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Scecina's academic stars shine brightly

Dear Friends, 

Scecina Memorial High School students excel in multiple areas. I want to share some recent academic examples with you. 

Indiana Academic All-Star 
 The Indiana Association of School Principals selected Scecina senior Katelyn Hartman as a 2019 Regional Indiana Academic All-Star. Katelyn is Scecina's 2019 valedictorian.  

Katelyn (right) chose Scecina Science Department Chair Mrs. Sarah Smith as her most influential teacher. Mrs. Smith also was honored with a Marian University Klipsch Educators College Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership Award. 

The IASP honored Katelyn and Mrs. Smith at a luncheon and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 25. 

A school can nominate only one student for the Indiana All-Star award. The IASP bases its selections on a student’s transcript, recommendation from a school employee, grade point average, participation in extra-curricular and community activities, and honors. Also, in an essay, the nominee recognizes an educator who has made a significant impact on his or her life.

Congratulations to Katelyn and Mrs. Smith. You are the Pride of the Eastside. 

The Indiana Academic All-Stars is a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals in partnership with DePauw University, Indiana University, Marian University, Purdue University, Herff Jones, IndyStar, and Inter-State Studio. 

Indiana Academic Super Bowl 
Scecina’s Academic Super Bowl team moderators have worked hard to prepare Scecina’s team for competition this year. 

At the Indiana Crossroads Conference meet, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science took first place and Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary, and English took third. Also, the Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics teams qualified for the Indiana Academic Super Bowl State Finals, which take place Saturday, May 4, at Purdue University. 

Join me in congratulating these students and their moderators. Team members: Alex Marshall, James Hentz, Emily Adams, Katelyn Hartman, Michael Black, Isabelle Smith, Audrey Maue, Sia Chen, Zaiyang Xu, Jimiao Zang, Sean Ye, Alex Orange-Miller, and Eric Xie. Moderators: Mrs. Sarah Smith, Ms. Elizabeth Williams, Mr. Jessie Purvis, Ms. Leila El-Murr, and Mr. Jeff Getty. 

Good luck at State! 

World Food Prize Youth Institute 
Freshmen Faith Bakemeyer, Miriam Herrera, Lucy Lyons, and Isabelle Smith this week attended the WFP Youth Institute at Purdue University with teacher Ms. Kathryn Wetzel. These students have worked hard on their research papers and refining their speeches to present their ideas to Purdue professors and experts in the fields of agriculture, food science, economics, and more.

Our students have a chance to represent Indiana at the Global Institute in October. Congratulations to these young women. 

There are many great opportunities to discover at Scecina Memorial High School! 

You remain in my thoughts and prayers,

Joseph Brettnacher, Ph.D.