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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Fall fest fun for the community at Independence High School

The Leo Club is ready for their first customer for their game called "Where's Leo?"

The Leo Club is ready for their first customer for their game called “Where’s Leo?”

The Independence High School Student Council, better known as STUCO, held its annual fall fest on Saturday, October 26 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the school.

Due to current construction, “Trunk or Treat” was held in the back parking lot and was sponsored this year by the math department.

Thriller dance lessons were available in the cafeteria for $1.

All kid games were in the mall area inside the school and were sponsored by student clubs and organizations.

The Leo Club, the student community service organization sponsored by the Mint Hill Lions, Created a game, “Where’s Leo?” A stuffed lion was hidden under one of several Halloween themed cups and then the cups were then shuffled. The object of the game was to identify which cup the lion was under. 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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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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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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FSI office,Carolina Panthers announce Teacher of the Week

FSIIndependence High School marketing teacher and head baseball coach, Daniel Cooke, received the Teacher of the Week award from FSI Office Supplies and Carolina Panthers.
“We run scrolling announcements during games, and someone submitted Mr. Cooke’s name,” says Jerry Taylor, School Supply Specialist with FSI Office, who partners with the Carolina Panthers for the recognition program.
Winners are chosen based on their commitment in the classroom as well as their willingness to go out of their way to help others.
Cooke received a storage box full of supplies for the classroom, including a carton of paper, and 2 tickets to the December 15 game at Bank of America Stadium against the NY Jets.
At the December 15 game, the Teacher of the Year will be announced and will receive a Grand Prize package of additional supplies for their classroom.
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