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2 freshmen engineer a winner

Ashley SlobodaMay 20, 2019

Two Fort Wayne Community Schools freshmen won $1,000 for their school through the 2019 Fluor Engineering Challenge, a competition that asked students to create a volleyball machine out of such materials as cups, rubber bands, paper, tape and craft sticks, according to a news release.

Eligible entries were placed into random prize drawings based on geographic location. The New Tech Academy at Wayne High School team was among 12 winners of the U.S. drawing, the release said.

Student Nathan Tin and Ingri Vivar researched, built and modified their machine over two weeks, the release said, noting they did so during a class called Special Topics in Science.

Through the competition, students experience how engineers design solutions and how fun engineering can be, the release said.

“The annual Fluor Engineering Challenge, designed by and for employees, has been an important part of Fluor’s 50-year tradition of celebrating Engineers Week,” Torrence Robinson of Fluor Corp.said in a statement.

Fluor Corp. is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company.

“Thanks to our innovative partnership with Science Buddies,” Robinson said, “we’re pleased to be able to share this fun and engaging resource with students across the globe to provide a glimpse into this rewarding and thought-provoking profession.”



• Ivy Tech Community College will hold Express Enrollment Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, and in Warsaw, 2545 Silveus Crossing. Go to IvyTech.edu/EEDay for more information. Most summer classes begin June 10, and fall classes begin Aug. 26.

• The Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy will participate in Career and Technical Education Awareness Month with a signing event Wednesday at the Family and Community Engagement Center. The designation was given by Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. Garrett High School, the Impact Institute in Kendallville and the Adams Wells Manufacturing Alliance planned similar events this month.

Recognition, scholarships

• Chad Hissong, principal of Snider High School, received the Indiana Association of Student Councils Administrator of the Year award.

• Priyanka Meesa of Canterbury High School and William Robison of Warsaw Community High School were named 2019 Indiana Academic All-Stars, a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals. Kaitlyn Sagan of Carroll High School and Christopher Wilkins of Bishop Dwenger High School were recognized as Regional Academic All-Stars.

• Snider High School students Jennifer Cruz, Dani Fulkerson, Will O’Brien, Harrison Snyder, Bryce Jennings, Grace McCormick, Andrew Schiebel, Travis Smothermon, Harry Snyder and Ashlee Witte won awards in high school journalism contests sponsored by Ball State University and the Women’s Press Club of Indiana. McCormick, Zoe Freiburger and Kendra McDaniel were also named to the National Scholastic Press Association Honor Roll.

• Purdue University Fort Wayne and the Indiana National Guard announced the recipients of the 2019 Leadership Impact Awards: students Taha Alibhai, Brianna Rider, Emily Baumgartner, Emoghene Ottah, Kurt Chelius and Lewis Ostermeyer; faculty and staff members Eric Tippmann and James Velez; and alumni Justin Hayes and Jade Kelsey.

• Trine University’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers received a certificate of commendation from the national organization for its work and achievements. The distinction is earned by only the top 5% of all student organizations.

• Seven teams from Warsaw Community Schools will continue to the National History Day national contest, with one team held as an alternate. Participating students are Alli Gudeman, Raquel Brouwer, Keller Bailey, Ryun Hoffert, Jason Benyousky, Robinson Hoffert, Finn Bailey, Edward Robison, Noah Knepp, Phoenix Klein, Zoe Bergan, Katie McKibbin, Keely Roe, Abby Stapleton, Rachel Doyle and Abby Rahn. The competition will be in June in College Park, Maryland.

• The Kiwanis Club of John Chapman Foundation awarded its Terrific Senior scholarship to Reese Kuhns of Snider High School. This $500 award is given to seniors who might not be the most athletic or have the best grades but demonstrate leadership and altruism.

• Recipients of the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Indiana’s Student of Integrity scholarships included Audrey Magnuson of Grace College; Emily Bracey of Angola High School; Eric Hartman of Homestead High School; Jessica Parker of Ivy Tech Community College; Kayla Deaton of Huntington University; Olivia Obringer of University of Saint Francis; and Stephen W. Johnson III of Wayne High School.

• The 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars for Allen County are Sidney Armstrong, New Haven High School; Jefferson Hughes, Carroll High School; Julia Jorgensen, Snider High School; Alexander Summers, East Allen University; and Mario Villegas-Gonzalez, Bishop Dwenger High School. They will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of their choice and a $900 yearly book stipend for required books and equipment.

• The Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority announced the 2019 Jim Kelley Memorial Scholarship recipients are Madeline Jackson, Carroll High School; Michael Bender, East Noble High School; and Luke Behringer, home-schooled. Each receive a $1,500 scholarship to pursue a career in an aviation-related field.

• Samuel Witwer of Canterbury High School and Vanessa Popescu of Homestead High School received $2,500 National Merit scholarships.

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