School News – January 30

Support group for parents with autistic child planned

Parents with a child recently diagnosed with autism can get help at a support group.Marci Wheeler from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism will present information on the next steps for those recently diagnosed with autism. This meeting is co-sponsored by Special Services Johnson County and the Johnson County Autism Support Group.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Earlywood Education Center, 500 Earlywood Drive, Franklin.

Parents are asked to RSVP to Kris Baker at or 317-738-5459

Show choir preview planned

Music lovers can get a peek at a show choir show before competition.Roncalli’s show choir, Rebel Rhapsody, will kick off their competition season with a preview show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 3300 Prague Road, Indianapolis.

College Goal Sunday set

Hoosier students wanting to attend college can get help filling out a vital financial aid form.Financial aid professionals will be at multiple sites across Indiana at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 for College Goal Sunday to help students with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Locally, students can get assistance at Ivy Tech Community College, 2205 McClain Drive, Franklin.

Students attending should bring their parents, completed tax returns or W-2 forms and information on other income and benefits for everyone submitting information on the FAFSA.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at before coming to the event.

Nominations accepted for high school hall of fame

Franklin Community High School alumni have a chance to be in their school’s hall of fame.Franklin schools is accepting nominations for its 2017 Hall of Fame.

The Alumni Hall of Fame was created to honor distinguished graduates. The nominee must exemplify the school district’s 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 13.

Local students excel in art

Forty-six Center Grove High School students received accolades at a statewide art competition.Three Roncalli High School students earned awards as well.

Their work will be on display at Butler University through most of February.

Winners from both schools are:

Gold Key Winners

Eston Baumer; two Gold Keys in photography

Lauren Foley, drawing illustration

Rachel Knierman, painting

Cassidy Mattingly, 3D glass and metal work

Kimberly McKenzie, drawing illustration

Kaitlyn Petro, drawing illustration

Kelli Hippenmeyer, painting

Silver Key Winners

Eston Baumer, photography

Rachel Kraus, two Silver Keys in photography

Allison Mickel, photography

Unique Reddy, photography

Terry Alexis, photograph

Paige Braida, ceramics and drawing Iillustration

William Brink, two Silver Keys in ceramics

Zane Graves, ceramics

Kaitlyn Petrow, drawing illustration

Taylor Politan, drawing illustration

Parker Nunnell, painting

Liam Wanner, digital work

Honorable Mention winners

Eston Baumer, four Honorable Mentions in photography

Max Parker, photography

Maddie Weeks, two Honorable Mentions in photography

Olivia Williams, photography

William Brinks, two Honorable Mentions in ceramics

Zane Gravens, three Honorable Mentions in ceramics

Joseph Zoliinger, six Honorable Mentions in ceramics and one in Ceramics Portfolio

Sarah Morrow, drawing illustration

Michelle Moon, drawing illustration

Laura Putman, drawing illustration

Parker Nunnelly, drawing illustration

Nicole Kissler, painting

Bailey Riddle, painting

Rachel Spenny, painting

Rachel Knierman, mixed media

Roncalli chooses students of the month

Roncalli High School has chosen their December students of the month.They are:

World languages, Haley Fitzgerald; fine arts, Trey Koch; industrial technology, Adam Mattingly; religious studies, Nick Williams; science, Megan Ruth; communications, Will Allen; S.T.A.R.S. Program, Anthony Stallings; English, Marisol Canchola; business and technology, Abby Conway; social studies, Maggie Gibson; health and physical education, Grace Whitaker; math, Nellie Nnatubeugo

Volunteers needed for home-school 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 2017 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 18 at Creekside Elementary School in Franklin.

People interested should contact the Daily Journal at 317-736-2770.

Legislator seeks students to be pages

State Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, is encouraging local 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 peek at committee meetings and floor sessions. Pages will help Burton with his daily activities.Students interested in serving as a House page should call 1-800-382-9841.

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

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