School News – January 30

School news

East student planning ag fair for senior project

The Ag-stravaganza Agriculture Fair is 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Community Building, 750 W. County Road 200S.

It is the senior project of Ashlyn Mills, a student at Columbus East High School.

The event is intended to educate the public on agriculture within the community. Agriculture business and FFA booths will be set up for visitors to explore, and FFA career development events are planned. Attendees may bring a barbecue product for a chance to win a prize.

Olympian students honored for work at Butler art competition

Columbus East High School’s Art Department had 17 award winners in this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Competition at Butler University, including four Silver key winners. The Silver Key winners are:

Juanita Bonilla, photography

Olivia Ortman, drawing

Elaina Sims, photography

Britney Ballard, ceramics

The annual Scholastic competition included more than 2,800 art submissions from central and southern Indiana.

The works of East’s four Silver Key winners will be displayed at the Vision and Voices Celebration and Exhibit at Clowes Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis, from Wednesday through Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

White Creek Lutheran open house

White Creek Lutheran School, 16270 S. County Road 200W, Columbus, is holding its annual open house from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

Throughout the day, parents interested in enrolling their students can sit in on classes. State voucher funding is available for qualified families.

The school is accredited by the state of Indiana and the National Lutheran Schools Association. It offers Christ-centered education for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

In case of inclement weather, the snow date is Feb. 13.

Information: 812-342-6832.

Scholarship opportunity

Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is now looking for qualified applicants who live near Edinburgh Premium Outlets and the surrounding community.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon, Mills or Premium Outlets malls, such as the one in Edinburgh. The application period has begun and ends March 1.

Simon Youth Foundation will award 25 scholarships to students graduating in the class of 2017 who live in communities surrounding any Premium Outlets mall nationwide. No more than one scholarship will be awarded per property. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

In addition, an “Award of Excellence” will be given to the top candidate from among the scholarship applicants that represent the nationwide Premium Outlets locations. That student will receive a $10,000 award ($2,500 for up to four years).

Students can apply online by visiting

Recipients will be notified in May.