School News – April 17

3 local students selected for math program at Ball State

Three SS. Francis & Clare of Assisi Catholic School students will get a math filled summer.

Ella DeWitt, Seth Green, and Vivian Johns, fifth graders, have been accepted into the Ball State Institute for the Gifted in Mathematics one-week program in June at Ball State University.

DeWitt, Green, and Johns, and 24 others will work in teams exploring connections between mathematics and science, number patterns and algebraic reasoning and brainteasers of all kinds, as well as recreational activities. They were selected from more than 150 applications from mathematically gifted fifth and sixth-grade Indiana students.

Roncalli student awarded Youth Spirit of Service honor

Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis named Roncalli High School senior Grace Albertson the 2017 Youth Spirit of Service Award recipient.

She will be honored in a ceremony April 26 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Albertson has committed the last six years to helping refugees to the United States make the adjustment to life in Indianapolis. She has taught English to Burmese and Syrian children, greeted refugee families at the Indianapolis International Airport and helped them make the transition to life in their apartments. She also spent parts of two summers in South Korea, teaching English to children there. Albertson will continue that effort when she attends Marian University in Indianapolis this fall. She is the daughter of Rusty and Julie Albertson.

Service club offering financial assistance for local seniors

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 Thursday.

Center Grove students win statewide art awards

Two Center Grove High School students have won statewide art awards.

The students placed in the Herron School of Art and Design’s fourth annual Indiana High School Junior Art Invitational.

Kim McKenzie placed first for her work, “Self-Portrait.” Paige Briada placed third for her work, “Battle of the Sexes.”

Their work will be on display during an exhibition through Saturday in the Marsh Gallery at Eskenazi Hall on the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campus, 735 W. New York St.

Local elementary 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 seeking sponsors to help with project

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 through April

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 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 State Road 135 South, Greenwood. Six prizes will be awarded.

Information: 317-535-9003.