School News – April 3

FCCLA members win medals at convention

Eleven members of Franklin Community High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter snagged 20 medals and berths to nationals at a state convention.

Winners are:

Sarah Chambers, Advocacy, Gold Medal National Qualifier.

Annika Cooper, Katie O’Neill and Taylor Walker, Chapter Service Project Display, gold medals.

Savannah Kimbrell, Entrepreneurship, gold medal.

Doan Pham, Fashion Construction, gold medal.

Abbie Betts, Emily Segrest, Focus on Children, gold medals.

Sarah Scott, Beyond the Basics, gold medal.

Cooper also received medals in Beyond the Basics, Career Exploration and FCCLA in Action.

O’Neill, Walker and Kristina Young received medals in Beyond the Basics. Kimbrell received a medal in Early Childhood Learning and Abby Titara received a medal in Focus on the Basics.

Roncalli names students of month

Roncalli High School has announced its students of the month for February.

They are:

Social studies, Merrick Strykowski; English, Andrew Gangstad; business and technology, Nick Cahill; math, Alberto Armanni; health and physical education, Camille Woods; industrial technology, Matt Susemichel; religious studies, Katie Gaskill; science, August Endris; world languages, Juan Xochitlatoa; communication, Lizzy Hosty; fine arts, Julia Kurz; S.T.A.R.S. Program, Brendan Klaas.

Service club offering financial assistance

The Sertoma Club of Greenwood is offering scholarships to seniors attending Southport, Perry Meridian, Center Grove, Whiteland and Greenwood high schools.

Applications are available at each school’s guidance office and are due April 13.

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 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 conducted.

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 teens who register. 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

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 Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus): Alexandra Brodnik, Zachary Brodnik, Lindsey Foster of Clark Pleasant Middle School; Jacob Eanes, Jacob Fendley, McKenzie McCoy of Whiteland Community High School; Laura Fundenberger, from Whiteland, homeschool; Riley and Taylor Ratliff, from Greenwood, of Suburban Christian School.

For State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis): Garrett Simmons of Center Grove High School.

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

Local student raising money for K9 unit vest

A Creekside Elementary School fourth grader is raising money to help him earn a 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.