March 2022 News

Dr. Phillip Lobo Publishes Research Paper

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Dr. Phillip Lobo, Instructor of English at the Indiana Academy, published an article online for the journal Russian Literature, titled “Between Homo & Ludens: The Dichotomy of Subjectivity in The Snail on the Slope.” The paper demonstrates “the way literature and games have both been called upon to address the problem and possibility of agency for the subjects they create” by examining the Strugatsky brothers’ novel The Snail on the Slope in the context of late-1960s Soviet society.

You can read Dr. Lobo’s paper here for free until May 5.


Academy Envirothon Team Headed to State

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The Indiana Academy Envirothon team won the East Central Regional competition held Tuesday, March 15 at Hayes Arboretum in Richmond, and will advance to the State competition on April 27 at Connor Prairie. Ms. Megan Wright accompanied the team, which consists of Bryson Bennett, Isabella Crespo, Julie Pichonnat, Mia Vega-Isaac, Olivia Walker, and Kylie Williford.

Envirothon is a competition designed to promote environmental education. Teams compete by answering questions and studying resource problems in five environmental topics, as well as making an oral presentation at the Regional level. The top team in the State competition will represent Indiana at the National Envirothon.

Congratulations to our Envirothon team!


Academy Seniors Named Whitinger Scholars

Friday, February 18, 2022

Academy seniors Sai Hamm and Mia Vega-Isaac were named Ball State University Whitinger Scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State. It supplements Ball State’s Presidential Scholarship to provide full tuition and required fees plus on-campus room and board. Eight new Honors College students are selected to receive the award each year based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership.

Congratulations to Sai and Mia!


2022 National Merit Finalists

Monday, February 14, 2022

2022 National Merit Finalists
L to R: Paul Ulrich, Justin Xia, Dr. Joel Olufowote, Sophia Lotzow

Three Indiana Academy seniors have been named Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship competition.

Congratulations to Sophia Lotzow, Paul Ulrich, and Justin Xia!


Four Academy Alums Among Ball State’s “Top 100” Students

Monday, February 14, 2022

Beginning this year, the Ball State University Foundation recognizes 100 outstanding junior and senior undergraduates at Ball State University who “represent Beneficence both in and out of the classroom.” Applicants are scored by a group of BSU alumni around the country. Among the 100 students chosen as the inaugural recipients of this honor are four Indiana Academy alumni, all currently seniors at BSU.

They are Isabelle Behrman ’21 (Muncie), Trinity Croy ’18 (Marion), Hannah Flanagan ’19 (Elwood), and Barbara Willey ’17 (Muncie). All of the Top 100 recipients will be recognized at a reception during One Ball State Day on April 5, 2022. Additionally, as “Top 25” students, Isabelle and Hannah will be invited to attend an awards ceremony on April 2, where the Top 10 and Top Two students will be named. Congratulations!


Dr. Bridget Lester Named Most Influential Educator by Alumni Scholarship Recipient

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Dr. Bridget Lester will receive a $1,000 professional development grant from Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) as a part of the “Realizing the Dream” scholarship program. The $3,000 scholarship recognizes first-generation Indiana college students from ICI’s 29 private, non-profit colleges and universities and is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Scholarship recipient Jenna Littlejohn, currently a sophomore at the University of Evansville, chose to thank Dr. Lester for her positive influence in a video released by ICI.

Dr. Lester says of Ms. Littlejohn, “I am just so happy to have gotten the opportunity to know Jenna. She will continue to have such a bright future ahead. Having the opportunity to watch our students succeed is one of the best things about being a teacher.”

Congratulations to both!


Burris Swim Team Wins Conference Championship

Monday, January 10, 2022

The Burris swim team successfully defended their title at the Pioneer Academic Athletic Conference (PAAC) Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday, January 8 at Ball State University’s Lewellen Aquatic Center.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the competition, courtesy of the Indy Star.