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Whitley County College Success Coalition rewards students' interest in higher education

(Talk of the Town photos by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Above, from left, winners of the Whitley County College Success Coalition include Natalia Johnson (state winner), John Schey, Anna von Seggern, Morgan Young, Dillon Sheiss and Ashley Sparks. Winners not present for today's ceremony at Peabody Public Library's Brittain Auditorium included Luke Napier and Emily Mosely.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

The Whitley County College Success Coalition rewarded a deserving group of youths this afternoon, recognizing their goals and interests in pursuing a college education.
In October, the group put forth a challenge to the community's children -- asking them to use essays and posters to answer some important questions: Why are you going to college? What are you doing to prepare for college? How can you help others plan for college success?
Students from Smith-Green Community Schools, Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitko Community Schools and Troy Center Alternative Learning Center submitted their responses and a committee comprised of local business owners, employees, community members, educators, students and parents evaluated the entries and selected the winners. Those winners each received a $100 gift this afternoon along with a recognition certificate.
Winners included:
Ashley Sparks - Coesse Elementary School
Luke Napier - Little Turtle Elementary School
Dillon Sheiss - Northern Heights Elementary School
Anna von Seggern - Indian Springs Middle School
John Schey - Troy Center Alternative Learning Center (now attending Whitko High School)
Morgan Young - Churubusco High School
Emily Mosely - Whitko High School
Additionally, Indian Springs Elementary School student Natalia Johnson was one of 13 state-wide award winners to receive a financial gift toward an Indiana College Choice 529 Savings Plan. An eighth grader, Johnson's project included an essay and poster about cardiology. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
The local contest was part of a statewide initiative by the Indiana College Success Coalition, an organization geared at encouraging the state's youths to begin thinking about college and preparing for it at an early age. For more information, please visit www.collegegoweekindiana.org

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