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Students Receive Grant – Start “HealthyIsNow” Program

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sakhi Shah and Ritika Mehta with HealthyIsNow bikes

Two Academy students, Sakhi Shah and Ritika Mehta, were recently awarded a $1000 grant from AdVenture Capital (AdCap), an organization that aims to support a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs through promoting health and wellness in the community.

Shah and Mehta received two grants from AdCap, one for $250 and one for $750. With these grants, they created a new program called HealthyIsNow. The students have already held an informational seminar with a physical therapist as the guest speaker before focusing on their main project of implementing a bike program for the Academy. With money from the grant, the students purchased four bikes as well as other essential equipment that can be checked out by Academy students. Shah and Mehta also worked with Ball State’s Office of Risk Management on creating a waiver for the program. The program started April 18th, and it allows for the bikes to be checked out by students for transportation and fitness around campus.

Shah and Mehta said one of the biggest challenges they faced was figuring out how to channel their ideas into reality at the Academy. “At first, we felt divided between addressing nutrition versus addressing physical wellness, both of which are incredibly important, as we have found that students who attend boarding school tend to develop unhealthy lifestyle habits.” After seeking advice for school administrators and counselors, the students eventually decided to promote physical activity though a bike rental program.

World Food Prize Youth Institute

Monday, May 1, 2017

Senior Jessica Gage and juniors Rachael Moore and Lily Fillwalk attended the World Food Prize Youth Institute at Purdue University on April 27-28. They presented individual research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussion with local experts; interacted with global leaders in science, industry and policy; took part in educational sessions and interactive tours at Purdue to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences; and met innovative researchers, professors and college students in Indiana working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

Gage, Moore, and Fillwalk will have to wait until next month to receive detailed feedback from experts in the field, and the authors of the best papers will be chosen to attend the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, in the fall.

The World Food Prize was founded in 1987 by Dr. Norman Borlaug, the father of the “green revolution.” Because of his achievements to prevent hunger, famine and misery around the world, it is said that Dr. Borlaug has “saved more lives than any other person who has ever lived.”

You can learn more about the World Food Prize at

Regional Super Bowl Finalists

Friday, April 21, 2017

Academy Super Bowl Team

Academy students competed in the regional Academic Super Bowl that is sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The topic for this year’s Academic Super Bowl was the French Revolution, and the Academy competed in Division 4 with 67 other schools competing in the same division. The top six teams from each category qualified for the state championship, and the Academy finished 1st in the Math, Science, Fine Arts, and English categories. The Academy placed 2nd in Interdisciplinary and 3rd in Social Studies. The Fine Arts and English teams (students listed below) qualified for the state competition that will be held at Purdue University on May 6.

Fine Arts
Taryn Coyle
Isabelle Turner
Allison Johnson
Leah Turner
Amy Gong

Samantha Williams
Rose Winter
Victoria Smith

Robotic Surgery Demonstration

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Indiana Academy hosted a robotic surgery demonstration on April 19 in Burris Laboratory School. Two local surgeons, Dr. Damer and Dr. Graybill brought the technology and robot they use for hip and knee replacement surgeries to campus, and our students got a hands-on demonstration to experience for themselves how it all works. Over 80 students attended the demonstration that was open to Academy students, faculty, and staff as well as Burris science students and teachers. In addition to the robotic demonstration, both doctors presented on orthopedic topics followed by a Q&A session.

See more pictures in our Facebook gallery of the event.

