Mark Hobbs, director of the Heartland Caree Center, discusses several grants the facility has received in recent weeks. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The Heartland Career Center (HCC) has received grants worth more than $250,000 to help upgrade its industrial technology programs.
Officials from HCC, Ivy Tech, the county’s three public school corporations and a variety of supporters gathered Wednesday, Feb. 18 to learn about the grants and how educators envision using them.
“We’re truly blessed to work with a large, collaborative group of people for support of your efforts to continuously improve the education and training for our students from Wabash, Miami, Grant and Huntington counties,” HCC Director Mark Hobbs said, discussing the grants.
Southwood’s Robbie Cole (34) drives for two of his 19 points on Friday night against Northfield. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
The Southwood boys’ basketball team was one win away from a piece of the Three Rivers Conference title and needed a win over county rival Northfield to get that share Friday. Jumping out to a quick 7-0 start the Knights defended home court by defeating Northfield 64-46 to share the TRC title with Tippecanoe Valley and Manchester.
The quick start was just that as Carson Blair took the Alex Harmon tip off and drained a three just four seconds into the game. Robbie Cole and Brandin Frazier then hit back to back buckets for the 7-0 lead. Tanner Wilcox stopped the run with a bucket with Alex Harmon answering. Jared Short made it 9-3 with a bucket when Noah Kirk hit from long range for a 12-3 Knight lead. The Norse would respond with buckets from Heath Miller and Noah Shear to cut the lead to 12-7 when Mathew Norse drained a three to give the Knights a 15-7 lead. Austin Burns finished the scoring in the quarter as Southwood led 15-9 after one.
The Wabash Lady Apaches basketball team poses for a team shot after winning the regional title on Saturday in Lapel. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
After winning their seventh straight sectional title the Wabash Lady Apaches made the trip to Lapel on Saturday for the second straight year in search of that elusive regional crown.
It was no easy task as Wabash took on No.9 Shenandoah in game one, holding off a late Raider charge for a 50-47 win and another shot at a regional title. No. 10 Fountain Central defeated Sheridan on a buzzer beater in game two, setting up the championship game. The Lady Apaches trailed most of the game before wearing down the taller Mustangs in the fourth for an exciting 60-52 win to earn the schools first ever girls regional crown.
Southwood’s Abby Houlihan is joined by her parents, Vicki Houlihan (front row, from left) and Scott Houlihan as she signs a letter of intent to play golf at Indiana University Kokomo. She is joined by (back row, from left) Southwood Athletic Director Tom Finicle, IUK Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski, Southwood Golf Coach Rod Cole, and Southwood Assistant Coach JoDee Dale. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Southwood senior Abby Houlihan became the first recruit for the new golf program at Indiana University Kokomo. Houlihan signed her letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Southwood.
While holding or being a part of 15 golf school records while at Southwood, Houlihan will be looked upon by the Cougars as a leader with the opportunity at playing number one right away.
by Eric Stearley
Northfield High School graduate and current junior at Indiana University Mackenzie Wright recently received Indiana University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Building Bridges Award for her work promoting equality, diversity, and empowerment on the university’s campus and in its host city of Bloomington.
The award is given to one undergraduate student each year. Wright was selected from more than 30,000 students to receive the award based on the following criteria:
• Demonstrated passion for change or improvement to fulfill the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
• Demonstrated leadership in promoting equality, equity, diversity, and justice
• Demonstrated practices of respect and non-violence
• Demonstrated commitment to empowerment
• Developed innovative measures for the advancement of diversity
Among other things, Wright was selected because of her volunteer work with Middle Way House, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic and sexual violence escape abusive situations and build a new life for themselves and their family. Wright was placed with the organization for her four years as an undergraduate through her Cox Engagement Scholarship.
“The more I got into it the more I felt passionate about it. I just felt really connected to it,” said Wright. “I guess that’s what led me to just go above and beyond. One in four women experience sexual violence in their life, so it’s something very prevalent in our society. It’s something I feel compelled to help change.”
Wright works in the Middle Way House Daycare, community reception, and as an on-scene advocate, which means that she goes into hospitals and talks with survivors, providing them with support and resources. She also co-founded an IU Middle Way House chapter last year to bring awareness of domestic and sexual violence to campus, and raise awareness and funding for Middle Way House.
Middle Way House Community Programs Director Debra Morrow nominated Wright for the award. A former victim of domestic violence, Morrow has dedicated her life to helping others through situations similar to the one she found herself in.
“While Mackenzie Wright serves those receiving services from Middle Way House with a motivation derived by the qualities Dr. Martin Luther King embodied, she also serves the IU student population with the same commitment,” Morrow wrote in Wright’s nomination letter. “Her ability to balance the needs of our agency and the needs of the students clearly takes a sincere commitment and Mackenzie is motivated to fulfill this commitment. Her passion to empower individuals that she works with in her role as a direct service volunteer in our agency is inspiring.”
Wright received the award during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Leadership Breakfast on Jan. 20.
“Just being there was really surreal,” said Wright. “There was a Freedom Rider there. Just to be in the same room was crazy to me.”
Wright is pursuing a degree in speech pathology as she continues to volunteer at Middle Way House.
“I actually thought about changing my major in order to do something like that,” said Wright. “I’ve thought before about bringing something like that to Wabash because as you know there’s not really anything for survivors at all. There’s no resources really that I know of.” The cause has been something that has really interested me. I know that even if I don’t end up doing something like that, I know I’ll continue to volunteer somewhere like Middle Way House.”