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John Glenn’s Falloween Fest Is Back

The Falloween Fest returns to Walkerton this weekend. The 6th annual festival will feature John Glenn High School’s organizations, clubs, community groups from surrounding towns, civic groups and churches for this major fund-raising event. Over $94,000 has been raised for student scholarships since the Falloween Fest’s inception in 2009. Continue reading

Walorski Schedules Local Stops on Education Tour

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s education tour will make several stops in the area today and tomorrow. She wants to hear from education officials, community leaders and students about ways to improve opportunities and prepare students for a globally competitive workforce. Continue reading

U.S. News Awards Medals to Several Area Schools

badge-national-rankingsThe Kankakee Valley boasts some of the best high schools in the state, according to recent rankings by a national publication. John Glenn High School in Walkerton ranks 17th on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list. The magazine awarded the school silver medal. Students there have an opportunity to take advanced placement tests, and 36 percent do. Of the school’s 611 students, 85 percent are proficient in English and 84 percent are proficient in math. Knox Community High School earned a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report. The publication notes 25 percent of the 606 students enrolled take AP courses and tests, 77 percent are proficient in English and 69 percent are proficient in Algebra. Continue reading

John Glenn Student Named Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

MCCF LogoA John Glenn High School senior will receive a full tuition scholarship to the University of Notre Dame and an additional $900 annual stipend to help with books and other school equipment. Cole Jacobson of Plymouth is the Marshall County Community Foundation’s 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Jacobson has received numerous state and national academic awards and has demonstrated leadership through his involvement with National Honor Society and student council. He also attended Hoosier Boys State, the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Seminar and Purdue Entrepreneur Academy. Jacobson also volunteers with several local non profit organizations, teaches and mentors local youth and visits with senior citizens at a local nursing home. Continue reading

Balanced Calendar Public Meetings Set This Week

More informational sessions on a balanced calendar are set for this week.

Community meetings are set for Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET at the Walkerton Elementary School; Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. CT at the Oregon-Davis Board Room; Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. ET at the Culver High School; March 13 at 6 p.m. ET at the Argos Administration Building; and March 13 at 7 p.m. ET at the John Glenn High School.

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Local Marching Bands Competing in ISSMA Open Class Semi-State Festival

 Marching bands from two local high schools are among 80 from across the state who have been selected to participate at today’s ISSMA Open Class Semi-State Marching Band Festival. The Plymouth High School band will compete in Class B at Pike High School at 3:10 p.m., and the John Glenn band will compete in Class C at Decatur Central High School at 4:28 p.m. The bands qualified for semi-state by being one of the top 10 scoring bands in their enrollment category at their open class regional site on Oct. 12. Today’s competition will determine the 10 bands that will represent each class at the 40th anniversary of the Indiana State Marching Band Finals next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

John Glenn High School Senior Awarded ICOO Scholarship

John Glenn High School senior Cole Kaser is the recipient of the Thomas J. Deniston Memorial Scholarship presented by the Indiana Conservation Officers Organization.

Kaser is planning to pursue a degree in conservation law enforcement at Vincennes University this fall.

The Indiana Conservation Officers Organization awards six scholarships a year to students seeking a college degree in conservation law enforcement or law enforcement. Kaser was one of those six state-wide recipients this year.

High School Graduations Approaching; Celebrate Safely

Area high schools are preparing for graduation ceremonies across the Kankakee Valley as soon-to-be-graduates prepare for life after high school. West Central High School students will be the first to graduate while South Central High School students will undergo their graduation ceremonies last, but police will be on high-alert, searching for intoxicated and unrestrained drivers, so adults are strongly encouraged not to provide alcohol for graduation parties and to keep tabs on graduates attending parties to ensure they are being responsible.

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Local Schools Named 4-Star Schools

Several schools in the Kankakee Valley area were announced Monday as Indiana’s 4-Star schools for 2013.

In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in the ISTEP+ testing results.

Eastern Pulaski Elementary School in Winamac, John Glenn High School in Walkerton, F. Willard Crichfield Elementary School in LaPorte, Saint Peter’s Lutheran School in North Judson, Webster Elementary School in Plymouth, and West Central High School in Francesville were all recognized as being 4-Star Schools.

A total of 313 schools in the state received this honor.

Area Proms Prompt Law Enforcement to Step up DUI Patrols

With area schools holding their proms and post-prom events within the next month, local law enforcement departments are stepping up DUI patrols throughout their communities. Police will saturate areas around each prom and post-prom site in an effort to cut down on potential alcohol and drug use, with a zero-tolerance policy toward the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In addition, those who provide alcohol to minors will be targeted and jailed.

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PHS, John Glenn Named Among Top Schools in State

An area school has been named one of the top schools in the state by the U.S. News and World Report, ranking in the top 50 best high schools in the state for 2013. John Glenn High School in Walkerton came in at number 21 in the state while Plymouth High School ranked number 26 for the state, following U.S. News’s review of 21,035 United States public schools.

Only 105 Hoosier schools made it into the running. With more than 1000 students and 51 teachers, PHS boasts a larger enrollment than most schools in Indiana. John Glenn High School has 605 students and 32 teachers, ranking 1576th in the nation.

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Art Teacher Sells Artwork to Fund Art Scholarship for Students

An art teacher at John Glenn High School is looking to leave behind a legacy before he ultimately retires, which he said is something he’s lately been thinking a little about. John Thomas has been an art teacher at the high school for 40 years, and he said he’s decided to build up some scholarship funds to give to art-focused students looking for a degree in visual arts.

Thomas explained he wanted to start the scholarship because of the high fees related to an arts course.

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West Central High School Named Four Star School

The West Central High School was recently named a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education.

“We’re very happy this accomplishment was made,” said Superintendent Charles Mellon. “It actually reflects back to the 2009-2010 school year. I just sent an email out to the staff congratulating them, as well as the students, for this accomplishment.”

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