School News – March 27

Roncalli student wins national art award

A Roncalli High School student has won a national medal.The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced that Roncalli High School senior Cassidy Mattingly has earned a National Medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the Visual Arts category with her entry: “Silver Cascade.” She will accept her award at the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall this summer.

Local Right to Life contest announced

High school students can compete in a contest arguing for the right to life.Right to Life of Johnson and Morgan County Inc. is having a Teen Oratory contest.

The contest is open to high school and homeschool juniors and seniors in Johnson and Morgan counties and surrounding counties where no local pro-life Teen Oratory Contest is being held.

The contest will be April 22. The deadline to register is April 17.

Contestants are asked to give a five to seven minute speech about abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research.

Application form and rules will be sent to those teens registering. The winner will advance to the Indiana Right to Life State Teen Oratory Contest on May 6.

To receive an application form or to know more, please contact Kay Cull, at 317-346-4035, or you can email your name, address, phone number, parent or guardian’s name, and year in school to register to:


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

The following students served as pages:

Clay Black, Sam Purk, Franklin Community High School

A.J. Coulter, Greenwood Christian School

Andrew Graves, Elijah O’Dell, Garrett Wright, Greenwood Christian Academy

Lauren Teike, Andrew Rattin, Hannah and Taylor Work, Center Grove High School

Nolan Hoffman, Roncalli High School

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

Students named Indiana bandmasters

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.

Roncalli names new cheerleading coach

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 attended Marian University and majored 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.

Local student raising money for K9 unit vest

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.

Greenwood students can enter essay contest

Students can win a prize for writing about Memorial Day.

Forest Lawn Community Outreach, a program of Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, will host its first annual youth essay contest titled, “The True Meaning of Memorial Day.”

Essay submissions will be received April 1 through April 30 from students enrolled in Greenwood area middle and high schools. Essay submissions from private, charter and home schools will also be accepted.

Winning essays will be announced at the May 29 Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest Awards Ceremony taking place at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood. Six prizes will be awarded.

Information: (317) 535-9003.