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Bunker Hill, IN – Anna Duke, a Junior at Maconaquah High School has been selected as the Roxy Theater Student of the Week for the week ending April 27, 2018! Anna is the daughter of Theresa and Timothy Duke.

Anna was nominated by Kari Catanzaro, a teacher at Maconaquah. According to Ms. Catanzaro Anna “maintains high academic achievement and abilities because of her personal work ethic. Anna is actively involved in the drama department and was the lead in Mary Poppins in March; at the same time, she participated in state speech and drama competitions and never let her grades slip. She was exhausted from her involved schedule, but she still chose to put forth the effort and participate enthusiastically in our ACP US History class. That's just how Anna does things, she's a top-notch scholar and citizen of our Maconaquah student body. Anna is a well deserving nominee for Academic Student of the Week.”

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Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah School Corporation offered an up-close look at its students’ work Saturday for its Showcase Maconaquah event.

Showcase Maconaquah, which has occurred three times in the last four years, is a celebration event to feature work from every grade level and every facet of opportunities at Maconaquah Schools.

As stated on the event’s handout, “The hope for Showcase Maconaquah is to offer a chance for the community to witness the great things that Maconaquah students achieve on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these are things that can be taken for granted or go largely unnoticed. But instead of letting them go unnoticed, we choose to celebrate them at Showcase Maconaquah.”

Superintendent Dr. Doug Arnold said the event had a good turnout, especially considering the rainy forecast.

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Bunker Hill, IN - More than 100 members of the future workforce gathered at Maconaquah High School last Thursday to network with employers.

According to MHS Principal Chad Carlson, 111 students from Maconaquah, Peru, Kokomo, Logansport, Eastern, Western, and Pioneer high schools were present, along with representatives from 16 area employers and trades for this year’s Youth Summit.

“The Youth Summit is unique because it is not a typical career fair,” Carlson said. “The students are selected to attend, and they are instructed to approach the event as a potential job interview.”

Students are encouraged to dress professionally and bring their resume, Carlson said. Students participated in a circuit of workshops and had the chance to network with employers and representatives of trades.

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Nearly 20 Maconaquah High School networking students were able to attend a Cisco Conference in Indianapolis earlier this month for free.

Since Maconaquah’s networking classes are dual credit classes through Ivy Tech, the students were able to attend as Ivy Tech students, said MHS Business Technology Teacher Julie Dinn.

Dinn said the conference began with speakers from the Cisco Academy. Then, students were able to attend breakout sessions on various technology topics. In the afternoon, some students were able to participate in networking competitions with college students, and they were able to visit a career fair to meet potential future employers.

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A handful of Maconaquah High School students have learned the French “joie de vivre,” or “joy of living,” after visiting Paris and Brioude over spring break.

The trip continued a fruitful exchange program between MHS and Collège-Lycée Saint-Julien, which began several years ago. Five MHS students, French Teacher Marcet Spahr, and chaperone Carrie Gallahan left for France March 17. The group spent about one-week attending classes at Saint-Julien and going on excursions near Brioude in Auvergne. Then, they spent two-and-a-half days in Paris before returning home.

“The beauty of the exchange is that students have the opportunity to make friendships that can carry over from year to year,” Spahr said, adding at least three pairs of siblings have been through the exchange since it started in 2012.

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Maconaquah Elementary School earned a prestigious certification from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Friday for its integration of STEM education.

Mac El is now one of the 60 schools in Indiana to be an IDOE STEM Certified School. This makes it the first Miami County elementary school to earn the distinction, and the second Miami County school total. Maconaquah Middle School earned the distinction in 2015.

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The magic of Cherry Tree Lane is coming to Bunker Hill this weekend as the Maconaquah High School Theatre performs its spring musical, Mary Poppins.

The show debuts Friday at 7 p.m., and there will be an additional showing Saturday at 7 p.m. About 40 students ranging from 4th grade to 12th grade are involved in one way or another, and the cast and crew have been rehearsing since mid-December.

“In my opinion, it is one of the hardest shows that Maconaquah has ever done (in terms of production),” said Michael Sommers, the show’s Artistic Director and Maconaquah Middle School English and social studies teacher.

Musical Director and Maconaquah Elementary School music teacher Michelle Bailey described the show as “family friendly.”

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Bunker Hill, IN - The success of Maconaquah Middle School’s agri-STEM program, Maconaquah Cattle Company, came full circle on Tuesday when the first beef produced by the program was served in school lunches. The verdict? Delicious and satisfying.

Ground beef from the project was served in the form of cheeseburgers and walking tacos, which are similar to burrito bowls, on Tuesday, according to Maconaquah Food Service Coordinator Kim Lewis.

“I like it because I know I’m serving good, quality meat,” she said. “And I think it’s a great learning process for the students — very unique.”