What happened: Junior Achievement recognition
What it means: Orchard Park fifth-grader Sebastian Penix was recognized for his mayoral leadership in the Junior Achievement BizTown program. Penix earned a presenter’s role award at the Junior Achievement banquet where he exhibited public speaking skills.
What happened: Carmel High School Marching Band earns Sousa Award
What it means: Director of Bands Chris Kreke announced Carmel High School’s marching band was the 68th recipient of the annual Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield Award, the highest recognition for marching bands in the country.
What happened: Foreign Language Teacher of the Year
What it means: A state committee of the Indiana Foreign Language Association voted Angelika Becker the Secondary Teacher of the Year. Becker is the department chair of the foreign language department and German teacher at Carmel High School. Teachers are nominated and selected by a constituent society before presenting a career portfolio for consideration.
What happened: Three Indiana Coaches of the Year
What it means: Carmel High School coaches Frank Dixon, Mark Ellington and Scott Heady were named Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. “Only 21 are awarded each year, and Carmel High School received three,” athletic director Jim Inskeep said. “These awards are indicative of their work ethic and the sacrifice they make for these kids.”
What happened: Change orders approved
What it means: A change order was approved for the roof replacement at Cherry Tree Elementary. The roof completed by Adams Roofing cost $11,785 less than originally allocated. A change order also was approved for the fitness center addition to Carmel High School. Thicker floor padding at weight lifting stations installed by Kiefer Specialty Flooring cost an additional $19,430. Original allocations could not include full padding costs until these stations were placed. “We anticipated this,” Roger McMichael explained. “It’s not an oversight.”