All Aboard for Broadway

March 20, 2014 in At Play, Authors, Community, Education, Nicole Davis, Southside Articles by Nicole Davis

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Third, fourth and fifth graders district-wide to perform at Perry Township Elementary Music Festival

By Nicole Davis

The Southport Fieldhouse is expected to be packed full as elementary students in third through fifth grade showcase their musical skills at the 39th Perry Township Elementary Music Festival on Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. This district-wide event not only demonstrates what the students have worked on in their music classes, but it brings the community together to celebrate music, said Burkhart Elementary School principal, John Happersberger, event organizer.

“It’s a lovely community event,” Happersberger said. “I know of no other school district that stages something like this, an elementary music festival that has 1,800 students all at one time and fills a gymnasium. It’s a neat experience for the kids and the community.”

This year’s theme is “All Aboard for Broadway.” The third graders all sit in a block and perform together using rhythm instruments. Fourth graders sit together and play with their recorders. The fifth grade block is chorus. Each grade level wears the same color of shirt, either, blue, red or white, so it quite a visual experience.

“For the community at large it shows that having arts education in our schools is vitally important,” Happersberger said. “Students leave the elementary school with the ability to read notes, to play a musical instrument, which is the recorder. That really is the gateway to reading music, to know there is a correspondence of sound to what you play. They can be prepared for sixth grade when they can choose to play a band instrument or strings instrument. I think it demonstrates to our community that fine arts education is important, as well as it’s just a fun night.”

The 50-minute music festival takes place every other year, alternating with a physical education festival. It involves all 11 elementary schools in Perry Township. Admission is $1 for adults and anyone over than sixth grade. The cost covers the purchase of music and price for the stage technicians who operate the sound system.

Full Court Kaiser

March 13, 2014 in Articles, Authors, Community, Education, Featured Article, Front Page News, Nicole Davis, Southside Articles by Nicole Davis

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Beech Grove Superintendent Paul Kaiser credits basketball for giving him the well-rounded skills needed to become a school administrator

Basketball is more than just a sport. It teaches hard work, perseverance, leadership and people skills. Paul Kaiser says the lessons he learned during his time playing basketball and in other athletics in high school and college is the reason he is the superintendent of Beech Grove City Schools today. He grew up in a basketball family. His father played the sport in the late 30s at Sacred Heart High School, now Roncalli. Dr. Kaiser began playing from fourth grade on. Now that passion and enthusiasm for the sport he said has passed down to his two daughters.

“I owe everything I have right now to the background as an athlete, playing CYO football, basketball and baseball,” Kaiser said. “It was my ticket. I couldn’t have gone to college without the athletic scholarships I got from that. The thing that really relates to what I’m doing today, I think that dedication, the ability to work with people of all different walks of life and the ability to understand people really came through my athletic career. ”

Dr. Kaiser said his dream growing up was to play with the Indiana Pacers. In high school he played on the Beech Grove Legion baseball team and played basketball five days a week. He said he and his friends played in almost every county in Indiana, including in Marion County’s Beech grove Park. Having played in the Beech Grove area so much, he said coming back to serve as superintendent so many years later was fitting.

Dr. Kaiser was a star player in high school as a forward, wearing #44 and scoring more than 1,000 points for his team. He said it was in his first basketball practice at Ball State that he realized he was actually an average player, and that his future would be made by academics. That didn’t stop him from working hard on the basketball court and he said he never skipped a class in college, afraid he would miss any knowledge he could gain.

Dr. Kaiser says his junior year at Ball State, his assistant basketball coach pulled him and another teammate aside and said they should look into going into school administration, as every skill they have transfers over to that career – the leadership, people skills and ability to handle conflict. Dr. Kaiser said from that point on, he knew he would be an administrator. Dr. Kaiser received his Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, principal’s license and superintendent’s license from Ball State and his Ph.D. from Indiana State University.

“It’s the drive for excellence,” Kaiser said. “I always had a fear of failure and this held over to my academic career, too. I considered myself an average person when it comes to intelligence. My basketball coach in high school said I had a chance to get a full ride to college but I had to get my grades up. So, I went from a C student to an A-B student. It instilled in me that drive to be successful and the work ethic to be successful. That’s drive I have today; I want Beech Grove City Schools to be the best schools in Indiana, just as I wanted to be the best in basketball. That drive is what we’re trying to teach kids; it doesn’t matter how smart you are or your background.”

