Successful scholars

Columbus North High School seniors Jennifer Gutman and Preetha Pamidighantam are to be commended for their hard work in the classroom. Both won $2,500 scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

They were among 15,000 finalists nationwide, of which about 4,000 received scholarships. Their selections show how well their academic accomplishments stood out.

Gutman plans to attend Purdue University and pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Pamidighantam is undecided on her college plans, but plans to pursue a career in neurosurgery.

Their awards demonstrate that hard work in the classroom pays off.

Popular attraction

The fact that the Christmas Cabaret at The Commons show, “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” is already sold out in May speaks to the popularity of the event and the ability of organizers to attract great talent.

Movie and TV actress Jane Lynch, an Emmy award winner, headlines this year’s show, but it also includes Kate Flannery and Tim Davis, both known for their acting on TV shows.

The quick sellout illustrates how successful the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic has been in organizing the local concerts by forging a talent-sharing arrangement with The Cabaret in Indianapolis.

Take a bow for a job well done.

Rockin’ good time

Kudos to the students and adults who make American Pie: The Magical History Tour a must-see entertainment event each year in Columbus.

The 32nd edition drew about 1,000 people to Judson Erne Auditorium at Columbus North High School on May 12, and the theme of story songs had audience members of all ages movin’, groovin’ and singing along.

Not only did it provide a history lesson to those in attendance, but it also provided a great sendoff for North choral director Janie Gordon, a longtime American Pie contributor who is retiring from teaching at the end of the school year.