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The Indiana State Library and the Indiana Arts Commission announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, Joshua Fisher earned the honor of being named the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Indiana state champion. Fisher will compete against representatives from all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, for the national Poetry Out Loud title on April 23-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The event will be held at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live. The Midwest and South Central round, which includes Indiana, will be held on April 24, beginning at 1 p.m.

Fisher, a sophomore at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, qualified for the national finals by winning the Indiana state Poetry Out Loud championship held on Feb. 17, at the Indiana State Library. He edged out 17 other competitors to win the state title. In addition to the Washington, D.C. trip, Fisher earned a $200 cash prize and $500 for his school to be used to purchase poetry books.

Fisher recited three poems to qualify for the trip to Washington D.C.: “Entirely” by Louis MacNeice, “The Author of Her Book,” by Anne Bradstreet and “I Remember, I Remember” by Thomas Hood.

Now celebrating its 13th year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country. For more information, visit the Poetry Out Loud website.

The Indiana State Library is dedicated to serving Indiana residents, leading and supporting the library community and preserving Indiana history.

Photo: Sophia Delgado (left), Poetry Ourselves winner, and Joshua Fisher (right), Poetry Out Loud winner. Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Library.
Warsaw Community High School driver's education program is currently accepting enrollment for students seeking to obtain their license. 

Drivers education at Warsaw High School consists of 30 hours of online classwork followed by six hours of behind the wheel instruction. Students must be at least 15 and enrolled in a local school. Homeschooler students are also welcome.

Driving times take place after school at 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March, April, May, August, September, October and  November. During June and July driving times are held all throughout the day. Cost for the program is $325.

If interested, parents are requested to printout the enrollment form and return the paperwork to Warsaw High School with attention made out to Terry Rosenbarger R252 or Ellen Stayer in the WCHS main office.

Those with questions may contact Rosenbarger at trosenbarger@warsawschools.org or by phone at 574-371-5099 ext 2231.

Registration form click here: Drivers-Education.pdf
A Madison Elementary sixth grade student recently visited the Indiana House Committee on Public Health to share his petition in regards to a proposal to raise taxes on cigarettes sold in Indiana.

Cayman Blake, son of Dan and Heidi Blake of Warsaw, was invited to speak by Indiana Representative Charlie Brown after the two met during a tobacco-free advocacy event held at the Indiana Statehouse.

On Monday, Jan. 29, Blake shared his passionate appeal on why he believed the committee should support HB 1380’s goal of raising taxes and the legal age to purchase tobacco.

Heidi Blake states though the bill did not pass the full house vote, Cayman is proud to have had the opportunity to speak and enrich the lives of others. Blake noted Cayman plans to continue to be involved in his community and in supporting campaigns for tobacco-free kids and teens. 

Photo caption: Cayman Blake, sixth grade student at Madison Elementary, stands with State Representative Charlie Brown following his address to the House Committee on Public Health.
Photo two: Blake addressed the committee in an effort to garner support for a cause he believes could enrich and protect fellow students and teens.

 

Harrison Elementary will have its fifth annual Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. There will be over 40 vendors and crafters selling items. The event will also feature a bake sale with all proceeds benefiting students at Harrison Elementary.

Some items being sold include: Usborne books, Scentsy, Lula Roe, 31, It Works, Lipsense, Perfectly Posh, Mary and Martha, Party Lite, Origami Owl, Norwex, Everyday Beads, MW Studios, Young Living, Paparazzi, Sarah Jane’s Boutique, crochet items, blankets, illustrations and prints, wooden items, Kloset Boutique, and much more.

Please come support this event to raise money for Harrison’s Pride Paw Store to support positive student behavior.
Warsaw Community Schools invites you to attend the third annual Elementary Robotics Showcase from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10. The event will take place in the Warsaw Area Career Center Gym, located at 1 Tiger Lane, Warsaw.

The entire community is welcome to attend this free event, which will showcase the skills and knowledge WCS elementary students have garnered in robotics. The students have worked to learn the engineering and programming skills needed to maneuver the robots while also enforcing soft skills of problem solving, team work and perseverance. 

Events will include drag racing and capture the flag Lego robotics performances. Concessions will be available. 

The annual event is made possible through a generous donation from Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, which allowed for each elementary school to be equipped with 12 Lego EV3 robots along with additional Lego equipment.

Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce Harrison Elementary Principal Matt Deeds recent award of Elementary Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association of Student Councils.

Deeds is a graduate of Purdue University, where he attained his bachelor’s degree in secondary English

education as well as his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision. Bringing a passion for student success both in and out of the classroom, Deeds served as a middle school educator from August 2006 to July 2012. In 2012, he transitioned into his administrative roles at Lakeview Middle School before becoming principal at Harrison in 2016.

Deeds notes during the course of the past year, he worked closely alongside Student Council Sponsor Dan Graney to promote numerous philanthropic service projects while developing character growth and leadership with students.

In addition to his service to students through his career, Deeds also brings his talents to several school and community organizations.

Pictured are: (from left) Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of WCS; Addison Mehlberg, student council co-president; Matt Deeds, Harrison Elementary Principal; Elizabeth Vander Bie, student council co-president; Dan Graney, student council advisor.

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