Academy Students Attend HOSA State Leadership Conference

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Academy had 19 students attend the HOSA State Leadership Conference from April 10-12. HOSA is an international student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry and seeks to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s Competitive Events Program is designed to motivate students to improve their knowledge and skills in terms of health care. The Academy students were very successful with placing in their competitions and many qualified for Nationals in the summer. The results of the Academy students are as follows:

CategoryStudents (Results)
Medical MathJared Saxberg (Finalist)
Sammy Cheng (Finalist)
Hannah Komanapali (Finalist)
Human Growth and DevelopmentSakhi Shah (Finalist)
Medical Law and EthicsMinna Zheng (2nd Place)
Nitika Jacob (Finalist)
NutritionZach Swoboda (Finalist)
PathophysiologyGrace Meier (Finalist)
Karthik Gannamanei (1st Place)
Biomedical Laboratory ScienceJared Saxberg (Finalist)
Sammy Cheng (Finalist)
Physical TherapyNikita Kumar (Finalist)
Sports MedicineGrace Meier (2nd Place)
EpidemiologyTaryn Coyle (1st Place)
Extemporaneous Health PostersLauren Stewart (Finalist)
Healthy LifestyleVictor Ramirez (2nd Place)
Forensic ScienceJared Saxberg & Minna Zheng (1st Place)
Medical Innovations OriginalRitika Mehta & Sakhi Shah (Finalist)
Nisha Jacob & Shreeram Thirunavukkarasu (1st Place)

PLATO Essay Winner

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Academy Junior Keith Murray won first prize in the 2017 PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) High School Essay Contest. PLATO is devoted to introducing philosophy to students before graduating high school. Organizers believe that philosophy is a key resource for preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century. The contest itself was open to all high school students in the U.S. and the students participating in the essay contest were asked, “How do we define art or determine what things count as art objects?” Murray’s essay, “Art is More than Beauty: It’s a Whetstone” stood out in a strong field of submissions. Keith received a check for $250.00 from PLATO for his submission and his essay will be published in PLATO’s official journal.

National Merit Scholarship Competition

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Based on their 2016 PSAT results, twelve Academy students met requirements to enter the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students (listed below) were one of 50,000 highest-scoring participants with a Selection Index score of 211 or above who will be recognized in the fall. From the 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the top scorers in each state, and approximately 34,000 others will be commended for their performance on the PSAT. Semifinalists and Commended Students will learn of their standing in September 2017. Semifinalists will be the only students who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 7,400 Merit Scholarship awards to be offered in 2018. Academy students recognized are:

Anna Beach
Angela Cardwell
Ningmei Gong
Nils Hinniger
Michael Hu
Ryan Martinez
Dione Miles-Morillo
Keith Murray
Julia Newbold
Conner Partaker
John Tade
Stanley Zheng

Students Serve as House Pages

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Academy students in the House Chamber
Indiana Academy students listen in the House Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse.

Academy students had the opportunity to serve as House Pages on April 10th at the Indiana Statehouse. Students selected to serve as pages were: Sophia Arnold, Allison Balmer, Angela Cardwell, Taylor Chambers, Toby Holman, Katey Kaiser, and Jasmine Miller. As pages, the students toured the Statehouse including the chambers of the Indiana House and Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court. The pages also witnessed a floor session, met their representatives, and assisted representatives with tasks.

Students Place First in Coding Competition

Friday, March 24, 2017

Academy seniors, Steven O’Riley and Melanie Goldstone, won first place in the Blackford Coding Competition. Their winning score was 484 out of 500 total points with the second-place team only receiving a score of 200 out of the 500 points.

Teams consisted of no more than three students with 55 total students in the competition that was held on March 18 at Blackford County High School in Hartford City. There were three levels of questions with fifteen total questions to be programmed in a span of two hours. Only three teams were able to complete the programming for all of the questions. O’Riley and Goldstone each received a new laptop for their first-place finish.

National German Exam Results

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sixteen students recently received certificates and medals after taking the National German Exam. The exam is taken by students in their second year of German. The following students received certificates and medals:

Gold Silver Bronze
Harrison Hart Alexa Madden Rae Handy
Nicholas David Jacob White Katelyn Zachary
Jacob Barbour Justin Rudecki Nicholas Shaw
Madison Porter Cameron Maxey Frances Percell
Grace Meier Tyler Miller
Anke Rudloff
Nils Hinniger