Students tout merits of AP
Three Beech Grove High School graduates recently shared how advanced placement/dual credit classes helped them with college expenses. They spoke to attendees at the recent AP/Dual Credit dinner.
The graduates are Jasmine Thomas, class of 2010; Katie Wolfe, class of 2011, and Tracy Johnson, class of 2007.
Perry finishes 27-0
The Perry Meridian wrestling team recently repeated as state champions, finishing the season with a perfect 27-0 season.
In November, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced it would discontinue head-to-head team matches for next year’s state tournament. The team title will now be decided by individual scoring at the state meet.
Richard Conway cited as scholar
Junior swimmer Richard Conway was named January’s Edward Jones Investments Scholar Athlete of the Month at Beech Grove High School. Conway was selected based on an accumulative grade point average of 4.04 and a class rank of 3/172. He is also one of the key members of the ICC champion swim team. He competes in the 200m medley, 500m free, 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle relay. He is the son of James and Mary Conway. The local Edward Jones representative is Bryan Dembo.
Southport High needs volunteers
Southport High School is seeking volunteers for the Post-Prom Committee. The goal is to provide a safe, alcohol-free and drug-free environment for the juniors and seniors who attend. Volunteers do not have to have children who attend Southport High.
Financial and in-kind donations may be submitted to Amy Boone, Assistant Principal, Southport High School, 971 E. Banta Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227. Checks should be made payable to Southport High School Post-Prom. Questions should be directed to Lisa Meister at (317) 946-6560.
Nativity students shoot free throws
The Knights of Columbus annual free throw contest included Nativity Catholic School sixth graders Patrick Todd and Scout Leffler.
They competed in the recent finals of the Indiana State Council at Theodore Guerin Catholic High School.
Southside players earn scholarships
Cole Toner, a senior at Roncalli High School, and Brian Failinger, a senior at Lutheran High School, each received a $1,000 Indiana Pacers Boys Basketball Academic All-Star Scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis and the Indiana Pacers. The luncheon, sponsored by the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis, honors the eight state finalist basketball teams. The scholarships recognize the importance of academic excellence in athletics and are given to five senior Marion County basketball players who maintain the highest career grade point averages.
Nativity musicians win CYO awards
For only the third time in Nativity’s history, all 42 performances received a first place award at the recent CYO music contest at Bishop Chatard High School. Students in grades 4-8 represented the school with performances that included piano solos, an instrumental duet, 26 vocal solos, duet solos and group ensembles. Fifth grader Katie Minton earned a “Best in Class” honor for her solo, “Scales and Arpeggios.” She represented Nativity at the CYO Honors Recital at the Cathedral High School Performing Arts Center. The students were led by Margie Hamm, Nativity music educator.
The Nativity Middle School Choir performs for the judging panel. Their performance of Katy Perry’s “Firework” earned them a first place in the Large Ensemble division.
Fifth grade duet Hannah Cenkner and Celia Whisler perform a tune from “Enchanted,” which enchanted their judges, earning them a first place in the competition.
Seventh graders Colene Speckman, Mary Schneider, Maddie Scheil and Julia Kurz pause between performances to show off some of their medals.
Eighth grader Ted Jorgenson and seventh grader Allie Stiffler perform their duet, “They Were You” from “The Fantasticks”, earning a first-place prize.
Fifth grader Katie Minton, winner of “Best in Class” honors, is pictured with Margie Hamm, music educator at Nativity.
Roncalli selects tops in class
Roncalli High School recently announced that Bryan Rainey will be the valedictorian and Coleen Gaughan will be the salutatorian for the Class of 2012.
Bryan, a graduate of St. Mark Catholic School, is the son of Joan and Bill Rainey. Coleen, a graduate of St. Jude Catholic School, is the daughter of Sandy and Tom Gaughan.
Roncalli swimmer competes at State
Roncalli High School Senior Jack Niezer recently qualified to swim the 50 Freestyle in the 2012 swimming state championships. Niezer finished 26th in the preliminaries.
