School News – July 10

Local FFA wins award

A local FFA chapter has been named one of the best in the state.

Whiteland FFA Chapter was named a top 10 and Gold Chapter, as well as awarded the prestigious Big Ten Trophy, at the Indiana FFA State Convention.

Chapters must demonstrate excellence in the Chapter Program of Activities, specifically chapter development, community development and student development, in order to reach top 10 status.

Annually, chapters must compile a portfolio of activities, leadership development events, community service events and student development. These portfolios are used to rank chapters on a Bronze, Silver and Gold level, as well as select the Top 10 chapters in the state.

Student nominated as future medical leader

Truly Gordin, a sophomore at Whiteland Community High School, was a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in late June.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dream and provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Gordin was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Whiteland Community High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, she heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research was given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school and learned about advances in medical technology.

Applications accepted for Lilly Scholarship

The Johnson County Community Foundation will award three Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships in 2018.

The number of Lilly Endowment Scholarships available to each county in Indiana is based on population. Most recently, Johnson County has awarded two Lilly Scholarships. Recipients receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of their choice and a $900 yearly stipend for books and equipment.

Online applications for the 2018 Lilly Scholarship will open July 24 and be due Aug. 25.

Applicants are selected based on volunteer community service, academic preparation and performance, leadership and good character.

Franklin Kiwanis awards scholarships

The Franklin Kiwanis Club has awarded six scholarships to local students.

Recipients are:

Jessyca Napier, Whiteland, will attend Indiana University Kokomo,

Brandon Barger, Indian Creek, will attend Franklin College,

Elaina Robards, Whiteland, will attend Purdue University,

Samuel VanderVeen, Franklin, will attend Depauw University,

Alexandra Parramore, Franklin, will attend Indiana University,

Jessica McKinley, Indian Creek, will attend University of Southern Indiana.

Center Grove student attends leadership seminar

Luke Boha of Bargersville attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar at University of Indianapolis.

Sophomores from high schools across the state are selected to participate in the seminars, where they meet state leaders and pledge to volunteer 100 hours in their communities.

Central Nine student participates in contest

A Central Nine Career Center student earned a certificate at the SkillsUSA Championships.

Dalton Bunch of Greenwood was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in carpentry.

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical, workplace and personal skills in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.

Industry leaders from 600 businesses, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers.