Student raises awareness, money with T-shirts

By Michele Dotson: Staff Writer -dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Andrew Terry is a student at Queen’s Grant High School.

Andrew Terry is a student at Queen’s Grant High School.

Last year, Queens Grant student Andrew Terry wore pink socks and wrist bands during his cross-country meets to raise awareness and show his support for cancer research.

This year, Terry got the idea to take his initiative a step further, so he de- signed a tee shirt and has been selling them at school since the first school days in August.

So far, he’s profited $780 towards his goal of raising $1000 which will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

“This year I just wanted to do something bigger,” says Terry. “We also have a raffle going on and so far we’ve raised $160.”

Tee shirts are $20 and will be on sale through October.

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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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Science Rocks! Independence students teach Bain science class about rocks

By Leah Schmalz

What are rocks? Fourth grade students at Bain Elementary learned the answer to that question last Thursday morning, thanks to a group of students from Independence High School. They spent an hour at the elementary school giving science presentations on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

The IHS students split up into small groups. Each group gave a presentation in a different fourth grade class. They passed out guided notes and presented a slideshow that covered how rocks are weathered, the three types of rocks and how they are formed, and the uses of rocks in everyday life.

In Pam Spilde’s class, IHS freshman Josh Blue passed around samples of coal, gneiss, and mica. He explained that if the stu- dents were able to press the coal hard enough between their hands, they could turn it into a diamond. “Don’t try it, though,” he said.

“What are some of the uses of rocks?” asked fresh- man Ashley Gildersleeve. The students quickly rattled off gravel roads, arrowheads, countertops, and houses. One student jokingly added “throwing” to the list. Continue reading

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Kiwanis names September Terrific Kids

Bain Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Elijah Smith, Isabella Perry, Gavin Poulin, Abigail Hayes, Abigayle Price, De’Asia Alexander. Second: Jayden Osorio, Sienna Hopkins, Natalie James, Alex Kem- per, Jordan Appling, Jessie Butler, Josie Mullis. Fourth: Calvin Saia, Emma Elliot, Cole Schoolcraft, Tamia Burgess, Nahua Cortez, Jana Pak, Ryan Arne. First: Natalie Johnson, John Howard, Natalie Howie, Ryan Land, Katie Watson, Ian Turner, Taryn Vogler. Third: Ol- ivia Troy-Mebane, Andrew Graham, Kelsey Diggs, Tyler Whetstone, Jake Russell, Jake Brabson, Kalyn Cuthbertson. Fifth: John Hernandez, Sterling Dennis, Joshua Ponder, Chelsea Matthews, Harrison Gates, Bryson Hogsed, Jada Adams.

Bain Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Elijah Smith, Isabella Perry, Gavin Poulin, Abigail Hayes, Abigayle Price, De’Asia Alexander. Second: Jayden Osorio, Sienna Hopkins, Natalie James, Alex Kemper, Jordan Appling, Jessie Butler, Josie Mullis. Fourth: Calvin Saia, Emma Elliot, Cole Schoolcraft, Tamia Burgess, Nahua Cortez, Jana Pak, Ryan Arne. First: Natalie Johnson, John Howard, Natalie Howie, Ryan Land, Katie Watson, Ian Turner, Taryn Vogler. Third: Olivia Troy Mebane, Andrew Graham, Kelsey Diggs, Tyler Whetstone, Jake Russell, Jake Brabson, Kalyn Cuthbertson. Fifth: John Hernandez, Sterling Dennis, Joshua Ponder, Chelsea Matthews, Harrison Gates, Bryson Hogsed, Jada Adams.

Clear Creek Teriffic Kids Kindergarten: Holden Smith, Triniti James, Maicy Metzgar, Isabel Pereira, Maricarmen San- chez-Martinez. First: Bryce Sprout, Brandon Bernai Jarquin, John-Ru- ben Jimenez, Jesse Sprout. Angel Hernandez. Second: Jonathan Chadwick, Michael Graham, Naima Adams, Peyton Carros, Jailynn Lo- pez. Third: Kerry Creech, Michele Amoah, Christopher Jones, Naomi Moga, Giselle Lee-Diaz. Fourth: Abigail Lee, Amahri Surratt, Sofiya Iurceac, Joshiah Sutherland. Fifth: Zoe Hopwood, Alex Patrick, Natalie Tepedino, Joni Gerringer, Jessimey Reyes.

Clear Creek Teriffic Kids
Kindergarten: Holden Smith, Triniti James, Maicy Metzgar, Isabel Pereira, Maricarmen Sanchez-Martinez. First: Bryce Sprout, Brandon Bernai Jarquin, John Ruben Jimenez, Jesse Sprout. Angel Hernandez. Second: Jonathan Chadwick, Michael Graham, Naima Adams, Peyton Carros, Jailynn Lopez. Third: Kerry Creech, Michele Amoah, Christopher Jones, Naomi Moga, Giselle Lee-Diaz. Fourth: Abigail Lee, Amahri Surratt, Sofiya Iurceac, Joshiah Sutherland. Fifth: Zoe Hopwood, Alex Patrick, Natalie Tepedino, Joni Gerringer, Jessimey Reyes.

