Congratulations to the members of the Edgewood and Lakeview Middle School Band who were selected to participate in the All- Region Honor Band. 

The honor band will perform a free concert at Dekalb Middle School on Sunday, Nov. 13. 

The students are: (from left) Ian Peloza, Michael VanWormer, Ian Sutton,Emily Collins, Ivy Hall, Hannah Hopkins, Brennan Cox and Jonah Brinkerhuff.

Third grade students at Leesburg Elementary celebrated their third annual book character parade. The third grade team uses this fun time of the year to teach their students how to write a summary. This includes finding a book's problem, solution and important events. Each student chooses their favorite book, writes a summary about the book then dresses up as that book character. During the parade, the students read their book to kindergarten partners and then march around the school.

The 2016 Indiana State K-12 Chess Championships were held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Warsaw Community School was represented by players from Lincoln and Washington this year.

Pictured (from left) are the participants that attended: Charlie Norton, Ashlan Oliver, Landon Ryser, Ted Grandon, Aidan Shepherd, Nate Anderson, Max Vinkemeier and Drew Ryser.

The participants competed in their grade levels against surrounding Indiana chess players. A total of 160 students competed from grades K-12. Each player played five pairings to determine the winners.

Warsaw Community School brought home many trophies from the tournament. In the second grade, Landon Ryser (Washington) won third place. In the third grade, Ted Grandon (Lincoln) won first place, Ashlan Oliver (Lincoln) won third place and Charlie Norton (Lincoln) won fifth place. In the fifth grade, Max Vinkemeier (Lincoln) won third place and Nate Anderson (Washington) won fifth place.

Coaches for Lincoln Elementary include Melinda Oliver and parent helper Stefani Vinkemeier. Washington’s team is coached by Jay Bolduc.

“Every tournament, I feel like the intensity on the kiddos' faces gets deeper and more focused,” noted Coach Oliver. “I am so proud to see all Warsaw Schools players grow and learn new strategies as they win or lose at these tournaments. But what I am most proud of is the amazing attitudes these kids are displaying at the events towards other teammates and other schools. I believe those great attitudes are going to help them excel and succeed to the fullest of their abilities.”
WARSAW — Final numbers are in from the Feed My Starving Children event that took place over the first week of October at Grace College’s Recreation and Fitness Center.

Last year the event saw almost 6,000 volunteers and packed 1,065,312 meals. This year, event organizers set and achieved a goal of packing more than one million meals. Although the event saw less volunteers than last year, 4,478 people volunteered and prepared 1,073,088 meals for children in need. The prepared meals will feed 2,939 children for an entire year.

For this year’s event, FMSC partnered with Allowing Christ to Shine, an organization dedicated to helping children in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew made land contact with Haiti as a category 4 hurricane on Oct. 4, leaving over 500,000 people without homes. Of the meals prepared, 272,160 were sent directly to Haiti for Hurricane Matthew relief.

Over 1,800 Warsaw Community School students volunteered to pack meals. Other area schools also participated in the event.

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WARSAW — A Warsaw High School Student was chosen to be one of the eight 2017 Riley Champions.

On Sept. 2, Teachers, facility and family visited Mason Metzger while he was in one of his classes to announce that he had become a Riley Champion.

Metzger was excited to hear the news and stated this opportunity is, “Just another way to shine my light into the world, which is part of my mission statement.”

Metzger says that at first glance, some people might underestimate him. But once the 17-year-old shares his story, he hopes others are inspired by his humor, positive attitude and accomplishments. Mason was born two months prematurely, began receiving therapy at three months of age and was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy at one, thus beginning a long relationship with the Cerebral Palsy Program at Riley Hospital for Children. Mason continuously pushes himself to the boundary of his comfort zone. He’s dreamed of becoming a motivational speaker since eighth grade, and he’s recently made it happen. Since 2014 he has spoken to nearly 30 groups about perseverance, hope and purpose.

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A former Major League Baseball all-star told a group of Warsaw fifth-graders to be in control of themselves and to make the most of what they are given in life.

Carl Erskine spoke to fifth-graders in the Warsaw Community High School  Performing Arts  Center Thursday afternoon. 
Erskine, who lives in Anderson, pitched for the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1948-1959. 

Erskine told the students about the lessons he learned from his teammate Jackie Robinson, and his son Jimmy.  He said the two were similar in that they both were  part of groups that were discriminated against in the past.

Robinson broke through Major League Baseball’s longstanding color barrier and his son was born with Down syndrome. 
Society is more accepting now, but both Robinson and his son had to face exclusion in thier lives, he said. 

From Robinson he learned to be in control of himself. He said that no matter what abuse Robinson took on the field  he never fought back.

“Do you have the strength not to fight,” He asked the students.

Robinson was in control  of who he was. Even though he could be hot-tempered off the field, on the field, he never showed it, 
He said this showed him to be in confront of who he was and encouraged the students to do the same. 

Erskine said he treasures a gold medal Jimmy won at the Special Olympics more than all his baseball accomplishments. which includes a World Series ring from 1955.

 The reason the Special Olympics meant more to Erskine was that his son has more limitations than pro ball players, he said.
“The true yardstick of a mans life is what he does with what he’s given. “ he said.

He encouraged the students to make the most of whatever they are given in life.

Erskine spoke as part WCS special speaker series, which is given to fifth graders each year.

“It’s an impressionable time for them,” said superintendent David Hoffert. He added the fifth grade curriculum teaches American history. 
Erskine was a 20-game winner in 1953 and racked up 122 wins in his 12-year career.

Hoffert met Erskine at a Special Olympics event in Anderson. 

“He’s a priceless piece of history,” Hoffert said.

Erskine will return to WCS for Martin Luther King Day next year.

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