School briefs


Hanson recognized at world conference

FRANKLIN – New Palestine resident Bennett Hanson was on a team of 13 students that earned the Distinguished Delegation Award at a conference simulating the United Nations.

The Franklin College Model United Nations Team earned the second-highest award conferred at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City in April. The conference is the oldest and largest international conference of its kind and was the first recognized by the UN as a formal non-governmental organization. The Franklin team competed with thousands of students from around the globe and was ranked among the top in the world.

The conference also acknowledged the work of specific individuals on Franklin’s team who worked in pairs. Hanson paired with Annah Elliott and was awarded Outstanding Position Paper for presentation of the position of Tajikistan. The award indicates the paper submitted by the students was among the best in the world, according to a press release from Franklin College.

Local students awarded teaching scholarships

GREENFIELD – Seven Hancock County students were among the 200 Hoosiers to receive teaching scholarships from the Indiana Commission of Higher Education, as part of the sixth class of Next Generation Hoosier Educators.

Scholarships were awarded to Elizabeth Coleman of Greenfield-Central High School, who plans to attend Butler University; Emily Santelik of New Palestine High School, who plans to attend University of Southern Indiana; Katherine Hartnett of Mt. Vernon High School, who plans to attend Ball State University; Lauren Myers of New Palestine High School, who plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University; Sarah Grace Bogle, homeschool, who plans to attend Grace College; Taylor Kelley of New Palestine High School, who plans to attend Ball State University; and Bridget Hehmann of Roncalli High School, who plans to attend Purdue University.

The recipients were selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement and additional factors. Recipients will receive $7,500 annually (up to $30,000 total) for committing to teach in Indiana for at least five years after graduating college.

Kindergarten 101 registration open

GREENFIELD – Registration is open for Kindergarten 101, a free, week-long program for incoming kindergarteners that will teach basic skills for a successful school year. The program is sponsored by Purdue University Extension Hancock County.

The Greenfield-Central K101 program is July 18-22 with morning and afternoon sessions. For questions, contact Alisha Savage, GCSC early childhood coordinator, at [email protected] or 317-462-4491 ext. 41212. Register at

Eastern Hancock’s K101 is July 25-29. Register by June 15 at For questions, contact Mandy Gray, [email protected] or 317-462-1113.

Greenfield resident named to OWU dean’s list

GREENFIELD – Mikayla Spencer of Greenfield was named to the 2022 spring semester Dean’s List at Ohio Wesleyan University.

To earn Dean’s recognition, OWU students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes. Ohio Wesleyan University is located in Delaware, Ohio.

Summer children’s meal program opens May 31

GREENFIELD – Free meals for children ages 18 and younger are available at several Greenfield sites this summer.

The program, through Greenfield-Central schools, is available weekdays May 31-July 22. Sites include Greenfield-Central High School, 810 N. Broadway St. (door 14), breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m. and lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Greenfield-Central Junior High School, 1440 N. Franklin St. (door 11), breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to noon; Greenfield Intermediate School 204 W. Park Ave. (door 3), breakfast 8-9 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and the Kathy Dowling Aquatic Center, 300 Apple St., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals are available to all children regardless of school district they attend, even those too young to attend school. Meals must be consumed on-site.

Meals are also being offered to students that are taking part in the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County and Kids Kamp at Greenfield Parks, but those sites are closed to program members only.

Nature summer camp slated for July

GREENFIELD – Nameless Creek’s Plug Into Nature Summer Camp will be July 11-15 for students entering third, fourth and fifth grades. The camp provides sports, games, nature exploration, arts and more. Cost is $90 per camper; a registration fee of $10 is required with $80 due after registration is accepted. Forms must be received by May 31. Visit to learn more, or contact camp Director Brittany Bennett at (317) 840-6130. The camp is located at 2675 South 600E., Greenfield; mailing address is PO Box 452, Greenfield, IN 46140.

High schools ranked in national program

FORTVILLE – Local high schools were ranked in the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list for 2022.

Mt. Vernon High School ranked No. 46 in Indiana. New Palestine High School was placed at No. 49; Eastern Hancock High School at No. 129 and Greenfield-Central High School at No. 166. The numerical ranking collects data from the state’s department of education, Common Core of Data, AP test data, statewide accountability proficiency test results and more. For details on the ranking and schools, visit


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