School News – March 27

Local students serve as pages at Statehouse

Local students got an inside peek at state government by serving as pages at the Indiana Statehouse.

The following students served as pages for State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin):

Clay Black, Franklin Community High School

Andrew Graves, Greenwood Christian Academy

Elijah O’Dell, Greenwood Christian Academy

Sam Purk, Franklin Community High School

Andrew Rattin, Center Grove High School

Garrett Wright, Greenwood Christian Academy

Pages observe actions on bills, tour the Statehouse and run errands for legislators.

Local students participate in Indiana bandmasters

Multiple local students were named to the Indiana Bandmasters All-Star Band.Students are T.J. Vculek, Allison Greenwell and Brian Ross of Franklin and Emily Haynes and Natalie Haynes of Greenwood.

Students must audition at sites across the state. Chosen students performed together at Purdue University.

New cheerleading coach named at Roncalli

Roncalli High School has hired a Greenwood Community High School math teacher as its cheerleading coach.Kara Miller has been named to the position.

Miller is a 2009 Roncalli graduate and cheered all four years at Roncalli. She went on to attend Marian University and major in mathematics. While at Marian, she cheered for four years and was the team captain as a senior.

She is in her sixth year as a cheer coach and fifth year at Roncalli, where she has coached the freshman squad. Miller is in her third year teaching mathematics at Greenwood.

Student raising money for K9 unit tactical vests

A Creekside Elementary School fourth grader is raising money to earn a black belt.Richie Scott is seeking donations to help complete a community service project, which is a requirement for those who pursue becoming a black belt.

Scott is raising money to purchase tactical vests for the K9 units at the Franklin Police Department.

He needs $800 to reach his goal.

To donate: visit

Potential Eagle Scout looking for sponsors

A Franklin Community High School sophomore is looking for sponsors to help complete his Eagle Scout project.Nicholas Wallace is seeking to earn the highest award given in Boy Scouts by building outdoor workout stations in Blue Heron Park in Franklin.

The project entails purchasing and installing three pieces of equipment, at an estimated cost of $21,000.

Donations can be mailed to Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Drive, Franklin, IN, 46131. The check should be made out to “Boy Scout Troop 228,” with “Nicholas Eagle Scout Project” in the note line.

Camp Riley program applications accepted

Applications are being accepted for this year’s Camp Riley program, a camp for kids with physical disabilities and other special needs.Online applications to secure a spot are available at

Camp Riley is hosted at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s outdoor recreation center in Martinsville.

The staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds 1 to 3. Children ages 8 to 18 can attend one of eight Camp Riley sessions offered in June and July. Sessions offer swimming, hiking, horseback riding, vertical climbing, canoeing, art projects and other activities.

New families may attend Newcomer’s Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 20 at Camp Riley to learn more.

Riley Children’s Foundation subsidizes camp fees, and financial assistance is available based on household income.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the Bradford Woods office if they have questions about camper eligibility, camp programs, camper care or facilities.

Information: 765-342-2915 or

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.