School News – March 7

East senior collecting used items for project

Columbus East senior Preston Barkes is collecting gently-used items as his senior project for a booth at the Community Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at Donner Center.All proceeds from the booth will be donated to the Adoption Medical Fund of Animal Care Services.The Adoption Medical Fund does not use tax dollars and is funded by fines, fees and donations. These donations cover spaying and neutering costs, pet care services, veterinarian treatment for pets housed at the facility, pet food and promotion of adoptions and educational programs.

To schedule a pickup or drop off of items for the senior project, call Barkes at 812-374-2269.

Student’s senior project will help provide kids with wigs

Columbus East senior Beth Perry is doing a senior project on the nonprofit organization Children with Hair Loss. The organization provides wigs for children with any disease that causes hair loss and takes care of children until they are age 21.Perry is planning a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 19 at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds. Food, a bake sale, silent auction and games for children are planned.

Any items or donations for the event are being accepted. To donate, call Courtney Perry, Beth’s mother at 812-376-7600 or email

Beth Perry hopes to raise $5,000 for the organization and is currently studying cosmetology.

North senior honored for computer achievements

Zoe Arbuckle, a Columbus North High School senior, was one of 24 high-performing high school women honored at a gala Jan. 27 in Indianapolis for their computing and technology achievements.The National Center for Women and Information Technology Indiana Affiliate awarded Arbuckle with the Aspirations in Computing Award.Recipients receive $250 from Women and Society Information Management as well as scholarship offers from several Indiana universities.

Arbuckle has participated in the FIRST Robotics Challenge and is a member of National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. She plans to study computer science and Japanese in college.

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