Though Dr. Kaiser doesn’t play basketball any more after having multiple knee surgeries, he said he still enjoys shooting hoops, especially with his daughters. He said it makes him proud to see his daughters carrying on the family basketball tradition. Cassie, 21, is a senior at who plays basketball at Franklin College and is studying to be a physical education teacher. Kayla is a senior at Beech Grove High School and recently voted into the Hoosier Basketball Top 60. She will play basketball and volleyball at Anderson University.

“It has gone from my dad to me to my daughters,” Kaiser said. “It’s kind of neat for me, as an educator and a dad, to see my daughters follow to what I did. I know they are going to be successful in life now. It’s not the honors they’ve received, and I am proud of what they have accomplished, but I know that my wife, Cyndi, and I have instilled in our daughters hard work and determination.”

With many March basketball tournaments to start on the 19th, Dr. Kaiser said he is excited to see how everything comes together.

“What’s exciting this time of year for me is March Madness,” Kaiser said. “Growing up and playing high school sports here, playing college sports, it’s so exciting to see all those teams and players who have spent countless hours, hard work, determination, building a team attitude and seeing it all come together. That’s what basketball is about. It’s about seeing the little school upset the big school. It’s watching the NCAA basketball tournament, but what’s enjoyable to me is the success of watching the student athletes and what they’ve accomplished.”

Dr. Kaiser says he recommends that people watch the basketball games and learn from them. Think about all of the hard work, time and effort the players have put into the game. It’s not about the winning or losing. It’s about the preparation it took to get to that point.

“My life has revolved around sports,” Kaiser said. “It’s a great education on how to be successful in life.”

Bears on Patrol

December 18, 2013 in Authors, Community, Education, Nicole Davis, Southside Articles by Nicole Davis

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First graders at Mary Bryan Elementary give away teddy bears for children in distress

First grade students at Mary Bryan Elementary School gathered together for Bears on Patrol on Dec. 18. Each holding a teddy bear, the students listened to Sheriff John Layton speak about how the stuffed animals help children in traumatic situations and then sang songs to the sheriff before giving away their bears, to be kept in police officers cars and given to children in distress.

“Because the policemen have your teddy bears in their car, whenever they encounter a child like you that is having a real bad day because something isn’t going right in their life that day, because there may be a fire in their house or someone hurt, the policemen are the first ones there…a policemen can bring them a teddy bear and hand it to that little kid, just like you,” Layton said to the children before they donated the toys. “Their smiles come out. They feel so much better. They hug that teddy bear, just like they hug their mom and dad. You don’t know how much this means to the policemen and deputies that you have helped every day. These go out all year long.”

When Mary Bryan Elementary School opened 27 years ago, the grades were all trying to find a project to work on. Teacher Martha Buehner said she was driving to school that year when she heard the announcement on the radio about the sheriff’s department collecting bears and the reason why.

“To walk in the jail alone is so very traumatic for kids,” Layton said. “A lot of times they are shaking, until they get a teddy bear.”

The school has continued the tradition ever since. Buehner will retire this year, but said she will continue to come back to watch the Bears on Patrol event.

“To teach them Christmas isn’t just for getting, it’s for giving,” Buehner said. “They were excited this morning. When I wake up on this morning, I’m excited.”

There are five first grade classes, all participating in the event. The teachers, Buehner, Ann Arnold, Julie Young, Melanie Payne and Lori Williams all teach their students the songs that were created specifically for this event. Four large trash bags were filled with teddy bears to distribute at this year’s gathering.

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Hour of Code

December 16, 2013 in Authors, Community, Education, Nicole Davis, Southside Articles by Nicole Davis

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Rosa Parks-Edison participate in Computer Science week by learning a 21st century skill

Students at Rosa Parks-Edison recently learned a new aspect of the popular game, Angry Birds – how it’s made. As part of the school’s first-time participation in the Hour of Code, an event coinciding with Computer Science Education week Dec. 9-15, students learned how computer coding makes their favorite games work.

“It’s a 21st century skill I think honestly will be a job requirement for these kids growing up,” said Brad Davis, health and PE teacher who suggested the program for the school to use. “I don’t feel there are enough people qualified for this right now.”

The Hour of Code aimed to recruit 10 million to join in one hour of coding during Computer Science Education Week. Free tutorials are on the Web site, code.org. Rosa Parks-Edison classrooms, K – 5th grade, all reserved a one-hour time slot with the computer lab or laptop cart. Students begin with a basic lesson, getting them used to the process. Davis said it eventually progresses to “if and then” statements.

