School News – March 9

School news

Senior project planned to benefit New Song Mission

A Homes for Kids 5K race is planned as a senior project by Grace Flint to benefit New Song Mission.

The event will be at 8:30 a.m. March 28, beginning and ending at East Columbus Christian Church, 3170 Indiana Ave.

The cost is $20 for the race until Saturday and $25 after that. T-shirts are $5.

There will be age division run and walk awards as well as gift card giveaways.

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Local student named state geography bee semifinalist

Eden Zaborowski, a sixth-grader at St. Peter’s Lutheran School, 719 Fifth St., has been named a semifinalist in the Indiana National Geographic State Bee, planned for March 27 at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Zaborowski is the daughter of Drew and Shondra Zaborowski.

This will be the second level of the geographic bee competition, which is in its 27th year.

School bees were conducted in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students to determine a school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, submitted to the National Geographic Society. The society then invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each state to compete as semifinalists.

Each state champion receives $100; a medal; the National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition; and a trip to Washington to represent their state in the national championship. The national champion receives a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime society membership.

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East students win art awards in statewide competition

Columbus East High School art students received 42 awards in the 2015 Indiana Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

More than 2,500 entries were judged from a 54-county area around central Indiana in January. Gold and Silver Key award-winning students will have their artwork exhibited at Butler University’s Clowes Hall. All Gold Key winners continue on to the national level competition in April.

East students receiving Gold Key awards were: Katie Lawson, photography; Wyatt Miller, drawing; Jorge Sanchez, sculpture; and Katie Mack, printmaking.

Silver Key winners were: Jonah Fields, Haley Piatkowski, Juan Rincon, Ashleigh Thompson and Wyatt Miller, all for photography; Mariann Fant and Wyatt Miller, both for drawing; Morgan Farrell, painting; Moriah Herbert, glass; Ashlyn Roberts and Moriah Herbert, both for sculpture; and Vanessa Sumner, printmaking.

Honorable mention winners were Shaunak Deshmukh, Jonah Fields, Karli Jessee, Haley Piatkowski, Erika Scott, Ashleigh Thompson and Cianna Wright, all for photography; Wyatt Miller, Rebecca Long and Kenzie Hammers, all for drawing; Katelynn Moore and Maelyn Kiser, both for painting; Rebecca Long, art portfolio; Emily Clancy, Marianne Fant, Carley Fox, Tyler Johnson, Rebecca Long and Kortney Thalls, all for sculpture; and Shyanne Reynolds, ceramics.

Reach Healthy Communities sponsors contest

Students from around Bartholomew County may take part in Kick Butts Day, a national initiative that promotes youth activism.

Reach Healthy Communities and Communities that Care are sponsoring a social media contest as a way for kids to stand up against tobacco.

Through March 18, youth may post “selfie statements” on Healthy Communities tobacco Facebook page (SmokeFree Bartholomew County), use the hashtag #ipartySAFE on Instagram or send a photo to

All entries will be entered into a drawing for several prizes. A video about tobacco marketing tactics and the contest rules are posted on the Reach website.

For more information, visit the Reach Healthy Communities website at

Hauser students receive gold rating

HOPE — Two Hauser High School students received gold ratings at the Indiana State School Music Solo and Ensemble competition.

Elizabeth Tedder received the award for flute and Kiersten Gross for voice.

Kohl’s seeks volunteer nominations

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is asking for community nominations of youth ages 6 to 18 who have made a difference in their community.

Top winners who are nominated are eligible for a $10,000 scholarship to be used for college.

Nominations are being accepted through Friday.

Those making the nomination must be age 21 or older. Students who are nominated must be between the ages of 6 and 18 and not yet a high school graduate.

The student’s volunteer actions should be detailed on the nomination form that is available at