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Bunker Hill, IN - A Maconaquah Middle School eighth-grader will get a taste of university-level academics this school year.

Riley Hair has been accepted into the University of Notre Dame’s NDignite program, which is an online enrichment program for high achieving middle school students. The program is hosted by ND’s Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment, and it is designed to develop leadership skills and helping students identify their gifts.

“I’m very excited,” Riley said.

After taking her SAT exam last year, Riley came home to a letter about the NDignite program, which she had heard about from a couple of her older friends. She applied and was accepted.

Riley looks forward to connecting with students across the nation, and she hopes it will help her pinpoint her passions and gifts.

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Bunker Hill, IN - Starting this fall, Maconaquah School Corporation students will have free entry to sporting events.

Superintendent Dr. James Callane said the goal is to increase attendance at games.

“We want our students to be loud and proud at games,” Callane said. “We hope by allowing students into events free, we will double the number of students who come out and support our teams..”

Elementary and middle school-aged students will need to be accompanied by adults to the events, and student ID’s are required for entry.

Photo by: Daisia Dodd, student photographer

Maconaquah High School’s graduating class of 2018 tosses their caps in the air after their graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 2. Photo by: Daisia Dodd, student photographer

Bunker Hill, IN - “Pomp and Circumstance” and the Maconaquah’s School Song served as musical bookends to Maconaquah High School’s 2018 graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon as 153 Braves entered new chapters of life. Clad in red and blue caps and gowns, the graduates shared laughs, swapped stories, and took countless pictures as they celebrated the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.

MHS Principal Chad Carlson congratulated the class and wished them well.

“I tell people all the time that this is my favorite day of the school year — just being able to watch these young men and women walk across that stage and get that diploma. It’s something they’ve worked for so long. I love it,” he said.

Dakota Swinford wins IUK competition

Maconaquah High School senior Dakota Swinford received a prestigious art award last week from Indiana University Kokomo’s 23rd annual High School Art Exhibit.

Swinford was invited to the awards ceremony last week but was surprised to learn that her mixed media piece, “Memento Mori,” was named Best of Show.

“I was shocked,” she said. “I was very surprised at the whole thing.”

Hancock said this show is the largest high school exhibit IUK has ever held, and 14 schools from North Central Indiana were represented this year.

“To get Best of Show is very impressive,” Hancock said.

The title of Swinford’s piece, Memento Mori, is Latin for “remember death.” The piece featured a sculpted cat that Swinford described as “pretty beat up” and seven sculpted skulls painted differently to represent its previous lives.

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Maconaquah High School’s graduating class of 2018 celebrated the end of their K-12 career Thursday morning in the company of their younger peers and past educators.

The annual Senior Walk is a relatively young tradition for Maconaquah High School, and it includes the graduating seniors marching past Maconaquah Elementary School and Maconaquah Middle School to give high fives to the students. It gives the younger students and elementary and middle school educators an opportunity to congratulate the seniors, and it also provides perspective and inspiration to the elementary and middle school students.

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Bunker, Hill, IN - Maconaquah High School’s Academic Super Bowl team continued its success streak this spring with its third state championship in four years.

The team’s Fine Arts squad won first place at the state competition at Purdue University earlier this month. Also, 2018 was the first year the team had two squads qualify for the state competition. The Social Studies squad placed third at the state competition.

MHS teachers Helene Banina and Andrew Berryman coach the team, and Banina said the victory felt “wonderful.”

Photo of Stevee Judy, a Freshman at Maconaquah High School

Bunker Hill, IN –Stevee Judy, a Freshman at Maconaquah High School has been selected as the Roxy Theater High School Student of the Week for the week ending May 18, 2018. Stevee is the daughter of Julie and Kirk Judy. She was nominated by Anne Hileman, a teacher at Maconaquah High School.

While at Maconaquah, Stevee participates in Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate as well as Counterpoints. In high school, Stevee would like to take classes geared towards forensic investigation and criminal justice to then go to college a pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in that area.

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Bunker Hill, IN – The Miami County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the possible filming of a Maconaquah bus driver that occurred when the driver was taking a random urine drug screen.

Tuesday morning at approximately 10:25 a.m., a Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputy was dispatched to Maconaquah Elementary School after the driver reported the incident to Mac Transportation Director Angel Strik, Dr. James Callane, the Assistant Superintendent of Maconaquah Schools and the School Resource Officer, Deputy Linda Sutton.

The driver reported that while she was in the restroom to provide a sample, she located a cellphone. A preliminary investigation determined that the cell phone belonged to an employee of Indiana Testing, Inc. the company that is contracted to conduct the random drug screens for Maconaquah Schools. The name of the driver was not released by the Sheriff’s Department or Maconaquah Schools.