“You can control the stuff,” said Jayden Clay, fourth grader. “Who doesn’t like controlling things? It’s just fun to learn how to program. If you didn’t have programming, what would you do? You wouldn’t have video games, robots. You wouldn’t have a lot of things in this world.”

Clay said he found the program so much fun because of the real-life uses that coding can lead into.

“I learned that some of the programs can be used to program stuff like the Mars Rover… It helps it maneuver wherever it wants to go,” Clay said. “You can use it to make your own app and use it to program robots, make characters and tell your robot what to do.”

As Computer Science Education week wraps up, Davis said he feels the program has been a good learning experience.

“It’s been a little frustrating with second grade (having trouble with internet accessibility), but with everything I’ve heard it’s been a positive experience,” Davis said. “The kids learn it and have fun once they do. I’m hoping to make it a yearly thing or even a club for people interested… I’m hoping some who were really interested will explore some more.”

Greenwood Christian hand makes history

November 26, 2013 in Articles, Authors, Community, Education, Nicole Davis, Southside Articles by Nicole Davis

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Ryann Marker, first grader, paints a canvas rug.

Students at Greenwood Christian School learn to make what they need the pioneer way

By Nicole Davis

First through third grade students at Greenwood Christian School (GCS) spent Nov. 25 learning to live the pioneer way; making candles, wooden toys, Native American headbands, baskets, yarn dolls, corn husk dolls, canvas rugs, stringing popcorn and cranberries, soap carving and baking apple fritters and pumpkin muffins with pumpkin butter.

“It opens up children’s eyes to back in the way it was in pioneer, colonial times; making things with their hands,” said Dawn Hoffman, first grade teacher. “They had to make the stuff they needed; they couldn’t go to the store and buy them.”

Hoffman began Pioneer Day at GCS, 2045 Averitt Rd., four years ago after participating in a similar event at her daughter’s school, Westwood Elementary. She says not only do the children love it, but their family too. Parents and other relatives will volunteer to assist with the activities throughout the day.

“It’s new to me and it’s fun to do,” said Landin Leech, first grader. “It’s good to learn new things. My favorite was the basket. My mom likes the colts and I did blue and white.”

Hoffman said the students seem to enjoy making wooden toys, candles and punched tin most, as they get to use tools such as hammers, saws and handheld drills. After each station, the students have to write about their experience in a journal.

“I learned about letters and all about everything,” said Ben Anderson, first grader. “I learned that Pioneer day is all about Indian stuff. I like making the crafts. When I get home I will try to make something cool.”

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Hoard some Gourd

October 23, 2013 in Education, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler by Wendell Fowler

It’s not every day you see a neighbor in his side yard, armed with a small hatchet, taking aim to a Butternut Squash. Oh the humanity! Ker-boom: bad aim sends the orb flying, thudding into the side of our house. There was a moment of wide-eyed surprise, deafening silence, broken by sidesplitting laughter and embarrassment.

Used for thousands of years, hard-shelled Gourds were one of the first plants to be cultivated throughout our world and the only plant experts say has spanned the globe from prehistoric times. Gourds have been found in cultures from ancient Egypt to pre-Columbian Native Americans, to modern day cultures in distant lands. They’re so much more than a potential bird feeder or decoration.

Now that American Heart Association has established that cancer has overtaken heart disease as the #1 killer, we must understand what foods prevent cancer in the first place. Vegephobes avoid the Cucurbita family that houses the pumpkin, gourd and squash because they don’t know how to cut it open or prepare the heavenly gift that prevents heartbreaking disease.  Well, it’s easy.  Use a sharp French knife; cut a bit off the side so when you set it down, it won’t roll, then carefully cut it in half. Not strong enough, ask for help.

Your motivation to ‘orange up’: avoiding cancer. Orange foods contain beta-carotene which your temple converts to cancer-fighting vitamin A. Beta-carotene is what adds attractive colors and nutritional value to many fruits and vegetables. Studies led by Agricultural Research Service  reveal our temples absorb beta-carotene and convert it into A. The USDA National Nutrient Database says gourds also contain vitamins C, K, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, manganese and colon cleansing fiber. Boom!

The American Cancer Society says Vitamin A is essential for normal growth, bone development, reproduction and vision. It helps maintain healthy skin and mucous membranes, like the ones lining your cute nose and mouth. This helps protect against infections in the respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts. Some research suggests vitamin A is able to change cancer cells and can also prevent normal cells from becoming cancer. Beware! High doses of vitamin A are toxic, and long-term use of high-dose beta carotene supplements may increase the risk of lung cancer among current and former smokers. Laboratory and clinical studies continue to explore the role of vitamin A in cancer prevention and treatment. Stay tuned.

