June 2023 News
New Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Guidance
Monday, June 5, 2023
After a thorough job search, we are pleased to announce that Ms. Megan Wright has accepted our offer to be the Academy’s next Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Guidance! Meg stepped up this semester to help out in an ‘interim’ role and has done a wonderful job. The work she has done identifying seniors missing credits, proposing plans for those seniors, and being proactive in identifying returning sophomores/juniors needing support is stellar. The search committee is confident that Meg is the right person for this job and we all look forward to what she will bring to this position next year.
Thanks go out to the search committee of Dr. Joel Olufowote, Ms. Casey Schultz, Ms. Kim Foltz, Ms. Kim Hall, and Ms. Candy Manship for the hard work they put in the past few weeks.
This leaves open a current math position. An attempt will be made to fill the position before August and Kim Foltz has already worked with the math department to begin the initial steps. In the event a quality candidate is not found in this search, a backup plan will be in place for August.
Indiana Academy Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 27
Monday, May 22, 2023
The Indiana Academy commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 27th, 2023, starting at 11:30 a.m., in the Emens Auditorium on the campus of Ball State University. Our commencement speaker this year will be Emery Jordon, Class of 1997. A native of Gary, Mr. Jordan is is an award-winning leader, trainer, Project Manager, and author of three books.
Please note there will be some construction on campus, so plan ahead and allow for an early arrival. Parking for the Commencement Ceremony is available in the McKinley parking garage (south of Emens Auditorium), the New York Avenue parking garage (northeast of Emens Auditorium and Puris Hall), or the Student Center parking garage (south of Pittenger Student Center.) You can also refer to the campus map for building and parking locations.
The graduation events of the Indiana Academy are joyous but formal celebrations. Please do not bring air horns, cowbells, or other “noise” generating materials. Also, flash photography is a distraction to those seated nearby and a disturbance to the speaker. As a courtesy to all commencement ceremony participants, individuals who wish to videotape or take flash photographs may do so only from the balcony of Emens Auditorium.
Crabtree Photography will be taking handshake photographs as graduate receives their diploma, a poised picture with the diploma. They will be taking the senior group photo in front of Beneficence. Graduation pictures can be ordered at crabtree-photography.hhimagehost.com/IA. Pictures will then be mailed directly from Crabtree Photography to the home address.
We believe the 2023 graduation ceremony will be a memorable and joyous occasion, and you are free to attend with as many family and friends as you would like as seating for the graduation ceremony on Saturday is unlimited. If you are unable to join us in -person, the ceremony will be live-streamed at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRAMfc6x54Y.
School Nurse Position Available
Monday, May 8, 2023
The Indiana Academy currently has an opening for a School Nurse. Details about the position can be found at the link below.
Academic Super Bowl State Competition Results
Monday, May 8, 2023
On May 6th, the Indiana Academy sent 15 students, representing English, Science, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Interdisciplinary squads to Purdue University to compete at the state level for Academic Super Bowl. It was quite an achievement to qualify for the state competition, much less for all six categories! It was very exciting to REPEAT championships in our class in both Mathematics and Interdisciplinary! The students competing at state were:
English: Lila Beghtel (captain), Elise Adams, Anna Gu, and Alesya Rathinasamy
Science: Jonathan Slater (captain), Carson Gull, Arav Singh, Daniel Yoo, and Sophia Griffin-Little
Fine Arts: Joseph Ciceu (captain), Elise Adams, Lila Beghtel, and Sam Greathouse
Social Studies: Yifei Wang (captain), Alexander Bell, Joseph Ciceu, and Jaehun Kim
Math: Elijah Buck (captain), Anna Gu, Carson Gull, Arav Singh, and Sophia Griffin-Little
Interdisciplinary: Lila Beghtel (captain), Alexander Bell, Elijah Buck, Joseph Ciceu, Anna Gu, Alesya Rathinasamy, Arav Singh, and Jonathan Slater
Students and coach Jessica Edrington departed the Academy at 7 a.m. and did not return until about 8 p.m., so thanks go to Joshua Ruark and Krista Hook for giving up their Saturdays to drive two of the vans for these students. Congratulations to the teams for their success!
