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On Friday, March 18, Jefferson Elementary students participated in the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart,” raising money for that cause, along with Riley Children’s Hospital. The entire student body jumped rope as a fun way to learn heart-healthy living, and they collected monetary donations as a way to support two important causes.

“We all had a lot of fun, and the kids enjoyed learning about the importance of physical activity and how they can play a role in saving lives,” said Sandy Monce, Jefferson PE teacher and “Jump Rope for Heart” coordinator.


Jefferson students raised $2,540 for the American Heart Association and $500 for Riley Children’s Hospital.
The Warsaw Community High School Winter Percussion Ensemble has advanced to State Finals for the 20th consecutive year. WCHS placed sixth in the Scholastic Concert Open Class at the Indiana Percussion Association Semi-State competition held at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 19.  

Warsaw earned a score of 84.4, their highest of the season so far. The ensemble finished only 0.6 of a point behind fifth place and 1.1 from fourth.  

WCHS will perform their 2016 program, "Passion, Grace and Fire" at the IPA State Finals on Saturday, April 2. State Finals will be held at the Hulman Center on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute. The ensemble is under the direction of WCHS Band Director Mickey Ratliff.  

Matt Rudkin from WBST News 22 South Bend visited the Lincoln sixth grade on Wednesday, March 17.

Rudkin, a former “Harrison Husky” and WCHS graduate, spoke about the journey from being a sixth grader to becoming a TV weatherman. He also explained how he uses math and science every day to help him do his job.

Rudkin is shown with his biggest fan, Knick, from Mrs. Horne’s class.

Thirty-four WACC Chapter Business Professionals of America students competed in Indianapolis Sunday and Monday this week at the BPA state competition. Students also participated in open competitive events, leadership training sessions and business meetings.

Three Warsaw BPA members earned their place to compete in not one, but two events each at the BPA National Competition in Boston this May.

The following placed during the competition: Spencer Gareiss, third in personal financial management, fifth in fundamental accounting; John Kuhn, second in java programming, third in C++ programming; Justin Stout, eighth in Java programming, fifth in Visual Basic/C# programming; Nate Baker, 10th place in the fundamental accounting event; Lucas Cone, sixth in the computer modeling event; Hunter Haines, 10th in advanced accounting; David Homme, ninth place in the C++ Programming event; Matt Kiphart, 10th in the computer network technology contest; Isaac Lenon, 10th place in the management marketing HR concepts contest; Greer Smith, sixth place in the medical office procedures event; Spencer Gareiss, fourth place in the financial math and analysis contest; and John Kuhn, 10th in the computer programming concept event.

Lucas Cone made final call-backs at state for the extemporaneous speech event, placing him in the top nine in Indiana.

WACC financial math and analysis team made final call-backs at the competition, placing them in the top 10 teams in Indiana. This team included Marcelo Brito, Ben Britton, Jacob Brimm and Isaac Lenon.

WACC’s small business management team also made final call-backs at the competition. This team included Maggie Liu, Noemi Lopez and Neema Patel.


WACC Chapter BPA Advisors are: Steve Waldeck and Scott Schramm, with the assistance of Angie

Heinsman and Kelley Ross. 

A total of 22 players recently traveled to the Carolina Ruggerfest competition, located in Matthews, N.C., to test their skills against rugby teams from around the country. The team played three other teams from North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida in a complete shut out victory.

The team is comprised of 20 players from Warsaw Community High School, one Triton School Corporation player and one Whitko School Corporation player. The team has approximately eight “rookie” players and the rest are veterans of three or more years playing.

In the first game, Warsaw Rugby won against Mecklinburg Devas, N.C., 80-0. In the second game, Warsaw Rugby won 54-0 against Union-Philly, Pa. Game three, the hardest of the three, Warsaw Rugby won 10-0 against Sebastian, Fla.

"This year, they will be a team to contend with, as in the past four years they have had a great run in the state tournament each year,” noted Warsaw Rugby Coach Dave Morales.

Warsaw Rugby was invited to compete in the national competition in St. Louis on May 20. The team is coached by Morales and Trevor Cracknell

A Washington STEM Academy student noticed the school didn’t have a hornet mascot during school events and came up with a plan. Fifth grade student Graham Hoyle researched what it would take to bring a mascot back to Washington and formulated a proposal for Principal Tom Ray.

Graham wanted to give back to his school community by using his own money, earned from mowing, to acquire a mascot suit to donate to Washington STEM Academy. This morning the dream came to fruition with the unveiling of the new mascot during WSA’s Friday morning gathering.

Students and teachers cheered as the new mascot entered the gymnasium. Mr. Ray announced a “Name the Hornet” contest for the new mascot. More details will be released next week on the student contest for the new hornet’s official name.

Congratulations to Graham Hoyle for pursuing his dream and enriching the lives of others.

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