Culver Academy Graduate Tries out for Indianapolis 500 Queen

Christina Nelson is the third person from the right on the bottom row

Every year, 33 Indianapolis 500 Princesses and one Queen are announced before the race weekend. Riley Hoffman of Greenwood, an Indiana University sophomore, is the 500 Queen. In all, there were 278 applicants from 24 cities and 11 Indiana colleges and Universities. Continue reading

Thomas Lee Bridegroom

Thomas Lee Bridegroom, 29, of Woodland Hills, California, formerly of Knox, Indiana, passed away Saturday, May 7th, 2011.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 17th, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Chapel at Culver Academy.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox.

Former Starke County Man Dies after Fall from Building

Tom Bridegroom

A young man who left home to follow his dreams of a career in Hollywood is dead after falling from a roof while taking photos of a model. Tom Bridegroom was a talented musician and actor who had appeared briefly in a T.V. series.

The fall was from the fourth story of the building.

Bridegroom was originally from Starke County, but had graduated from Culver Academy in 2000. After graduation from Vassar College, he headed west.

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$127,000 Raised in Culver Academies’ Relay for Life

Kelly Cares Foundation donated $2,500 to Culver Academies' Relay for Life. Pictured are Mike Wilcox, former Culver parent and Trustee, Paqui Kelly, and Kyle Blankenship, Co-Chairman. Academies photo by Gary Mills

A record $127,000 was raised during the Relay For Life effort at Culver Academies in April. It was the fourth Relay for Life event held at the school and because of the weather it was the first Relay held indoors.

In all, there were 100 volunteers working on the event, that was co-chaired by Kyle Blankenship who said, “We weren’t about to cancel the two day event because of a little rain.”

The Academies’ fund raising effort was bolstered April 13th by a $2,500 check from the Kelly Cares Foundation, and its founders Brian and Paqui Kelly. Paqui Kelly is a two time cancer survivor and the wife of the University of Notre Dame football coach.