Randolph Eastern has been recognized as a Common Sense District by Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.
Randolph Eastern has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our district's commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship. Common Sense applauds the faculty and staff of Randolph Eastern Schools for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. "Randolph Eastern deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."
Randolph Eastern has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.
"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense District," said Lisa Smith, Superintendent. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning. We had 98% of our teaching staff become Common Sense Educators during this process and this accomplishment is a testament to their hard work and dedication to this cause." For more information about Randolph Eastern, go to www.resc.k12.in.us. To learn more about the criteria Randolph Eastern met to become recognized as a Common Sense District, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-districts.
The Terrific Ten dinner was held at the Randolph Eastern Cafetorium on Thursday, May 31st. This annual dinner honors the top ten seniors and their parents for a job well done. Each senior also choose a staff member to be honored. The staff member is one who has contributed to the student's success and can be either a current or former staff member.
Superintendent Lisa Smith presented each student with a plaque, and each student then presented the staff member with a plaque and explained to them why they have been chosen.
The following students and staff members were honored:
Student and chosen Staff member: Paul Bailey, Jr., Mrs. Cheryl Van Camp Justiss Cantu, Mrs. Sarah Black Emily Cline, Mrs. Melissa Adelsperger Keaton Collins, Mr. Blake Clevenger Kahlee Dowler, Mr. Gary Zimmers Connor Kerns, Ms. Becky Kuehl Ellie Kerns, Mr. Aaron Black Mackenzie Neeley, Mr. Brad Hoggatt Trevor Thompson, Mr. Bruce Davison Haley Whitesel, Mrs. Heather Jefferis Nalaina Whitesel, Mrs. Shelley Wambo
During the summer, the Randolph Eastern School Corporation Central Office will be open from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday. These hours are in effect through July 27. The Central office will be closed on July 4th and 5th. We will resume regular office hours on July 30th.
Union City Junior-Senior High School held its Commencement Saturday afternoon, June 2nd, in the high school gymnasium. The class of 2018 graduated sixty-four students.
Scholarships, grants, military education benefits, etc. amounted to a total of $1,156,426 to further the education of the applicable graduates. This included $141,976 from one hundred local scholarships. The following graduates received scholarships at the Senior Reception on Thursday, May 31st.
Nalaina Whitesel is the valedictorian of Union City High School Class of 2018. She received the Perry Valedictorian Award and the Martha Goodman Scholarship. She plans to attend Indiana University East and major in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
Justiss Cantu is the salutatorian of Union City High School Class of 2018. She received the Lady Indian Basketball, Thomas E. Leahey Leadership Award by Student Council, and the Clyde & Sarah Alice Wise Scholarships. She plans to attend Indiana University and major in Political Science/Pre-Law.
Haley Addington received the VFW – Ladies Auxiliary, and the Class of 1970 Scholarships. She will be attending Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond.
Paul Bailey Jr. received the Randy Players, Class of 1983, Wanda Mann, and John D. Wilson Scholarships. He plans to attend Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Maci Beam received the Class of 1960 Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending Indiana University East.
James (Wes) Botkin received the Norman “Red” Young Memorial, PTO, Mark Welch Memorial, Delta Theta Tau-Lambda Chapter, Russell & Dorothy Webb Memorial, and Randolph County Ag Days Scholarships. He will be attending Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond.
Kelsie Burton received the FFA Alumni, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Harry & June Loy, and American Legion Scholarships. She plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie.
Emily Cline received the New Lisbon Christian Church, PTO, Melissa D. “Missy” Lee Memorial, Wanda Mann, UC Athletic Boosters, and Randolph Eastern Classroom Teachers Association Memorial Scholarships. She will be attending Anderson University.
Keaton Collins received the Class of 1983, Alumni, and the David L. & Carol F. Young Character Scholarship Award. He plans to attend Ball State University.
Cody Crawford received the Steve Hinshaw Humanitarian Award and Class of 1983 Scholarships. He will be attending Texas A & M University on an Army ROTC Scholarship and upon graduation will enter the U.S. Army.
Kahlee Dowler received the Lady Indian Basketball, PTO, Alumni, Lawrence Family, UC Athletic Boosters, St. Vincent Randolph Hospital Auxiliary, and Claudia Wise Scholarships. She plans to attend Indiana University East.
Kyle Fenton received the Class of 1983, Kellie Stephen & Dave Furby Memorial, and John D. Wilson Scholarships. He will be attending Indiana University East.
Macy Gray received the Harry & June Loy Scholarship. She plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College.
DaKota Hanaway received the VFW - Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship. He will be enlisting in the National Guard and then attending college.
Max Harris received the Ward Township Fireman’s Auxiliary Scholarship. He plans to attend Indiana University East.
Chase Jefferis received Carl C. Keller & Virginia Whitman Keller and Kathy Harshman Leverenz Scholarships. He will be attending Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Connor Kerns received the Lady Indian Basketball, Class of 1983, Lawrence Family, Tri Kappa, James Moorman, and Edith Winn Scholarships. He plans to attend Purdue University.
Ellie Kerns received the Lady Indian Basketball, Sigma Phi Gamma, PTO, Class of 1983, Lawrence Family, Jason Rickert Memorial, UC Athletic Boosters, and Tri Kappa - Margaret Turner Memorial Scholarships. She will be attending Purdue University after enlisting and completing training with the National Guard.
