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  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Homestead students, from left, Parker Van Osdale, Nathan Johnson, Taylor Van Osdale and Todd German talk on the student-produced “Cup of Tea” radio show.

  • Render

  • Davis

Sunday, March 19, 2017 10:38 pm

Homestead broadcasters win state honors

Ashley Sloboda | The Journal Gazette

Teacher Adam Schenkel, who directs Homestead High School’s radio and television programs, never needed validation from the state to know how talented his students are, but he got it anyway.

About a week after collecting four national awards in New York City, his students nabbed multiple honors during last week’s Indiana Association of School Broadcasters awards ceremony in Indianapolis, where The Point 91.1 FM finished as radio school of the year.

It was the program’s first radio state championship.

Senior Austin Render, who has broadcast 211 Homestead athletic events, won two state awards, including best play-by-play broadcaster. But, he said, they didn’t compare to the station’s collective win.

"It was bigger to me to see our whole radio station be honored," he said.

The Point, which can also be heard at, broadcasts all day. It is run entirely by students during the school day and until 5 p.m. on weekdays, and students also broadcast extracurricular events and athletics.

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awarded senior Gabe Smith with best audio documentary, senior Kolin Davis with best comedy and best spot news, and Homestead’s weekly TV newscast, "HHS In Depth," with best TV newscast.

Davis joined Render in receiving multiple state awards. Other radio honorees were Smith, senior Jack Parisi, juniors Matt Schreck and Garrett Willis, and sophomores Abigail Boylan and Cory Balkenbusch. The TV department placed third for TV newscast.

For Render and Smith, their involvement with The Point could be a precursor to their future careers. Smith said he aspires to work in radio or TV, and Render said he intends to study sports media at Indiana University, where he hopes to participate in the student-run radio station.

Davis, whose two national wins included an award for best comedy, has hosted the station’s longest-running program, "Entertainment Interruption," which another student started. He intends to study comedy writing and performance at Columbia College in Chicago.

Job fairs

• East Allen County Schools will hold a job information fair from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Park Hill Learning Center, 1000 Prospect Ave., New Haven. This is an opportunity to meet with human resources, principals, special education, health services, transportation, food service and facilities and maintenance to discuss available jobs. Résumés will be accepted, and information about the application process will be available.

• IPFW will host its annual Job and Internship Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Walb Classic Ballroom, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. It is free and open to IPFW students, alumni and the public. Attendees should arrive early and park in Parking Garage 3 (P3 on the campus map) on the north side of campus, near the St. Joe Road entrance.

Saint Francis

The University of Saint Francis reported every December 2016 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate passed the National Council Licensure Examination on the first try. The exam tests the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Pass rates are one of the outcomes critical to nursing program accreditation.

Ivy Tech

Because of a growing need for certified nursing assistants, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will offer a CNA class at the Huntington County Community Learning Center. Classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 to 21 with clinical hours from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 to May 5. Orientation is 1 p.m. March 27 and 10 a.m. April 6. Cost is about $900. Funding may be available through WorkOne Northeast or financial aid. Call 260-480-2023 for information.


• Five Allen County students will receive full-tuition, four-year scholarships as the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. They are Keontré Hughes and Alaina Stellwagen of Concordia Lutheran High School, Juana Munguia-Paz of South Side High School, Briana Rhodes of New Haven High School and Viktor Stjepic of Northrop High School.

• Indiana Tech is offering scholarships to dislocated Zimmer Biomet employees. Recipients receive a 20 percent tuition discount. Contact Jeri Burkhart at 574-268-9707 or for information.

• Fort Wayne resident Cooper Beer was a winner at Grace College’s 14th annual Presidential Scholarship Competition on Feb. 17 and 18. Beer received the McClain Scholarship, which awards $12,000 per year. In all, 68 scholarships were awarded totaling over $2.2 million in tuition.

• Students younger than 18 have until May 15 to apply to the 2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest. More than $150,000 in college scholarships will be given to the winning candidates. Go to for information.


The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program lets farmers nominate public schools for opportunities to receive $10,000 and $25,000 grants that support STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education. Farmers may nominate an eligible district through April 1. Nominees will have until April 15 to submit a grant application describing their STEM project. Go to or for information.


• The winners of Trine University’s eighth annual Walter Cunningham Writing Contest include August Buehrer of Angola, Alexis DeLancey-Christiansen of Angola and Maria Till of Fort Wayne.

• St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School students swept the 18th annual Middle School Bridge Design Competition hosted at Concordia Lutheran High School. Twelve bridges were judged on weight, deflection and load. The winners were Eli Niemeyer, first place; Evan Niemeyer, second place; and Caleb Castleman, third place.

• The Maple Creek Middle School show choir was first runner-up at the Churubusco Invitational on March 4. The MC Singers were awarded best vocals.

• Huntington University’s School of the Arts received 16 awards at the annual Fort Wayne Advertising Honors event. Winners included Adam Konger of South Whitley and Kelsey Kruse of Auburn.


Michael Dixon has been named chief diversity officer at Manchester University. He remains director of intercultural services.


Brodbeck Seeds donated $500 to Heritage High School’s FFA chapter, which plans to use the funds to offset costs for leadership conferences and to help educate children in Adams and Allen counties about agriculture.


Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

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