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Incoming kindergartner Annbrea Fuller, 5, works on her reading skills while at the back-to-school picnic at the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy on Wednesday evening.
Education notebook

Enthusiasm high at new charter

Picnic provides students, teachers occasion to meet

Photos by Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Michael Parker, 9, center, and his brother Jaylen, 8, right, play a game of kickback with one of the teachers at the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy picnic.

Students, parents and school officials are enthusiastic about today’s opening of the new Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy.

Students met their teachers at a back-to-school registration and picnic Wednesday at the former Zion school building at 2313 S. Hanna St.

Willie Hamilton and his daughter, Danyell, 7, were both excited about the school.

Danyell will be in the third grade and attending a school that her father is familiar with. He has already volunteered as a PTA parent to help out when needed.

“I grew up in this neighborhood and used to work at Zion,” he said. “I want to give back to the community and to the school.”

Danyell said she is most excited about the fact that her grandmother lives nearby.

Autumn Craig and her three daughters, Anasha, sixth grade, Kayana, second grade, and Kayleigha, first grade, are excited about the school, especially the music and theater programs.

“They will have a gym, library and a theater here, something they did not have at their last charter school,” Craig said.

Tarah Cantrell, the school’s theater teacher, moved from Indianapolis where she was a freelance director because she “believed in the school’s mission.”

She has a secondary teaching degree from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree in theater from Butler University.

“We’re going to have a very lively extracurricular youth theater,” Cantell said.


• Homestead High School junior Steven Buuck and Bishop Luers sophomore Samuel Stein were named winners in the annual University of Saint Francis American Mathematics high school competition. Buuck won the AMC 12 event and Stein won the AMC 10 event. Both students and their respective schools received awards for their accomplishments. The university will host the AMC middle school counterpart, the AMC 8, Nov. 13 in the Pope John Paul II Center. The test takes 40 minutes. The AMC scores and compiles tests and emails results back to students’ schools, usually within three weeks.

Jeremiah Hephzibah of Fort Wayne a senior at Snider High School, is home after participating in a national career exploration camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Hephzibah was one of 200 students from across the nation who participated. Campers got a taste of possible careers in computer art design, lab science technology, business, computing and engineering.

Jessica Gadson of Garrett, a freshman at Ivy Tech, is the recipient of a $2,000 Brothers Scholarship, renewable for three years, from the Heritage Group Scholarship Fund. Only students who have a parent employed by Heritage Group are eligible. Recipients are then chosen based on financial need, academic records and personal achievements.


A nursing open house will be at Harrison College for those looking to earn an associate degree in nursing. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the college’s Fort Wayne campus, 6413 N. Clinton Stt. Prospective students can tour the Nursing Simulated Learning Center and receive detailed information about the program, financial aid, and class and clinical scheduling options.


• The IPFW Fall Convocation will be noon today in the Auer Performance Hall of the Rhinehart Music Center. Senior administrators will announce promoted and tenured faculty and recipients of several awards. The event offers the first opportunity for the campus community to meet and welcome new faculty, administrative staff and Chancellor-elect Vicky Carwein. The IPFW Information Fair will be immediately before and after the ceremony, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Information tables regarding campus programs and services will be located throughout the Rhinehart Lobby.

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