NEW HAVEN – The students climbed up the ladder and crammed onto the wagon full of straw, eager to get on their way to the pumpkin-picking patch.
Kindergarten students from St. Joseph Central Elementary School took a break from class Wednesday for a hands-on lesson about pumpkins at Kurtz Pumpkin Farm in New Haven.
For some students, it took only a few seconds before they spotted the perfect pumpkin.
Others wandered through the rows in search of the biggest, or, in some cases, the tiniest, pumpkin they could find.
I got a huge pumpkin! Sid Stemen shouted.
Sid, 5, held the approximately 4-pound pumpkin above his head, shaking it in the air with excitement.
Nearby, Hadlee Landis continued her hunt.
A few minutes later, Hadlee, 5, picked up a pumpkin about the size of her head – it was the perfect pumpkin, she proclaimed.
When asked what made this pumpkin so perfect, she replied simply: Because I picked it out of all of those other ones.
The class returned to the wagon for a quick ride back to the barn where they would attend Pumpkin School to learn about how the plants grow and are used on the Kurtz farm.
By the end of the ride, several of the pumpkins already had names – while others were being used as makeshift balls, being tossed from student to student.
Three young girls stood in a circle, determining what each pumpkin should be called.
I think I’m going to name my pumpkin Pumpkin,’ the first kindergartner decided.
Her friend chimed in with the name Straw. And the third young girl decided on Orange.
And their pumpkins would be best friends, they agreed.
The Northeast Indiana chapter of the Project Management Institute announced winners of the 2013 David A. Maynard scholarship. Ashlee Nichter, a Bowling Green State University student studying environmental science, received $2,000 and Brian T. Grabowski, a Saint Louis University student studying civil engineering, received $1,000.
Snider High School graduate Kaylee Hartiz and South Side High School graduate Laudan Oloomi were selected as two of 14 Hoosier students to receive a $1,500 Salin Foundation Community scholarship.
Homestead High School seniors Anna Haller, Laura Laudeman, Priscilla Lin, Ian McKenzie, Sahiti Surakanti and Trevor Waldman were recently named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Tim Caffee, a South Side High School student, was named the September Student Rotarian by the Downtown Rotary Club of Fort Wayne. Caffee is the son of Todd and Caryn Caffee and plans to attend Huntington University or Judson University.
Legendary football coach, ESPN analyst and Trine University trustee Lou Holtz has put his name on Trine’s Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership program. The leadership core courses feature the use and reading of Holtz’s book Winning Every Day.
IPFW’s Omnibus Lecture Series will feature New York Times best-selling author Jeannette Walls on Wednesday. Walls’ lecture, The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Auer Performance Hall of the Rhinehart Music Center. Tickets can be picked up at the Larson Box Office from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; online at ipfw.edu/box-office, with a convenience fee of $1; or on the day of the event in the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture.
Rodney Harris has joined Harrison College in the college’s corporate partnerships division in a new position focusing on partnership development. He will be responsible for assisting with networking and community outreach events to recruit future students and inform prospective corporate partners about the academic programs at Harrison College.