North West Graduate Interning with VanNatter Rep
A Northwestern High School grad and Purdue University sophomore is interning with State Rep. Heath VanNatter, R-Kokomo, during the 2022 legislative session.
Elijah Collins communicates with voters by telephone, letters and emails. He also directs committee hearings and prosecution deliberations.
“I enjoyed meeting new people every day at Statehouse,” Collins said in a press release. “No day is ever the same, and learning to listen to others and their perspectives on certain issues has been very beneficial.”
Each year, the House of Representatives offers paid internship opportunities to college students, law students, graduate students, and recent college graduates for the duration of the legislative session.
Indiana Sheriffs Association Offering Scholarships
The Indiana Sheriffs Association offers scholarships to high school and college students pursuing a criminal justice degree.
Approximately 40 scholarships of $750 each will be awarded.
Applications are available from high school counselors or the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. The scholarship application can also be downloaded online at https://indianasheriffs.org/scholarships/.
Applications must be submitted by April 1.
Applicants must be a resident of Indiana, be a current member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association, attend an Indiana college or university, specialize in an area of law enforcement and enroll as a full-time student.
The Villages accept diaper donations
The Kokomo Foster Care Service accepts diaper donations for foster families in need.
All sizes are needed, from newborn to size 6 and pull-ups.
In 2021, 43% of Villages foster children were 4 years of age or younger and 10% of Older Youth Services participants (foster youth aged 18+) had at least one child .
Diapers can be dropped off at The Villages’ Kokomo location, 2739 Albright Road, or purchased through the organization’s Amazon wishlist at https://tinyurl.com/2p8na9em.
The fundraiser coincides with Diaper Day, which is March 16. The Villages aims to collect 35,000 diapers to donate to foster families across the state.
Children of diaper age need at least 50 diaper changes per week, which is about $80 per week.
A KACC student rewarded for PSA
Ethan Keller, of Eastern High School and a student at Kokomo Area Career Center, earned third place in a recent regional competition.
Keller’s 60-second public service announcement earned him a $100 prize and third place in the Association of Career and Technical Education Region III competition. The region is made up of career centers in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
The PSA was intended to highlight the need for nationwide vocational and technical training.
The 8-week project included studying the elements of a public service announcement, understanding the media production of public service announcements, and researching the history of vocational and technical education.
The Taylor Class of 1972 will hold their 50th reunion
The Taylor High School Class of 1972 will have its 50th reunion on June 4.
The meeting will be held at 2130 W. Sycamore St., Suite 10, Kokomo, IN 46901.
Those interested in attending should contact Charlie Wolf at 917-863-8246 or by email at [email protected]
The meeting is open to all alumni, coaches, teachers and administrators.
Local Ball State Student Named to Top 100 Student List
Maia Campbell of Kokomo has been named to Ball State University’s inaugural Top 100 list.
The list recognizes the 100 outstanding juniors and seniors who “represent the spirit of benevolence, the institutional statue of the Ball State and the icon that symbolizes the generosity of the five Ball brothers whose donation of land to the State of ‘Indiana has allowed the university to thrive,’ according to a press release.
Campbell is a senior who studies pre-med readiness and biology.
Peruvian students on the deans’ list
Victoriahna Vander Does of Peru has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Cedarville University.
Dean’s List recognition is for students who achieve at least 3.75 GPA for the semester.
KHS Graduate Pathway Gains IDOE Approval
A new civic arts graduation path for Kokomo High School received approval from the Indiana Department of Education this week.
The course, which was featured in the Kokomo Tribune on Feb. 24, aims to allow arts students to stay true to their passions while meeting graduation requirements.
Previously, students had to drop some art courses to meet Indiana’s new graduation requirements.
Texas Roadhouse partners with Tipton Group for fundraiser
Texas Roadhouse in Kokomo will donate 10% of its proceeds on Tuesday to the Tipton Band Boosters.
To participate, customers must show the flyer which can be found at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/5n6jntnc.
Fundraising takes place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes restaurant, curbside and gift card purchases.
IUK’s PodFest returns for the second year
Indiana University Kokomo is accepting submissions for its second annual PodFest.
The campus-wide podcasting festival begins in March and offers online and in-person events throughout the month.
Students, staff, faculty and community members can submit a podcast to the festival, which will award prizes in five different categories. Participants do not need to be present or work at IUK to participate in the event.
The contest and events are all free.
For more information, including how to submit and a schedule of events, visit www.iukpodfest.com. PodFest can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching for “IUK PodFest”.
The Schools of Peru Art Gallery will be on display at the museum
Nineteen works from the Peru Community Schools Fine Art Gallery will be on display at the Richmond Art Museum through April 30.
Entitled “Modernist Works”, this is the first time in a long time that the Peru gallery has loaned works of art.
The Richmond Art Museum regularly attracts visitors from Indianapolis and Cincinnati. The Richmond Art Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The PCS Fine Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
IUK students and staff rewarded for honoring MLK
Indiana University Kokomo students and staff were honored for their efforts in advocating for Martin Luther King Jr.’s social rights vision.
Shailyn Nash received a Building Bridges Award for her thesis exhibit titled “Our Hair, Our Story, My Story,” which explains the relationship the black community has with natural hair.
The Building Bridges Award honors faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners at IU campuses who reflect the spirit, vision, and leadership of King.
The award was also presented to JC Barnett III, financial aid counsellor. He has been recognized for his work with the Black Student Center, which provides a unique space for belonging and academic support for Black students.
The IU Kokomo Equity Ambassadors group received the campus’ first MLK student organizing grant. The group received the $500 grant, which is given to student groups for their support of inclusivity, for their upcoming Equal Pay Day.
Equal Pay Day, which is April 2 and will be recognized on campus on March 30, is meant to show how far a woman has to work to get paid what a man was paid the previous year.