H Gunn Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Nahom Abraha, Nina Manning, Sierra Tal- ley, Ahmad Savage, Maurice Rovira, Caleb Jackson. First: Alexisa Tedeku, David Tourn, Daisy Diaz Zambrano, Jesse Davis, Shessley Hernandez, Reem Ezzaarate. Second: Yaz- min Lowery, Valeria Delgado, Isabella Garcia, Joel Velas- quez, Sarai Barrios, Plankhy Shaw El. Third: Derek Estrada, Paris Maxell, Esmeralda Boria, Marlon Duran Chavez, Anabel Ibarra-Gomez, Veronica Ro- man. Fourth: Marro Agbaga, Francisco Limon, Lashandria Jordan, Javares Green, Barba- ra Sanchez. Fifth: Addison Ga- ron, Genesis Jimenez, Kacee Sinclair, Jackie Dunlap, Destiny Estrada, Marco Torres, Clem- ente Mayo, Landon King.

H Gunn Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Nahom Abraha, Nina Manning, Sierra Talley, Ahmad Savage, Maurice Rovira, Caleb Jackson. First: Alexisa Tedeku, David Tourn, Daisy Diaz Zambrano, Jesse Davis, Shessley Hernandez, Reem Ezzaarate. Second: Yazmin Lowery, Valeria Delgado, Isabella Garcia, Joel Velas- quez, Sarai Barrios, Plankhy Shaw El. Third: Derek Estrada, Paris Maxell, Esmeralda Boria, Marlon Duran Chavez, Anabel Ibarra-Gomez, Veronica Ro- man. Fourth: Marro Agbaga, Francisco Limon, Lashandria Jordan, Javares Green, Barba- ra Sanchez. Fifth: Addison Ga- ron, Genesis Jimenez, Kacee Sinclair, Jackie Dunlap, Destiny Estrada, Marco Torres, Clemente Mayo, Landon King.

Lebanon Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Jazmin Sumter, Razia Ahmed, Brayden Ramirez, Sophia Tristan, Tatiana Collins, Peyton Mines, Valeria Valle Ojeda. First: Alexshai Valdovinos, Andrea Jacobo, Nadira Estrada, Corey Burleson, Frankie Jones, Luai Abdulraheem, Yazmin Galvan-Martinez. Second: Austin Bodin, Tyler Phan, Jalyn Allen, Bereni- ece Cervantes. Third: Bryan Martinez, Pamela Santibanez, Nathan Rankin, Kayla Castro, Lakshmi Alfaro Perez. Fourth: Melissa Flores, Cara Story, Jaheim Roscoe, Lizbeth Munoz Ro- driguez, Amy Figueroa-Cribas. Fifth: Briana Phan, Sammy Haile, Amaya Coe, Nicole Garcia, Brianna Ca’Camo, Chelsy Montoya.

Lebanon Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Jazmin Sumter, Razia Ahmed, Brayden Ramirez, Sophia Tristan, Tatiana Collins, Peyton Mines, Valeria Valle Ojeda. First: Alexshai Valdovinos, Andrea Jacobo, Nadira Estrada, Corey Burleson, Frankie Jones, Luai Abdulraheem, Yazmin Galvan-Martinez. Second: Austin Bodin, Tyler Phan, Jalyn Allen, Bereni- ece Cervantes. Third: Bryan Martinez, Pamela Santibanez, Nathan Rankin, Kayla Castro, Lakshmi Alfaro Perez. Fourth: Melissa Flores, Cara Story, Jaheim Roscoe, Lizbeth Munoz Ro- driguez, Amy Figueroa-Cribas. Fifth: Briana Phan, Sammy Haile, Amaya Coe, Nicole Garcia, Brianna Ca’Camo, Chelsy Montoya.

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Former Bain students now working on staff

By Michele Dotson
Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Whoever said “Nothing good can last forever,” certainly had never attended Bain Elementary School.

Five current members of the Bain Elementary staff are former students.  What has drawn them back to Bain to work as adults is basically the same feelings they got when they were kids.
“The closeness that we have is like an extended family,” says Administrative and Financial Secretary Dorothy Flaherty who attended Bain from Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Third grade teacher Jessica Corrigan is proud to be at Bain to continue the traditions.
“The heart of Bain is what makes it so special.  There is a feeling of love and warmth amongst the staff, parents, and students.  We have strong historical ties to the community and Bain is rooted in a long tradition of providing the best for its students. “
Academic Facilitator Kelli Drye’s mother taught at Bain when she was a student there and she remembers spending time after school with her in her classroom “teaching school.”
Although Bain has been known since its inception in 1889 as a quality educational institution, holding high expectation of its students and parents, there’s always room for some fun, too. Continue reading
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National Merit Scholarship names local commended students

scholarshipIndependence High School principal Amy Dellinger announced today that Hunter Brakovec, Thomas Guist, Joseph Joyce, and Anna McElrath have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the programs, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Continue reading
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