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  • Courtesy Girl Scouts from Oak View Elementary School surprise Carroll High School senior Katie Dorsey with just a portion of the books they collected for Hope Books. Pictured are, from left, Mallory Leimkuhler, Christina Barranda, Emmersyn Hunter, Dorsey, Ashley Zent, Taylor Swinehart, Kylie Felger and Izzy Tappy.

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Monday, May 22, 2017 1:00 am

Girl Scouts collect thousands of books

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The fifth-graders of Girl Scout Troop 206 underestimated their Oak View Elementary School classmates when they set out to collect donations for Hope Books.

The Scouts – Mallory Leimkuhler, Christina Barranda, Izzy Tappy, Kylie Felger, Ashley Zent, Emmersyn Hunter and Taylor Swinehart – gave the Northwest Allen County school a week to contribute to the cause.

“We thought if we get 1,000 books that'd be outstanding,” said Lisa Barranda, one of the troop leaders.

They got more than 1,300 the first day alone, she said, noting the final tally totaled 5,538 books.

“The whole school was just amazingly supportive,” she said.

The troop presented Carroll High School senior Katie Dorsey – the person behind Hope Books – with the news and a portion of the collection at Oak View in late April.

“My jaw dropped,” Dorsey said. “I can't express how thankful I am for the books.”

Barranda said the Girl Scouts were impressed by Dorsey's achievement. The teen has given away more than 11,000 books since she began Hope Books in March 2015 to get books to children who might not have access to them at home.

The troop – which had previously donated 160 books each to Kate's Kart and Hope Books through a read-athon – was inspired to organize the book drive after Dorsey spoke to the group, Barranda said.

Dorsey, as Barranda recalled, told the girls they weren't too young to make a difference.


• The Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership degree is the first offering in the new Trine Flex format, which provides a convenient path to a master's degree for adult learners. Contact 260-665-4466 or visit for information.

Ivy Tech

• Ivy Tech Community College's dual-credit program served about 58,000 students in 2016-17. The record number of students are on track to earn an estimated 365,250 college credits. Overall, 434 high schools/career centers have dual-credit agreements with Ivy Tech, offering more than 1,300 courses and 6,100 sections statewide.

Saint Francis

Kate Miller of Fort Wayne has joined the development committee of the board at the University of Saint Francis as a director. She is a trust officer for STAR Financial Bank, is a member of the Fort Wayne Estate Planning Council and serves as a YWCA board member.


• The Questa Education Foundation is accepting applications for two scholarships it administers. The Virgil J. & Mildred C. Roy nursing scholarship is for northeast Indiana students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing at IPFW or the University of Saint Francis. The Edward C. Dodez Scholarship is for undergraduate students from Indiana who choose to attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Applications are available at through June 30.

• Fort Financial Credit Union is accepting scholarship applications through June 30. It will award up to $5,000 in scholarships to current full-time college students and to high school seniors who are in the top 25 percent of their class and will attend college full-time this calendar year. Students and those responsible for their support must also be in good-member standing with FFCU. Visit for an application.

• Harlan Christian School student Angela Zehr received a scholarship from iAB Financial Bank. GPA and community service requirements applied. Heidi Johnson, Alana Gingrich and Renee Johnson were runners-up.

Abigail Bentz of Concordia received the renewable $1,500 Carl F. Gallmeier Memorial Endowed Scholarship. It is awarded to a graduating senior who will attend a Lutheran college to prepare for a career in Christian education or the pastoral ministry.

Charity Felton of Concordia received the renewable $8,000 Martin Fischer Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a student planning to study a humanities-related field.


• The Mensa admissions test is set for 10 a.m. June 3 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Room 304. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Parking is available at the corner of Webster and Berry streets. Cost is $40, and a photo ID is required. Test-takers must be 14 or older. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact Dan Klopfenstein at 260-710-0030 for information.


• Multiple Fort Wayne schools received recognition in their respective classes at the 2017 Indiana Academic Super Bowl on May 6 at Purdue University. Carroll High School was champion in social studies and a finalist in the interdisciplinary category. Bishop Dwenger High School was a runner-up in math and English. Bishop Luers High School was a runner-up in English. New Tech Academy at Wayne was a finalist in social studies.

• Concordia High School named three incoming freshmen as Concordia Scholars for the 2017-18 year: Caleb Goodwin from St. Paul's Lutheran School, Madeline Tom from Holy Cross Lutheran School and Mallory Hockemeyer from Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School. They were selected because they exemplify and demonstrate integrity and good character at school, church, home and in the community.

• Three Concordia alumni are being honored for service to their communities and alma mater. The Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is Karol (Gill) Selle, Class of 1963; the Distinguished Service Award honoree is Don Luepke, Class of 1961; and the Neale M. Shank Award recipient is Martin Carbaugh, Class of 1998.

• Ivy Tech received the Web Marketing Association's 2016 Webaward for outstanding achievement in web development. Entries were judged on design, ease of use, copywriting, interactivity, use of technology, innovation and content.

• The Indiana State Teachers Association presented Carissa Richardson-Lahrman, a seventh-grade teacher at Towles New Tech, with the Hoosier Educator of the Year award for her excellence in teaching, advocacy for the profession, community engagement and leadership in professional development.


• Indian Village Elementary School collected the most food – 2,690 pounds – in an annual food drive contest benefiting Associated Churches' Neighborhood Food Network.

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