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Come On in…The Water is Fine

Writer & Photographer  /  JJ Kaplan According to the Chinese calendar, this is the year of the horse. Supposedly, people born this year have ingenious communicating techniques and they always want to be in the limelight. But in our community calendar, this may be the year to learn to swim, as this year Governor Pence issued a proclamation endorsing statewide programs that help adults learn to swim. The Zionsville Aquatic Masters Club is supporting the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation by offering several swim programs designed for all ages and abilities. Zionsville Community High School is the home of a vibrant, ...

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ZCHS World Class Robotics

Writer  /  Cindy Argentine Photographer  /  Christie Argentine “They are world-class robotics kids,” says Zionsville High School science teacher Jenna Bowling. She is referring to seven students who form two teams that competed in the VEX Robotics World Championship this year. Team 7701 is Andrew Overhage, Sam Miles, Alan Fang, and Michael Wheeler. Team 7708 is Ryan Bing, Drew Bowling, and Alex Wang. Both teams flew to Anaheim, California, for a three-day tournament in April where their robots faced other robots from around the world. Both teams came home with victories, and Team 7701 won a divisional Design Award, one ...

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Lincoln Park Concert Series

Writer  /  Geri Neita Photographer  /  Sarah Zack Lincoln Park, named for Abe Lincoln’s visit in 1861, is a serene and peaceful half-acre, nestled right in the heart of Zionsville (at the corner of 1st and Oak streets). Often, the white gazebo at the north end is a setting for photo shoots and weddings, but on Wednesday nights in June and July, it comes alive with eclectic music and entertainment—a summertime treat for local residents. Last year, the Zionsville Cultural District took the reins of the Lincoln Park Concert Series from the Chamber of Commerce. The seven-member committee brought in ...

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Zionsville’s Mother of the Year

Writer & Photographer / JJ Kaplan You’ve probably seen a recent commercial with people interviewing for a Director of Operations position. It is explained that the job offers no breaks and requires unlimited hours with a high level of energy, all in a chaotic environment with no time to sleep or eat. When the reward of “no pay” is revealed, the overwhelming response is that no one would want this position. And yet, American Greetings reveals that thousands of people gladly accept this position due to the immeasurable pleasure that they receive. You probably know by now that we’re talking ...

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ZCHS’s Brain Game Team Make the Final Four

Writer / Cindy Argentine At the WTHR studio in downtown Indianapolis, four Zionsville High School students climb steps to an elevated platform and take seats behind their names in lights. Chuck Lofton, who will be hosting the show, greets them warmly and congratulates them on advancing this far in the academic competition. This is the semifinal round of the Brain Game, a quiz show that tests the knowledge of high school students from 48 schools in Indiana. Zionsville has made it to the final four. In this match, they compete against Avon High School. A win would send them to ...

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Ranj Puthran “Helping Hands Award” Recipients

Zionsville residents Steve and Vicki Snider were recognized for their years of service and a host of contributions they’ve made to their hometown over the last 16 years. The Ranj Puthran Agency’s monthly Helping Hands Award recognizes individuals, couples or groups that make a difference in the community. Steve and Vicki have three children and six grandchildren and have been married 47 years — or, as Steve said, “not long enough!” They have both been members of the Zionsville Lions Club for 12 years. Together they were named Zionsville’s Town Crier in 2006. Steve has received awards of distinction from ...

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Oh, Give Me a Home…

Story and photos by JJ KAPLAN HOME. We all have a feeling of emotion of what our home was and is today. In a formal context, it is the place where one lives permanently. In a more esoteric context, it may be defined as a place to completely relax, both physiologically and psychologically. We all need that place as a support to refresh and recharge ourselves. For Micah Marsh, his home is a place to honor a rich past and envision a fulfilling future. Tucked away in a little corner of our community, Micah’s home is known as the End ...

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Nurturing a STEM of our Children’s Education

Writer / Janelle Morrison According to a study released in 2013 by the STEM Education Coalition, only 45 percent of U.S. high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college work in math and 30 percent were ready in science. Fifty-four percent of the nation’s fourth-graders and 47 percent of its eighth-graders reported that they “never or hardly ever” write reports about science projects. Thirty-nine percent of eighth-graders reported that they “never or hardly ever” design a science experiment. As parents, we assume that there is a strong emphasis on the subjects of math and science in our children’s curriculum. ...

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MyArt

Does your child love to draw and paint? Or do they wish they could draw better, but don’t know how? Or have you always wanted to learn? Then discover MyArt, where hundreds of students ages 4 to beginner adult have learned how to draw and paint with amazing results. Unlike most art classes, MyArt takes a hands-on systematic approach to art instruction that breaks down the process of drawing into basic components. In a peaceful and non-competitive atmosphere, students learn how to create art, much like a musician learns to play an instrument. Moreover, the instruction is directed by two ...

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Eagle Recreation and Enrichment Program

Zionsville Community Schools will be hosting classes, camps, athletics and artistic activities during the summer months. Eagle Recreation and Enrichment — called “Eagle Rec” for short — offers an array of programs that extend education beyond the classroom and make our schools more like community centers during the summer. Programs are available for all ages, from preschoolers to adults. Topics include art, music, math, sports, games, cooking, sewing, reading, technology and foreign languages. Time lengths range from a couple of hours one day to a full week or more. Some options are for big groups, like the basketball camps for ...

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