School News – April 24

Senior aids Indy Honor Flight

Lydia Doughty, a senior at Columbus East High School, raised $5,512 for Indy Honor Flight through community and area business donations and multiple fundraisers.

Doughty presented a check to Indy Honor Flight on April 15 at the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.

Indy Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that seeks to honor Indiana’s veterans for their sacrifices by providing them with a flight to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials. Priority is given to World War II survivors and veterans who are terminally ill.

The money Doughty raised is enough to send 12 veterans to Washington to see their memorials.

Doughty will be attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan, in the fall to study biology on a premedicine path.

Math league team tallies strong finishes

Columbus North’s Indiana Math League team had impressive showings in the regional and state competitions.

The team finished first in the South Central Indiana Region and third in the state with a total of 162 points — the highest finish for North in recent history. The team has placed within the top 10 each year since 2010.

Indiana Math League is a statewide contest where students solve six challenging math problems each month after school. Top individual scores at the school level are sent in for the state competition.

This year, more than 350 North students participated in the contest. North students identified among the top scoring students in the state were:

  • Ken Guan
  • Vivek Hebbar
  • Andrew Liu
  • Roger Jiang
  • Yijiang Zhao
  • Richard Liu

Indiana Math League is sponsored by Columbus North’s math chair, Dale Nowlin.

Young playwrights recognized

Three students from Columbus were recognized as semifinalists in the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Young Playwrights in Process competition:

  • Advaith Sreeram of Central Middle School for “The Gray Place”
  • Lillia Stidman of Central Middle School for “Life to the Max”
  • Grace Wang of Columbus North High School for “Blood Poetry”

Wang previously was a semifinalist in middle school.

Young Playwrights in Process is an annual playwrighting competition for students in Grades 6-12 in Indiana. Scripts are read by theater and writing professionals to look at the writer’s storytelling, dialogue, characters and plot.

Students welcomed at Statehouse

State Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, welcomed six Columbus students to the Statehouse who served as senate pages in March and April.

They were:

  • Evan Lemley, attends Columbus North High School
  • Grace Lorimor, homeschooled
  • Hannah Lorimor, homeschooled
  • Hannah Walker, homeschooled
  • Rebecca Walker, homeschooled
  • Elisabeth White, homeschooled

Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the senate floor and interacting with their state senators. Students in Grades 6-12 participate in the page program Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the legislative session.

To learn more about the Senate’s page program, visit

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