School News – October 24

Whiteland students commended in program

Three Whiteland Community High School students were named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.Jacob A. Cribbs, Micaela S. Gaviola and Kevin D. Phelps were given the honor.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Franklin school hosting trick-or-treat event

Little trick-or-treaters can get their tricks and treats in a day early with a fundraiser. Franklin Community High School will host a Trick or Treat Under the Sea event from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the high school parking lot, 2600 Cumberland Drive.Students should wear costumes and be prepared to meet characters from the school’s upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid.”

Cost is $10.

Graduate school grant offered by sorority

Graduate students who are studying guidance or counseling can apply for a grant. Nu Tau Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Sorority will award a $15,000 grant to graduate-level students.The winner will be chosen based on financial need and scholastic ability.

Applications can found at Click on the philanthropy tab.

The deadline is Dec. 10.

Whiteland students test crop skills at contest

Six Whiteland Community High School FFA members went to a crop scouting competition.The students were Eric and Ethan Dougherty, McKenzie McCoy, Elaina Robards and Joshua Rhodes, all of Greenwood, and Owen Marten of Whiteland. The team was coached by Hannah Goeb.

The crop scouting competition, at Purdue’s Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center, tests students’ skills in plant growth and development, weed identification, pest and disease management and appropriate use of pesticides or fertilizers.

Volunteers needed to help teach English

People interested in teaching others English can volunteer with the Adult Learning Center. The center is looking for volunteer tutors to help adults who need help with their English literacy skills, including English as a second language learners.Tutors meet at a Johnson County Public Library location with their learners for at least one hour per week for a minimum of six months. Tutors are needed for one-on-one learning, conversation partners and adult basic education.

Tutors are not required to be familiar with a language other than English.

To become a tutor, contact Wendy Preilis by phone at 317-738-4677 or by email at

Scholarship available for aspiring teachers

Students who want to become teachers and stay in Indiana can apply for a scholarship. The Commission for Higher Education announced the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship Program, offering up to $7,500 each year of college for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees.The scholarship is available to 200 students across the state who either graduate in the highest 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue earning the scholarship in college. After college graduation, students must get a teaching license and teach in Indiana for five consecutive years.

Applications will be accepted between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31.

Students interested in applying need to be nominated by a teacher and submit the nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.