School News – May 22

Four local students earn $7,500 scholarships

Four local students are among the 200 selected recipients of the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. They are:

Annamarie Ashbrook, Hauser High School

Grace Hester, Columbus North High School

Adam Ruble, Columbus North High School

Casey Weisner, Columbus East High School

The scholarships of $7,500 annually are given to students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years upon college graduation. Students were selected from a competitive application process based on academic achievement, teacher nomination and an in-person interview.

To qualify, students had to either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. To continue earning the scholarship in college, students must earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.

Three North students place in history contest

Three Columbus North High School students earned top-three finishes at the 2017 National History Day in Indiana state contest: Kristen Ballard, Kaitlyn Niebrugge and Vivek Hebber.

Ballard and Niebrugge earned first place in the Senior Group Website category, while Hebber placed third in the Senior Paper category.

All first- and second-place state finishers in each junior and senior category qualified to compete in the national contest for National History Day, June 11 to 15, at the University of Maryland’s campus in College Park, Maryland.

Students in Grades 4 through 12 began their journey by exploring a historical subject and then using their research to create a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website addressing this year’s theme, “Taking a Stand in History.”

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