Obtaining your daily beta-carotene through food sources such as acorn, summer, or Butternut squash is infinitely more beneficial than taking vitamins. When fed appropriate food, trust me on this, your glorious temple’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe. Orange fleshed gourds are truly one of our creator’s greatest gifts to mankind.

Congratulations high school graduates

June 5, 2013 in Community, Education by Nicole Davis

Congratulations high school graduates

As Southside schools are wrapping up their 2012-13 school year, many graduates have already stepped to receive that diploma and move onto their next stages in life. Congratulations to each and every student who successfully completed their high school years. Here, learn more about those who ranked at the tops of their classes:

Beech Grove High School

Valedictorian

Jourdann Taylor Borski

GPA: 4.22

What inspired you to work so hard in high school?

I was inspired to work hard in high school by the idea that education opens doors. I wanted as many options as possible, so I believed if I am well educated and have experience, I will have more opportunity and flexibility to do what I want.

College: Syracuse University

Major: Interior Design

In 25 years: I plan to be working at my own interior design firm that focuses on eco-friendly design in a metropolitan area.

How would you define success? I define success as finding what makes you happy and reaching your goals despite challenges that may surface.

What has been your most memorable moment of high school? My most memorable moment of high school was when I earned the Fall Sportsmanship Award my sophomore year. I had just said to my mom that I would never win a plaque at an award ceremony for sports and a moment later my name was being called.

If you could do one thing to improve your community, what would that be? I would like to restore buildings that add culture to the area around us instead of destroying the history and always building new structures.

 

Salutatorian

Name: Megan McNulty

GPA: 4.171

What inspired you to work so hard in high school?

Doing anything less than my best was not an option for me throughout high school. I strived to push myself through every course because it was right thing to do. This really paid off when applying for colleges. I was able to choose where I wanted to go and it made the process much easier. I have always believed that working hard now makes the challenges of the future a little easier and worth the extra effort.

College:ButlerUniversity

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

In 25 years: In 25 years I hope to be working as a Pharmacist in either a hospital or retail setting and loving what I do. Too many people do not enjoy their job or career, but I will work to make sure I am happy and comfortable with my position. Being miserable or unhappy is not a decision I plan to make.

How would you define success?

Success is the outcome when one works hard toward to achieve goals. Doing anything and everything in one’s power to find happiness and conquer overwhelming obstacles is true success.

What has been your most memorable moment of high school?

For me, I cannot choose just one “most memorable moment of high school.” There have been so many ups and downs these pasts four years that only choosing one moment would not fully describe the experience I have had a BGHS.

If you could do one thing to improve your community, what would that be?

If I could do one thing to improve my community, I would provide more activities and areas for pre-teens and teenagers. This age group is when people are influenced the most.

 

 

Perry Meridian High School

Valedictorian

Christopher Williams

GPA:  4.6086

College:  Indiana University

Major:  Business Administration & Entrepreneurship

 

Salutatorian

Katherine Combs

GPA:  4.5576

College:  Purdue University

Major:  Engineering or Actuarial Science

 

 

Southport High School

Valedictorian

Jacob Smith

GPA:  4.46

What inspired you to work so hard in high school?  I was inspired to work hard because there are so many opportunities and possibilities in the future.

College:  Franklin College

Major:  Pre Med

In 25 years:  In 25 years, I hope to have a family and a good job in the medical field to support them.

How would you define success?  I define success if one has done their best and achieved their goals.

What has been your most memorable moment of high school?  My most memorable moment of high school was giving the valedictorian speech at the Southport High School commencement.

If you could do one thing to improve your community, what would that be?  I would like to be able to award scholarships to deserving high school students.

 

Salutatorian

Travis Waymon

GPA:  4.43

College:  Butler University

Major:  Violin Performance

 

 

Roncalli High School

Valedictorian

David Page

GPA:  4.51

What inspired you to work so hard in high school?

I have always wanted to inspire and leave a positive impact on as many people possible throughout my life, and giving the valedictory address provided me with my first opportunity to do so on a large scale.  Therefore, I was driven largely in high school by the desire to give that speech.  However, I also knew that forming a solid knowledge base before entering college would be important if I wished to do something truly great in the future, so I worked to genuinely understand the material in each of my classes.

