2010 Graduate – Kristen Nichole Davis
Terre Haute is a city in Vigo County, Indiana near the state’s western border with Illinois. The name of the city is derived from the French phrase terre haute meaning “high land”. It was named by French explorers in the area in the early 18th century to describe the plateau-like rise of land next to the Wabash.
The village of Terre Haute, then a part of Knox County, Indiana, was platted in 1816. Its early identity was as an agricultural and pork-packing center and as a port on the then-navigable Wabash River for steamboats and other river-craft. Between 1835 and late 1839, Terre Haute served as the headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In 1832, Terre Haute became a town and, in May 1853, elected to become a city. After the American Civil War, it developed into an industrial and mining center, with iron and steel mills, hominy plants and, late in the 19th century, distilleries, breweries, coal mines and coal operating companies. Business boomed.
Terre Haute’s Famous “Four-Cornered” Race Track was the site of more than 20 world harness racing records and helped trigger the city’s reputation as a sporting center. The bustling economy also led to establishing several institutes of higher education: Saint Mary-of-the Woods Institute (now Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College), John Covert’s Terre Haute Female College, Indiana State Normal School (now Indiana State University), Terre Haute School of Industrial Science (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and Coates College for Women.
And, while we are on the subject of education, please meet an educated woman. This young lady is Kristen Nichole Davis. She graduated from Citizens’ High school last April. She discovered that after two years in public school, she could work better and get more out of school, if she could work at her own pace. Kristen needed two academic years of school to earn a diploma. She chose Citizens’ to help her meet that requirement. Kristen was able to complete the entire curriculum in less than a year and a half.
Now that Kristen is a graduate she feels that having a diploma has made a huge difference in her life. She is cognizant that it will continue to make a difference. Kristen feels led to work with small children. She has set her sights and goal on the Early Childhood Education program offered at Ivy Tech Community College. Once complete, she will pursue a teaching position in a local pre-school.
We here at Citizens’ know that Kristen will make an enormous difference in the lives of her young charges. We are very proud of her and wish her God’s speed in the completion of her next goal.
Kristen Nichole Davis is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for February 2010.