School News – February 1

Franklin hosting show choir competition

Show choirs from across the country will perform at Franklin Community High School this month. 

ShowFest will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12 and 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 13.

About 40 choir groups will perform over the two-day period and will include local groups from Center Grove and Whiteland.

Local student earns top scouting award

Improvements to the Johnson County Fairgrounds have earned a local student an Eagle Scout.

Scott Tillman, a sophomore at Greenwood Community High School, earned the ranking after demonstrating leadership as patrol leader, senior patrol leader and quartermaster before completing his Eagle project.

Tillman updated the landscaping and added a sitting area with three picnic tables to the equine area at the fairgrounds.

Roncalli student earns scholarship

Grant Latimer, a freshmen at Roncalli High School, received the $1,000 Pvt. John Lorenzano Memorial Scholarship.

The money is awarded to a student who has a parent who is a firefighter.

Latimer’s essay on “What makes you proud that your parent is a firefighter?” was selected over several entries. Grant’s father, Reid, has been with the Indianapolis Fire Department for 17 years.

Students invited to write about why their teacher is best

A teacher supply store is encouraging students to tell them why their teacher is the best.

United Art and Education is sponsoring a teacher of the year contest.

Students of any age can write a short essay of 250 words or fewer explaining why their teacher is outstanding.

Essays are accepted at any United Art and Education store. The southside store is at 7639 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis.

Entries are due April 1. The winning essay will win their teacher a $250 gift card to the store.

Volunteers needed for home-school spelling bee

Volunteers are needed to organize a spelling bee for home-schooled students in Johnson County.

The winner of the bee would serve as the home-school representative at the 2016 Johnson County Spelling Bee.

Johnson County students in grades 3, 4 and 5 are eligible to participate.

The home-school spelling bee would need to be conducted before April 8, which is the entry deadline for the county bee.

The Johnson County Spelling Bee will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at Creekside Elementary School in Franklin.

People interested should contact the Daily Journal at 736-2770.

Submissions sought for teen film festival hosted by library

Aspiring high school filmmakers can submit their work in a local teen film festival. The seventh annual Teen Film Festival will be May 5 at the Greenwood Public Library.

Festival entry forms are available at all participating schools, the Johnson County Public Library branches and the Greenwood Public Library. Video entries must be accompanied by an official entry form. All entries must be DVDs.

The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12.

Students may submit their work into one of four categories: documentary, feature film, music video and book trailer.

Cash prizes will be awarded.

Legislator seeking student pages for Statehouse Page Program

State Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, is encouraging students to apply for the Statehouse Page Program.

The program gives students ages 13 to 18 the opportunity to interact with lawmakers and see how the government works. Students will get a tour of the Statehouse, including the governor’s office and House, Senate and Supreme Court chambers. Pages also will get a look at committee meetings and floor sessions and help Burton with his daily activities.

Students interested in serving as a House page should call 800-382-9841.

Pages will have an excused absence from school and are responsible for finding their own transportation.

Recommended days to serve are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays when the House is in session.