Academy Teacher Named Ball Brothers Foundation Excellence in Teaching Finalist
Friday, May 5, 2023
Heather Rogers, Associate Lecturer of Russian and German, was recently named a finalist for the Ball Brothers Foundation Excellence in Teaching award. This award honors a Delaware County teacher who excels in teaching. Although Heather was not selected as the winner, she was one of just three high school teachers in the county to be named a finalist and she received a grant to support her classes. Heather is the only member of the faculty who has been with the Academy since it opened in 1990. She is an incredible member of this community and an integral part of the school’s success!
English Teaching Position Available
Friday, April 28, 2023
The Indiana Academy currently has an opening for Assistant Lecturer of English. Details about the position can be found at the link below.
Senior Ethan Doerner Awarded Scholarships to Business/Law Program at Seton Hall
Monday, April 24, 2023
Academy Senior Ethan Doerner has accepted an offer from Seton Hall University for their 3+3 accelerated business/law school program. This program will allow Ethan to simultaneously earn a B.S. in Business and a Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall Law, one of the most renowned law schools in the nation.
Just as impressively, Ethan has been awarded scholarships from Seton Hall in the amount of $112,500 over his four years at Seton Hall. Ethan’s mother, Amy, says “we are very proud of him!” We are as well. Congratulations, Ethan!
Academic Super Bowl Teams Qualify for State Competition
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Tuesday, April 18, 17 students from the Indiana Academy traveled to Greenfield-Central High School for the area competition of Academic Super Bowl. Coached by Jessica Edrington, and driven by Meg Wright and Kim Foltz, the students competed in English, Fine Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math, under the theme of “The Age of Exploration: 1400 – 1650.”
While not all of our teams placed first in the area competition, all five subject teams qualified for the state competition on May 6th, and the total score of the subject rounds qualified the Interdisciplinary team for the state competition.
These students have worked very hard this semester preparing for competition, so please congratulate them:
English: Lila Beghtel (captain), Elise Adams, Anna Gu, Alesya Rathinasamy
Fine Arts: Jo Ciceu (captain), Elise Adams, Lila Beghtel, Sam Greathouse, Junhwa Kim
Math: Elijah Buck (captain), Sophia Griffin-Little, Anna Gu, Carson Gull, Arav Singh, Aidan Tomlin
Science: Jonathan Slater (captain), Sophia Griffin-Little, Carson Gull, Arav Singh, Daniel Yoo
Social Studies: Yifei Wang (captain), Alex Bell, Jo Ciceu, Jaehun Kim
Senior Lila Beghtel Awarded Multiple Scholarships
Monday, April 17, 2023
Academy Senior Lila Beghtel was recently accepted to be part of the Noblitt Scholars Program at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and received the Gibson Scholarship, worth $20,000 per year for all four years. Additionally, she received a State Farm Foundation Scholarship worth $5,000 per year for four years. These scholarships will allow Lila to study electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman.
Lila’s parents, Greg and Joy Beghtel, are certain that Rose-Hulman is “the right fit for her.” They also say, “Thanks so much for all you do for both our girls. We love the experience they are having at the Academy.”
Senior Hattie Sparks Receives Stamps Scholarship
Monday, April 10, 2023
Congratulations to senior student Hattie Sparks on receiving the prestigious Stamps Scholarship and admission into the Honors College at Purdue University. In addition to covering full tuition for 8 semesters in the Purdue Honors College, the scholarship grants recipients $10,000 dollars per year to use for other educational opportunities such as study abroad, internships, internships abroad, research, among other experiential related activity. “I am so proud of Hattie,” Dr. Olufowote, Director of Academic Affairs at the Indiana Academy stated upon receiving word. “In my role I don’t often get to know students as much as I’d like, but I’ve had the opportunity to acquaint myself with Hattie pretty well over the last year and I can’t think of a more fitting person to fulfill the mission of the Stamps family through this stellar opportunity.” The Stamps organization was started by Roe Stamps and his wife, Penny, in 2006 at Georgia Tech and has grown to a sizeable philanthropic partnership with close to 40 participating schools. “I am so excited! Not just for the financial gain – which is remarkable, don’t get me wrong – but for the community,” Hattie remarked. “Their students are passionate leaders who want to help the world; it’s like they are cultivating a group of future philanthropists. I am so honored that they selected me to join their community and I am looking forward to meeting so many wonderful people!”
Read more about the Stamps Scholarship here: www.stampsscholars.org