School news

4-H’ers compete in engineering event

Two Bartholomew County 4-H members took home awards during the National Youth Engineering Challenge conducted in West Lafayette last month.

Brendan Boewe and Daniel Murphy represented Indiana during the event at Purdue University on Sept. 24 to 26 which included students from eight states. Boewe and Murphy placed first and second, respectively, in the lawn and garden Learn to Earn contest, which judged contestants on their knowledge of caring for lawns, maintenance procedures for equipment, parts identification and safe operation of a lawn tractor through a prescribed course.

The contestants qualified for the national event after winning county and state competitions. Participants competed in the areas of aerospace, bicycle, electric, lawn tractor, robotics, small engines, welding and ag tractor during the challenge.

Student plans cancer memorial run, walk

A Columbus East High School student is planning a pancreatic cancer memorial 5K run/walk this month as part of her senior project.

Britney Ballard said the event will be at the Northside Middle School track from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21. The cost for registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt.

To register, visit and search for “2nd Annual Kenneth A. Ziegler Memorial 5K Run/Walk.” Checks can be made out to Columbus East High School and sent to Britney Ballard, 2007 Parkside Drive, Columbus, IN 47203.

Registration also can be done on the day of the event.

North graduate enrolls at Marietta College

A Columbus North High School graduate has enrolled at Marietta College.

Nolan Wetherald is majoring in accounting and sports management at the four-year liberal arts college, located in Marietta, Ohio.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or