Quick takes – June 4th

Hats off to grads

The 902 seniors from Columbus East, Columbus North, Columbus Signature Academy — New Tech and Hauser high schools who received diplomas during Memorial Day weekend services deserve another round of applause for a job well done.

These graduates represent our future, with strong opportunities for careers right in their own backyards.

They achieved a lot, and their future success will serve as a reflection of the community.

Great achievement

St. Bartholomew Catholic School was named an Indiana Four-Star School for 2014-15, the second straight year of receiving this distinction. It was the only Bartholomew County school to earn recognition in either of those school years.

That’s a testament to the school’s teachers and leaders for the tremendous effort they put in educating students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and a reflection of the encouragement the students receive from their parents.

Good example

Congratulations to 2016 North graduate Abby Schabel for earning the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Decatur County, where she lives near Sardinia.

Shabel will attend Butler to major in prepharmacy, and the value of the four-year scholarship she is receiving is about $162,000. The scholarship she received demonstrates that hard work in the classroom pays off and sets a good example for other students to follow.

Special effort

Preserving historical artifacts is important, so it was great to learn that Cummins Inc.’s May 23 restarting of the engine of its 1952 entry in the Indianapolis 500 actually was the culmination of a two-year restoration for the No. 28 turbocharged diesel car.

The restoration coincided with the 100th running of the Indy 500 but was really geared toward the company’s 100th anniversary approaching in 2019. It was good to see Cummins bring the car back to life.