School News – May 30

Roncalli student to attend art and design camp

A Roncalli High School student will spend her summer studying animation.

Rachel Knierman was selected to participate in the Summer Seminar offered at the prestigious Savannah College of Art & Design.

She received a scholarship to attend this seminar based on her submitted portfolio of work along with a recommendation from art teacher, Mark Stratton.

Knierman also received first place in the 2016 Indianapolis Right to Life Art Contest. She will receive $250 for her winning entry and the piece will be featured on the program cover for a fall dinner.

Scholarship available for local students

Local students who volunteer with a public safety organization may be eligible for a scholarship.

The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation is now accepting applications for the Secure Indiana Scholarship Program.

Applicants must attend or will be attending an accredited Indiana College, have a 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and volunteer with a public safety organization such as a fire department, emergency management agency, law enforcement agency or emergency medical services. This must be validated by the agency’s chief executive.

The deadline to apply is July 15. 

Those who are interested in submitting an application can contact the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Grants Management at

A $2,000 scholarship is available for full time students and $1,000 is available for part-time students.

Roncalli names scholarship winners

Roncalli High School announced scholarship winners during their annual academic honors reception.

Winners are:

  • Clark Family STARS Scholarship: Mariah Attai, Dylan Holok.
  • Roncalli High School Leadership Scholarship: Timmy Miller.
  • Jeffrey N. Perkins Memorial Scholarship: Cassidy McMahon.
  • Martin R. Eckstein Scholarship: Josie Niezgodski.
  • Katie Lynch — Live, Laugh, Love Memorial Scholarship: Gwen Woehler, Meggie Scifres.
  • Anna’s Celebration of Life Scholarship: Morgan Kincaid, Khui Shing.
  • Jennifer McKinney Memorial Scholarship: Patrick Clady.
  • Emily Winters Lipps Young Women’s Scholarship: Taylor Hehmann.
  • Wong Family Scholarship: Khaing Thu

Center Grove student places in essay contest

A Center Grove High School student placed in a state wide essay contest.

Gabrielle VanBuskirk placed third in the Sevenish Law Firm scholarship essay contests.

Writers had to write about how they would handle a school shooting situation and how students and schools can prevent a shooting before it happens.

VanBuskirk plans to attend the University of Evansville.

High school choir plans princess tea

Elementary-aged students can have tea and learn a song from their favorite princess during a fundraiser for the high school choir program.

The princess tea for preschool and elementary-aged students is at 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. June 6 and 7 or at 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. June 8 at Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road, Greenwood.

Children will be treated to visits from Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Cinderella, Ariel, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Belle and Snow White.

The event also will include hair up-dos, painted nails, tea, learning a song from a princess and a princess story time. The characters also will be available for photos.

Cost is $30 per child with a $5 discount for families. Registration can be done at The event typically sells out.

Middle schooler can attend camp

Local middle school students interested in a job in law enforcement can explore the career during a leadership camp this summer. The 37th annual Indiana Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Camp will be July 11 to 13 at Waycross Episcopal Camp near Morgantown.

The camp is for boys and girls in seventh or eighth grade.

To learn more about the camp or register, contact your school counselor or call the sheriff’s office at 317-736-9155.