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Academy Students Take Home Gold and Silver at Russian Olympiad

Monday, April 29, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, a group of Academy students Russian competed in the Russian Olympiad hosted by the Global and International Studies School at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Nathan BuehrerSilver
Lillian RogersSilver
Isabell ReynoldsSilver
Jenna LittlejohnGold
Anand RathinasamyGold
Bailee WolfeGold
Jake WhiteGold

Registered but unable to attend were Grace Nelson and Katherine Kerr.

Additionally, Jake White won the ACTR Slava Award for Outstanding Achievement for a non-hertiage speaker, and Anand Rathinasamy won the ACTR Slava Award for Outstanding Achievement for a heritage speaker.

Congratulations to these students and their Russian instructor, Heather Rogers.


Indiana Academic All-Star

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Congratulations to Sage Hamm on his selection as a 2019 Indiana Academic All-Star. Sage was recognized at a luncheon on Thursday, April 25 in Indianapolis. The recognition is sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals and recognizes students for outstanding Academic performance as well as extra-curricular involvement and accomplishments. Each student nominates a teacher who has been most influential in their Academic progress and development, and he nominated Stephanie Nagelkirk who was also recognized at the event. Congratulations to Sage and Ms. Nagelkirk for this recognition.


Christine Ney Awarded Outstanding Teaching Award

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Congratulations to Indiana Academy instructor Christine Ney on being honored with the University Schools Outstanding Teaching Award during the Teachers College recognition reception on Thursday, April 18. Ms. Ney is retiring after 32 years of service to Ball State and the Indiana Academy.


Academy Students Give Outstanding Performance at Economics-Philosophy Competition

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ten teams from three different high schools including the Indiana Academy competed on April 18 in an event put on by the Ball State University Economics Department. The Academy fielded three teams of seniors, and they all performed exceedingly well. After presentations and discussion, questions on specific moral dilemmas were put to the teams, and they had only 5 minutes to formulate an answer. All three Academy teams delivered answers that were strongly reasoned, supported by relevant philosophical concepts, creative, and very well-articulated. Participating students included:

Suzanne Brown, Francesca Clifton, Than Win, Magnolia Clayton, Hanbit Lee, Rachael Snow, David Stephens, Nathan Buehrer, Alex Newhall, Samuel Shephard, and Drew Wheatley

Medals were awarded to the first, second and third place teams in the competition, and Academy teams won first and third!


National Latin Exam Results

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The results are in from the National Latin Exam, and here is how Academy students placed:

Gold Medal
Natalie Williams
Meredith Fairman
Grace Allman

Silver Medal
Parker Clingerman
Seth Rubush
Lincoln Rutter
Judy (Yifei) Liu
Jacob Nichols
Paige Lang
Patrick Caron
Preston Dunithan
Nora Slaven

Magna Cum Laude
Cheyenne Brenton
Elliott Whiteside

Cum Laude
Micayla Roginski

Our senior Latin 2B students this year took the “Level 3” exam since we are an accelerated program (an Academy first!) which means that the seniors in this list are not only performing at a level above where they would normally be but are excelling at that level with respect to their Level 3 peers in other schools.


Academy Instructor of Life Sciences Receives Prestigious Award

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Academy instructor Michael Mayfield has been selected as the 2018-19 recipient of the prestigious Battey National Educator Award. The award provides a plaque, an honorarium of $8000 to Mr. Mayfield, and a grant of $2000 to the Indiana Academy to be applied to our programs.

Kiara Goodwin, an Academy alum and current senior at DePauw University, nominated Mr. Mayfield for the award. Her nomination expressed the inspiration and vigor of Mr. Mayfield’s teaching style.

Mr. Mayfield will be recognized at the annual Chuck and Joan Battey dinner reception at DePauw University.


Indiana Academy Students Win Midwest Speech Contest, Advance to Nationals in Los Angeles

Monday, March 25, 2019

Two Academy students, Kevin Gao and Sage Hamm, were recognized on Saturday, March 23 in Chicago at the Japanese Consulate’s 49th annual speech contest. Their Japanese speeches were among the ten best high school essays selected from the Midwest, and they were invited to give their speech at the contest. Sage Hamm won first place, and Kevin Gao won third. It is an incredible achievement as they beat out other students who had the same or more years of experience in Japanese. The first, second, and third place winners of this speech contest will be sent by the Chicago Japanese Consulate to represent the Midwest at the National Japanese Speech Contest held in Los Angeles in May.


Academy Seniors Participate in Poverty Simulation

Friday, March 22, 2019

Academy seniors participate in a poverty simulation in the Student Center Ballroom
Academy seniors participate in a poverty simulation in the Student Center Ballroom.

As part of the Senior Colloquium “Topics and Perspective in Economics,” approximately 120 Academy seniors participated in a poverty simulation presented by Second Harvest Food Bank on Tuesday, March 19. During the two-hour simulation, the students were divided into around 40 families who each had to deal with limited resources, increased stress, and other situations faced by the economically disadvantaged. The simulation, conducted by Ms. Dorica Watson from Second Harvest, was divided into four fifteen-minute “weeks” during which the students had to work (or try to find work), pay their rent or mortgage, shop for food, ensure that their children attended school or were otherwise cared for, and try not to run afoul of the law.

