Devonna Payton
Devonna Payton
Two students were recently honored in a new Student of the Month program at the Jefferson Community Technical College Carrollton Campus to recognize students for outstanding academic achievements and campus involvement.

Devonna Payton was honored for the month of August and Marty Clark was honored for September.

Payton became a student at JCTC in the fall of 2011 and is currently pursuing a degree in engineering technology. She was nominated by instructor Chuck Hollingsworth, who said she "always goes beyond what is asked of her in class and displays a general 'can do' attitude toward her education."

Clark became a student at JCTC in the fall of 2011 and is currently pursuing an associate of arts degree. He plans to transfer to Lindsey Wilson College to complete a bachelor's degree in human services and counseling. Clark was nominated by Sandy Roberts, who said, "Marty is a bright addition to our campus. His dedication to his school work is admirable; he even came to the library to complete assignments when he was recovering from major surgery. He is always cheerful and has a positive attitude. He demonstrates those qualities that are desirable in an exemplary student." Clark was also recognized with a voter registration drive in September.

Anchor Club members from Madison Consolidated High School attended the annual convention and leadership conference July 18-22 in Las Vegas, Nev. Students attending included Clay Brawner, Lauren Holzinger and Drew Bear. The convention included other anchors from the United States, Japan and the Bahamas. Those attending participated in leadership training, seminars, workshops and fundraising events.

The Anchor Club is sponsored by the Pilot Club.

Local students took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR program at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus.

The participants included: Chelsea Duvall and Samantha Helt, both of Vevay; Brennen Craig of Hanover; and Melody Marsh, Samantha Swartz, Amanda LeGrand, Grace Lemen, Jacob Hicks, Bridget Elston, Franklin Belt and Jacob Brooks, all of Madison.

Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) is Purdue's program for new undergraduate students to receive academic advice and create their initial course schedule.

Douglas Ehrnreiter was named to the dean's list for the summer quarter at Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky. with a grade point average of 3.95. Ehrnreiter is pursuing an associates of science degree in business management with an emphasis in hospitality management and supervision while also specializing in marketing and tourism. Ehrnreiter has remained on the dean's list since he began attending Sullivan in Sept. 2010.

Southwestern Middle School recently announced the students of the month for August 2012.

Sixth Grade: English/reading, Dobs Laymon and Xavier Carroll; math, Dobs Laymon and Kasey Watterson; social studies, Kendall Gerber and Lakyn Wilson; science, Zachary Smith and Samara Sims; and health, Kendall Gerber and Taylon Harmon.

Seventh Grade: English, Madison Coles and Nick Mitchell; enrichment, Aaron Jackson; pre-algebra, Katelin Smith, Cheyenne Davis, Emma Foley and Brook Hilleary; science, Sydney Randall and Jody Huser; technology education, Prezley Hartman and Corgan Hobbs; social studies, Candace Spray and Corey Schmitter; health, Taylor Cole and Zach Files; and reading, Sydney Randall and Katherine Sampson.

Eighth Grade: English, Hannah Shaffer, Dylan Hamm and Steven Spray; science, Hannah Shaffer and Macayla Hatchell; social studies, Emily Sandlin and Connor Stewart; agriculture, Johnny Hunt and Kelsey Jones; and health, Jessie Harsin and Dylan Hamm.

Southwestern Middle School recently announced the students of the month for September 2012.

Sixth Grade: English/reading, Skylar Hughes and Eric Scot; math, Lakyn Wilson and Zach Smith; science, Kiah Means and John Sutter; social studies, Harley Middleton and Talon Harmon; and health, Kendall Gerber and Matt Gee.

Seventh Grade: English, Candace Spray and Skyler Wynn; enrichment, Ciara Reckers, Caleb Harsin and Coleman Jones; pre-algebra, Taylor Cole, Kate Sampson, Morgan Huttsell and Brianna Ruebusch; science, Corgan Hobbs and Kaitlyn Dorsch; technology education, Alicia Dean and Nathaniel Griffin; social studies, Coleman Jones and Madison Coles; health, Caitlin Epperson and Emma Foley; and reading, Brook Hilleary, Morgan Hutsell and Caitlin Battjes.

Eighth Grade: English, Harlan Mikesell and Stephanie Eaglin; science, Blake Kleopfer and Johnny Hunt; social studies, Jessie Harsin and Harlan Mikesell; pre-algebra, Adrianna Oakes; algebra, Kaylan Anderson; and health, Max Gee and John Goldsmith.

Colleen Willis, of Madison, graduated from Ithaca College's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a major in occupational therapy. The degree was awarded in May 2012.

Six local students recently completed the Summer Academy with The Rivers Institute at Hanover College.

During the Summer Academy, June 10-15, 2012, scholars experienced college life while still in high school. Hanover College professors taught a wide range of subjects that engaged and expanded students' interest.

Jessica Smith, a senior at Southwestern High School and Nathan Anderson, a sophomore at Southwestern High School, completed the Web Design Institute. Smith and Anderson learned how to create websites from Hanover's web development specialist Ben Stilson and director of web communications Joe Lackner. Web Design Institute Scholars learned to use web technologies like HTML 5, CSS 3 and Javascript to build their own website and gained an understanding of user experience and visual design best practices, content organization and designing for mobile devices.

Megan Mullen, a senior at Madison Consolidated High School, completed the Health Science Institute. Mullen worked alongside medical professionals and Hanover's faculty exploring health care careers and education using a state-of-the-art human patient simulator. Health Science Institute students attempted to diagnose and then treat the patient. The interactive experience allowed students to work as part of a healthcare team to see how medical care is carried out, in both clinical and laboratory settings, as well as explore the range of health care careers in demand now and in the future.

Noah Hall, a senior at Shawe Memorial High School, completed the Psychology of Media Institute. Hall explored, alongside of psychology professor Skip Dine Young, what makes media so entertaining and so powerful. Psychology of Media Institute students learned how the images and stories found in media influence thought and behavior, and considered how they become part of our understanding of who we are as individuals and as a society.

Alexandra Collins, a junior at Madison Consolidated High School, completed the Pre-Law Institute. Collins joined professor Bill Bettler and Hanover graduate Jeremy Castle learning about the American legal system and gaining insight into the kinds of critical thinking, reading and writing skills that law school requires, as well as how the admission process works. Throughout the week, Pre-Law Institute students learned about the American political system, explored the way judges make decisions, read and debated real Supreme Court cases, and interacted with law students and practicing attorneys.

Josie Bartosz, a junior in A Beka Academy Homeschool, completed the Forensic Science Institute. Bartoz used modern scientific techniques and the resources of the Science Division at Hanover College. She worked with chemistry professor Craig Philipp examining blood, bones and trace evidence to determine the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of a simulated crime.