School News – March 5

Local students serve as government pages

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

The following students from Greenwood Christian Academy served as pages for State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin): Andrew Graves, Samuel Graves, Elijah O’Dell, Ian Reed, and Garrett Wright. Adriane Ruble of Center Grove High School also recently served as a page.

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

Center Grove student wins speech contest

Sam Endris, a Center Grove High School senior, won the Greenwood White River Rotary Club speech contest.

The theme of the contest was “Using the Rotary Four-Way Test as it applies to your current life and toward your future, including educational goals and involvement in community service.”

Endris advanced to District 6580 Finals contest in Bedford.

The competition involved three other Center Grove High School students, Cameron Brooks, second place, Kaley Mason, third place and Meredith Braman, fourth place.

Annual youth essay contest announced

High school and middle school students can write about the true meaning of Memorial Day and earn a cash prize.

Forest Lawn Community Outreach has opened its annual youth writing contest titled, “The True Meaning of Memorial Day.” The contest is open to all Greenwood middle and high school students.

Essay submissions are being received through April 30. Winning essays will be announced at the May 28 award ceremony taking place at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood.

A total of six prizes will be awarded; $500 will be awarded to one each middle- and high-school first-place winner; $200 will be awarded to one each first-place runner-up at both middle- and high-school levels and $100 will be awarded to one each second-place runner-up in both middle- and high-school levels.

Winning essays will be featured on the Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home website, social media page and other related print and electronic media.

Information on how to submit can be found at and clicking on “community outreach.”

Roncalli sets reception for retiring employee

A reception for a longtime Roncalli High School employee is this weekend.

Donna Smith, administrative assistant at the school, retired after 46 years.

All are invited to attend a reception in her honor at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the high school media center, 3300 Prague Road, Indianapolis.

SS. Francis & Clare teacher honored

A middle school social studies teacher is a finalist for an award.

Pam Wells, Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi’s Middle School social studies teacher, was named one of five finalists for this year’s Saint Theodora Guérin Excellence in Education Award, the highest honor for Catholic educators in the archdiocese.