TERRE HAUTE —
West Vigo Middle School
Six students from West Vigo Middle School received Kindles at the school’s year-end awards ceremonies. The boy and girl in each grade who read the most words, according to the Scholastic Reading Counts program, were the lucky recipients. The contest was announced earlier this year in the school library. The winners included eighth graders John Fulford and Savannah Rutter, seventh graders Aaron Solesky and Gracie Renfro, and sixth graders Lucus Bendsza and Lauren Augustus.
Eighth grader Rutter stated, “I knew we would win something from the beginning, so it was easy to pick books I like to read.”
Fulford declared, “Not many boys read, so it was smooth sailing until my friend caught wind of the contest. Eventually I beat him. By having a Kindle, I’ll be able to have the books I like with me all the time.” School librarian Pam Gasway said it’s true that boys read less than girls and that’s exactly what she hoped would happen — the boys would start reading more to compete and try to win one of the popular e-reading devices.
Seventh grade winners Aaron Solesky and Gracie Renfro were very happy with their prizes. Aaron Solesky noted, “Now that I have a Kindle I won’t have to worry about due dates of library books.”
Sixth grade winners Lucus Bendsza and Lauren Augustus worked hard to read the winning number of words. Bendsza said, “When you know there is a reward, you know to do it harder and better than you usually do.” Augustus, who read an amazing 3,627,154 words, nonchalantly stated, “The reward is cool but when you can read, it’s a reward in itself.”
WVMS Librarian Pam Gasway noted that “Some people may be shocked to learn that a librarian — a lover of books — is encouraging students to read electronic books.” She cited writer and actor Stephen Fry who said, “Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” Gasway laughed, “As we all know, the use of elevators certainly hasn’t stopped people from using stairs, so I believe that books are out of harm’s way for those who prefer them.”
— Pamala K. Gasway
Woodrow Wilson would like to recognize the follow student’s for their perfect attendance for the 2011-12 school year. Each one of these individuals, one way or another persevered and made it to school for every day of classes, despite illness, sports injuries, bad weather and basic life events. It is a testament to the student, family and friends of the student. These students are proving they are dependable, reliable and motivated; all traits that will make them successful. We are very proud of these students and all of their accomplishments.
8th grade: Paul Anderson, Jay Beddow, Seth Biggs, Jeffery Brickey, Diana Craig, Jeffery Farr, Logan Fenimore, Austin Gentry, Rebekah Hammersley, Shannon Henry, YeeJin Jang, Cindy Jiang, Valerie Lewis, Emily Mattingly, Megan Moats, Jaret Morlan, Morgan Morris, Keaira Norton, Alyssa Qi, Jake Rudolph, Serena Selinfreund and A.J. Smith
7th grade: Shannon Carlson, Jazzmeire Carter, Catherine Cramer, Kayce Deckard, Matthew Dickerson, Natalie Egan, Jai'Den Fletcher, Elijah Ghant, Corey Hayne, Devon Henry, Jacob Jedicka, Abigail King, Alexis Klug, Wesley Long, Evan Miller, Patricia Joyner, Brooke Morris, William Russell, Bryson Stevens, Crimson Tennis, Yzabel Tio, Stephanie Williams and Peyton Webster.
6th grade: Austin Anderson, Andrew Beddow, Selena Bennett, Travis Buck, Jamikia Brewer, Daniel Decker, Gretchen Etling, Nathan Foxworthy, Natalie Greenlee, Dylan Holmes, Emily Houser, Hannah Ireland, Josh Kennedy, Amaiya Kener, Myia Lambert, Jacob Lyon, Kambrai McGee, Antonie Medina, Margaret Mullican,Gurlal Pandher, Emily Perrelle, Isabelle Popoff, Tyler Roberts, Mazie Rogers and Erin Sutliff.
Jay Beddow, Keairra Norton and YeeJin Jang all received the “Don Whitlock” award for not missing a school day while attending Woodrow Wilson for three years. Each one has displayed motivation, dependability, reliability and commitment to their school success. This is a tribute to the students, parents and families as you should be commended for your efforts and dedication.
