School News – May 1

School news

C4 awards ceremony to honor students and staff

The annual C4 Columbus Area Career Connection Awards Program is planned for 7 p.m. May 17 in the auditorium of Southside Elementary, 1320 W. County Road 200S.

The C4 staff will be recognizing student achievement, retiring staff and exemplary advisory board committee members.

Local earns scholarship from Simmons College

Lauren Wagner, a 16-year-old senior at Columbus East High School, recently received the Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Scholarship from Simmons College in Boston.

The Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Scholarship program is the most prestigious award given at Simmons College to recognize talented students. The scholarship, with a total value of more than $200,000, covers four-years of full tuition, mandatory fees, room and board and provides an additional $3,000 toward study abroad, short-term courses, summer internship tuition or research support.

Wagner plans to major in data science and analytics.

Area schools compete at state Academic Super Bowl

Columbus East, Columbus North and Trinity Lutheran high schools were among the 278 schools that recently competed in the Indiana Association of School Principals 2017 Academic Super Bowl competition.

Schools were divided into classes based on enrollments. The high school level competition includes five subject rounds of English, science, social studies, mathematics and fine arts. A sixth interdisciplinary round contains questions that may come from any and all subject matters, according to the IASP website.

Columbus East and Columbus North competed in high school division Class 1. They each made state finals in two categories:

•Columbus North: First place, science division; third, mathematics.

•Columbus East: Fifth, interdisciplinary; sixth, mathematics.

•Trinity Lutheran High School competed in high school division Class 4. In each of the five categories they competed they earned scores within the top six. These scores include:

•First place, English

•Second place, fine arts

•Fourth place, social studies

•Fifth place, interdisciplinary

•Sixth place, mathematics

Trinity Lutheran’s scores mean they will advance to the state finals competition May 6 at Purdue University, according to school principal Benjamin Stellwagen.

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