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  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Scott Raypole, the former Earth science and astronomy teacher at Carroll High School, brings up the school’s planetarium projector during a class last school year.

Monday, July 04, 2016 9:18 am

Planetarium teacher leaves area

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Scott Raypole knows his way around the area’s planetariums. In fact, he has been the Earth science teacher at three area high schools that have planetariums. They seem to attract him like a gravitational pull.

The last six years he has spent at Carroll High School where the planetarium is an inviting, cozy lab. The lights go out, and out come the stars.

But this was his last year at Carroll. He and his family have moved to South Carolina to be near the ocean, something he really wants to study. He has taken a high school teaching job, and his replacement has been hired.

Raypole started his career at Norwell High School and ran the planetarium there. Then he moved to Northrop High School where the planetarium was a bit bigger with more features to it. He has visited the planetarium at Wayne High School. Both Northrop and Wayne are Fort Wayne Community Schools.

The schools were all built around the same time, the late 1960s and ’70s when NASA was "giving out a whole lot of grants to promote space station technology," Raypole said.

The planetarium at Wayne is in working order, but there is no teacher using it, said Krista Stockman, FWCS spokeswoman.

The planetarium at Northrop "is used on a daily basis during the school year for three astronomy ­classes," Stockman said in an email response. "In addition, Northrop holds star shows several times a year, which are open to the Northrop students and staff and their families. Northrop also puts on star shows for the FWCS elementary and middle schools at their request. The planetarium has been well kept and maintained over the years and recently, a radial antenna was added for better quality."

Studying in planetariums, students learn constellations, latitude and longitude and the coordinates system to find specific stars, Raypole said.

When he taught at Carroll, he went a step further and integrated astronomy with some Earth science, showing seasons, the tilt of the Earth’s axis, the Earth, sun and moon motions and projecting the moon and showing students the phases of the moon.

"We get into a little bit of zodiac constellations, not as astrology but they’re markers, what we could call the path of the sun.

"I always tell the kids, if there’s only one thing you take away, there’s a bigger world out there in the universe than what’s immediately in front of you." Raypole said.

Brianna DeLeon said taking Raypole’s class gave her a new understanding of the stars. "There’s so much out there we don’t know about. There’s not much we know about what’s beyond the stars, our galaxies and stuff. There’s so much more for us to explore."

At night, she will now look up at the stars.

"I’m able to pick out all the constellations we’ve studied and know the history of that. It kind of takes you to a whole other world," she said.


Graduate student Aaron McClaskey recently received a summer internship with social media giant Facebook. McClaskey is pursuing a master’s degree in English with a concentration in writing studies, while also working with IPFW marketing communications as creative copywriter.

University of Saint Francis

The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts is hosting the Drum Corps International Open Class Invitational at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in Bishop John D’Arcy Stadium on the USF campus. This is USF’s first Open Class DCI Invitational. Gates will open at 4:45 p.m. with the competition starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for premium seating and $12 for super seating. A group rate of $10 per ticket is also available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets can be purchased through the DCI Box Office at 317-275-1212 or online at


– Kyle Babb of Syracuse and Krystal Neeley of Etna Green were awarded the Phillip Hochstetler Memorial Scholarship by the Kosciusko County Community Foundation. Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Detective Sgt. Phil Hochstetler was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 29, 1994, while investigating a theft. Hochstetler was pursuing a degree in criminal justice at the time of his death. Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine began the scholarship program for local students who were also pursuing a career in the criminal justice field.

– The Building Contractors Association has established an award to recognize significant accomplishments and reward worthy students in furthering their education in a post-secondary, construction-related education program. Applicants must be pursuing at minimum an associate degree in a construction field from an accredited college or university or studying under a BAT-approved construction apprenticeship program. The award is $1,500. For the 2016 award year only, the Board of Directors has approved a second $1,500 scholarship. The award must be used for tuition or books only; personal expenses are excluded. If the award winner is studying under an apprenticeship program, up to half of the award may be used to purchase required tools. For more information, contact the Building Contractors Association at 260-483-9596.

– The Irene S. Ator/AGO Music Scholarship Fund recently awarded $1,900 in scholarships to five students who are pursuing organ or piano study and who have an interest in church music. The recipients were Allyn Beifus, David Detweiler, Hannah Hobson, Aidan Kroeker and Monica Shannon. The annual scholarship, named in honor of Irene S. Ator, is administered by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Trine University

Anthony Kline has been named interim dean for the Franks School of Education at Trine University. Kline has been an assistant professor at the college since 2013. Prior to working at Trine, he was a faculty instructor and later assistant professor in the Department of Elementary Education at Ball State University, and an elementary teacher at The Orchard School in Indianapolis. He has given presentations on teaching at local, state and national levels and co-authored three articles in scholarly publications.

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