School briefs


Local Connections Academy student inducted into NHS

MCCORDSVILLE – Madison Cox of McCordsville was recently inducted into the National Honor Ceremony for the 2022-23 school year.

Cox was among the more than 25 Indiana Connections Academy students to receive the honor; an in-person ceremony was conducted. Students in grades 10-12 inducted into the NHS were recognized for character, service, leadership and scholarship.

The Indiana Connections Academy is a tuition-free online, public school for students from kindergarten through high school. For more, visit

Greenfield resident earns Manchester University scholarship

GREENFIELD – Keryna Barrett of Greenfield has been awarded the John and Myrtle Searer Memorial Scholarship at Manchester University.

The Greenfield-Central High School graduate is majoring in criminology and social work at the campus in North Manchester. The endowed scholarship fund was established by the family and friends of John and Myrtle Searer. Proceeds from the fund provide scholarships for students in the social sciences or English.

Tri Kappa scholarships available

GREENFIELD – Tri Kappa, a local service sorority, is seeking applicants for state scholarships to be awarded for the 2023-24 school year.

The student must be a college sophomore, junior or senior in an accredited baccalaureate or graduate program to apply. A student with interrupted studies of at least five years but enrolled for 2023-2024 may also apply. Past recipients may also request an application.

There are three different scholarships available: an academic scholarship; a fine arts scholarship for those majoring in dance, drama, music or art; and a scholarship for those wishing to teach music.

Current college students can request an application by emailing Heather Seib at [email protected]. The application must be completed and returned by Jan. 31, 2023.

Libraries offer storytimes for young children

HANCOCK COUNTY – Local libraries are offering storytimes for young children.

The next six-week series of storytimes at both branches of the Hancock County Public Library begins Jan. 9 and registration is open now. The main branch in Greenfield offers classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; the Sugar Creek branch in New Palestine offers baby, preschool and family storytimes on Wednesdays. Visit to register.

In Fortville, all ages are welcome to the Play and Learn Storytime this month. The program is open each Wednesday in December at 10:30 a.m. Visit for details.

HCCF scholarship applications available

GREENFIELD – Scholarship applications for high school seniors and current college students are available through the Hancock County Community Foundation.

The traditional scholarship cycle application will be open until Feb. 3, 2023.

There will be an additional cycle for graduating high school seniors pursuing a trade or technology degree that will open Feb. 6 to April 14, 2023. There are also scholarships for those pursuing trade or technology training in the traditional scholarship cycle.

Information on HCCF scholarship opportunities can be found at There are also comprehensive scholarship guidebooks available at each public high school guidance office and at both locations of the Hancock County Public Library Library, as well as the Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library, the Hancock County Purdue Extension Office, WorkOne, The Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County, and The Landing.

Governor accepting applications for fellowship program

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb is accepting applications for the 2023-24 Governor’s Fellowship. The experience in Indiana state government is for college graduates who receive a bachelor’s degree in the summer or fall of 2022 or spring of 2023. Fellows are paid, full-time employees who participate in the daily activities of state government. Applications are due Jan. 31. For details and to apply, visit

Senate page program applications online

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the 2023 Senate Page Program, announced Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield.

The full-day program is for students in grades six through 12. Students tour the Indiana Statehouse, meet their state senator, listen to debates and help staff with age-appropriate tasks. The Senate Page Program begins in January and runs through early April on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Positions fill quickly so apply early. For more information or to apply, visit Indiana