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Vellie Zhu, from Xinhe High School in Taizhou, China, left, celebrates a strike with Noelle Rigler on Tuesday at Georgetown Bowl. Vellie is visiting through a high school exchange program.
Education Notebook

North Side welcomes Chinese peers

It took only a few frames for Zhu Yinling “Vellie” to perfect her skills at Georgetown Bowl Tuesday night, but for her, it was just another example of the many things she’d learned while visiting Fort Wayne for a week.

Vellie, her 18 classmates, two teachers and one guide visited the city last week as part of North Side High School’s student exchange program with Xinhe High School in Taizhou, China.

The students spent the week touring the area, including stops at Edy’s Ice Cream, Sweetwater Sound, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Parkview Hospital, the Botanical Conservatory, among others.

Vellie said one of her favorite activities was ice skating, but she also enjoyed a brief visit to IPFW.

“I think I might like to come back someday and go to IPFW,” she said.

Her classmate, Guo Xian Jue “Allen,” said he also enjoyed the many activities, but thought one of the best parts of visiting Indiana was the view.

“It’s a beautiful city,” Allen said, describing how in China, the public areas did not have as many trees or open areas.

Both said this was their first trip out of their home country and added that it was a success.

“Everyone was very friendly and it was very enjoyable,” Vellie said.

The group left early Wednesday to return to China.

Next summer, FWCS students will have the opportunity to travel to China from June 18 to 28.

The tour will include exploring cities and historical sites in Shanghai, Taizhou, Hanzhouz and Beijing, as well as visiting with students at North Side’s Sister City School Xinhe High School.


•Today through Friday, Science Central will be closed for building and exhibit maintenance. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

•Science Central will offer free admission on Sunday as part of Visit Fort Wayne’s “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program. To participate, pick up a passport at any Fort Wayne Kroger or Tower Bank location or download one online at Other participating attractions include: African/African-American History Museum, Allen County Courthouse, Artlink, Embassy Theater, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Historic Fort Wayne, History Center, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Parkview Field, Lincoln Tower and Visit Fort Wayne’s Visitors Center.


•Celebrate Science Indiana will host an interactive STEM-related event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at IPFW’s Walb Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

•The Helmke Library at IPFW will present a book club called “Let’s talk about it: Muslim Journeys!” The meetings are free and open to the public. “Prince Among Slaves” by Terry Alford will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States” edited by Edward E. Curtiz IV, will be 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4. Sign up at

Ivy Tech

•The 2013 Northeast Indiana Heart Walk will be held Sept. 14 at Ivy Tech’s North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive. Registration begins at 8 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:15 a.m. For more information, visit

•Ivy Tech will host the United States Muscle Car Cruz In from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Ivy Tech’s Keith E. Busse Technology Center, 3701 Dean Drive. The line-up begins at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony is at 10:45 a.m. Pre-registration fees are $15 per car, truck or motorcycle and $10 for those who participated in last year’s show. The event raises funds for the Homes for the Wounded Warriors Project, which provides homes to injured veterans.

Trine University

•More than $85,000 for Trine University scholarships was raised during the Alumni and Friends 23rd Annual Scholarship Golf Outing at Trine’s Zollner Gold Course. All proceeds will benefit the 2013-14 scholarship fund. A record-setting 63 teams of four registered for the event.

•Trine University was named to The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Midwest” section of the “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

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