School News – February 12

Franklin Schools sets kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration will be April 5 for Franklin families.

Parents of upcoming kindergarten students are invited to register their children from 4 to 7 p.m.

Additional information will be distributed to families in March.

Whiteland student gets scholarship

A homeschool student from Whiteland has earned a scholarship to Franklin College.

Claire Stamper received the Founders Scholarship worth $80,000 over the course of four years.

The award was part of an interview for the Benjamin Franklin Scholarship, which is a full four-year scholarship for $125,000.

Nominations sought for hall of fame

Franklin Community High School alumni have a chance to be in their school’s hall of fame.

Franklin Community Schools is accepting nominations for its 2016 Hall of Fame.

The alumni hall of fame was created in 2014 to honor distinguished graduates. The nominee must exemplify the the school districts’ guiding principles of  communication, individual student growth, collaboration, systemic continuous improvement and trust.

The nomination form is available at The deadline to submit nominations is March 31.

Local students selected for All-State band

A group of local students have been selected to be part of a statewide band. 

Savannah Kellams of Edinburgh Community High School and  T.J. Vculek of Franklin Community High School were picked to play during the 56th Annual Indiana All-State High School Band Festival sponsored by the Indiana Bandmasters Association.

Allison Greenwell of Franklin Community High School was selected as an alternate.

More than 600 students auditioned; 168 were chosen.

They will play at a grand finale concert on March 13.

Club helps boost leadership skills

The Greenwood Woodmen Club of Toastmasters International will host a Youth Leadership Program.

The free program is available to the first 25 students who register. Students must be ages 13 through 18.

Youth Leadership will meet for eight weeks beginning Feb. 23 through March 15 and April 5 to the 26.

The program will be at the Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis.

Registration can be done at and searching for “youth leadership program,” in the search.

Students, why is your teacher 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.