the floor. I think we were all surprised that I had won.”

Griffin graduated from Barr-Reeve as a valedictorian in her class of 1999 and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana Summa Cum Laude in 2004 after playing all four years as a starter on the volleyball team and coaching for a year before graduating.

“In our first year we were 12-13, but in our sophomore we were 27-4 and continued to improve each year,” Griffin said. “We were the first team in the history of USI to win the conference tournament and represented the school in postseason. Many of the girls on that team are now coaching in the college ranks. After college, I started coaching at Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Ala. and there we won the school’s first ever conference title and advanced to the NCAA tournament.”

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