Lending a brush

Members of the Art Guild of Hope deserve a round of applause for volunteering their time, talents and brushes to paint a mural in the Hope Elementary School library. Their effort was in response to an inquiry by school librarian Melissa Jordan, who wanted to make the space more lively and attractive for students.

A beautiful mural that depicts the four seasons adorns the walls of the lower level of the library, making it brighter and more inviting.

Jordan also deserves kudos for thinking of the community’s valuable resource — the art guild — to come up with something creative that would be enjoyed by students and other users of the library.

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Thanks also go to the contributing artists from the Hope guild involved in the project: Rhonda Bontrager, Karen Phillips and Joyce Dempsey.

Deserving of honors

The Indiana Hall of Fame added to its roster another former Columbus High School basketball standout and two men with ties to the city and also recognized the city’s career scoring leader during its March 23 induction banquet.

Butch Wade was the MVP of Columbus High’s 1963 regional championship squad and also played at Indiana State. East girls basketball assistant Willie Humes, who starred at Madison High and then Vincennes University and Idaho State, and Jim Fisher, who spent his grade school years in Columbus but starred at Lebanon High, joined Wade as Hall of Fame inductees. Former East star Lance Barker, the all-time city scoring champ with 1,755 points who played in college at Valparaiso, was honored a member of the Silver Anniversary Team.

March 23 was a special night for Columbus. The spotlight once again fell on the former players and showed why the city has reason to be proud of these deserving men.

Cooking up success

The valuable hands-on experience that the C4 Columbus Area Career Connection provides local high school students is evident in the success four culinary students are having.

Columbus North’s Tina Nguyen, a senior, and Bobby George, a junior, and Columbus East’s Sam Dwenger, a senior, and Bryson Smith, a junior, each won $18,000 in scholarship money in a regional cooking competition that qualified them for a national competition in Texas from April 29 through May 1. The students will represent Indiana and compete against 50 teams for a share of $1.4 million in additional scholarship money available.

Between instruction from teachers with professional backgrounds and hands-on experiences, including competitions, C4 students are learning valuable skills that set them up for future success. And, the accomplishments of the four culinary students are good examples of the impact C4 can have.