— Submitted by school staff
South Vermillion High School
Honor Roll - Second Semester
Distinguished Honor Roll (3.85 - 4.0) Seniors: Kenzi Cheesewright, Breanna Cooper, Bailey Craft, Haylie Davenport, Ashley Farrington, Casey Gossett, Courtney Hancock, Phillip Harpenau, Nicholas Harrison, Caitlyn Hire, Erin Holbert, Hallie Holt, Margarete Kline, Mackenzie Nichols, Jessica Potoski, Austin Russell, Morgan Samuelson, Tre Strayer, Allene Swick, Alexander Thomas, Caitlyn Waldrop, and Brittani Wright. Junior: Conner Blake, Kathleen Foltz, Tyler Harrison, Lyndsey Hixon, Kaden Lawson, Dayci Millikan, Payton Thomas, and Mariah Wright. Sophomore: Nathanael Coulter, Benjamin Cvengros, Olivia Harpenau, Brooke Harvey, Alexis Holbert, Madison Holland, Alexandra Johnson, Christine Kline, Megan Moore, Macy Mumaw, Whitney Reyher, Daisy Roberts, Macy Russell, Grant Shortridge, and Katelyn Yate. Freshmen: Debra Barushak, Lacey Basham, Matthew Bennett, Mary Kate Farrington, David Francis, Caleb Harrison, Shai Hollifield, Ashley Link, Peter Jacob Panagouleas, and Jamaica Wright.
High Honor Roll (3.50 - 3.8499) Seniors: Brittany Battaglia, Leah Benson, Collena Dailey, Laura Festa Cilveti, Veronica Garofalo, Nathaniel Harrison, Amanda Hendrix, Cassidy Herman, Jessica Hughes, Kendall Kirby, Maurissa Neeb, Domenic Nepote, Michelle Pepelea, Jennifer Pupilli, Gretchen Riggen, Holley Smith, Joshua Vaughan, Samantha Vitaniemi, and Morgan Willhite. Juniors: Megan Harrison, James Hickey, Erik Hire, Bethany Holland, Brianna Lawson, Bailey Mack, Brooke McMullen, Kelly Meadlo, Karmyn Newburn, Tyler Smith, Brooke Sudduth, Alexia Van Ness, Marissa Vandergriff, and Bryce Welker. Sophomore: Gavin Clark, Adam Crouch, Amy Dunegan, Marvin Eldridge, Megan Foster, Anthony Gaebel, Donald Giovanini, Nathan Luft, Shannon Marshall, Maggie Martin, Lindsay McMullen, Taylor Natalie, Jacob Rhees, Sydnee Rigsby, Morgan Thompson, Megan Tucker, Emily Vitaniemi, and Alisha Woodard. Freshmen: Bostyn Cox, Alexis Grundell, Lauren Hixon, Hannah Kruger, Brandon Loi, Michael Patton, Melissa Pearman, Danielle Porter, and Maggie Scully.
Honor Roll (3.0-3.4999) Seniors: Brooklynn Altheide, Stormi Baker, Max Catterson, Bradley Chambers, Kayla Crouch, Brody Crum, Natalie Draper, Lauren Gilman, Austin Hines, Devan Jarvis, Jessica Lubovich, Kari Mendenhall, Megan Mills, Meghan Pepelea, Sean Reardon, Aric Repp, Shelbi Rigsby, and Katellyn Roberts. Juniors: Trace Anderson, Victoria Azmanova, Jadie Bowman-Shaw, Amanda Cox, Daphne Dunegan, Kiefer Dunham, Taylor Gaebel, Taylor George, Casey Glaspie, Franklin Ross Hurlow, Brittany Leach, Taylor Nasser, John Natale, Matthew Piper, Christian Rennick, Dylan Sisson, Faunia Szczepanski, and Sean Thurman. Sophomore: Skyler Atkinson, Kevin Bailey, Amber Barushak, Braxton Bowling, Hali Bussey, Anthony Collins, Jared Crum, Riley Fenoglio, Melissa Foltz, Katelyn Freed, Teresa Giovaninni, Aeron Goodman, Aaron Hines, Jeremy Kyle, Trinity Leister, Paige Maurice, Megan McCoy, Sydnee Morgan, Michael Myers, Riley Randall, Saunserra Sanquenetti, Abigail Scott, Mary Sollars, Tristan Spivey, William Swift, Kirrsten Todd, William Webber, Leslie Wilbanks, Matthew Winters, and Jeremy Young. Freshmen: Zackary Barrows, Dalton Bogetto, Jordan Branz, Jacob Bryant, Garrett Clark, Darian Craft, Haley Crouch, Shea Davis, Dustin Dove, Barry Dunegan, Cheyenne Eaton, Austin Fagg, Jacob Fagg, Morgan Foos, Jerry Gurney, Robyn Hastings, Montgomery Holland, Brooke Johnson, Devin Kelly, Adrianna Kummerer, Malory Magee, Stacey Mendenhall, Keyaira Miller, Madison Miller, Cole Morgan, Taylor Morgan, Hannah Norman, Garrett Pearman, Evan Piper, Billie Rayce, Shayla Riley, Abby Scully, Emily Scully, Daniel Shew, Clayton Smith, Jade Spangler, TJ Terry, Joseph Vermillion, and Skylar Wood.
