Inaugural class of Center Grove Ambassadors graduates

Center Grove graduated its inaugural class of Center Grove Ambassadors on May 1. The group of 16 White River Township residents included community and business leaders and parents invited to learn about Center Grove Schools. The Ambassadors completed a course of seven monthly sessions that provided them with a firsthand view of many of the facets of running the school district, including academic programs, safety and security, business management, transportation and operations.

The 2018-19 Center Grove Ambassadors include: Billy Bemis, Derrick Christy, Brent Clarkston, Mike Heffner, Amy Herron, George Hill, Mike Hyde, Girish Iyer, Jill Johnson, Rick Johnson, Don Line, Mark Myers, Jonathan Owen, Jeremy Pell, Lisa Porat and Tandy Shuck.

CG Ambassadors graduated on May 1. Front row, from left to right: Lisa Porat, Jill Johnson, Dr. Rich Arkanoff and Girish lyer; middle row: Jeremy Pell, Tandy Shuck, Amy Herron, Billy Bemis and Mike Heffner; back row: Don Line, Rick Johnson, Brent Clarkston, Mike Hyde and Mark Myers; not pictured: Derrick Christy, George Hill and Jonathan Owen.

“Even though I’ve had four kids go through Center Grove High School, I didn’t realize half of what they have going on here. There are so many great things going on in this school system,” said Mark Myers, Greenwood Mayor. “To see what principals and the teachers are doing every day, taking the extra step, going the extra mile, to make sure that our kids get well educated, get what they need and get taken care of.”

“We truly appreciate the time our Ambassadors have given to be part of this program,” said Dr. Rich Arkanoff, superintendent. “We value the dialogue we have had over the last seven sessions and look for that to continue. The support these leaders provide our school and our community is what makes Center Grove an exceptional place.”

Nominations for the 2019-2020 class of Center Grove Ambassadors will be accepted through July 1, 2019. A nomination form is available at