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Hickory Center Elementary A.J. Bane, 8, describes the poster he made for the reading challenge. Students who get enough points earn a chance to see a magic show by Dick Stoner in January.
Education notebook

Wider reading range real prizewinner

There’s a high demand for fiction books at the Hickory Center Elementary library.

Fairy tales, fantasy and picture books fly off the shelves and into kids hands as fast as candy.

So to get kids more focused on different types of reading, such as non-fiction, Hickory Center administrators have implemented a new reading project.

If students get enough points through reading different kinds of material, such as newspaper articles, autobiographies and magazine articles, they can earn a chance to see a magic show by Dick Stoner in January.

Students started the project earlier this year and need to meet their point goals before Christmas break.

Hickory Center Principal Rick Vorick hopes the project will give students a leg up on standardized tests, which test a student’s ability to read informational text.

After students finished their books, they were asked to give some kind of presentation. Some came dressed as characters, others made posters or other projects.

On Tuesday, third-grader Maddy McLaughlin read a book about volcanoes and presented her project, a volcano replica made of cardboard and molding plaster, to other students.

“I was nervous because I was the first one to go today,” she said. “But it went well. … I love choosing a book that’s non-fiction because I get to learn about the topic.”

Maddy said she was afraid some of her friends wouldn’t finish enough books in time to make the magic show. But if that was the case, she said, it was only fair.

“We should have most of this done a long time ago,” she said.


Grant Adams, a junior at Leo Junior-Senior High School, is one of 50 Indiana high school students who were selected to participate in the Molecular Medicine In Action program at the Indiana University School of Medicine in March.

•First-grader Taylor Coney from Wolf Lake Elementary and eighth-grader Natalia Johnson of Indian Springs Middle School won Learn More Indiana’s College Go! Contest.

Nicole Meier, an IPFW women’s studies major, was invited to take part in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meetings.


Adam Gay, a senior at Wayne High School, has accepted an IPFW Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship.

•Three Trine University senior mechanical engineerings students received scholarships at the Foundry Educational Foundation College Industry Conference. Receiving scholarship were: Cody Wolfle, the American Foundry Society Saginaw Valley Chapter Endowed Scholarship; Alexander Croll, the Paul Carey Memorial Scholarship; Keith Ripplinger, the Badger Mining Corp.-Clifford Chier Scholarship.

•Trine University education major Tyson J. Kaase received the 2011 Indianapolis Alliance of Black Student Educators Scholarship.

Harrison College

•The college is accepting applications from current and potential students who are spouses or dependents of military service members. There will be up to 20 scholarships of $2,500 each awarded in 2012, with 10 scholarships awarded in May and 10 in November. Students must apply for the scholarship online by March 31 that will be awarded in May. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-word essay describing how military life affects the decision of a service member’s spouse or dependent to pursue a postsecondary education. For more information, call 888-544-4422.

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