School News – December 29

1000 REMC scholarships available to local students

Johnson County REMC is offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend an Indiana college or university.

To be eligible, a recipient’s parent or guardian must be an REMC member.

Applications are available from a high school guidance counselor; at the REMC office, 750 International Drive, Franklin; and on the agency’s website,

Application deadline is Jan. 31.

Foundation offers college funds to high schoolers

The Johnson County Community Foundation has several scholarships available for local students.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is a full tuition and required fees scholarship available to current Johnson County high school seniors. To be eligible students must have sustained a meaningful level of volunteer community service and plan to enroll full time at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.

This scholarship is available to public, private and home-schooled high school seniors with a record of community service.

The Mitzi Harris Martin Healthcare Scholarship is available to adults who are at least 25 at the time of application and are pursuing advanced education or certification in the long-term or geriatric health care field. Those who are already in their program of study must not have completed more than half of the program to be considered eligible.

The George and Marie Buckner Pitcher Charitable Trust Scholarship provides scholarships with first priority to Indian Creek High School senior students.

For students to be eligible, they must be planning to attend Franklin College for the 2015-16 school year or planning to study or plan to teach family and consumer science classes at an accredited college or university in Indiana.

Applications for all the scholarships are on the community foundation’s website.

School Scrabble club to host event Saturday

Enthusiasts of the Scrabble word game can enter a tournament conducted by a high school club.

Whiteland Community High School’s Scrabble Club will have two scrabble tournaments Saturday.

A North American Scrabble Players Association-rated tournament and a casual tournament will be offered. The association divisions begins at 9 a.m.; casual players can begin at 1 p.m.

The association division has a $30 entry fee. The casual division has a $10 entry fee.

Register for the division tournament by calling 812-227-0109 or emailing

Indian Creek students get inventive

Three Indian Creek Intermediate School students placed in the school’s annual Invention Convention. 

Third-grade students participated. 

Romy Schatz won first place for her marshmallow protector to prevent marshmallows from catching fire. Kayli Williams won second place for her invention of a food fan to cool down food. Jalen Sauer won third place for his beanbag scoreboard/cup holder.

Local college student places in competition

Franklin College senior Allison Hendershot, daughter of Roy and Christine Hendershot of New Whiteland, recently tied for first place at the 2014 Chi Beta Phi National Conference  at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Hendershot presented research from her experience at Notre Dame University this past summer studying allele specific-PCR as a method for differentiating between two chromosomal forms of the malaria vector anopheles funestus, Folonzo and Kiribina, found in Burkina Faso, Africa.