Maconaquah Middle School teacher Jennifer Lorona

Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah Middle School teacher Jennifer Lorona recently received a prestigious award from the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lorona, who has been teaching at MMS for 14 years, received the “Most Outstanding History Teacher Award” and was recognized by the Miami County INDAR chapter last week. She will be honored on the state level in May.

“Honestly, I was completely shocked when I found out that I won this award,” Lorona said. “I was honored to be the recipient because the DAR is such a prestigious organization, one in which I hope to be a member of someday.”

Susan Smith, a member of the Miami County DAR chapter recommended Lorona for the award. Smith spent time working with Lorona and her students as part of its Gear Up Program. After seeing Lorona’s teaching style, she decided to nominate her for the award.

Photo of Shemar Austin, a sophomore at Maconaquah High School

Bunker Hill, IN - Shemar Austin, a sophomore at Maconaquah High School has been named the Subway Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending May 18, 2018!

Shemar is the son of Bryan Austin and Marsha Austin. He was nominated by PJ Hatcher of Maconaquah High School.

“Shemar broke a conference record and got 2nd place in the 400, 2nd place in the 200, 2nd place in the 4x100, and earned first place in the 4x400 in the TRC conference meet,” according to Hatcher. “Shemar works hard and does the little things correct to put himself in a position to be successful. He is focused when we warm up, especially on his technique. He is a competitor and pushes himself and others. He is coachable, a great teammate, and is putting his talents to use in a big way.”

Photo of Holly Morris

Bunker Hill, IN - Holly Morris, a Senior at Maconaquah High School has been named the Subway Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending April 27, 2018!

Holly is the daughter of Derek and Kasey Peebles. She was nominated by Maconaquah staff member Kathi Greene. Holly is a member of the Softball and Soccer Teams. She has earned six Varsity Letters at Maconaquah. She was awarded the Mental Attitude Award by her Soccer Team.

Holly is also a member of the Sunshine Society, National Honor Society and the French Club at Maconaquah.

Mac school logo

The Maconaquah High School band had a large audience of eager ears Friday morning.

The band performed several pieces of music for all of Maconaquah Elementary School, which includes more than 700 students grades 2-5. Director Matthew Carnagua also fielded questions from elementary students, turning the concert into a casual and fun introduction to the band program.

Carnagua said putting on a concert for Mac El students is “vital” to introduce the entire scope of the band program to elementary students. He said many students only see what the band does at home football and basketball games, but that is “just a fraction” of what the program does.

Mac Showcase Flyer

Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah students, teachers, and administrators are hard at work preparing their corporation-wide Showcase event on April 14th.

Showcase Maconaquah is an event designed to share the broad scope of Maconaquah K-12 student work with the community. This will be the third occurrence of the event in four years.

Classroom displays, art galleries, live music and theatre performances, 3D printing exhibits, a baseball game, and a petting zoo hosted by the MHS FFA will be open to the public during the event, which lasts from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Dr. James Callane photo

On July 1, Maconaquah School Corporation will have a new-but-familiar face serving as superintendent.

Dr. James Callane, who has worked at Maconaquah for 20 years, will transition from his current position of assistant superintendent to superintendent as the successor of Dr. Doug Arnold, who is retiring in June.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as Maconaquah’s next superintendent by our local school board,” Callane said. “This is a position I have been working toward since I got into administration.”

He said he is excited to bring his “own leadership style to the table —- one that brings a high level of energy and passion for our Maconaquah community and a knack for fiscal responsibility.”

Photo of Maconaquah High School freshman Anastasia Spahr

Although oboe isn't her first instrument, Maconaquah High School freshman Anastasia Spahr was recently accepted into a prestigious statewide band for her talent.

Spahr said the piano is where she feels most proficient, and she also plays the violin. Despite this, she said it is “a big honor” to be accepted into the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) Junior All-State Band for the second year in a row. Only four oboe players in grades 7-9 are selected to be part of the band from the entire state, and she is the first Maconaquah student to ever be accepted into the band, let alone twice.

The Maconaquah Tribe screams with pride as the Braves score a touchdown. Ani Weitzel, student journalist

School spirit can be shown in many different ways.

On Friday night, the Maconaquah High School Braves attended their homecoming game armed with with Brave Pride, their own form of school spirit and intentions of inspiring the football team to pull out a win.