School News – November 30

Hope FFA sponsors drive during home tour

HOPE — The Hope FFA chapter is sponsoring its third annual cupcake drive on Dec. 4 during the annual Hope Home’s tour.

The event will be 5 to 9 p.m. as visitors travel through the area to see the historical homes and Christmas lights and decorations in Hope.

The cupcake sale will be in the Simpson building next to the library in Hope.

Hope FFA members and parents will make cupcakes in various flavors, selling them for $1 each during the homes tour.

All funds raised during the event will be used to help less fortunate families at Christmas.

Registration opens for STEM program

WEST LAFAYETTE — The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue has opened registration for high school juniors and seniors and secondary teachers interested in participating in the fifth annual STEM-focused summer program next June.

The free weeklong course, organized by the Purdue Energy Center in Discovery Park for the 42 students and 42 teachers selected, is scheduled to take place June 19-25 at the Purdue campus. Teachers will receive a $400 stipend for their involvement.

The deadline to register is Jan. 17 for students and teachers. Applications for the academy can be found at

Students who join this summer program will be introduced to science, technology, engineering and math — the STEM disciplines — through hands-on activities as well as tours and field trips that will allow them to explore energy-related issues and careers. Teachers involved in the academy will receive resources on energy and STEM education that can be incorporated into their school curricula.

FFA members attend national convention

HOPE — A group of 12 Hope FFA members were selected to attend the 88th National FFA Convention at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center.

The group met Jake Owen, who was in concert at the convention, and toured sites in Louisville, including the Louisville Slugger Museum.

The keynote speech at the convention was given by Utah State FFA President Amberly Snider, who was involved in an auto accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Snider talked about strength and perseverance.