Josh Catanzaro photo by Snappy Giraffe Photography

Bunker Hill, IN - Regardless of the obstacle, Josh Catanzaro employs hard work as the solution, and the results are evident.

The Maconaquah High School senior is a couple months away from finishing his K-12 career and starting a new chapter in college.

He is currently ranked at the top of his class, is the 2018 Lilly Scholar for Miami County, was the drum major for the school’s marching band, has been part of two Academic Super Bowl state championship teams, is the National Honor Society (NHS) Secretary, mentors Maconaquah Elementary students, is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) President despite not playing any sports, just to name a few of his accolades and involvements.

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The Maconaquah Board of School Trustees will conduct a Special Board Meeting for the purpose of annual reorganization, and including a final vote on the superintendent contract, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Administration Building, 7932 S Strawtown Pike, Bunker Hill, IN.

Photo by Eric Stoff.

Bunker Hill, IN - An entire Maconaquah Elementary School third grade class benefited from a single mentorship last week in the spirit of Christmas.

Delmar Sease is a mentor to Mac El third grader James Stanbaugh through a program called Kids Hope USA. The partnership, which is part of a national program, formed last year between McGrawsville United Methodist Church and Maconaquah Elementary School.

A few weeks ago, Sease and Stambaugh made a snowman out of wood that Sease had prepared. Stanbaugh enjoyed the activity so much that he asked Sease to come to his classroom and lead the rest of the class in the craft before Christmas break.

Photo by Eric Stoff.

Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah Elementary School fourth grade teachers and students continued a young tradition this week by participating in Christmas Around the World.

The event consists of fourth-grade students rotating between different classrooms, which each explore how Christmas is celebrated in that country.

Mac El fourth grade teacher Pat Carver said this is the second year for the three-day event.

Photo of class at Mac El with their pillowcases.

About 200 third grade students at Maconaquah Elementary School recently learned how to prepare for a possible emergency using pillowcases.

According to Mac El Counselor Amy Snyder, all third graders attended a 40-minute presentation from the American Red Cross on being prepared and safe in times of disaster.

Snyder said every student was given a pillowcase and a “comfort kit,” which included travel-sized toiletries, and they were allowed to decorate their pillowcases in guidance class and discuss what they learned during the presentation.

Photo of Veterans Day Program at Maconaquah Schools

Maconaquah School Corporation honored the country’s veterans on Friday with four different programs.

Pipe Creek Elementary School held an event in its gymnasium Friday morning, during which students performed several patriotic songs and recognized individual veterans who were in attendance. Maconaquah Elementary School held two programs in Maconaquah High School’s auditorium. Both programs were open to the public and included musical performances. And Maconaquah Middle School held a program Friday afternoon, including guest speakers and a special flag-folding ceremony.

Photo by Eric Stoff,

Maconaquah Middle School eighth grade students circled around an American Flag last week to read the Declaration of Independence aloud. It was a powerful lesson that the students won't soon forget.

“The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson to be performed publicly,” said MMS Social Studies teacher Jennifer Lorona. “This lesson is important because we want students to appreciate their country and the reasons why our founders fought for independence.”

Michael Sommers, first-year MMS English and Social Studies teacher joined Lorona for this year’s lesson, and their classes completed it together.

Maconaquah Photo of Transportation Director Angel Strik

Maconaquah School Corporation Transportation Director Angel Strik will attend a conference next month for free, as she was recently awarded a scholarship for the opportunity.

Strik was chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Brandon Billingsley Memorial Scholarship, which will cover all expenses related to attending the 2017 National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio this November.