Indendence 39–Butler 46

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Indy 39 – Butler 46.  The Independence football season ended in the second round of the State Playoff with a loss to Butler for the second time this season.   Butler will advance to the third round of the State Playoffs friday night by traveling to and playing the number on seed West Forsyth.    Rocky River will also advance to the third round after beating Porter Ridge 37 to 29.  The Ravens  will travel to Greensboro to play Dudley High this Friday night.

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The voice of Indy football for 10 years John Trela heads to Poughkeepsie for retirement

By Michele Dotson 
Staff Writer
Although Independence High School Assistant Principal John Trela officially retired last June, he has continued to announce home football games as he has done for the past 10 years.
“I’ve enjoyed it more than I can tell you,” says Trela. “To me, it’s just so much fun. Seeing the kids on the field, and then going on to see them in college games, and then some of them on Monday night football; it’s thrilling.”
This year has been a bit of a challenge for Trela, who was diagnosed three years ago with polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder in which clusters of noncancerous cysts develop within the kidneys.
“Once I was diagnosed, I was put immediately on the list for a transplant,” he says. 
Trela’s sister suffered from the same disorder and received her transplant about four years ago.
“We had a game against West Meck on a Thursday,” says Trela. “I knew I was close to the top of the list so I figured I’d wait it out here.”
Trela’s wife Cathy has held a position at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY for about two and a half years and the two have commuted back and forth until John’s official retirement. He took the time in Charlotte to ready their house for the market and finish packing for a final move once he recovered from the impending surgery. Continue reading
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Brits get a taste of Indy life

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Independence welcome 11 British students to the Big-I

Independence welcome 11 British students to the Big-I

Eleven students from Kingsley College in Redditch, Worcestershire, England got a Big-I welcome on Thursday, October 24 for their first day of a two week school exchange.

Students spent their first day getting acquainted with their peer guides, enjoying breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A, and Krispy Kreme, and meeting their hostess, Ms. Katie Willett, as well as school principal, Amy Dellinger.

Willett, a US History and seminar teacher in Independence High School’s Academy of International Studies (AIS) program, has been leading the exchange for the past four years.

“The Kingsley students are here for two weeks, and we will go over there for two weeks in the spring,” says Willett.

Mark Atherton of Kingsley College has also been a part of the program for several years.

“This is my seventh time visiting Independence,” says Atherton, “but the fourth time we’ve had the exchange.” Continue reading

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Week of festivities at Indy ends with crowning of king and quee

Senior Sidney Quach was crowned homecoming queen Friday night at Independence High School. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

Senior Sidney Quach was crowned homecoming queen Friday night at Independence High School. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

Students at Independence High School participated in homecoming week from October 14-18. Festivities wrapped up at school on Friday afternoon with an indoor parade and cheering for a Friday night victory against Garinger.

The band marched through the halls led by the varsity cheerleaders on Friday afternoon before school let out.

Games and activities such as Corn Hole began at 5:30 pm inside the stadium and a DJ entertained until the start of the game.

At half time the homecoming court was presented at mid-field and senior Sidney Quach was name the 2013 Homecoming Queen.

Independence beat Garinger 69-0.

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