Gabriel Loesch received the Lawrence Family, UC Athletic Boosters, Bill & Mary Lou Fulk Memorial, and Trinity Lutheran Church Scholarships. He plans to attend Ball State University.
Cassandra Martin received the Alumni, Duane E. & Ruby M. Wickersham Memorial, and Lykins Family Foundation Entrepreneur Scholarships. She will be attending Ball State University.
Christian Mills received the Alumni, Lawrence Family, Rotary Club Citizenship Award, and John D. Wilson Scholarships. He plans to attend Indiana University East.
Rawlin Mills received the Tony Puccini Memorial and Class of 1983 Scholarships. He will be attending Purdue University while continuing his service with the Indiana National Guard.
Mackenzie Neeley received the Alumni – Gertrude Brady Memorial, Dellarose Sickels, John D. Wilson, and Trinity Lutheran Church Scholarships. She plans to attend Ball State University.
Kyler Purdin received the Gene & Roberta Bennett, and Randolph Eastern Classroom Teachers Association Memorial Scholarships. He will be attending Indiana University East.
Trevor Spence received the Class of 1983, Lawrence Family, Stephen Family, Doris Mendenhall Memorial, Boston Store – Rotary, and John D. Wilson Scholarships. He will be attending Ball State University.
Audrey Sullenbarger received the Delta Theta Tau – Myrtle M. Adelsperger Memorial Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana.
Trevor Thompson received the National Honor Society Member, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Lawrence Family, UC Athletic Boosters, and Gloria Godfrey-Larry Wasson Scholarships. He will be attending the University of Southern Illinois.
Dawson Thornburg received the Alumni, and St. Vincent Randolph Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships. He plans to attend Ball State University.
James (Cameron) Vincent received the National Honor Society Make a Difference, PTO, Class of 1970, VFW – Ron Moore Memorial, and John D. Wilson Scholarships. He will be attending Ball State University.
Breann Ward received the Alumni – Dellarose Sickels Memorial Scholarship. She is attending Indiana University East.
Haley Whitesel received the Chet Mock Memorial, and the Adelsperger Family Endowment Scholarships. She plans to attend Ball State University.
JUNIOR A’S & B’S – Emalee Bocanegra, Mya Carpenter, Maria Casillas-Romero, Joshua Crawford, Abigail Crowder, Peyton Jenkinson, Cameron Luster, Rachel New, Sydney Ralston, Jeffrey Thornton, Madison Tye-Jones, and Corey Whitesel.
SOPHOMORE A’S & B’S – Tony Abel, David Bowers, John Carpenter, Jacob Connor, Kaytlyn Davis, Paula Gallegos, Mackenzie Green, Mikayla Green, Shelby King, Sarah Neighbors, Emily O’Connor, Vincent Pierce, Tanner Spence, Bryten Stewart, and Spencer Thomas.
The Union City FFA held its annual banquet on Monday, May 7th in the cafetorium. The banquet is a year end celebration of the accomplishments of the FFA. Over 75 FFA members, their families, school administrators, school board members, and FFA Alums attended the banquet. After a delicious meal of pulled pork donated by Oliver's Butcher Shop, members were recognized for outstanding performance. Derick Williams, Katie Reichard, Ben Bagozzi, Ian Glunt, and Braydon Hoggatt were honored for placing first in Randolph County, or top 3 in District IX FFA Career Development Events, Leadership Contests, and Proficiencies.
Kali Strait received the Star Discovery Degree Award which is given to the outstanding Jr. High member, and Ian Glunt was honored as Star Greenhand, which is given to the top Freshman member. James Botkin received the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award which goes to the Outstanding Sr. Member. Derick Williams, Katie Reichard, Ben Bagozzi, Kali Strait, Ian Glunt, and Kelby Purdin were initiated as 2018-19 officers. Mr. Smith gave updates on the Union City FFA Alumni, the expansion of the Agriculture Program, and the Tractor Supply Grants for Growing Progam.
The following students attended the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, GA: Connor Kerns, Ellie Kerns, Justiss Cantu, Haley Whitesel, Reagan Hoggatt and Sophia Spence. Miss Kuehl and the students left after Prom around 11:30 p.m. and arrived in Atlanta around 9:15 Sunday morning. The students had to go right to their sessions.
Connor and Ellie competed in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. They have competed together since their sophomore year. As juniors, they placed 6th in the state. As seniors, they placed 2nd in the state and qualified to compete at the International Career Development Conference.
Justiss Cantu and Haley Whitesel represented the TeePee in School-Based Enterprise Food Service. They received an Award of Excellence. That means they scored above an 80% on their presentation.
Reagan Hoggatt and Sophia Spence represented Apache Design in School-Based Enterprise Retail Operations. They also attended the Empower Academy for State Officer Training. These ladies will be DECA State Officers next year.
The students were also able to tour the World of Coke and ride the Ferris Wheel in Centennial Park. They wanted to tour CNN but the tours were sold out for the day that they had time.
Miss Kuehl would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Union City DECA.
Congratulations to Oswaldo Pena and Jakob Dye for winning 1st Place in the Recycle Art category this weekend at the Randolph County H.S. Art Show!
Other winners include 2nd Place Janiese Ramos for her amazing pastel drawing, Kaley Adkins, Paul Bailey Jr., Spencer Thomas, and Kira Killian for their 3rd place prize in the Sculpture category. Honorable Mentions also went out to Mackenzie Green and Alexus Wells.
Thank you, students and Mr. Carroll for representing UC so well!