College: Purdue University

Major: Engineering (Undecided)

In 25 years:

In 25 years, I hope to be researching within the field of alternative energy either on solar energy, wind energy, or nuclear fusion.

How would you define success?

Success is independent of money, power, or fame.  One succeeds when he realizes that everything in this world was designed for a singular purpose: to bring human beings closer to God.  My definition of success is living lovingly and attempting to view the world through the eyes of God.

What has been your most memorable moment of high school?

The summer before my senior year, I went on a school-sponsored camping trip with my best friends.  During the trip, a group of us set out to hike the Grand Canyon.  After about a twelve hour hike, I stood on the opposite rim of the Canyon, threw my arms over my friends’ shoulders, and stared back with them at what we had just hiked through.   That surreal moment of intense friendship and accomplishment will never leave my mind.

If you could do one thing to improve your community, what would that be?

If I could, and if the technology had improved, I would outfit each home with its own set of solar panels so that my community as a whole could move toward being self-sufficient with respect to energy.

 

Salutatorian

Christopher Brown

GPA: 4.515 (personal estimate: final transcripts are not out yet)

What inspired you to work so hard in high school? In everything I do, I invest all I can to ensure the best result possible.  This mentality was my inspiration for pouring all of myself into my high school work.

College: Indiana University

Major: History & Spanish

In 25 years: Teaching History at a college.

How would you define success? Finding a way to allow every outcome (victories as well as defeats) to change one for the better.  Victories can be failures if they lead to ignorant pride and defeats can be successes if they lead to lessons learned.

What has been your most memorable moment of high school? My first halftime show with the marching band always surfaces when I think of high school.  I was so nervous that I would be the one person who would go left when everyone else goes right.  I became so nervous that I actually forgot to be nervous during the show, so I didn’t make any mistakes.  It was perhaps the first time I realized that, when one concentrates on his or her work instead of nightmare-scenarios, fears vanish and only the result of practice remains.

If you could do one thing to improve your community, what would that be?  My one goal in life is to make my community more curious.  I want people to explore other customs, religions, languages, cuisines, arts, sports, and areas of study.  If people were to find just one enjoyable aspect about each way of life, they would be less likely to drive up the walls in society responsible for prejudice, oppression, and even violence.  And the only way to find those enjoyable aspects is to look.

 

Franklin Central High School (NO PHOTOS)

Valedictorian

Katie Cox

GPA: 4.287

College: Purdue University

Major: Pre-veterinary

In 25 years: I plan to have graduated from vet school and live in northern Kentucky. I will be working with both large and small animals. I also hope to work through local rescue groups to help prevent animal abuse.

What is your most memorable moment in high school? I have most enjoyed hanging out with my best friends. WE can just have fun and act dumb. I can be myself around them no matter what.

 

Salutatorian

Kayla Lane

GPA: 4.25

College: University of Indianapolis

Major: Biology

In 25 years: I hope to have a degree in biology and a job. I’m not sure what career I want to pursue after college. I may have to take more years of school if I decide to specialize in something.

What is your most memorable moment in high school?  One of my favorite memories was going to Disney World over spring break with the band. I was too young to remember the first time I went. I had a lot of fun.

Geckos – Not just for selling car insurance

September 19, 2012 in Community, Education, Pets by Carey Germana

By Dr. Anndrea Hatcher
Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic
www.olivebranchvet.com

Luckily for the car insurance company Geico, geckos are one of the few lizards that can communicate verbally. (Although not with a cute Cockney accent)  Go to gekkota.com/html/sounds_s_petrii.html to hear gecko conversation.

There are hundreds of different types of geckos. The Geico gecko is a Gold Dust Day Gecko (GDDG). The most common type of pet gecko is a Leopard Gecko (LG). They are as different as night and well, day.

Literally. GDDGs are diurnal and LGs are nocturnal. GDDGs need a tropical environment with high humidity. LGs are desert dwellers, used to lower humidity except when is it time to shed. GDDGs have a clear protective membrane over their eyes instead of eyelids. They keep their windshields clean with their tongues. LGs have regular old eyelids. GDDGs have amazing sticky toe pads that let them hang upside-down on leaves or attach themselves to the side of glass aquariums. They can do this because of Van der Waals forces which I can neither explain nor understand. LGs don’t have exotic sticky toes; they have tiny claws.

When choosing a gecko for a pet, it is important to learn about that particular type of gecko’s natural habitat so you can care for it properly. LGs got their name because they are covered with leopard-like spots. They grow to be 10 inches long and can live 20 to 30 years when properly cared for.