— Submitted by school staff
TERRE HAUTE —
West Vigo Middle School
Bruce’s history lessons: Truman’s decision to recognize Israel
This week (May 14) in 1948, at the direction of President Harry Truman, the United States recognized the existence of the newly formed state of Israel, which had declared independence earlier that day. It was, Truman later stated, among the most important decisions of his presidency.
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- Newsmakers: May 16, 2013
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Riverton Parke FFA teams compete at April 16 contest
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Goals, Pride & Achievements: May 16, 2013
Alyssa A. Barnes of Clinton graduated from Purdue University on Sunday.
She has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, with a minor in psychology.
Woodrow Wilson students collect funds for animals
The leadership team from Woodrow Wilson Middle School sponsored a week of giving to collect funds and supplies for the Terre Haute Humane shelter.
Riverton Parke academic bowl team finishes strong
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Turkey Run High School names top 2013 students
Kaleigh Basan has been named valedictorian and Jeff Woods and Kendall Davies are co-salutatorians for the Turkey Run High School Class of 2013.
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Bruce’s history lessons: Spring Cleaning 2013
Time for my annual “Spring Cleaning” column, in which I address reader issues and answer “Frequently Asked Questions.”
Moats gets ISU Rankin Award
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Turkey Run to honor seniors
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Honey Creek math club earns gold status
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Riverton Parke students bring home art awards
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Parke Adult Tutoring Service awards mini-grant
The Parke Adult Tutoring Service has awarded a mini-grant of $270 to Riverton Parke English teacher Mike Lunsford to purchase reading materials for his students.
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BRUCE’S HISTORY LESSONS: The Civil War: Means versus ends
The Civil War began this week (April 12) in 1861 with the shelling of the Union fort, Fort Sumter, by Confederate troops in South Carolina. Four years later that war ended with the total defeat of the Confederacy, and in the war’s wake many historians have concluded that a Union victory was inevitable given the huge advantages that the Union North had in terms of manpower, weaponry, manufacturing and industrial capacity.
SMWC honored for ‘Pomeroy Pride’
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College received a silver award from the “Higher Education Marketing Report” 28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. The full-page ad publicly announced the launch of the SMWC’s campaign to build a sports and recreation center, titled the “Pomeroy Pride Campaign.”
ISU students garner awards at ITEEA conference
A group of Indiana State University technology and engineering education students talked to each other over walkie-talkies as they recently went to Columbus, Ohio, in a three-car caravan.
Indiana State to be recognized for ‘Celebrating Sustainability’
Indiana State University will be recognized in two venues this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research and community engagement.
Pimento reunion dinner set for May 11
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ISU taking applications for Summer Honors program
Indiana State University is accepting applications from talented high school students interested in taking part in this year’s Summer Honors program.
ISU student selected as a Newman Fellow
Katelynn Taylor, a junior at Indiana State University, is one of 181 student leaders nationwide selected by Campus Compact as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows.
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