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Hedgehog Hannah paid a visit to both locations of Hancock County Public Library earlier this year with hands-on experience with animals. The Vernon Township Public Library will host Hedgehog Hannah and several other animal events this month.

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Libraries to host events for children, teens

GREENFIELD – Local libraries will continue to promote summer reading this month.

In Fortville, reptile programs are scheduled for July 9 and 15 at the Vernon Township Public Library. Hedgehog Hannah will bring a variety of animals July 27, and a duck and chicken event is July 29.

At the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield, family yoga is scheduled for July 17; a Lego building event is July 11; a family game night is July 15; and a poetry event is July 16. Teens can enjoy Mario Kart tournaments and STEAM challenges throughout the month.

The HCPL in New Palestine offers family yoga July 10 and 24.

All libraries host story times for various ages throughout the month.

Prizes are available to those who sign up for summer reading; record reading hours throughout the month for tickets to enter drawings. Visit or to learn more.

Community Foundation awards local student scholarships

GREENFIELD – The Community Foundation of Hancock County recently announced scholarship recipients.

Eastern Hancock High School students earned $90,501 in scholarships in total. Recipients were Carlyn Blue, Samantha Bolding, Sarah Clark, Emma Dagley, Caroline Ebert, Griffin Lawrence, Brandon Metz, Samuel Miller, Seth Richey, Rose Rosales, Chase Stewart, Jacob Wickard and Brooklyn Willis.

Mt. Vernon High School students earned a total of $93,334. Recipient were Chloe Albright, Daniel Barnes, Katelyn Deuser, Rachel Fentz, Emma Gasiorek, Lily Harney, Tyler Hexamer, Adam Koon, Lydia Lewis, Addison Lockwood, Tatum Mastin, Sophia Maxwell, Misha Patel, Matthew Quispe-Stephens, Emma Rappe, Callie Runyan, Natalie Sparks, Colin Strachman, Kalin Wallpe, Easton Wampler and Emily Xiao.

New Palestine High School students received a total of $87,597 in scholarships. Recipients were Seth Apple, Lauren Appleby, Nicholas Barada, Oliver Bindewald, Addison Bowers, Isabella Brownfield, Leonard Campbell, Jacob Collins, Noah Dropsey, Jocelynn Flagle, Liam Fuller, Vivian Hart, Kenzie Kleiman, Mylena Lizardi-Vazquez, Hannah Mallett, Camille Massari, Vivian Miller, Katherine Poorbaugh, Andrew Potter, Maliah Ringham, Madison Stone and Carter Willey.

Greenfield-Central High School students earned the most in total, at $128,396. Recipients were Gracie Barton, Madisyn Bayne, Liam Brinkruff, Jadon Brinley, Elliott Buescher, Lauren Haffner, Reese Hill, Kersey Hudson, Josie Joyner, Aaron Lee, JC Matlock, Jessica Merritt, Chad Michaelek, Emmy Mills, Katie Muegge, Korbin Phelps, Conner Phenis, Kaydence Pope, Dylan Ramirez, Audrey Roberts, Elliott Ryba, Emily Schafer, Gabriella Skene, Shailynn Steeno, Madison Succaw, Annabella Turner and Linnea Walker.

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Local students make college honor lists

GREENFIELD – Colleges and universities recently named local students to honor lists.

Rhys Deiter of Fortville was named to the high dean’s list of Millikin University for the spring 2024 semester. The honor is for those who earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average on 12 graded credits. Millikin University is a private institution in Decatur, Ill.

Sierra Pienkowski of McCordsville achieved dean’s list at Carthage College for earning a 3.5 or higher GPA while carrying at least 12 credits. Carthage College is a private institution in Kenosha, Wis.

Kiera Chumbley of New Palestine was named to both the chancellor’s list and dean’s list of Western Carolina University for the spring 2024 semester. The chancellor’s list is for those earning a 3.8 GPA while completing at least 12 credit hours; the dean’s list honors those with a 3.5 GPA. WCU is the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system.

Students earn teaching scholarships

GREENFIELD – Three students from Hancock County recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

Anne Bauer of New Palestine High School; Callie Runyan of Mt. Vernon High School; and Matthew Hentz of Scecina Memorial High School (Indianapolis) each earned the scholarship, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Indiana has awarded over 300 students with a renewable teaching scholarship for up to $40,000. Created by the Indiana General Assembly, the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is designed to address the shortage of teachers and strengthen the retention of talent in the state. Students who receive the scholarship can earn up to $10,000 each year for four academic years. In exchange, they agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school or repay the corresponding, prorated amount of the scholarship.

Bauer plans to attend Ball State University; Runyan, Taylor University; Hentz, Indiana University Bloomington.