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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.


Dr. Jo Tuite Published in Journal for the Education of the Gifted

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

An exploratory study by Dr. Jo Tuite, Dr. Lisa DaVia Rubenstein, and Dr. Serena J. Salloum has been published in the December issue of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted.

The Coming Out Experiences of Gifted, LGBTQ Students: When, to Whom, and Why Not? examines the coming out experiences of over 100 LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer) alumni of a residential gifted/talented high school, including when they identified their own sexual orientation and/or gender identity, when they came out to their friends and family, and how comfortable they were coming out at the G/T school versus their home schools. The purpose of the study is to provide guidance to school personnel for developing effective support systems for their students.

Dr. Tuite is the Associate Director / Head of Admissions at the Academy. Dr. Rubenstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Ball State University, and Dr. Salloum is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Ball State. The study may be found in the Journal for the Education of the Gifted, volume 44, issue 4, pages 366-397.


Quiz Bowl Team Qualifies for Nationals

Monday, November 22, 2021

The Indiana Academy Beta Club Quiz Bowl team qualified for the state finals and traveled to Evansville on Friday, November 19 to compete against the other top eight teams. After three head-to-head competitions the team emerged victorious! As a result, they have qualified for the nationals in Nashville, Tennessee in July.

Congratulations to the Beta Club!


Academy Instructors Awarded Bell Grant

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Dr. Phillip Lobo and Ms. Meghan Riley have reason to celebrate. They have been awarded a Bell Grant by the Muncie Community Foundation for a collaboration in spring 2022 between Dr. Lobo’s Speculative Literature and Ms. Riley’s World Literature courses.

The collaboration examines the enriching overlap between these two literary traditions. The teaching of world literature often focuses on historical works, for good reason, but it can be difficult for students to recognize how canonical examples of world literature pertain to the increasingly global, future-oriented world in which we live. Speculative fiction, while often engaged with contemporary questions, is frequently characterized as consisting of niche genres, subject to cultural gatekeeping. In reality, speculative fiction is one of the most vital spaces of international literary production, with diverse voices addressing current global issues. While speculative fiction courses often focus on established authors and texts in order to legitimize the study of speculative fiction as serious literature, there has been a proliferation of speculative fiction by women and authors of color across the world in the past two decades. Finally, the tropes of speculative fiction – including but not limited to distant futures and alternative histories – provide opportunities to interrogate and complicate the dichotomies of “history” versus “progress,” “magic” versus “science,” and “essentialism” versus “hybridity” that global literature often addresses. Reading speculative fiction as world literature allows learners to engage with concepts in new ways. This project – which will bring together the two courses for two weeks of collaborative instruction and assignments – will address unmet needs, those of bringing currency and vitality to world literature pedagogy, and of broadening the appreciation and understanding of speculative fiction by placing it in a global, multi-cultural context.

Dr. Lobo and Ms. Riley are already looking at choices for texts and materials to purchase with the grant monies, and their plans will undoubtedly lead to vibrant and erudite scholarly discourse. It is initiatives like these that occur outside of standard expectations that enrich so many of our classes here at the Academy. Congratulations to both!