Don’t catch a gecko by its tail. It may fall off. Then it will wiggle on its own for a little bit in an attempt to get you (the predator) to eat it instead of the rest of the rapidly escaping gecko. The gecko will grow another one, but it just won’t be the same.

If you decide to get a Mourning Gecko, you only have to come up with girl names. There are no male Mourning Geckos. (Is that why the ladies are mourning?) This type of gecko reproduces by parthenogenesis: the females make babies all by themselves and their daughters are clones of the mothers.

Like all reptiles, geckos may carry the bacteria Salmonella. The young, old and immunosuppressed humans are most at risk. Wash your hands.

On campus

August 30, 2012 in Education by Carey Germana

Jordyn Perry named to Illinois College Dean’s List
Jordyn Perry, a sophomore from Greenwood, was named to Illinois College’s spring semester dean’s list. Perry is the daughter of Jeffrey and Trudy Perry of Greenwood. She is a graduate of Whiteland High School. Candidates for the dean’s list must complete at least 14 semester hours and post a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Local students participate in freshman project
The University of Evansville announced that the following local students participated in the Freshman Service Project on Aug. 20: Alletha Barnett and Mary Frances Degenhardt of Greenwood; Emily Bruhn, Dillon Mc Grath, Clorissa Orrick and Anna Raney of Indianapolis.
The community service project sent new UE students to 20 locations throughout Evansville, including parks, community centers and other nonprofit organizations. The annual Freshman Service Project is part of Welcome Week, a program designed to help incoming students transition into college life before classes begin.

Local students participate in summer program at Purdue University
Local students took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. The participants included Payton Hensley, Andrew Head and Alexandria Duncan of  Beech Grove; Jacob James, Tyler  Green, Mitchell Scott, Mattie  White, Curtis Stark, Logan  Campbell, Kayla  Gutwein, Trevor Lasiter  Ashley Wingate, William Schott, Thomas Stemnock, Olivia Lindsay, Samuel Bronicki, Lauren McCauley, Brock Koehler, Robert Dollar, Ryan Cain, Kathlyn Arthur, Sara Trammel, Andrew Shildmyer, Cameron Duke, Kiersten Satkamp, Kyle Jackson, Rushi Patel, Stephanie Mason, Trevor Stone, Brian Lain, Erin Jansen, Douglas Gardner, Dustin White, Sarah Stanley, Abigail McClintock, Kevin Gudeman, Laura Mangan and Andrew Wilson of Greenwood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our schools

August 30, 2012 in Education by Carey Germana

Roncalli celebrates success of AP program
Fifty percent of the graduates in the Roncalli Class of 2012 scored a 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) test. State law now requires state universities to extend college credit to those students who score a 3 or higher on an AP test. This places Roncalli near the very top of all high schools in the state of Indiana. The school had 37 AP Scholars last year scoring a 3 or higher and 20 AP Scholars with Distinction with an average score of 3.98. The highest honor a student can earn through the AP program is an AP National Scholar, earned by scoring a 4 or higher on eight or more AP exams, which graduate Amy Hemmelgarn achieved. For more information, contact Roncalli at (317)787-8277.

Roncalli senior Kyle O’Gara wins first two USAC Midget races
Roncalli High School Senior Race Car Driver Kyle O’Gara won his first USAC/STARS D1 midget race at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill. Driving for Sara Fisher Hartman racing, Kyle battled back after having to start last due to a technical infraction and took the lead on lap 13, never losing it in the 30 lap feature. O’Gara captured his second win at the 30 lap feature in the USAC D1 midget race at Kalamazoo Speedway. For more information, contact Roncalli at (317) 787-8277.

Southport High School held the year’s first annual coffeehouse
The Southport High School “Coffee House” had standing room only as SHS students took the stage to showcase their talents. Mrs. Whitlock and her theatre class students organized this event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the theater department.

Teaching garden planted in Franklin Township
Students from Thompson Crossing Elementary School got their hands dirty Friday, planting an American Heart Association Teaching Garden in the school’s courtyard. The Teaching Garden, and its accompanying educational curriculum, will provide students a hands-on learning experience. It was funded as part of a $75,000 grant to the American Heart Association by The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The garden at Thompson Crossing is one of five in the greater Indianapolis area and one of two in Franklin Township. Bunker Hill Elementary planted a Teaching Garden in May and will hold a celebration ceremony on Sept. 13.