School News – August 31

Strut for Change planned for October

Nicole Bodi’s senior project, Strut for Change, is a fashion show that will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Mill Race Center.

Strut for Change is a progressive androgynous fashion show with the goal of breaking gender stereotypes in society.

Local teens will model outfits that show what you wear should never make you vulnerable to sexual assault or abuse.

This event held to raise funds for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. Suggested donation is $5.

Bodi said with the donation, supporters can stop objectification of both genders and make a difference in the lives of people who are affected by abuse.

Bowen named to national society

Kiana Nicole Kelley Bowen of Columbus has been named as a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

The organization helps the recognized students build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to prepare them for college and careers.

Superintendent to speak as commentator

Jennings County Schools Supt. Terry Sargent has been invited to speak as a commentator on a panel on WFYI public broadcasting about reducing the number of dropouts from rural high schools.

The session will be broadcast on WFYI on Oct. 3 as part of American Graduate Day, a live, seven hour multi-platform broadcast dedicated to celebrating individuals’ commitment to keeping kids on the path to graduation. Also participating will be John Hill, executive director of the National Rural Education Association and Caitlin Howley of ICF International.

Jennings County High School has made progress in improving its graduation rate while lowering its dropout rate. The current graduation rate has risen to 91.6 percent, the highest in school history, increasing from 81.7 percent in 2009-10. The graduation rate for the school in 2006-07 was 76.3 percent. As recently as the 2009-10 school year, the high school’s dropout rate was 10.9 percent, but the most recent rate tally shows the dropout rate for the school at 4.1 percent.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.