School briefs: MV superintendent connecting through ‘traveling talks’

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FORTVILLE — The community can connect with Superintendent Jack Parker through a series of virtual meetups for Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation. “Virtual Traveling Talks” will be held this semester for anyone to join in the open-forum Zoom meetings where they will hear the latest Mt. Vernon updates and can share their hopes, questions or concerns with Dr. Parker directly. The first one is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Other meetups are 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 and noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 26. Sign up at; registrants will receive a Zoom link the day before the meeting.

SH taking nominations for ‘Heart of the Dragon’

NEW PALESTINE — Parents and students are encouraged to nominate community members that have made a positive impact on their lives through Southern Hancock’s Heart of the Dragon program.

A relaunch of the previous “Going the Extra Mile” program, Heart of the Dragon recognizes teachers, volunteers and students who demonstrate passion, integrity, empathy or exceptional behavior. To nominate someone, click on the link at

Statehouse internships available

INDIANAPOLIS — Paid internships in communications, information technology, legislative and policy offices are available through the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus, said state Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield.

Openings are available for the 2022 legislative session. Qualified students may be of any major and must at least be a college sophomore. Recent college graduates, as well as graduate and law school students are also encouraged to apply. Interns earn a $750 biweekly stipend and benefit from scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking.

For more information or to apply, visit The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

Presidential video contest announced

INDIANAPOLIS — Middle school students are encouraged to research and create a video about an American president for the chance to earn scholarship awards. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site announced Project POTUS, challenging students in grades 6-8 to create a video no longer than 60 seconds that is creative, supported by historical research and is fun. The inaugural contest opens for submissions on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 21, 2022 and will close at 5 p.m. on Tax Day, April 15, 2022. For more information, visit