Students purchasing food at simulated store
A group of students make purchases at the “Realville” superstore.

Over the course of the program, students quickly learned how difficult “real life” can be to manage when faced with resource insecurity, and how poverty and stress can force people to make choices that they wouldn’t otherwise make. From time to time, Ms. Watson would hand out “Bad News” cards piling on additional hardships for the students to face, based on her real experiences helping the economically disadvantaged.

Mr. John Marsh, co-instructor of the Colloquium course, helped to organize the event. A number of Academy juniors ran the local businesses in “Realville” which included a bank, employers, a superstore, a homeless shelter, a realtor, the utility company, a school, a pawn shop, a payday loan provider, police, social services, and a community action agency. At the end of the simulation, all of the participants gathered to share their experiences, which Ms. Watson helped to relate to the real experiences of those dealing with resource insecurity.


Students Serve as Pages at the Indiana Statehouse

Thursday, March 14, 2019

During the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly, 45 Academy students served as Senate Pages and House Pages. In addition to touring the historic Statehouse which includes the House and Senate Chambers, the Supreme Court, and the Governor’s Office, students had the opportunity to observe the legislative session directly from the Statehouse floor in addition to meeting and assisting their specific legislator with tasks.

Academy Senate Pages
Indiana Academy Senate Pages

Academy students serving as Senate Pages at the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday, February 13:

Student (Senator)Student (Senator)
Rahul Agarwal (Mike Gaskill)Alexandra Klingsmith (Chris Garten)
Isabelle Berhman (Timothy Lanane)Lillia Mangel-Martin (Ed Charbonneu)
Suzanne Brown (Rick Niemeyer)Alan Pieper (Eric Bassler)
Amy Ciceu (Mark Messmer)Khristian Reed (Susan Glick)
Logan Criner (Phillip Boots)Isabel Reynolds (Ed Charbonneu)
Alexandra Dines (Karen Tallinn)Lillian Rogers (Ed Charbonneu)
Naomi Edet (Frank Mrvan)Evalina Schneider (Rodric Bray)
Meredith Fairman (Liz Brown)Jessica Schwarz (Chip Perfect)
Dryden Frecker (John Crane)Kaitlin Scott (Jean Leising)
Eric Harman (Randall Head)Nora Slaven (Jeff Raatz)
Izabelle Hilderbrand (Eric Bassler)Amber Thurston (Aaron Freeman)
Lucy Khatib (Sue Errington)Jason Wroblewski (Ryan Mishler)
Academy Pages with Senator Brown
Students pictured with Senator Liz Brown on February 13, 2019.

Academy students serving as House Pages at the Statehouse on Tuesday, March 12:

Student (Representative)
Isabelle Behrman (Sue Errington)
Logan Criner (Timothy Brown)
Naomi Edet (Mara Candeleria Reardon)
Benjamin Erwin (Randall Frye)
Eric Harman (David Wolkins)
Izabelle Hilderbrand (Jeff Ellington)
Madison Hull (Chris Judy)
Evan Jannerjahn (Kevin Mahan)
Komal Kumar (Dale DeVon)
Hanbit Lee (Sue Errington)
Sydney Mrazik (Alan Morrison)
Jacob Nichols (Jim Pressel)
Khristian Reed (Dennis Zent)
Lillian Rogers (Ed Soliday)
Evalina Schneider (David Frizzell)
Nora Slaven (Thomas Saunders)
Abagail Smith (Dale DeVon)
Rachel Snow (Sue Errington)
Jalyn Upshaw (Earl Harris)
Samantha Walkley (Chuck Goodrich)
Jacob Zeh (Chuck Goodrich)
Academy Pages at Ball State Day
Students pictured during Ball State Day at the Statehouse on March 12, 2019 with Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns, Senator Tim Lanane, and Representative Sue Errington.

German 2 Students Excel at National German Exam

Friday, February 22, 2019

Twelve Indiana Academy German 2 students earned awards for their efforts on the National German Exam. The scores listed below reflects the percentile rank among all students, heritage speakers included, who took the test for Level 2.

Gold Medals were awarded to:

Brandon Kem96%
Noah Migoski96%
Marc Bailey95%
Sam Shephard95%
Isabel Reynolds94%
Lillia Mangel-Martin89%

Silver Medals were awarded to:

Mary Wilson87%
Dawson Crisman84%
Hannah Jones84%
Dillon Linville84%

Bronze Medals were awarded to:

Ahna Abraham75%
Cameron Gage72%
Indiana Academy at ISGA Staatskongress
Back row, l-to-r: Jacob McCormick, Brandon Kem, Dawson Crisman, Noah Migoski
Middle row, l-to-r: Kaileb White, Logan Telschow, Sam Shephard
Front row, l-to-r: Isabel Reynolds, Hannah Jones.

On Saturday, February 16, nine of our German students attended the annual ISGA Staatskongress, hosted by the German Department at Ball State, and this year, our school won the Quiz Bowl competition. The winning team was made up of Hannah Jones, Noah Migoski, Isabel Reynolds, and Sam Shephard. Well done, team!

Congratulations to these students and their instructor, Ms. Heather Rogers, on their accomplishment and their continued dedication to learning the German language.