School News – January 23

Senior’s project aids police with trauma kits

A Columbus North High School senior’s project has ensured that Columbus Police Department has trauma kits available in case a police officer ever experienced severe bleeding.

Kevin Thompson, 17, recognized a need for trauma kits after speaking with a CPD officer about his senior project.

Thompson raised more than $6,000 to purchase the kits by speaking to local businesses in the community.

Each kit includes latex gloves, a CPR shield, pressure tourniquet and quick clot gauze. The kits will be issued to every Columbus police officer to assist in stopping traumatic bleeding.

Thompson was recognized Tuesday at the Columbus Board of Public Works and Safety Meeting for his efforts to help the Columbus Police Department.

“We would like to thank Kevin for working hard to raise the funds to purchase the lifesaving kits for our officers,” CPD Chief Deputy Todd Harry said.

After graduation, Thompson plans to pursue a criminal justice degree at Olney Central College in Illinois, where he received a baseball scholarship.

Students sought for Conexus internship

EcO Network (Economic Opportunities through Education) and Conexus Indiana announced that applications are being accepted for Southeast Indiana students to participate in the Conexus Interns Program, the state’s largest advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) internship program for high school students.

The program, a six-week, paid summer internship, provides hands-on work experience for high school students with local AML companies, including in Columbus. In Southeast Indiana, 21 AML companies are participating with nearly 40 internship opportunities available.

“This program supported by the EcO regional manufacturing network provides opportunities to help many more of our students increase their level of education and job skills to support the demands of our region’s manufacturing employers,” said Stephanie Weber, Regional EcO Director, Manufacturing Network.

Students interested in applying for the 2017 program can learn more by going online at

Scholarship available for county residents

The William Keller Scholarship, supported by financial institution J.P.Morgan, is available for students who are current or past residents of Bartholomew County.

The student must be attending Grade 12 in a Bartholomew County high school, or have graduated from a Bartholomew County high school and must be pursuing education in medical, nursing, scientific, engineering or technical fields.

Interested applicants should contact Scott Johann for an application at or 312-732-2305.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.