“U.S. News and World Report” Releases 2017 High School Rankings

Several high schools in the Kankakee Valley are ranked among the best in Indiana by “U.S. News and World Report.” The publication reviewed more than 28,000 schools nationwide for its 2017 rankings, and 136 schools in Indiana made their “Best High Schools” rankings. The publication ranks schools based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board Accepts Donations


Eastern Pulaski Elementary School will soon offer a reading program for local residents thanks to the generosity of the Pulaski Alliance for Community Education. They awarded the school a $19,635 grant.

Plans call for the establishment of a “Family Dinner Book Club.” The school will provide high quality literature for families across Pulaski County to borrow, read together and discuss with “Dinner Time” conversation question cards. Families who sign a borrower contract and pledge to post a picture of their family with the book on the newly established “EPES Family Book Club” social media page will be able to check books out. School officials hope they will elaborate on their favorite part of the book in their social media posts. Continue reading

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Announced


Students from North Judson-San Pierre and Winamac Community high schools are recipients of the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Kyle Collins was nominated by the Community Foundation of Pulaski County, while Nicholas Sierzputowski was the Starke County Community Foundation’s nominee. Each of them will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of their choice, as well as a $900 yearly stipend for books and equipment. Continue reading

Walorski Visits Winamac Community High School

Walorski WinamacCongresswoman Jackie Walorski paid a visit to Winamac Community High School on Monday to check out the school’s new Warrior Academy. Students under the supervision of teacher Karen Butler spend part of the day doing credit recovery. It allows the 16 students in the program to take courses they struggled with in a traditional classroom in an independent study setting. Walorski applauds the efforts to help students graduate. Continue reading

Winamac Community High School Students Raise Money for Charity


Students from several organizations at Winamac Community High School took time to volunteer for the Salvation Army during the holiday season. Principal Rick DeFries says they raised a significant amount of money for the organization during their annual bell ringing campaign. Of the $5,600 raised, the students brought in $2,500. DeFries told the Eastern Pulaski School Board an estimated 10 groups raised that amount of money in 20 hours.

U.S. News Awards Medals to Several Area Schools

badge-national-rankingsThe Kankakee Valley boasts some of the best high schools in the state, according to recent rankings by a national publication. John Glenn High School in Walkerton ranks 17th on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list. The magazine awarded the school silver medal. Students there have an opportunity to take advanced placement tests, and 36 percent do. Of the school’s 611 students, 85 percent are proficient in English and 84 percent are proficient in math. Knox Community High School earned a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report. The publication notes 25 percent of the 606 students enrolled take AP courses and tests, 77 percent are proficient in English and 69 percent are proficient in Algebra. Continue reading

Eric Newman Named Pulaski County Community 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

Eric Newman
Eric Newman

A Winamac Community High School Senior has been named the recipient of the 2014 Pulaski County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Eric Newman will receive a four year full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of his choice. He will also receive a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Newman has been involved in Student Council, Shakespeare Club, Key Club, FFA, National Honor Society, and the Robotics Team. He was also involved in sports and volunteered in the community. He has also received the DAR Good Citizen Award, Presidential award for service, Hoosier Boys State delegate, Distinguished Honor Roll, and the Hugh O’Brien award.

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WCHS to Present Tarzan the Musical

Winamac Community High School
Winamac Community High School

The Winamac Community High School will soon present Tarzan the musical, and the socialtorium stage has recently undergone a transformation into an African jungle as parents, students, and staff work diligently to bring the bigger-than-life legend of Tarzan to the stage. The production stars Winamac junior J.T. Garnett in the title role and includes co-stars Taylor Smith, Emerald Blankenship, Andrew Brandon, Ralph Thomas and Joshua Tankersley.

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WCHS to Host Bi-County Choral Festival

Winamac Community High School
Winamac Community High School
Winamac Community High School will be hosting the fourth annual Bi-County Choral Festival on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the socialtorium. There will be a free-will admission at the door, with all proceeds going to benefit all choirs involved.

The event was first planned four years ago when choral directors from Rochester, Caston, and Winamac sought to introduce students to guest conductors with an afternoon of singing and educational fellowship. Caston Choral Director Michelle Byrn and Winamac Choral Director Patrick Schuttrow will be back again this year, welcoming Rochester’s new choral director, Autumn Dalton, who will accompany the performance.

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Winamac woman pays it forward with a haircut

Mary Perren
A Winamac hairstylist is sporting a new hairdo for a good cause. Emily Larkin agreed to shave her head once she raised $3,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. That’s where her sister, Christina, also a hairstylist, was treated as a teenager when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Larkin said her bold new haircut was inspired by the Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders who shaved their head in support of Coach Chuck Pagano’s leukemia diagnosis inspired Larkin to “take it off.” She nearly doubled her fundraising goal, thanks to generous support from the community. Her sister Christina did the honors during the halftime show of last night’s Winamac Community High School basketball game. Larkin said she “kind of likes” her new short locks, which she will be sporting for Christina’s wedding next month.