School News – February 12

Roncalli students earn writing, art awards

Six Roncalli High School students combined for one Gold Key, four Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions in this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

In the art category, senior Rachel Knierman received a Gold Key for her submission, “Butterfly Nerves,” and will be moving on to the national competition. Senior Kathryn Witsaman received two Honorable Mentions for her artwork, “Mischievous” and “Stress.”

Sophomores Abigail Long (Memoir), Paige Moore (Science Fiction), Katey Reed (Humor) and Sarah Wulf (Poetry) each earned Silver Keys in the writing category.

They are invited to attend the Visions and Voices ceremony at Clowes Memorial Hall on Sunday, February 25.

Roncalli students earn scholarships

Two Roncalli High school students earned scholarships for writing about why they are proud of their firefighter parents.

Freshman Savannah Evans and sophomore Jenny Noone are the recipients of the Private John Lorenzano Memorial Scholarship. Each winner receives $1,000 toward Roncalli tuition.

Lorenzano was killed in the line of duty Feb. 5, 1992 responding to a fire at the Indianapolis Athletic Club.

Their essays on “What makes you proud that your parent is a firefighter?” were selected over several entries.

Sheriff Association offering scholarship

The Indiana Sheriff’s Association will give 40 $500 college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies.

To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must be an Indiana resident, be a current member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association, attend an Indiana college or university, major in a law enforcement field and enroll as a full-time student.

Applications can be downloaded from the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association website at

Applications must be completed and received no later than April 1.

Indiana credit union offering scholarship

Indiana Members Foundation, the charitable arm of Indiana Members Credit Union along with Indiana Members Credit Union, is taking applications for the Robert E. Martin Collegiate Scholarship Program available to college students that are members of Indiana Members Credit Union. Ten $5,000 collegiate scholarships will be given.

The Robert E. Martin Collegiate Scholarship application and instructions can be found online at The deadline is March 31.

Franklin seniors can earn scholarship

Graduating Franklin Community High School seniors can apply for a locally-funded scholarship.

The Gilmore Scholarship Trust will award up to $2,000 per year over a four-year period to graduating seniors going to Indiana colleges and universities full time, with preference given to those attending Franklin College.

Application information is available in the school’s guidance office. Deadline for submission is March 31.

Information: 317-474-4069

Annual fundraising meal planned by FFA

Franklin FFA students will conduct their annual fundraising breakfast to help buy stuffed animals for children at Johnson Memorial Hospital.

The Molly Gibson breakfast will be from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Feb. 20 at Franklin Community High School’s agriculture shop, 2600 Cumberland Drive.

The breakfast is free, but donations will be accepted. The public is welcome.

Donations collected at the breakfast will go to Pooh Bears for Molly. The program gives stuffed animals to children staying at the hospital.

Volunteers needed for spelling 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 2018 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 6, which is the entry deadline for the county bee.

The Johnson County Spelling Bee will be 6:30 p.m. April 17.

People interested should contact the Daily Journal at 317-736-2770.

Local 4-H teams up with hobby store

Shopping at a hobby store and purchasing a clover will help local 4-H clubs and programs.

The Paper Clover campaign will take place in 865 JOANN Fabrics stores nationwide during February.

Supporters will have a chance to purchase $1 or $4 Paper Clovers to help equip local clubs.

The Greenwood JOANN store is at 1260 U.S. 31.

Local 4-Hers also will work with the store to make valentines and deliver them to Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Franklin.

Host families sought for exchange students

Host families are needed to open their homes to students from other countries who will be studying in the United States.

The PAX Program of Academic Exchange is accepting host family applications for second semester students who arrive in January as well as families who want to host for the 2018-19 academic year.

An application asks for information about the family’s interests, reasons why they want to host, pictures of their home to share with their future student and a family picture. A criminal background check is conducted on all adult family members, and references are consulted before a coordinator meets with the family.

To host, a family must provide a non-convertible bed and three meals each day. Students do not need to have their own bedrooms, but room sharing must be with siblings of the same sex and a similar age group.

Applications can be found at

Legislator seeking statehouse pages

State Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, is encouraging local students to apply for the Statehouse Page Program.

The program gives students ages 13 to 18 the opportunity to interact with lawmakers and see how the government works. Students will get a tour of the Statehouse, including the governor’s office and House, Senate and Supreme Court chambers. Pages also will get a peek at committee meetings and floor sessions. Pages will help Burton with his daily activities. Students interested in serving as a House page should call 800-382-9841.

Pages will have an excused absence from school and are responsible for finding their own transportation to and from the Statehouse.