School News – February 6

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North band members earn All-State honors

The Indiana All-State Bands have a decidedly Columbus North feel, and multiple members earned Honor All-State, All-State and Alternate honors.

Band students from across Indiana auditioned for Indiana All-State Bands on Jan. 15. In order to be eligible for an audition, students record several excerpts selected by the Indiana Bandmasters Association. These recording were sent to one individual to judge each instrument in order to select the newest band members. Once chosen, students were placed in either the Honor All-State Band or All-State Band. Alternates are selected in the event a student is unable to attend the All-State Band Performance.

More than 10 percent of the top band, Honor All-State, are from Columbus North. Those who received this recognition are:

Sam Heichelbech, Clarinet 1

Kirstie Duncan, Clarinet 2

Catherine Gallant, Bass Clarinet

Alex Farrar, Alto Sax 1

Clayton Stine, Alto Sax 1

Machi Takeda, Trombone 1

Erin Brown, Trombone 2

Eli Heichelbech, Trombone 2

Brandon Wolter, Euphonium

Delaney Ruble, Percussion

North students who earned All State recognition are:

Brittany Davis, Clarinet 2

Ciaran Hill, Clarinet 2

Caleb Bray, Cornet 2

Nicholas Cooksey, Euphonium

Christopher Ruble, Tuba

Alternates are:

Morgen Herndon, Clarinet

Megan Wagner, Clarinet

Evan Porter, Alto Sax

Honorees will perform March 12 in Elliot Hall of Music on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette.

Grad honored by fire department for project

Columbus North High School graduate Shane Bryant, 17, was recognized Tuesday at City Hall by the Columbus Fire Department for the help he provided through his senior project.

As a student in the engineering manufacturing-welding technologies program, Bryant created fuel canister holders for all fire department emergency response vehicles. These canisters prevent fuel spills and provide easy access for quick use. Each canister holder purchased through a vendor would cost an estimated $100 for the department, which uses gasoline and gas/oil mixtures for various rescue tools.

“We are very impressed with the work of this 17-year-old young man,” Columbus Fire Chief Mike Compton said. “Shane used his talents to produce a high-quality appliance for our equipment at a minimal cost to the City.”

Compton added that the department provided the raw materials for Bryant’s project.

Bryant graduated from Columbus North mid-term and currently works for Noblitt Fabricating Inc. in Columbus.

School corporation sets kindergarten roundup

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s elementary schools will begin registration for students entering kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year from March 6 to 10.

Any child that is 5 years old by Aug. 1 is eligible for kindergarten.

Each BCSC elementary school will be open from 6 to 7 p.m. March 6 for a Kindergarten Round-up Night to register students. If parents are unable to attend, they can register their child at their home school’s main office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily March 6 to 10.

All parents must present the following items to register their child for school:

Child’s birth certificate

Child’s immunization records

Proof of residency

The proof of residency can be a utility bill (not a cellphone bill), but the address reflected must match the student’s home address.

Parents should contact the school their child will attend if they have any questions.

Hope resident joins academic honor society

Brandy Walters, daughter of Michael and Mary Jo Nentrup of Edinburgh and wife of Patrick Walters of Hope, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Ivy Tech Community College on Jan. 28. She joins the Alpha Rho Tau Chapter.

Walters is majoring in special education and teaching.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education.

IUPUC hosting ‘Just For Juniors’ information event

Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) is hosting a “Just for Juniors” event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 31 at the Columbus Learning Center Lecture Hall, 4555 Central Ave.

The free annual event is designed to inform and inspire high school sophomores, juniors and seniors toward a degree in higher education.

All IUPUC degree programs will be introduced and student ambassadors will be on hand to discuss campus life. Sessions will cover college scholarships, degree programs, student life and transitioning from high school to college.

Those interested in attending should register online at Lunch will be served.

Germany trip meeting scheduled for students

An information meeting about the student trip to Germany for any Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. student who is enrolled in German in the 2017-2018 school year is 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1004A at Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St.

The trip is planned for June 2018 and will include a two-week stay in sister city Loehne and a 10-day tour that will include Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.

For questions or if unable to attend the meeting, contact Kate Stahl at

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