Beech Grove senior serves as page
Beech Grove High School senior Emily Combs recently served as a page to State Rep. Mary Ann Sullivan, D-Indianapolis. Students 13-18 may visit the Statehouse and experience a full day of legislative activity. Pages are able to see how the state legislature works firsthand in a behind-the-scenes tour.
Roncalli honors students of month
Roncalli High School recently honored the latest group of Students of the Month at a luncheon: Kennedy Prentice (Business & Technology), Tyler Mullen (English), Jimmy Henke (Fine Arts), Shelby Ennis (Guidance), Gretchen Perry (Health and Physical Education), Paul Strack (Industrial Technology), Joe Gervasio (Mathematics), Megan Powell (Religious Studies), Lauren Shanley (Science), David Page (Social Studies), Nikki Hensley (STARS) and J.T. Bruhn (World Languages).
These students were honored either for their outstanding work in the classroom or for some strong improvement in their academic work.
Band members ranked superior
Roncalli High School band members participated in the Band ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Contest at North Central High School. Receiving Soloist Gold Medals (Superior Rating) were Haley Craig on flute, Bryan Rainey on oboe, Brett Bennett on trumpet, Michael Millott on euphonium and Mitch Pavnica on drum set.
Perry Meridian plans after-prom
Perry Meridian High School’s PTA-sponsored after-prom will start at 11:30 p.m. April 21 and end at 3 a.m. the next day at Incredible Pizza Company. This is a drug-free and alcohol-free event designed to be fun and provide a safe environment on a night potentially hazardous for students.
Attendees will enjoy food, games, music, entertainment and prizes. To aid in the expenses, the PTA is seeking community support. Individuals or businesses may donate cash or items that can be awarded as prizes, such as gift certificates, gift cards, coupons, or other merchandise.
Donations may be sent to the high school at 401 W. Meridian School Road. Please mark donations as “PTA After-Prom Business Donation.” Checks should be written to “PMHS PTA After-Prom.” Tracy Mounts, donations chairman, may be contacted at (317) 410-8656.
Group seeking patriotic entries
Students with a passion for American history and our nation’s founding principles are encouraged to enter the “We the People 9*17 Contest,” the non-profit foundation Constituting America has announced.
Through the contest, K-12 students across America are eligible to win scholarships and prizes by creating an original song, short film, public service announcement or speech addressing a variety of topics related to the U.S. Constitution. Contest winners also receive a trip to Philadelphia and national exposure as “future leaders.”
Last year’s winning entries are available on the foundation website at constitutingamerica.org, along with detailed information on contest rules and specific constitutional themes to be addressed in each category.
Entries may be submitted to: Constituting America, We the People 9*17 Contest, P.O. Box 1988, Colleyville, TX 76034. All entries must be postmarked by July 4.
Bunker Hill helps Henryville
Mrs. England’s second grade students practiced their writing skills by writing persuasive letters and scripts for the school news to solicit help in assisting the school children affected by the tornado that hit Henryville in early March.
The children spearheaded the project for Henryville that included collecting new and gently used children’s books to replenish ruined school and public libraries. Students and teachers at Bunker Hill Elementary School also raised money to donate to Henryville Schools.
Schultheis twins receive award
Following the 2012 State Gymnastics Finals, Roncalli High School twins Cassie and Kaitie Schultheis were awarded the Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award. The award is presented annually to a senior participant in the state finals who is deemed to have best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in gymnastics. Athletically, both are expected to earn their 12th varsity letters this school year earning four each in cross-country, gymnastics and track and field. Cassie and Kaitlyn each maintain a 4.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale, are National Merit Scholars and have taken numerous AP and Honors level courses. Both are planning to study Pharmacy at either Butler University or the University of Kentucky. They are the daughters of Todd and Sandee Schultheis of Indianapolis. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the corporate partner of all IHSAA state championship events, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Roncalli High School in the name of the Schultheis sisters.